He may have been outshone by clubmate David McGoldrick in Ireland’s 4-1 friendly win over the USA last week but Daryl Murphy remains the star Irishman at Ipswich after his goal earned Mick McCarthy’s men a 2-2 draw at Bournemouth.
Ipswich had already come from behind to draw level once when Murphy’s towering header hauled the Tractor Boys level again.
Murphy is now the Championship’s joint top scorer with 11 goals and his latest intervention kept his club in fourth place, a point outside the automatic promotion places.
At the other end of the pitch it was a weekend to savour for the Championship’s Irish goalkeepers. David Forde’s sixth league clean sheet of the season earned Millwall a 0-0 draw at Charlton while Huddersfield’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday saw Joe Murphy and Keiren Westwood record shutouts in a goalless draw.
It was Westwood’s ninth clean sheet of the season and Wednesday manager Stuart Gray hailed his keeper for a ‘great save’ to earn the Owls a point.
Darren Randolph was in similarly stingy mood and his clean sheet helped Birmingham a 1-0 over Rotherham, a result that lifted the Blues out of the relegation zone.
Alex Pearce had a miserable weekend after scoring an own goal, giving away a penalty and then being sent off in Reading’s 2-1 defeat to Cardiff on Friday. Reading boss Nigel Adkins criticised Pearce for getting ‘his body position all wrong’ for the own goal but, while he conceded the decision to award a penalty against the defender was correct, he argued a red card was harsh.
Back to Saturday and Eoin Doyle’s 15th and 16th League One goals of the season earned Chesterfield a 2-1 win over a Barnsley side whose goal came courtesy of Keith Treacy.
“The goals from Eoin Doyle were top drawer, the finishing was top class,” Chesterfield manager Paul Cook said while his opposite number Danny Wilson conceded the striker “was a handful all game and we didn’t manage him well enough”.
Dave Mooney was also on the mark, coming off the bench to net Leyton Orient’s fourth in their 4-1 win over Crewe while Paddy Madden scored his seventh of the season as Scunthorpe surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against Crawley.
It was a similarly bittersweet day for James Collins after scoring twice to take his League Two goal tally to 10 to put Shrewsbury 2-0 up but the ultimately going down 3-2 to Exeter.
In the Scottish Premiership, Anthony Stokes scored as leaders Celtic defeated Dundee 2-1 on Saturday while yesterday Adam Rooney’s penalty gave Aberdeen a 1-0 win at Partick Thistle.
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