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A Look At The Premier League Title Race

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This past weekend was relatively quiet on the Irish football front, with the only significant headline being that Linfield were eliminated from Irish Cup contention by Ballymena in a 2-1 match (you can read the match report at the Belfast Newsletter). But looking across the water it was a very busy and very significant weekend for the English Premier League. A few unexpected results have potentially shaken up the race at the top, so here’s a quick review of the impact matches from Week 25. Continue reading

Fenlon takes Leigh Griffiths back on loan

Photograph from Hibs TV

Pat Fenlon has made Leigh Griffiths his fifth signing of the summer, after Hibs and Wolves agreed that the 21 year old could return on loan to Easter Road at least until January.

Grifffiths has flown out to Holland to join up with the squad during their pre-season tour and may play a part in tonight’s game against Juliper League side OH Leuven.

He has been a lifelong Hibs supporter, and scored 11 goals during his loan spell last season.

Whilst his ability has never been in doubt, the Scotland Under 21 international’s fiery temper saw him suspended after making gestures at both opposition and Hibs fans.

His last game was the cup final, and he left Hampden insisting that his immediate future was in the Midlands, however Wolves new  manager Stale Solbakken has made it clear that he is not in his plans, leaving the field clear for Fenlon to swoop.

The news has been greeted warmly by the majority of fans on the Hibs forums who have been desperate to see another striker to team up with Eoin Doyle and Ross Caldwell.

Meanwhile, former goalkeeper Mark Brown has played a trial for Southend United, suggesting that he will not be accepting Hibs offer which remains on the table. Youngster Calum Antwell has agreed a one year contract and is likely to be back up for Ben Williams.

The under 20 squad brought some good news for the club by winning the Foyle Cup  following a 1-0 victory over Ballymena United at Ardmore.

Striker Jay Doyle scored the only goal of the game bring the trophy to Easter Road.

Head of Academy Coaching James McDonaugh was delighted with the team’s performances. He told Hibs TV:  “Everyone has played their part in this success and we are delighted to bring the Foyle Cup back.

“The players gave it their all, playing a decent and entertaining brand of football, but it was their bravery, determination and desire which shone out above everything else.

“We defended brilliantly and looked capable of scoring a few more. Really pleased with how the whole squad contributed to a successful tournament.”