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Good weekend for Irish players in SPL

A total of 14 Irishmen started for their clubs in the SPL this weekend. A further three were injured and one not selected.

Nine were on the winning side and two drew.

Game of the day on Saturday featured six plus a substitute as Hibs beat St Mirren 2-1 in Paisley. Alan Maybury, Tim Clancy, Gary Deegan and Eoin Doyle starred for Pat Fenlon’s men, with Doyle instrumental in setting up Leigh Griffiths second goal.

Graham Carey and Jim Goodwin started for St Mirren, but both were taken off at half time. This was captain Goodwin’s first game of the new season, having been banned for the opening two fixtures. David van Zanten who was surprisingly dropped to the bench made a late appearance as substitute.

Johnny Hayes scored his first goal of the season for Aberdeen in their 2-1 win over St Johnstone in Perth, after a mix up in the Saints’ defence.

No Irishmen featured in the amazing 1-1 draw between Ross County and Celtic where the Parkhead men equalised with the last kick of the game.  Anthony Stokes and Daryl Murphy both sustained injuries during the friendly against Real Madrid in Philadelphia. Kurtis Byrne has still not made the bench for County.

Motherwell’s Darren Randolph conceded against Kilmarnock, but the Steelmen went on to record a 2-1 victory to go second in the table. Randolph will be hoping to catch the eye of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni now that Shay Given has retired. Killie’s Paul Heffernan remains on the injured list.

Aaron Doran and Richie Foran both started for Inverness against Hearts at Tynecastle, but Foran was send off in the first half. Despite this, Terry Butcher’s team fought back to secure a 2-2 draw.

Dundee United’s quartet of Irishmen Sean Dillon, Richie Ryan, Willo Flood and Jon Daly all featured in the 3-0 victory over neighbours Dundee in the first competitive derby for seven years. That win was enough to move The Arabs to the top of the SPL.

Mixed fortunes for Irish players in this week’s SPL

Last week we reported on Pat Fenlon signing Gary Deegan from Coventry City for an undisclosed fee, and the former Bohs boss and added another countryman to his squad by signing up Alan Maybury on a one year contract.

This brings the total number of Irish players in the SPL to seventeen, although only eight started this weekend.

As expected Deegan made his debut in the Edinburgh derby and won many plaudits for his tough tackling performance even though he received a first half booking for bringing down Hearts danger man David Templeton. Tim Clancy also played well at right back where his long throws caused Hearts problems throughout the game. Maybury also had a good debut although the former Leeds fullback was at fault for Hearts goal when he misjudged a header back to keeper Ben Williams. Despite this, he kept his composure and played well for the rest of the game which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Midfielder Johnny Hayes played well in Aberdeen’s 0-0 draw with SPL new boys Ross County. Once again, Kurtis Byrne failed to make the squad although he did play for the under 20s side against his former club Hibs in midweek.

David Van Zanten was booked in St Mirren’s away victory over Dundee which sees the Buddies go top of the league, despite still being without captain Jim Goodwin who is suspended. Graham Carey made his first start of the campaign and acquitted himself well.

Aaron Doran featured in Inverness Caledonian’s 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock which fellow Irishman Richie Foran missed due to an injury, as did Killie’s striker Paul Hefferman who is likely to be out until November with a dislocated shoulder.

Darren Randolph kept a clean sheet as Motherwell drew 0-0 against St Johnstone at Fir Park. The Steelmen had lost 3-0 to Greek side Panathginaikos in the midweek Champion’s League Qualifier.

Dundee United’s quartet of Irishmen Sean Dillon, Richie Ryan, Willo Flood and Jon Daly  did not play this weekend as their fixture against Champions Celtic was postponed to allow the Parkhead side to play a glamour fixture against Real Madrid in Philadelphia. United did however play in the Europa League on Thursday and lost 5-0 to Dynamo Moscow in Russia.

Anthony Stokes did not feature in the friendly which Celtic lost 2-0 having picked up an injury before the match; Daryl Murphy only lasted 33 minutes before being taken off with a hamstring injury.

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Twelve Irish players start SPL season

Another Irishman joined the SPL ranks this week when Hibs boss Pat Fenlon signed Gary Deegan from Coventry City for an undisclosed fee. 24 year old Deegan who was born in Dublin spent the early part of his career with Shelbourne, before being loaned to Kilkenny City. He then played for Longford Town and Galway United before joining Fenlon at Bohemians.

The tough tackling midfielder has been on Fenlon’s radar from the moment he walked into Easter Road and is likely to start against Hearts in this weekend’s derby. His registration papers were not through in time for him to play against Dundee United on Sunday.

Of the sixteen Irish players in the SPL, only twelve started, and seven of those played in Dundee United’s 3-0 over Hibs. Sean Dillon picked up an early injury and was substituted at half time. Willo Flood and Richie Ryan both played well, but player of the day has to be Jon Daly who caused the Hibs defence problems throughout the 90 minutes. Daly capped off a fine performance with a headed goal in the second half to secure the points. Gavin Gunning was also solid at the back for the Arabs.

Tim Clancy started at right back for Hibs and was caught out of position for United’s first goal, although the former Motherwell defender could claim to have been blocked by John Rankin. Eoin Doyle played in Hibs midfield and held the ball up well creating a couple of chances.

Fenlon still wants to sign Alan Maybury but he is still waiting to see if the board can come to an agreement with the player.

Jonny Hayes started in Aberdeen’s narrow defeat against Celtic at Parkhead and had an anonymous game in midfield. Anthony Stokes recovered from his badly sprained ankle sustained against Inter Milan last week to start the match although he was taken off after 77 minutes and replaced by fellow countryman Daryl Murphy.

Aaron Doran started for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in their 2-2 draw with St Mirren, but striker Richie Foran missed the game through injury. David Van Zanten started for the ‘Buddies’ and had his usual reliable performance at right back. Club captain Jim Goodwin missed the game due to suspension and Graham Carey did not make the squad.

Kilmarnock striker Paul Heffernan is currently injured and missed the opening fixture against Dundee at Rugby Park, which ended in a 0-0 draw.

Darren Randolph kept a clean sheet for Motherwell against Ross County in Dingwall as both clubs shared the points in a goalless draw. Kurtis Byrne did not feature in County’s squad.

There were no Irish players at Tynecastle where Hearts beat St Johnstone 2-0.

Injury blow for Fenlon as Hibs lose to Inverness

Pat Fenlon faces an injury worry after full back Matt Doherty limped off during Hibs two goal defeat to Inverness Caledonian at the Tullochs Caledonian Stadium in the club’s final league game of a disappointing season.

The Easter Road men went into the game knowing that a three goal victory would move Hibs above Caley in the table, and gain an extra £80,000 in prize money, but his team selection suggested that such thoughts were far from his mind.

Fenlon made eight changes to the team which scored four without reply against Dunfermline on Monday night to retain their place in next season’s SPL. Only Dubliner Matt Doherty who scored the opener, Garry O’Connor and Tom Soares retained their place as the manager wrapped a few in cotton wool ahead of next week’s cup final. Teenage keeper Paul Grant, a lifelong supporter of the club who started the season as fourth choice, made his debut in place of Mark Brown.

Up until this season, Hibs had never won a competitive game in Inverness, but an early season 1-0 victory and a recent 3-2 win have laid the hoodoo to rest. Caley manager Terry Butcher felt hard done by with both results and the former England captain was determined to gain revenge for these defeats.

Both teams were guilty of some poor passing in a typical end of season encounter with nothing at stake and the only highlight of a dull first half was a George Francombe 25 yard strike which Ryan Esson did well to save.

Leigh Griffiths replaced O’Connor for the second half, but it was the Highland outfit who started more brightly and young Grant made his first SPL save from a powerful Johnny Hayes strike. Kenny Gillet went close with a long range shot before a Greg Tansey free kick opened the scoring.

Teenage midfielder Sam Stanton replaced Soares after 60 minutes, but the youngster was unable to make an impact before matt Doherty was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box. Irishman Hayes made no mistake from the spot and the game was effectively over as a contest.

Midweek goal-scorer Eoin Doyle replaced his fellow countryman before long term club captain Ian Murray almost scored an own goal in what is likely to be his last appearance for his boyhood heroes in his testimonial year when he misjudged a defensive header which spun narrowly past the post.

Griffiths created a chance near the end, but he was forced wide before his shot was easily saved.

In the last minute, on loan Wolves defender Doherty limped off after a clash with Billy McKay and the management and supporters all hope that the knock is a minor one and that he will be available for the cup final next week. The former Boh’s star has become a firm favourite with the Easter Road fans since his January move.

Final opponents Hearts face champions Celtic tomorrow whilst Fenlon takes his squad to Dublin to prepare for the game.

Inverness: Esson, Tokley, Shinnie, Gillet, Piermayr, Hayes, Tansey, Foran, Shinney,Tade, McKay. Subs Tuffey, Proctor, Golobart, Meekings, Tudor Jones, Ross, Sutherland.

Hibs: Grant, Francombe, O’Hanlon, Murray, Stephens, Doherty, Wotherspoon, Sproule, Soares, O’Connor, O’Donovan. Subs Brown, Booth, Towell, Stanton, Monaghan, Doyle, Griffiths

Attendance  4,457

Hibs take points in five goal thriller

A late Leigh Griffiths’ strike saw Hibs take all three points against Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, and move Pat Fenlon’s men six points clear of Dunfermline in the battle against relegation.

Fenlon made four changes to the team that lost to Dundee United last weekend, with skipper James McPake, Richie Towell, Ivan Sproule and Garry O’Connor replacing George Francomb, Jorge Claros, Tom Soares and Roy O’Donovan.

Caley dominated the first half and Graham Stack twice made good saves to deny Shinnie.

Just before the break, Billy McKay beat the offside trap and thought he had scored when he slipped the ball past Stack, only to see it rebound off the post.

Terry Butcher’s men took the lead when Greg Tansey scored a soft penalty after Paul Hanlon was adjudged to have fouled Billy McKay in the box.

Four minutes later, the Scotland under 21 captain made amends for his error with a header from a Griffiths’ corner.

Inverness should have regained the lead when Tade pounced on a deflection and found himself one on one with the keeper, but Stack was able save his close range shot.

After 75 minutes, Garry O’Connor justified his inclusion in the team by putting Fenlon’s men ahead after an excellent run by on loan right back Matt Doherty.

Inverness fought back, and equalised eight minutes later when Stack misjudged a Johnny Hayes cross.

Both clubs pressed for a winner, and with five minutes go, Griffiths held off an Inverness defender before striking a magnificent lest foot shot past the helpless Tuffey from the edge of the box, to the delight of the travelling Hibs fans behind the goals.

Eoin Doyle replaced O’Connor, and the former Sligo Rovers striker cleared off the line in injury time to ensure the three points headed south to Leith.

The victory now leaves Hibs six points clear of Dunfermline who lost 3-0 to Dundee United yesterday, with one game to go before the break. Hibs play Motherwell at Easter Road next week, whilst The Pars entertain Hearts at East End Park.

After the game, a delighted Fenlon said: “”It’s a fantastic three points. We rode our luck at times and Graham Stack has had to make some great saves but I felt we deserved it as we’ve not always had the rub of the green ourselves.

“We seemed a little fearful in the first half and sat back, but we showed what we are capable of as a team in the second half and hopefully now the players will take some belief from that.”

Inverness: Tuffey, Tokley, Golobart, Shinnie, Gillet,Meekings, Hayes, Tansey, Foran, Tade, McKay. Subs Mathieson, Proctor, Piermaya, Tudor Jones,Ross, Sutherland, Winnall

Hibs: Stack, Francomb, Pa Saikou Kujabi, Hanlon, Doherty, Claros, Osbourne, Stevenson, Soares, Griffiths, O’Donovan. Subs Brown, Claros, Soares, Doyle, O’Donovan, O’Hanlon, Francombe

Attendance 3274