Here is the latest news from Crown Football this week!
Gary Warren‘s last-minute header salvaged a precious point for Inverness Caley Thistle in their battle to stay in the Scottish Premiership. Kris Doolan’s 10th goal of the season looked to have earned Partick Thistle their fourth straight Premiership win but Warren nodded home at the far post for the Highlanders, who had a first-half strike from Henri Anier disallowed with Billy Mckay standing offside. Inverness CT manager Richie Foran: “It’s a huge point today. I thought it was a very close game, but we’ve played against, for me, a top-four side today. They are an excellent team, strong aggressive, can pass the ball and have goal scorers, so it’s a big point.”
Preston North End have now won four straight league games at Deepdale, after beating Reading comfortably 3-0. Barkhuizen gave the hosts the lead when he curled in from the edge of the box after good work by Daryl Horgan. Horgan then doubled the advantage, slotting in at the second attempt after his first shot had been saved. Barkhuizen volleyed in the hosts’ third after the break from Horgan’s free-kick, as The Lilywhites moved within six points of the play-off places. Chris Maxwell wasn’t just a spectator though and mid-way through the half was required to tip Garath McCleary’s left foot effort from 25 yards around the left hand post. From the resulting corner skippr Tom Clarke did brilliantly to block Yann Kermorgant’s volley from John Swift’s left-sided cross. Preston North End boss Simon Grayson: “I’m obviously delighted when you beat somebody who are in the play-off positions 3-0, keep a clean sheet, with very good individual performances and could have had a lot more goals if we’d taken our chances.” Next up for Chris is a battle against striker Sam Gallagher in the early kick off against a struggling Blackburn Rovers, who have come into form under new manager Tony Mowbray.
Tom Eaves‘ Yeovil Town impressed as they picked up a first win in nine games with victory at Morecambe. After going four games without a goal, Darren Way’s side were clinical against a poor home side and should have won by a greater margin. The Glovers took the lead through substitute Matt Butcher, who scored with a superb left-foot volley in first-half injury-time. Morecambe levelled eight minutes into the second half when Everton loanee Antony Evans scored for the second successive game as he stroked home a loose ball from six yards after Artur Kysiak had saved Paul Mullin’s initial effort. The visitors equalised through Lacey on 65 mins and then added a third seven minutes later when a left-wing corner was met by Bevis Mugabi.
In the Premier League 2, Ben Sheaf captained Arsenal in a dramatic 3-3 draw with Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium to cement their position in fourth, whilst Liverpool and centre half Corey Whelan beat Chelsea 2-0 to extend their position in third by 4 points. But at the top of the table, Everton are now clear by 5 points after beating Derby 3-2 at the Pride Park Stadium, which included a Liam Walsh penalty! Highlights of their game below:
The Republic of Ireland Under 21 Head Coach, Noel King has announced his squad for the forthcoming UEFA U21 Championships Qualifying Round Group 5 fixture with Kosovo and includes Corey Whelan is included in the squad! The Irish team will host the Kosovans at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday, 25 March, kick-off 13:00, in their opening game of the 2019 UEFA U21 Championships qualifiers.
Here are this weekend’s fixtures: