Football across the Water26th May 2017 |
A rather quiet week this week for British and European football. There were some games for the Irish and Scottish Premier leagues. The Women’s football league saw some excitement and the Europa final was mid-week.
Second season trophy for Manchester United
A slightly redeeming game for Man United against Ajax on Wednesday helped them secure a place in the Champions League. Beating Ajax in a 2 – nil finale at Stockholm for the Europa League has finally put Manchester United back in a good position after their rather poor effort in the Premier League. Fans were slightly consoled with what looked to be a very comfortable win for Man United. This win means that Manchester are now team number five to have won all the European football trophies and follow in the footsteps of Chelsea, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Juventus.
Scottish and Irish Premierships
This week there were a number of games for the Irish Premiership with games from Limerick, Dundalk and Bray Wanderers. For the most part these games were rather uneventful affairs. Limerick beat Bohemians in a 2 – 1 victory. Drogheda United v Bray Wanderers and Dundalk v Derry City all ended with disappointing nil all draws. Not the exciting football one would expect.
The Scottish Premiership play off final also played out this week. Dundee United v Hamilton Academical ended with a nil all draw for this first leg. Simon Murray, the striker for Dundee United was booked twice due to diving and eventually handed a red card. The Dundee team will be contesting this in order for Murray to resume play for the second leg on Saturday.
The women are warming up and taking a turn. Mid-week saw Manchester City take on the Chelsea Ladies. It was a hard fought game with the Manchester Women eventually coming out on top with a 1 – 0 win. This is the first loss for Chelsea this year and subsequently they have dropped to third just behind Manchester City Women.
The Weekend coming up
This Friday sees more form the Irish Premiership or Airtricity Premier division with Bray Wanderers, Derry City, Drogheda United all trying their luck against new opponents. Saturday though brings us the Emirates FA cup final featuring an exciting face-off between rivals Arsenal and Chelsea. Sunday brings in the Women’s Super League with the ladies teams of Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal all kicking off.