Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Weekend Roundup 11/15 - 11/16

Queen of the South - My team travelled to Dundee on Saturday hoping for a change of pace after two straight defeats. The first half saw plenty of action, with both sides having chances they should have converted and Dundee even hitting the crossbar at one point. Despite the aggressive play the teams went into the locker rooms scoreless. The deadlock about midway through the second half when Dundee scored on a free kick from just outside the box. QoS attacked for 15 minutes to find the equalizer, but it was Dundee who would score again on a counter-attack. After that the game was for all purposes over, and Queens headed back to Dundee with 4 losses in the last 5 games. The side has dropped them to 4th in the table, 6 points behind leaders St. Johnstone.

Blackburn Rovers - After defeating Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in midweek Cup action Rovers hosted them at Ewood Park for a league match. The teams still had some pent up hostility from the midweek match and 4 yellow cards (3 for Sunderland) were shown in the first 40 minutes. Then just on the end of the first half Rovers went up and carried the lead to the locker room. The second half continued the hostility, with another 3 cards (2 for Rovers). Unfortunately Blackburn couldn't hold their lead and gave up a goal less than 5 minutes into the half. Sunderland would score again in the 71st minute and, in a reversal of the midweek scoreline, go home with a 2-1 victory. Blackburn is now in serious trouble, sitting in the last relegation spot, due to goal differential, after 13 games.

CD Tenerife - Both teams decided to take most of this match off. Real Sociedad is one of the best road teams in the Segunda, but neither team could find the back of the net. In the 86th minute Bertran scored what appeared to be the game winner for CDT, only for the team to concede a goal from a corner immediately afterwards. Tenerife let 2 points get away this week, and because of it they fall to 8th in the table, 7 points behind the leaders.

Kildare County FC - Kildare faced Dundalk in their final match of the season. Kildare was already facing a playoff to stay in the first division, while Dundalk needed a win to clinch the championship. The difference in the two teams showed as Dundalk outclassed County in every way, walking away with a 6-1 victory and the Irish First Division championship. Kildare County has just kicked off against Mervue in the first leg of the 2-leg playoff with the second leg on Friday. I will update the scorelines on the right side as results become available.

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