Thursday, November 13, 2008

Weekend Roundup 11/8 - 11/9

Queen of the South - Queens hosted Morton and former Queens favorite Peter Weatherson at Palmerston this weekend. It appears that Weatherson liked his return as he scored the first goal after 20 minutes. Morton would double the lead before heading to the locker rooms at half. The Doonhamers came out in the second half on fire, quickly getting a goal and controlling the play but Morton put the final nail in the coffin on a counter-attack, then added insult to injury with a fourth before the end. QoS fell for the first time at home this season and with the loss dropped to 4th int he table, 5 points behind leaders St. Johnstone.

Blackburn Rovers - League challengers Chelsea came to Ewood Park on Sunday and walked away with the league lead. Chelsea clearly controlled the play and Anelka scored in each half to claim an easy win for the London based squad. Midweek Blackburn took on Sunderland in the Carling Cup Round of 16 and battled their way to a 2-1 victory, putting them into the quarter-finals. All 3 goals were scored within about 7 minutes of the second half. Roque Santa Cruz scored on 63 minutes with his first touch of the game. 5 minutes later a Matt Derbyshire cross was directed into the back of the net for a Sunderland own goal. Right off the ensuing kickoff Sunderland got their goal, leaving a tense final 20 minutes as Rovers hung on. Blackburn is now down to 15th in the table, just 1 point from the relegation zone after 12 games.

CD Tenerife - Tenerife travelled to recently-relegated Levante on Saturday. With a chance to move up into the promotion spots CDT allowed tow defensive lapses to determine the outcome of a game they controlled. They lost 2-1, continuing a tradition of less-than-stellar road performances. With the loss CDT dropped to 7th in the table, 7 points behind the leaders after 11 games.

Kildare County FC - County travelled to Limerick in what was a meaningless game for them, having already been assured of facing a playoff to avoid relegation. Limerick and Dundalk (who Kildare finishes the season with next week) are fighting for the title and promotion to the Premier Division. A surprise then that the Thoroughbreds got the win on the road. After controlling the run of play Kildare allowed Limerick to score late int he first half and went into the locker rooms down 1-0. In the second half County again controlled the play and made Limerick pay with two goals in two minutes. A positive result for a team facing must-win games. Their opponents in the playoffs have been determined, they will face Mervue United in a two-leg playoff, away on Nov. 18th and home on Nov. 21st. The winner will take the last spot in the First Division, while the loser will be in the third-tier 'A' Championship.

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