Irish Abroad: James McCarthy finds the net as Richie Towell makes eagerly-awaited league debut

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Friday, 13 May 2016
Championship Play-Off
Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Brighton and Hove Albion
Richie Towell made his league debut for Brighton, this was his first appearance since starting for the Seagulls in the FA Cup in January

Scottish Championship Play-Off
Falkirk 3-2 Hibernian
Anthony Stokes was booked for the fifth time this season

Saturday, 14 May 2016
League 1 Play Off
Barnsley 3-0 Walsall
Conor Hourihane made his one hundredth start for Barnsley in the first leg of their play off semi final
Anthony Forde made his fiftieth appearance of the season

League 2 Play Off
AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Accrington Stanley
Seamus Conneely came off the bench to make his fiftieth appearance of the season

Scottish Premier League
Inverness CT 4-0 Dundee
In Inverness’ last game of the season, Richie Foran scored his first goal since September 2013. After scoring the fourth goal of his career in the previous game, Daniel Devine scored his fifth goal of his career, and scored for two consecutive games for the first time in his career!

Sunday, 15 May 2016
Premier League
Southampton 4-1 Crystal Palace
Shane Long made his twenty-fifth start of the season

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Liverpool
James McClean was booked for the eleventh time this season, three months after his last booking in February

Everton 3-0 Norwich
James McCarthy’s goal this afternoon was his fifth goal for Everton, all of which have come in the league

Watford 2-2 Sunderland
John O’Shea returned to the Sunderland starting XI to captain the side on the last day of the season, this was the defender’s first start since 1st March

Stoke City 2-1 West Ham United
Shay Given and Darren Randolph are the first two Irish keepers to face each other in a Premier League game since Shay Given faced Paddy Kenny for Aston Villa and QPR, respectively, in February 2012 Given was booked for the first time this season, more than a year since his last yellow in May 2015

League 2
Plymouth 1-0 Portsmouth
Michael Doyle made his fiftieth appearance of the season

Scottish Premier League
Hearts 2-2 St Johnstone
Joe Shaughnessy scored the first own goal of his career

Columbus Crew 1-1 Colorado Rapids
Kevin Doyle marked his 25th appearance for Colorado Rapids with his second goal and second booking of the season

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