With the Easter schedule busy as normal in the football calendar, there were lots of minutes for our players on Good Friday and they will be pushing for more game time on Easter Monday as games come thick and fast moving towards the end of the season.
Starting in England and in the National League, Bromley ended their run of 10 league games without a win with goals from Billy Bingham and James Vennings against Eastleigh at the Silverlake Stadium in the National League. Ellery Balcombe played the full 90 minutes for Bromley who will now take some confidence into their Easter Monday clash with Maidenhead United at home tomorrow.
As for the Sky Bet Championship, Marcus Forss played the final 20 minutes for Hull City as they too put an end to a tough run of form as they ended a run of six consecutive home defeats. They took the three points against Cardiff City in a 2-1 win with both of their goals coming inside 11 minutes. Allahyar Sayyadmanesh made the most of a defensive mix-up to score for Hull whilst Lewie Coyle then added another soon after. Having featured for the final 20 minutes, Marcus will be pushing for more game time on Easter Monday when Hull head to Millwall. In the same division, Charlie Goode’s Sheffield United fell to a 2-1 home defeat to Reading. Lucas Joao put Reading ahead on 17 minutes and it looked as though United had snatched a point when Iliman Ndiaye struck on 90 minutes, but two minutes into stoppage the winner came from Tom McIntyre for Reading to leave United sixth in the Sky Bet Championship. Charlie didn’t feature in the match at Bramall Lane. They are back in action on Easter Monday away at Bristol City.
Sky Bet League One saw Dom Thompson and his Ipswich Town side fall to a late defeat to automatic promotion-chasing Rotherham United away from home. Michael Smith grabbed the all-important goal for the side in a game where Dom played the full 90 minutes. Ipswich now sit in 10th in the league and they face Wigan Athletic at home on Tuesday.
Looking to foreign shores, in Turkey Galatasaray played a charity friendly against FC Dynamo Kyiv as part of the Ukrainian side’s “Match for Peace!” tour which are designed to inform the international community about the ongoing war in Ukraine and to raise funds to support those living there. Vitaliy Buyalskyi and Artem Besyedin put the Ukrainian side 2-0 up before Galatasaray struck back shortly before the hour to make it 2-1. Viktor Tsyhankov then grabbed the third for the Ukrainian side in a match where Halil Dervişoğlu played 82 minutes for Galatasary.
Looking to Spain, Joel Valencia’s AD Alcorcón were beaten 3-1 at FC Cartagena in the Spanish second tier. Borja Valle actually put them ahead but Cartagena hit back just before the break. Two second half goals then gave them the victory in a game where Joel played the final 20 minutes. They will face Oviedo next on Sunday 24 April.
Friday also saw Luka Racic grab another 90 minutes for HB Køge in their 1-1 draw with Fremad Amager at home. The side fell behind in the first half but Effiong Nsungusi levelled on 54 minutes for the side. They are next in action against Esbjerg on 23 April. In the same country but in the Danish Superliga, Mads Bidstrup wasn’t involved in FC Nordsjælland’s 2-0 win over SønderjyskE.
Lachlan Brook’s Adelaide United haven’t been involved in any recent action and their next game is against Perth Glory on 24 April.