SHANE DUFFY scored his first senior goal as Scunthorpe twice came from behind to see off 10-man Tranmere on Saturday.
It marked the end of a good week for the 19-year-old Derry native, who on Friday agreed to extend his loan at the League One outfit from Premier League Everton to a third month. Duffy’s father Brian is from Letterkenny.
Mustafa Tiryaki put Tranmere in front after a mistake by goalkeeper Sam Slocombe before Duffy headed the hosts level. Tiryaki netted his second with a fine strike from distance only for Bobby Grant to level with a powerful effort.
Chris Dagnall slotted the hosts in front before Jose Baxter saw red for Rovers for a bad challenge and Grant hit a penalty to round off the scoring. Baxter, who also extended his loan spell from Everton this week, was sent off for a foul on skipper Sam Togwell. The hosts’ penalty, which Grant netted for his eighth goal of the season, was awarded after Michael O’Connor was brought down in the area by Ian Goodison.
After a difficult start to the season, Scunthorpe have lost just one of their last seven matches in League One and have moved up to 15th in the table.
Elsewhere at the weekend, Duffy’s parent club Everton went down by a single goal to nil against Manchester United at Goodison Park when Javier Hernandez scored the only goal of the game.
Seamus Coleman from Killybegs had arguably his best outing of the season to date and a purposeful run and shot drew a save from David de Gea inside of 18 seconds. The 23-year-old was recalled to the first team after impressing from the bench and setting up a Louis Saha goal in Wednesday’s 2-1 Carling Cup loss against Chelsea.
At the Stadium of Light, Shay Given kept goal for Aston Villa in their 2-2 draw against Sunderland. Goals from Connor Wickham and Stephane Sessegnon saw Sunderland twice come from behind. Stiliyan Petrov opened the scoring with a stunning shot from 20 yards and Richard Dunne’s header five minutes from time saw Villa retake the lead.
Both Coleman and Given were on Friday included in the Republic of Ireland’s 26-man squad for this month’s crucial Euro 2012 play-off against Estonia. Coleman has four caps to his name and two more caps for Given will see him rise to the 120-mark.
Ramelton’s Conrad Logan let in a poor goal in Rotherham’s 1-1 draw against Northampton on Saturday in League Two. Gareth Evans gave the Millers the lead after just two minutes, when he cut inside and fired past Sam Walker but disaster then struck for the visitors, when Logan, who is on loan from Leicester, let Lewis Young’s cross squirm through his hands and into the net.