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Young was made to pay for not converting the spot kick when Cahill grabbed his second of the game on 75 minutes. He powered a header from a corner which was superbly saved by Brad Friedel but Cahill reacted quickest to volley home. And it got worst for Villa when it looked like both side would share a point, Ivan Klasnic netted a remarkable winner.

AFL – NAB Cup Semi Finals

West Coast 8.8 (56) Collingwood 1.9.17 (80)

By Troy Tobin

Damien Duff scored twice against his former club and it helped Fulham claim a 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers.

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Essendon 12.12 (84) St Kilda 6.9 (45)

Roy Hodgson celebrated his first win as West Brom boss as Birmingham suffered a massive Carling Cup hangover losing 3-1 at St Andrew's. In a match that was a crucial relegation battle, it was a costly lost for Birmingham who fell into the bottom 3 after West Ham earlier winning.

Results

National Football A League, Finals Central Coast 1-0 Gold Coast

9/03/11

Victoria v South Australia Victoria 345 and 294/6d; South Australia 260 and 194 What sports do you want covered? weeklysportswrap@hotmail.com Victoria won by 185 runs

Everton battled back from a goal down to claim a 2-1 win at Newcastle. Coming off an embarrassing Carling Cup exit at the hands of Reading, it looked to Western Australia v Queensland be getting worse for the Toffees when goalkeeper Tim Howard spilled a shot from Kevin Nolan into the path Queensland 250 and 273; Western Australia 397 and 127/3 of Leon Best who opened the scoring. Western Aust won by 7 wickets However soon after, Mikel Arteta burst into the box with a magical run and then cut the ball back to Leon Osman who coolly finished. Everton grabbed their winner on 36 minutes as Leighton Baines whipped in a viscous free-kick and Phil Jagielka was there at the far post to pounce, slotting home off the underside of the bar.

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Rugby Super 15 Lions 32-34 Blues Crusaders 33-18 Waratahs Stormers 21-15 Cheetahs Bulls 28-35 H'landers Chiefs 38-10 Rebels Brumbies 25-31 Reds Force 12-39 Sharks

International Cricket - World Cup Australia v Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 146/3 (32.5 ov) No result

England South Africa England 171 (45.4 ov); South Africa 165 (47.4 ov) England won by 6 runs

Local Balcatta off to a flying start in the State Soccer League Balcatta are the only team in the competition to have been victorious in the opening two rounds of the State Premier League after they comprehensively demolished ECU 4-1. In an impressive display Balcatta were always in control and took a two goal advantage going into the half time break courtesy of Risindale and Tong. Rosindale was a standout performer as he bagged his second just after the break, all but condemning ECU to their first loss of the campaign. Elsewhere the much anticipated clash between Bayswater and Perth SC ended in up a nil all statement. In a lackluster game no side created any real clear cut opportunities, as both teams looked satisfied to walk away with a point each.

The impressive Cooke scored two glorious goals, while Thomas popped up with a late penalty to secure the victory.

National Fierce rivals Essendon and Collingwood advance to the NAB Cup Final Essendon have reached the final of the preseason tournament for the first time in 11 years after easily taking account of St Kilda by 39 points in the semi finals. The Bombers will now take on their arch enemy Collingwood who defeated a spirited West Coast Eagles side by 24 points on Saturday night. The rejuvenated Bombers look to be a completely different outfit to the one that finished 14th last season as the James Hird regime got off to a perfect start. Essendon were much more efficient with their ball use than their opponents and looked the much hungrier of the two sides. Several young Essendon players were very impressive with small forward Leroy Jetta being the standout, booting 3 majors.

In other results, Armadale surprisingly defeated the much more fancied Floreart 3-1. Robinson was the star, netting a brace to help give his side their first point of the campaign. Floreat have made a disappointing start as the result condemned them to their second consecutive defeat of the season.

India Ireland Basketball - NBL New Zealand 66-65 Townsville Adelaide 70-75 Cairns Wollongong 87-77 Townsville Perth Wildcats 83-60 Cairns Sydney 95-86 Melbourne

Ireland 207 (47.5 ov); India 210/5 (46 ov) India won by 5 wickets (with 24 balls remaining) What sports do you want covered? weeklysportswrap@hotmail.com

Inglewood was much too strong for Mandurah, running out two nil winners, with Makeche and Grant putting their names on the score sheet. A second half equalizer by Feely meant Cockburn and Stirling had to settle for a 1-1 draw in a tightly contested affair. The Western Knights proved to be a cut above their opposition as they ran out 3-1 winners over NTC.

Essendon captain Jobe Watson shrugs off Stephen Milne and Lenny Hayes

St Kilda coach Ross Lyon was gracious in defeat and full of praise of Essendon after the match. “Essendon were terrific, they played like a hungry team, they've really coordinated and harnessed their talent," he said.


"I just think they're going to go a long way .... it was like a top-four performance, wasn't it?

He collected the ball on the left of the penalty area when his quick feet saw him amazingly weave past Rafael, Michael Carrick and Wes Brown on his way Essendon should have a much tougher match next to the byline. From there he squared the ball through week when they meet the reigning premiers in a Van der Sar's legs to present Kuyt with the easiest of blockbuster clash. The Magpies defeated the Eagles in finishes. a bruising encounter at Subiaco. There were however a number of casualties out of the match, with shoulder injuries to highly-touted West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui and his key defender teammate Mitch Brown plus Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell and young Pie, Tom Hunter. The Pies were always in control of the match and despite a late comeback by West Coast, Collingwood managed to steady and run out 24 point victors. Scott Pendlebury was superb for the Pies with 34 possessions and Chris Dawes and Travis Cloke kicked two goals each. Dean Cox was again a standout in the ruck for the Eagles while Mark LeCras kicked three goals and Matt Priddis picked up 30 possessions.

The Gunners, who would have had their trip to Barcelona in midweek on their mind, made a sluggish start to the match.

Arsenal exerted more pressure on the game in the second half but Sunderland’s 'keeper Simon Mignolet was in brilliant form, denying Arsenal the goal that Just five minutes later the Dutchman added his second they so desperately craved. when he was gifted a freebie by Nani. The Portugese International inexplicably headed a Suarez cross back Mignolet made superb saves to thwart Nickolas Bendtner and Samir Nasri, while Marouane Chamakh into his own six-yard area where Kuyt couldn’t believe his luck. He gladly nodded the ball in the back thudded a header against the bar and Andrei Arshavin had a shot on goal go agonizingly wide. of the net, much to the jubilation of the passionate home supporters. Just before the break Jamie Carragher reminded everyone how much these two teams despise one another, and was lucky to escape with just a booking after a reckless shin-high tackle on Nani. However, the Portuguese International then disgraced himself and his club by running over to the referee to complain about the tackle and then collapsing to the floor and bursting into tears. He then left the field on a stretcher and was withdraw from the field.

The victory now sets up a mouth watering clash between the two arch rivals in front of what will be a packed Etihad Stadium.

United came out in the second half all guns blazing as expected, however couldn’t find a goal. Veteran, Ryan Giggs, came the closest with a first time shot which flew centimeters over the crossbar.

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The Reds put the game to bed in the 65th minute when Dirk Kuyt yet again couldn’t believe his luck when he was the first to react to Suarez’s free kick and tap home from close range.

Arshavin looked to have beaten the offside trap as he rounded the keeper, but the assistant on the far side flagged for offside despite strong protests from the home side. The replays showed the Russian level with the Sunderland right-back, which left Arsenal Manger Arsene Wengr furious with the decision. Arsenal continued to press, but in the end was left frustrated as they dropped two valuable points.

Tottenham dropped two valuable points as Wolverhampton claimed a late goal to share the spoils in a 3 all thriller. Kevin Doyle and Jermaine Defoe both scored two goals each in the first half as both sides went into half time all square in an entertaining affair. Roman Pavlyuchenko looked to have wrapped up victory for Spurs with a magnificent strike in the second period. However moments from the final whistle substitute Steven Fletcher leveled with a header from Jarvis' cross to send the Molineux faithful into raptures. West Ham’s recent revival continued as the Hammers thrashed a disappointing Stoke City 3 nil at Upton Park. The result was nothing short of what West Ham deserved as Demba Ba, Manuel Da Costa and Thomas Hitzlsperger all found the net. The result lifts West ham out of the bottom 3 for the first time since the beginning of the season as they looked to be in real trouble just a few weeks ago.

Arsene Wenger Shows his frustration as Arsenal are forced to share a point with Sunderland

Chelsea’s slim hopes of back to back titles are still alive after the Blues defeated Blackpool 3-1 in what was a sluggish performance. Frank Lampard found the Liverpool’s 35 million pound striker, Andy Carro’s net twice and John Terry also found himself on the score sheet for Chelsea. The win keeps Chelsea nine Liverpool has thrashed bitter rivals Manchester United debut, finally got underway as he was introduced in 3-1 in what was a typically spiteful fixture. Dirk Kuyt to the play in the 74th minute to a rapturous reception. points within Manchester United with a game in hand. was the hero for Liverpool as he bagged an Javier Hernandez put a small dent on Liverpool’s opportunistic hat trick. There were however so many Elsewhere Manchester City kept their title hopes alive perfect day when he scored a late headed consolation as they were 1 nil victors over Wigan at Eastlands. star performers for Liverpool, none more so then from Giggs' cross in added time but it hardly raised a Manchester City star Kolo Toure was sitting in the Uruguayan International Luis Suarez. cheer among the visiting fans. This was not going to stands after being suspended for testing positive to a dampen what was a memorable day for Liverpool, as banned substance and watched on as his side grabbed the result will always be remembered by anyone a first half lead courtesy of David Silva’s fortunate Liverpool started the brighter in what was an associated with the club. strike. unusually open game. The atmosphere was electric as it always is between these two fierce enemies. Arsenal missed their chance to close the gap on Liverpool was determined to derail United’s title Wigan had a number of chances to grab an equalizer leaders Manchester United as they were held to a hopes and they put a massive dent in it in the 34th at the end, however squandered their opportunities as controversial nil all draw with Sunderland at the minute, as Suarez produced a moment of brilliance. Emirates.

Liverpool shock league leaders in emphatic display

City held on much to the relief of the home supporters.

Ashley Young missed a penalty as Bolton twice came from behind before snatching a 3-2 win over Aston Villa. Darren Bent yet again was amongst the goal scorers as he opened the scoring for Villa, when he tapped home from close range after a dazzling Kyle Walker run. Bent had an opportunity to double his sides lead late in the first half, but instead headed the ball onto the post. Villa was made to pay shortly after as Gary Cahill sent home a Martin Petrov’s corner to level proceedings. Villa came out of the second half the brighter of the two sides and on the hour mark Stewart Downing teed up Marc Albrighton who finally converted. Ashley Young then had an opportunity to seal the points as he was brought down in the box and stepped up to take the penalty. However the young Englishmen’s kick was brilliantly saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen.


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