Aberdeen 3 – 0 Hearts
Aberdeen continued their recent resurgence under interim boss Barry Robson with an emphatic 3-0 Scottish Premiership victory over Hearts at Pittodrie.
The contest was all-but over by the interval, with the Dons three in front thanks to a double from the impressive Duk and a Mattie Pollock header.
There were no further goals in the second half but this was Aberdeen’s fourth win from their last five matches as they moved to within four points of their third-placed opponents.
Hearts just could not cope with the home team’s intensity, which was typified by Graeme Shinnie’s all-action, tenacious display.
Indeed, Shinnie played a big part in Aberdeen’s fifth-minute opener, nutmegging James Hill and sending in a low cross from the left.
Zander Clark could only parry the ball out as far as Duk, whose 12-yard volley nestled into the net aided by a slight deflection.
The hosts were rampant and it came as no surprise when they doubled their lead in the 21st minute.
A neat passage of play near the touchline culminated in Pollock delivering a precise cross and Duk found space in the box to glance a header into the far corner.
Pollock then went from provider to scorer in the 28th minute as Hearts’ afternoon showed no signs of abating.
Leighton Clarkson’s free-kick had whip and bend and Pollock, on loan from Watford, bulleted a header beyond the helpless Clark.
Yet it could, and probably should, have been four soon after, Ylber Ramadani firing wide from 12 yards after racing onto Duk’s pass.
The visitors were being pulled apart and, in a bid to stem the flow, boss Robbie Neilson hauled off Alex Cochrane for Stephen Kingsley although it could have been any player in a Jambos shirt given the hook.
Early in the second period, Duk tested Clark with a swerving strike from distance before Robert Snodgrass wasted a chance to pull one back for Hearts when through on goal and Lawrence Shankland passed up a decent opportunity.
With Jay Gorter ill, the fit-again Kelle Roos was back in goal for Aberdeen for the first time in two months but his opposite number Clark continued to be busier as he kept out another Duk effort.
The hosts eased off as time passed and saw the game out with minimal fuss to register a third straight home win and climb a place to fourth in the table.
Aberdeen return to Scottish Premiership action after the international break away to St Johnstone on April 1.
Hearts travel to Kilmarnock on the same day. Both matches kick-off at 3pm.
England Women: Sarina Wiegman recalls goalkeeper Hannah Hampton and defender Esme Morgan | Football News
Sarina Wiegman has handed recalls to Hannah Hampton and Esme Morgan while uncapped Lucy Parker also returns to the fold as the Lionesses prepare for back-to-back fixtures against Brazil and World Cup co-hosts Australia in April.
Dropping out from February’s squad are the injured Emily Ramsey along with Lotte Wubben-Moy, Katie Zelem and Ebony Salmon.
Chelsea forward Fran Kirby continues to be absent as she recovers from a knee injury, while Bethany England also misses out despite scoring five goals in six appearances for new club Tottenham.
Wiegman said: “We are getting closer to the World Cup and I can’t think of two better games to assess our progress. After these games, there will be less than three months until we fly to the tournament and we must make every second on and off the pitch count.
“For us as a technical staff this will be the last chance to see the players within our England environment before we come together for the final preparation phase in June. And these two matches will be two real tests to see where we are at.”
The Lionesses have not faced Australia since October 2018 when Kirby scored in a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage.
The last meeting with Brazil was in October 2019 at the Riverside Stadium when Debinha scored twice for the visitors, before England’s late consolation in a 2-1 defeat.
England squad in full
Goalkeepers: Mary Earps, Sandy MacIver, Ellie Roebuck, Hannah Hampton
Defenders: Millie Bright, Lucy Bronze, Jess Carter, Niamh Charles, Alex Greenwood, Maya Le Tissier, Esme Morgan, Lucy Parker, Leah Williamson
Midfielders: Laura Coombs, Jordan Nobbs, Georgia Stanway, Ella Toone, Keira Walsh
Forwards: Rachel Daly, Lauren Hemp, Lauren James, Chloe Kelly, Jess Park, Alessia Russo, Katie Robinson
April 6: England vs Brazil – kick-off 7.45pm, Women’s Finalissima (Wembley Stadium)
April 11: England vs Australia – kick-off 7.45pm, friendly (Gtech Stadium)
Anthony Barry: Chelsea and Bayern far apart in agreeing compensation for assistant to join Thomas Tuchel’s staff | Football News
Chelsea and Bayern Munich remain far apart over agreeing compensation for Anthony Barry to join Thomas Tuchel’s coaching staff.
Bayern have approached Chelsea about taking their assistant coach after Tuchel expressed an interest in bringing him into his new set-up.
Chelsea have made their position and expectations clear to Bayern for Barry to be released from his contract, and nothing has yet been agreed between the clubs.
But amid the uncertainty, Barry and Chelsea have agreed that he will not attend Cobham until the situation is resolved either way.
Chelsea have a list of potential replacements should he ultimately leave for the Bundesliga champions.
The Chelsea players return to training on Tuesday following international duty ahead of their clash with Aston Villa on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
Barry is a highly thought-of coach who has also worked with Robert Martinez and the Belgium national team, the Republic of Ireland team under Stephen Kenny, and Paul Cook at Wigan Athletic before joining Chelsea in 2020.
WPL has changed landscape of women’s cricket forever, says Phoebe Graham | Cricket News
The WPL has changed the landscape of women’s cricket forever says Thunder player and Sky Sports blogger Phoebe Graham, as she reflects on bumper contracts, big crowds, high-pressure games and Mumbai Indians winning the title…
What a tournament the Women’s Premier League has been.
High scoring, exceptional overseas talent and great crowds. India put on a spectacular competition which not only captured their nation but the globe.
After the inaugural auction weeks before the tournament, we knew the WPL was going to be a showcase event. Overnight, it became the highest-paid franchise tournament in women’s sport with the best players in the world up for selection.
India’s Smriti Mandhana (£340,000) and Australia’s Ashleigh Gardener (£320,000) were the highest earners. That life-changing money is more than their national contracts and showed the direction of travel women’s cricket is going in.
Having just come back from a pre-season tour to Dubai and Mumbai with North West Thunder, I was lucky enough to attend two WPL games. The sheer number of fans in the stadium and the noise that they were making took my breath away.
At the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy Mumbai, we watched a group game with 35-40,000 fans. The atmosphere was electric – you could feel the energy before even walking into the stadium. It added an extra level of pressure and intensity, one that only India can provide.
That pressure and intensity is exactly what the women’s game needs.
This tournament helps grow India’s domestic game and adds to the heritage of Indian cricket but also provide overseas cricketers a heightened stage to perform on and be a catalyst for growth for women’s cricket globally.
‘WPL will stimulate growth for other leagues’
The level of energy and excitement added to Sunday’s final.
Delhi Capitals posted a low-scoring total of 131-9. Their strong top order crumbled under pressure with soft dismissals for Shafali Verma, Alice Capsey and Jemimah Rodrigues.
It could have been a roll over without a last-wicket stand of 52 between Shikha Pandey and Radha Jadav but with runs on the board in a final, low-scoring totals can often cause headaches.
Mumbai Indians looked in trouble at times and it ended up being a nail-biting game going down to the last over. Nat Sciver-Brunt was the star of the show, playing a beautiful and timely innings of 60 off 55 balls to get her team over the line.
What an achievement for Mumbai! English stars Sciver-Brunt and Issy Wong have become rockstars overnight, while Charlotte Edwards adds to her silverware collection as one of the most successful women’s coaches of all time.
This experience for players to play under such intense pressure and in front of big crowds and big expectations is second to none. It will dramatically improve India’s national team and overseas talent such as Wong and Sciver-Brunt will shine.
The WPL will stimulate growth for other leagues as well, like the PSL and in the Caribbean, and we will also see the impact on player choice. For example, the Australians can enjoy the break in their schedule in August or play in The Hundred.
The WPL is the most lucrative women’s tournament in the world and the sheer investment has changed the landscape of women’s cricket forever. It’s such an exciting time for the game and I can’t wait to see how it evolves over the next few years.
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