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Sancho, Derbyshire and Cole: Weekend review 20th-22nd April

Friday 20th April

The second tier in Holland was busy again for English involvement on Friday night with four players making an appearance. The pick of the bunch was Dan Crowley as he kept up his recent impressive form for Cambuur with an assist in a 4-1 win over Helmond Sport.

There were also wins for De Graafschap’s Andrew Driver and Todd Cantwell‘s Fortuna Sittard but Manchester City loanee Aaron Nemane could not prevent a 2-1 defeat for his side Go Ahead Eagles.

In Germany, Matthew Durrans made his fifth appearance of the season off the bench for German fourth-tier side Garching, coming on in the 59th minute in a 3-1 win over Unterföhring.

Saturday 21st April

A star was born on Saturday. Jadon Sancho has already achieved a lot in his short career so far, including winning the U17 World Cup with England last year, but his performance this weekend really set tongues wagging. The former Manchester City forward was in scintillating form for Borussia Dortmund during their 4-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen.

Making just his fourth start in the Budesliga this season, the 18-year-old not only opened the scoring with his first ever senior goal in the 13th minute but he also went on to provide two assists in a comfortable win for BVB. It was a truly remarkable performance by such a young player and big things are expected from the England U19 international.

Elsewhere in Germany, another young English talent stood out once more as Ademola Lookman picked up an assist, albeit for a consolation goal in RB Leipzig’s 5-2 loss to Hoffenheim,

Over in Cyprus, Matt Derbyshire reached the very impressive milestone of 50 goals in all competitions for Omonia Nicosia as he netted in his side’s 2-1 loss to AEL. The former Blackburn Rovers striker is looking to make it two seasons in a row as the top scorer in the Cypriot first division.

In Israel, Nick Blackman came off the bench in Maccabi Tel-Aviv’s 2-0 win over Bnei Yehuda but the Derby loanee could not add to his already impressive tally of ten goals for the season.

Ryan Williams continues to step up his return to competitive action as he was on the bench again for Brazilian Serie B side Paysandu.

In the States, Mo Adams made his debut for Chicago Fire playing the full ninety in a 2-1 win over New York Red Bulls. It was the former Derby County man’s first match since being selected as the tenth pick in the 2018 MLS Superdraft.

Sunday 22nd April

The standout performance came from no other than the Joe Cole. The ex-Chelsea winger is still going at the age of 36 for Tampa Bay Rowdies in America’s second tier, the USL. He was involved in both of the Rowdies’ goals as he picked up a goal and an assist in 2-0 victory over Real Monarchs in a game which saw former Brentford player Charlie Adams on the losing side.

Also on target in the USL was Louisville City forward Cameron Lancaster as his second strike of the season secured a 1-1 draw against Oliver Shannon‘s and Jack Metcalf‘s Atlanta United II. Lancaster made one appearance for Spurs in the Premier League, six years ago.

In Germany, goal machine Gary Noel kept up his reputation as a prolific striker with his eighth league goal of the season for Lübeck but it was not enough to prevent a 2-1 loss to Germania Egestorf.

Netan Sansara made his first appearance of the season and his debut for Swedish second tier side Gefle with the defender helping his side keep a  clean sheet in a 2-0 win. The former Walsall man is now playing in his fourth different country outside of the UK.

George Saunders is now in his sixth season of senior football in Colombia but the tough-tackling 28-year-old was on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline as his side Envigado lost to Atlético Huila in the Colombian Primera A division.

And finally, Adam Mitter‘s third appearance of the season for Hougang United finished in a 1-1 draw against Balestier Khalsa which saw the Englishman’s side move off the bottom of the Singapore Premier League table.


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