Dramatic end to Premier League 2 season
The final week of fixtures in Premier League 2 confirmed that we wouldn’t be in the end of season play-offs but there was a dramatic finish in Division 1 this week as Chelsea fought to avoid relegation.
Last Sunday saw them take on Spurs; a draw or defeat would see them relegated while a win would see Leeds, last season’s Division 2 winners, go down. It was all square at 0-0 at half time but things got more difficult for Chelsea when Kion Etete opened the scoring for Spurs on 57 minutes.
That scoreline remained until eight minutes from the end when Dion Rankine levelled for Chelsea and, in a dramatic finish, they won it six minutes later with a goal from Joe Haigh which has left Leeds in the bottom two at season’s end and Chelsea safe to continue in Division 1.
The one remaining game was between Crystal Palace and Derby. Derby had already finished bottom but the win for Palace moved them three places up the table to fifth and also brought a personal milestone for Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, their 19-year-old wide player. He scored all three goals and that ensured he finished joint leading scorer in Division 1 with Manchester City’s James Mcatee.
The player featured this week is
All that remains is the play-offs in Division 2 to determine who will join Fulham in Division 1 next season. The first of them to be played is Stoke v Nottingham Forest this Sunday afternoon at the bet365 Stadium with the Wolves v Norwich game to be played at Molineux on Tuesday evening.
The player featured this week is Finlay Armstrong who has stepped up this season from the under-18s and made the right-back position his own with some outstanding performances.
All last week’s results and this week’s fixtures are below along with, the league’s leading goalscorers, our goalscorers and the current league tables.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Sunday 8th May
Chelsea 2 Tottenham 1
Monday 9th May
Crystal Palace 3 Derby 1
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Division 2 Play-Offs
Sunday 15th May
Stoke v Nottingham Forest
Tuesday 17th May
Wolves v Norwich
18: James Mcatee (Manchester City), Jesurun Rak-Sakyi (Crystal Palace)
14: Folarin Balogun (Arsenal)
13: Armstrong Oko-Flex (West Ham), Jack Vale (Blackburn)
12: Dilan Markanday (Tottenham), Sonny Perkins (West Ham)
10: Scott Banks (Crystal Palace), Tawanda Maswanhise (Leicester)
9: Alfie Devine (Tottenham)
15: Abu Kamara (Norwich)
13: Thomas Dickson-Peters (Norwich), Luke Harris (Fulham)
12: Kazeem Olaigbe (Southampton), Will Swan (Nottingham Forest)
11: Dylan Stephenson (Newcastle)
10: Will Harris (Sunderland)
9: Chem Campbell (Wolves), Flynn Clarke (Norwich), Sonny Hilton (Fulham), Douglas James-Taylor (Stoke), Julian Larsson (Nottingham Forest), Jon Rowe (Norwich)
BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (INCLUDING CUPS)
11: Dara Costelloe
10: Michael Mellon
9: Joe McGlynn, Max Thompson
5: Ne-Jai Tucker, Ben Woods
4: Sam Unwin
2: Jacob Bedeau, Owen Dodgson, Anthony Glennon
1: Finlay Armstrong, Ashley Barnes, Rob Harker, Richard Nartey, Lewis Richardson, Dan Sassi, Bobby Thomas
2: own goals
FINAL LEAGUE TABLES