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Irish U21 international's first career goal helps end Millwall's promotion hopes

Elsewhere, Fulham saw off Sheffield Wednesday to set up a thrilling finale in the race for the Premier League.

Conor Masterson of QPR (file pic).
Conor Masterson of QPR (file pic).
Image: Adam Davy

CONOR MASTERSON SCORED the first goal of his senior club career to send Queens Park Rangers on their way to a 4-3 win that ended Millwall’s hopes of securing a play-off place in the Championship.

Masterson’s Ireland U21 team-mate Jayson Molumby, who’s on loan at Millwall from Brighton & Hove Albion, also scored for the first time after coming off the bench, but it wasn’t enough to keep his temporary club in the hunt for the Premier League.

In total there were three Irish players among the goals in the game at Loftus Road, as Galway’s Ryan Manning chipped in with his fourth goal of the season for QPR, who also had former Ireland U21 winger Olamide Shodipo in their starting line-up.

Cyrus Christie and Harry Arter started for Fulham as they recorded a 5-3 home win over Sheffield Wednesday, which sets up a dramatic finale for Wednesday night’s final round of fixtures.

After Leeds United’s return to the top flight was confirmed last night, the second automatic promotion spot will be within reach for West Bromwich Albion (82 points), Brentford (81) and Fulham (80) when they round out their respective campaigns.

West Brom will have home advantage against QPR, Brentford are to host bottom side Barnsley, while Fulham must travel to Wigan Athletic. All games will kick-off at 7.30pm.

Elsewhere, today’s 3-1 win at Middlesbrough means that Cardiff City will guarantee themselves a play-off place if they earn a point at home to struggling Hull City on Wednesday.

Welsh rivals Swansea City are their closest pursuers. They remain three points adrift of the play-offs as a result of this afternoon’s 1-0 win at home to Bristol City.

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Preston North End’s promotion hopes also officially came to an end despite a 2-0 home win against Birmingham City, while Luton Town gave their survival hopes a huge boost as Kazenga LuaLua scored in the 85th minute to seal a 1-0 win at Hull.

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Ireland international defender Darragh Lenihan made his 150th league start for Blackburn Rovers, captaining them to a 4-3 win over Reading at Ewood Park.

Earlier today, Brentford slipped up in their bid for automatic promotion by losing 1-0 at Stoke City – a result that confirmed Leeds United as champions.

A last-gasp Macauley Bonne equaliser for Charlton Athletic aided their prospects of avoiding relegation as they snatched a 2-2 draw at home to Wigan Athletic.

Championship results

  • Charlton Athletic 2-2 Wigan Athletic
  • Stoke City 1-0 Brentford
  • Blackburn Rovers 4-3 Reading
  • Fulham 5-3 Sheffield Wednesday
  • Hull City 0-1 Luton Town
  • Middlesbrough 1-3 Cardiff City
  • Preston North End 2-0 Birmingham City
  • Queens Park Rangers 4-3 Millwall
  • Swansea City 1-0 Bristol City

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