Soccer Digest, March 11, 2013

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 March, 2013, 4:02am


Annan leads Tai Po intosemi-finals of FA Cup

Christian Annan sent Wofoo Tai Po to the FA Cup semi-finals after scoring twice and setting up the other in a 3-1 victory over Yokohama FC at Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground yesterday. After a goalless first half, the Ghanaian came to life in the second, setting up Alexander Akande to break the deadlock before bagging a brace. "We had an improved second half and that's why we won," said Tai Po coach Cheung Po-chun. "But our primarily target remains the league and we want to lift ourselves out of the relegation zone as quick as possible." Tai Po will take on fellow strugglers Sun Pegasus for a place in the final after they beat Tuen Mun 3-1 at Yuen Long Stadium (6-3 on aggregate). Chan Kin-wa


Lennon tears into his players after Celtic throw away lead

A furious Neil Lennon slammed his under-performing Celtic players after they slipped to their second successive league defeat. Lennon tore into his players after he watched the Hoops throw away a two-goal lead in a 3-2 loss to newly promoted Ross County. "I want players here who are prepared to roll their sleeves up. In the last couple of games I've not really seen that," Lennon said. "I think a lot of them are not here mentally. We've had one day to prepare for this but I am expecting better from Celtic players. I know I can get better but there are some of them who look as if they don't want to be here any more." AFP


Euro setback for Roma as Udinese force draw

AS Roma missed the chance to close in on the European qualifying places when they drew 1-1 at Udinese, who grabbed a second-half equaliser before finishing with 10 men. Erik Lamela's 20th-minute tap-in for the visitors, after a stunning Zeljko Brkic save from Roma midfielder Alessandro Florenzi's close-range header, was cancelled out by Luis Muriel's smart individual goal just after the hour mark. Roma remain seventh on 44 points, three points behind fifth-placed Lazio, who occupy the second Europa League qualifying spot, while Udinese stayed ninth on 41 points. "In the end it was a decent draw for us," Udinese forward Antonio Di Natale said. Reuters


Watford's Premier hopes dented after loss to Blackpool

Watford's challenge for a place in the Premier League suffered a blow as they crashed to a 2-1 defeat against Blackpool, while promotion rivals Crystal Palace were held to a 2-2 draw by Leeds. Gianfranco Zola's second-placed side were on course to close the gap on Championship leaders Cardiff when on-loan Udinese midfielder Cristian Battachio put the Hornets ahead, but Blackpool hit back through Thomas Ince and Gary MacKenzie. "Today was very difficult circumstances, with a lot of injuries and players that just played for the first time [or] hadn't played for a long time," former Chelsea star Zola said. "We played against a very good team, [and I'm] convinced that we'll be fighting to the end." AFP