Weekend round up

Blackpool goalkeeper Chris Maxwell has won the Sky Bet League One Golden Glove award for the 2020/21 season. Chris, who was rested for the victory over Bristol Rovers, finished the campaign on 21 clean sheets after a brilliant season in goal.

Maxwell made 43 appearances for the Seasiders, giving him a near 50% clean sheet rate, the highest in the division this season amongst those keepers playing at least 10 games.

The season is not over yet for Chris, with the Seasiders now set to play Oxford United in the League One play-off semi-finals.

Asmir Begović, who has also been named the goalkeeper of the season in Championship last month, and his AFC Bournemouth lost on the last day of the regular season as the Cherries finished sixth in the Championship. They will now face Brentford in a two-legged play-off semi-final, with the first game at Vitality Stadium on Monday 17th May. The second leg will take place five days later with Jonathan Woodgate’s team hoping to win a place in the Championship play-off final on the 29th May.

Tranmere Rovers drew 0-0 at home to Colchester United in League Two to confirm sixth place and their spot in the playoffs. Joe Murphy, who had his fifth clean sheet in 13 league appearances this season and his team will now face Morecambe in the semi-finals.

George Long’s Hull City won the promotion to the Championship, with the 27-year old stopper on the bench for the last match at Charlton Athletic. Long contributed to Hull’s fantastic season with four clean sheets in eight league appearances this season. At the other end of the table, Jay Lynch’s Rochdale got relegated despite a 3-0 win at Milton Keynes Dons on the final day of the season.

In Copa Diego Armando Maradona in Argentina, Banfield defeated Godoy Cruz away (1-0), with Mauricio Arboleda being named the man of the match with an impressive eight saves. However, Banfield missed the top four in their group and failed to advance to the quarter-finals by one point. The 2021 Argentine Primera Division is scheduled to start on 18 July.

With four games to go, we have a very interesting end to the season in Luxembourg. Only two points split three teams at the top, and F91 Dudelanges 5-1 win at Jeunesse Esch was significant for the title defenders. This was also a big AB1GK derby as well, with Lucas Fox (Jeunesse) and Tim Kips (F91 Dudelange) both wearing the AB1 Impact UNO PRO Roll Classics.

Speaking about AB1GK derbies, we had one in Swedish Allsvenskan this weekend. August Stromberg and his Varbergs BoIS visited Marko Johansson’s title defending Malmo FF. With a 1-1 score line at half time after Oliver Stanišić equalised Veljko Birmančević’s goal, Malmo ran out 3-2 winners in the end.

With Giannis Anestis at the goal for the blue-whites, Tobias Sana’s late penalty conversion saved a point for IFK Gothenburg in the 1-1 derby draw vs Hacken.

Marko Marić and his Houston Dynamo side picked up a well-earned point in the first Texas Derby of 2021, drawing 1-1 on the road at their arch-rivals FC Dallas at the Toyota Stadium.