As World Cup looms, Willian claims Chelsea spotlight

first_imgThe first leg confounded the status of the teams: Barcelona is the unbeaten Spanish leader, while Chelsea has tumbled to fourth in the Premier League.After all the effort Chelsea took to bring Willian to Stamford Bridge, perhaps they should be valuing the winger’s abilities more.The Brazilian was signed from under the noses of Tottenham in 2013 for 32 million pounds. The north London club thought it had stolen a march on its rival — a medical had been completed — before the transfer from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala was hijacked by Chelsea’s Russian owner, Roman Abramovich.That was in early in Jose Mourinho’s second spell in charge, and Willian is on his third Chelsea manager in almost five years. Such instability in the dugout leads to talent being cast aside in west London — often to emerge stronger elsewhere. Just look at two players who found their way back to the Premier League: Mohamed Salah at Liverpool and Kevin De Bruyne at Manchester City.At 29, this is Willian’s moment — especially with a World Cup in less than four months away. Brazil coach Tite could have been given a welcome selection quandary after Willian fell out of favor in the national team setup.The talk now in Brazil is whether Tite reshapes the lineup to accommodate Willian, with Renato Augusto the fall guy. A front four of Willian, Philippe Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Neymar could prove intimidating in Russia, where Brazil faces Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in a relatively kind group.Pundits in Brazil were naturally raving during the broadcast of Tuesday’s game.“Willian can say he played better than Messi,” said Junior, who played at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, on Globo. “Not many players can say that, and I am sure Tite is watching now.”More immediately, Willian needs to retain the faith of Conte. Perhaps that’s why Barcelona underestimated Willian on Tuesday night, leaving him unmarked in dangerous spots so often.While Hazard’s contribution as the false nine was modest, Willian produced one of his most complete performances for Chelsea in the Champions League last-16 first leg.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt wasn’t just his 11th goal of the season — the opener that rattled Barcelona in the second half — or the two occasions he thundered shots against a post. There was speed he provided down the right flank, finishing as the game’s top dribbler and winning the most aerial duels among the home players.“Willian has the potential to play this type of game in every game and I hope to see this for a long time,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said after the 1-1 draw. “When you play in this way the coach doesn’t have any doubts about you playing.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City There have been doubts, though. Many. The decision to play without a recognized striker provided an opening for Willian, who only played the last ten minutes of Chelsea’s last Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion.Willian seized the opportunity to make an impact against Barcelona on the right wing in a game when Chelsea had to settle for 32 percent possession and was left frustrated when Messi equalized.“It was one of my best performances here,” Willian said. “I almost had a hat trick. We were a bit unlucky but we must be proud of our performance because we played really well. To play against Barcelona is not easy.”The strategy was well executed by Conte in the competition the Italian coach might have to win to stay in the job into next season.“We had to stay compact, we had a plan and we did exactly as we expected,” Willian said. “They had the ball and we expected to counterattack.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Chelsea’s Willian, celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game during the Champions League round of sixteen first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (Adam Davy/PA via AP)LONDON — Willian isn’t used to receiving much acclaim. Even a place in Chelsea’s starting lineup isn’t certain.And if any Chelsea player was going to outshine Lionel Messi against Barcelona, surely it was going to be Eden Hazard.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer NBA: Cavs star James opposes playoff changes Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Without Ronaldo, Portugal draws with Modric’s Croatia

first_imgLATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Croatia’s Luka Modric fights for the ball with Portugal’s Mario Rui, right, during the international friendly soccer match between Portugal and Croatia at the Algarve stadium, outside Faro, Portugal, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)FARO, Portugal — With Cristiano Ronaldo absent and Luka Modric in action, Portugal and Croatia drew 1-1 in a friendly Thursday.In its first game since reaching the World Cup final, Croatia got on the board with forward Ivan Perisic’s goal and defender Pepe equalized before halftime.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Defending European champion Portugal will make its UEFA Nations League debut against Italy on Monday. Croatia will open at Spain on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The Portuguese had most of the scoring chances but could not break through the Croatian defense at Algarve Stadium in southern Portugal.Coach Fernando Santos did not call up Ronaldo saying the player needed more rest following a busy summer that included a transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Modric, a finalist with Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah for the FIFA player of the year award, was substituted in the second half.Portugal was eliminated by Uruguay in the round of 16 of the World Cup. Croatia lost the final to France. Read Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Net gain: Serena Williams reaches her 9th US Open final Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READlast_img read more

Study looks at toddlers’ sleep

first_imgBy Felice J. Freyer THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Anyone who has cared for toddlers knows that many mysteries lurk in the 2- and 3-year-old brain. One of the biggest concerns their sleep. How much do they need? Why does one child conk out at 7 p.m. while others are still playing outside? When and why will he stop napping? Does it matter if he skips the nap? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityYou won’t find answers in the parenting books. Almost nothing is known about the biological processes that determine when and how much a preschooler sleeps, nor what happens when she doesn’t sleep enough. That’s because – as anyone who has cared for a toddler can understand – research on children this age is exceedingly difficult. Fortunately for concerned parents and curious sleep scientists, Monique K. LeBourgeois has entered the breach. A research professor at Brown University, LeBourgeois and two assistants have been visiting cooperative families in their homes, where they befriend the resident toddler, use games, books and toys to keep the little one awake, and measure the results. Their laboratory consists of portable file boxes and computer-stuffed backpacks; their skills include Play-Doh sculpture, nose-wiping and cuddling. “It takes time and effort,” LeBourgeois says. “You have to be in tune to the young kid.” With grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and drug-maker Sepracor, LeBourgeois is studying how skipping or delaying a nap – they call it “nap deprivation” – changes youngsters’ behavior and emotions. As far as she knows, she’s the first person ever to examine the question. It’s a crucial question. During the period from 2 to 5 years old, children’s sleep patterns reorganize, making the transition from once-a-day napping to staying awake all day. At the same time, this is the period when they are learning some independence and self-control. Preschools and kindergartens are questioning whether to replace naptime with more learning. But does skipping a nap affect a child’s ability to learn? “(LeBourgeois’) research will give us the first peek into what’s going on at this development stage with how the brain is trying to organize sleep,” says Mary A. Carskadon, director of the Bradley Hospital Sleep and Chronobiology Research Lab, whose work on adolescents has made her one of the best-known sleep researchers in the country. “That will help us understand more about how parents should be viewing sleep and helping their children manage sleep at this young age.” Recently, LeBourgeois took her traveling sleep lab to a quiet neighborhood in Cranston, R.I., to visit 3-year-old Genevieve Steever. Genevieve had participated in a 25-day study last winter, and she’s going to repeat the process a year later. The researchers wanted to reacquaint her with the procedures so she’ll be at ease when the experiment resumes. LeBourgeois’ research assistant, Katherine G. Garlo, sat on the living room floor with blond-haired Genevieve. The little girl covered her face in a fit of shyness. “Do you want to sit on my lap?” Garlo asked her gently. Genevieve cried. “I want my mommy.” Her mother, Michelle Steever, rushed in and scooped her onto her lap. Genevieve was quickly soothed, and Garlo handed cotton rolls to the girl and her mother. “How do I do it?” Genevieve put the roll in her mouth and chewed it. “Will you put it in the machine?” Garlo asked Genevieve. She dropped her cotton stick into a centrifuge the size of a microwave oven, and Garlo set it spinning. In a few seconds Garlo pulled out test tube containing about a teaspoon of spit. “Look how much you got!” The saliva, collected on many occasions throughout the study, is analyzed for levels of the hormone melatonin. An increase in melatonin makes it easier to fall asleep and indicates that the brain’s “clock” – the internal system that regulates sleeping and waking – is moving its hands toward nighttime. At other times, the saliva will be tested for levels of cortisol, a hormone released during stress. Early results from the first 10 participants showed surprising variation in the time of day when melatonin levels started to rise. Some children’s brains were ready for sleep as early as 6:15 or 6:30p.m., while others went as late as 8:30. But all tended to have melatonin boosts at least two hours earlier than adults or adolescents. On five days during the study, the researchers manipulate sleep times by keeping the children stimulated with activities through naptime or past the usual bedtime. Then they put the children to sleep with electrodes attached to the scalp, face, shoulder and side. How do you get a toddler to wear electrodes to sleep? With lots of practice. Genevieve Steever, who called the electrodes “sleep stickers,” would wear them every night, even when there was no sleep study, her mother said. When the researchers return in a few months, the stickers will go live. They’ll measure brain waves, eye movements, muscle activity and heartbeat while the child sleeps – patterns that reveal the body’s “hunger” for sleep.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Florida family dies in fire

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe fire started in the dining room, but its exact cause had not been determined, said Tom Francis, a spokesman for the Jacksonville Fire-Rescue Department. Neighbor Crystal Galbraith, 20, said she woke up after hearing an explosion. She looked out the window and said the whole house was on fire. “There was no saving them,” she said. “Those babies didn’t have a chance for a life.” JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Fire spread through a mobile home early Friday, killing four young siblings and their grandparents just hours after the family returned from a trip to Louisiana. A family spokesman identified the victims as 6-year-old twins Jennifer and Jessica Church, their brothers Jarod, 7, and James Jr., 12, and their grandparents Franklin Church, 61, and Brenda Church, 57. The children lived with their grandparents, two doors from their father’s home, said family spokesman Tom Marcum, a minister at Mandarin Church of Christ. The children’s mother lived in Louisiana. Neighbors said the family had returned home around 1 a.m., two hours before firefighters arrived to find the home engulfed in flames. A burned van was parked in the driveway with a trailer attached to it. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fabulous Flower Festival returns to Buncrana

first_imgAfter a ten year break, the highly successful International Flower Festival returns on Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June 2017. It will be held in the picturesque seaside Donegal town of Buncrana on the Inishowen Peninsula. St Mary’s Oratory, Buncrana will host a plethora of international floral designers such as Jayne Marsh, Christine Skipper and Catherine Carter, whose fabulous creations will be on display. Irish florists at the festival include John Paul, Derry and Avine Corcoran, Dublin. Jean Bruce, Chairperson of NIFAS (Northern Ireland Flower Arranging Society) will be in attendance and there will also be a design team from the local area.The fundraising weekend will include demonstrations, workshops and a chance to meet the designers. Visit flowerfestivalbuncrana.comSee the poster below for event times and workshops: Fabulous Flower Festival returns to Buncrana was last modified: June 17th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaeventsflower festivalSt Maryslast_img read more

GAA NEWS: CONVOY LADIES DUO IN ACTION FOR LYIT IN DONAGHY CUP

first_imgLotto 5/4/16: FH LH MN TY, 3 people matched 3 counties sharing €100. Niamh Mailey Convoy, Martina Gallagher Ballybofey, Sarah Logan Raphoe. Jackpot next week €3900.Underage Training on Friday from 6-7 bring €2 and water bottle.Can all coaches please be available as we have a large number of children attending and need help.Anyone who wishes to help out with coaching or Teams let Coaches know as we would really appreciate the Help. U14 girls training as norm on Tuesday at 6-7:30. Details of gameGame on Sat TBCU 14 Boys training as normGame on this Monday at home v Glenfin at 6.45Gaelic for Mothers and others at 8.15 on Wed New Players are welcome come along for the fun and of course fitnessLadies training as Norm Wed and Fri new players welcomeHard luck to our Ladies who lost out to Glenties on Sun Men Training continues as Normal new players welcomeGame V Red Hughs check page for DetailsThe Club presentation night will be held shortly details to followWell done to All our players Boys and Girls who represented the Club at County Level at the weekend keep up the good work .Congrats to our Players involved with Donegal Ladies another fantastic win .Best Wishes also to Annie-rose Quinn and Victoria Kelly who are playing for the LYIT in the Donaghy Cup Final on TuesGAA NEWS: CONVOY LADIES DUO IN ACTION FOR LYIT IN DONAGHY CUP was last modified: April 12th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:convoyGAASportlast_img read more

PARENTS MUST STEP UP TO THE PLATE ON CYBERBULLYING – MCHUGH

first_imgDeputy Joe McHugh, has said that adults must step up to the plate to help young people tackle teenage cyber bullying.Deputy McHughDeputy McHugh was speaking after a visit to Loreto CS in Milford.“Discussions that I had with students at Loreto CS were very illuminating. The students were very open about discussing cyber bullying; many in class yesterday had experienced some form of bullying online. “These teenagers are mature about the issue and they are conscious that there will never be a fool-proof system, but are very eager to start a peer debate on online respect,” he said.He added that adults must participate in this very necessary debate about confronting vitriolic online exchanges.“Parents of some of the children whom I met have banned access in the home to some websites and I believe that there is a need for a full debate on this aspect of the problem. There is similarly a very important role for online sites which have a responsibility to show leadership in safeguarding this type of activity on their sites.“Online participation is central at all levels of our society today. It is up to all of us to decide the rules of engagement. The discussions that I had yesterday at Loreto CS showed that teenagers are clearly aware of the associated cyber bullying problem and are anxious that it be confronted. “The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD, held an Anti-Bullying Forum in May 2012, from which he established a Working Group to examine issues related to tackling all forms of bullying in schools.“I am aware that this Group is examining a range of issues across the country, and that English and Scottish strategies for overcoming bullying have been examined. I asked Minister Quinn about the Group’s work in the Dáil last month, and he confirmed that it will complete its work before the end of 2012.“The clear message that I wish to relay to Minister Quinn and the Working Group from the students whom I met in Loreto CS yesterday is this: please ensure that tackling cyber bullying is at the top of the agenda.”Meanwhile MEP, Pat the Cope Gallagher called on EU policymakers “to wake up to the consequences of online bullying”. Mr. Gallagher was speaking during a key debate on protecting children in the digital world held in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday evening.Following the debate, the European Parliament today approved by a large majority “The Report on Protecting Children in the Digital World” drafted by Italian MEP Silvia Costa. Mr. Gallagher stated during the debate that “In Ireland, we unfortunately have become all too aware of the terrible consequences of online bullying due to several tragic incidents”.“The report recognises the risk posed by the internet in terms of online intimidation and bullying.”“I fully support the recommendation contained in the report which calls for an educational alliance among families, schools and civil society to protect all children on the internet.”“I also support the need for greater awareness raising initiatives aimed at parents and schools. It is also necessary to introduce the proper mechanisms at school level to support those who have been affected by online bullying.” “It is vital that we continue to train and educate both parents and teachers to keep them up to speed with new technologies, social networking sites and crucially how young people use them.”PARENTS MUST STEP UP TO THE PLATE ON CYBERBULLYING – MCHUGH was last modified: November 20th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CYBERBULLYINGdeputy joe mchughPARENTSlast_img read more

DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE REPORTS SUNDAYUlster Junior CupGweedore Celtic 1 Redcastle F.C. 0A strong crossfield wind made conditions difficult but credit to both teams for serving up a good game of football. The home team should have been ahead as early as the first minute but Brendan Mc Geady scooped over from a yard out. Mc Geady turned provider on twenty five minutes when his cross wasn’t cleared and Chris Porter hit a great shot into the roof of the net. The home team were well on top for the rest of the half but could not extend the lead.The second half was a more even affair. Michael McKelvey did well to block a good shot from a Redcastle forward and shortly after Cathal Campbell cleared off the line. As Redcastle pushed for an equaliser Gweedore were content to counter-attack with chances falling for Jamie Boyle, Declan Doherty and Tommy Diver. Diver must wonder how he failed to register on the score sheet with a number of great chances. Best for Gweedore Declan Doherty and Jamie Boyle.A team performance from Redcastle. Referee: Kevin LogueMilford United 2 Carndonagh F.C. 1Milford United progressed to the next round of the Ulster Junior Cup when they defeated the holders, Carndonagh F.C., at the Flagpole Field in Rathmullan. Milford have enjoyed recent success in this competition, winning the Cup in 2012, and on this display they could be a good bet for the 2014 laurels. A strong swirling breeze didn’t make for pretty football but Milford handled the conditions well once they settled down. Gary Merritt showed early on that he was up for this game as he caused trouble for the visiting defence on numerous occasions in the opening exchanges. It was no surprise that he was the scorer when Milford took the lead just before the interval. His well placed shot giving Seamus Houghton no chance in the Carndonagh net.The Inishowen side enjoyed their best spell at the start of the second half and in this period they found an equalising goal when Ronan Doherty fired home the rebound after Donacha Gallagher’s shot was parried out by Caolan Mc Gettigan in the home net. This was to be the visitor’s only goal as Milford controlled the match until the finish. They scored their winner from the penalty spot after Gary Merritt had been fouled by Cathal Doherty in the penalty area. Mark Flood making no mistake from twelve yards. Best for Milford: Gary Merritt, PJ Hagan and Mark Flood. Referee: Paddy DuffyDunree United 1 Lifford Celtic 2 Lifford Celtic made the trip to Dunree United on Sunday for an Ulster Junior Cup match against the local side. The game was scoreless at the interval but the Donegal Junior League side went on to claim a worthwhile victory. Goals from Stuart Carlin and Jonny Robb gave the Greenbrae men a comfortable second half lead. Dunree United did muster a late reply but their single goal wasn’t enough to prevent the Lifford outfit from progressing to the next round.Gweedore United 2 Rathmullan Celtic 2 (a.e.t.)(Gweedore United won 5-4 on penalties)Gweedore United took full advantage of their floodlighting system on Saturday night when they hosted fellow Donegal Junior League side, Rathmullan Celtic, in the Ulster Junior Cup. Played in front of a sizeable attendance this was a pulsating affair from start to finish. The visitors took the lead on forty minutes when Niall Doherty sprung the Gweedore United off-side trap and finished heatedly past the home custodian Liam Mc Fadden. Hit by that late opening half strike Gweedore United didn’t allow the scoreline to deflate their ambitions. They emerged for the second half with all guns blazing. On fifty minutes Shane O’ Donnell levelled the scores when he curled a twenty five yard free-kick around the Rathmullan Celtic defensive wall beyond the reach of Shay Coyle in the visitor’s net. On sixty three minutes the home team went in front. Lee Ferry sent his right wing free-kick towards Coyle’s near hand post but before the ball could get to the waiting arms of the Rathmullan keeper Michael Connolly dived at full length to steer the ball into the net with his head. This goal was met with much applause by the Gweedore followers in the crowd and set up an exciting finish. Rathmullan equalised on eighty one minutes when Kevin Mc Carry bursts through the United defence and fired home. With neither team able to add to the scoreline during extra-time it went to penalties. Gweedore United prevailed by five goals to four from the twelve yard line. Best for Gweedore United: Shane O’ Donnell and Frank Mc Gee. Best for Rathmullan Celtic: Patrick Patton and Eamonn Sheridan. Referee: Mick Lagan. Gweedore United Reserves 1 Aileach F.C. 2This match played in terrible weather conditions saw the visitors advance to the next round of the shield following a tight encounter. Both sides had chances in the first half however Aileach broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute when Dermot Mc Glynn scored a good free kick from 25 yards. United had plenty of chances to equalise through Eoin Doohan, John Mc Fadden and Brian Gallagher however the Aileach keeper did well on each occasion and the score remained 1-0 until half time. In the 65th minute United got back on level terms when Stephen O’ Donnell finished well from close range following a good pass from Martin Doohan. Aileach were only behind for five minutes when they scored the winner through Liam Burke, a good individual effort. Good efforts for both sides in extremely poor weather conditions. Referee: Martin QuinnWatson Hire Division OneCastlefin Celtic 1 Dunkineely Celtic 3In this game reversed to Darney Park Dunkineely Celtic gained three valuable points in their effort to gain promotion back to the Premier Division. Played in very stormy conditions both teams struggled to take advantage when playing with the wind. Dunkineely had the wind at their backs in the first half and had the first effort on goal after nine minutes, Adrian Ward’s effort from twenty yards skimming the bar. Castlefin came into the game more after this and were playing some good controlled football into the wind. They forced a number of corners and Dunkineely were forced to defend desperately clearing one effort off the line and lucky to see another hit the post and go wide. Dunkineely failed to make the Castlefin keeper work during the first half and were lucky to go in at the break on level terms.The second half followed the same pattern as the first. Dunkineely played much better football against the wind and Castlefin struggled to create clear cut chances with the advantage of the elements. On 55 minutes Andrew Mackey had a shot blocked when set up by Cian Kennedy. Dunkineely took the lead on 65 minutes when they broke quickly following a Castlefin corner. Andrew Mackey found Cian Kennedy with a great crossfield pass and he rounded the keeper before shooting home. They doubled their lead on 75 minutes when Andrew Mackey scored from close range after good work by Cian Kennedy. Castlefin got back into the game two minutes later when Emmet White scored from 12 yards. Dunkineely wrapped up the points on 85 minutes when Pauric Conaghan and Adrian Ward combined on the left wing to set up Adrian Nesbitt who scored from close range. Best for Castlefin: Emmet White and Mark Carlin while Adrian Ward and Andrew Mackey were best for Dunkineely. Referee: Marty Mc Garrigle.Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 3 Lagan Harps 0Kerrykeel recorded a fine win over Lagan Harps on Sunday in windswept conditions. Both teams started well with Kevin Diver going close for Lagan and Fergal Friel for the ‘71. The deadlock was broken on twenty one minutes when Johnny Nanny scored from close range after a Seimie Coshia cross. On the stroke of half time Lagan thought they had drawn level when a long range free from the halfway line was headed towards goal by Brian Kelly only for Mark Mc Conigley to pull off an outstanding save. Marty Mc Ateer hit the post for the homeside on forty six minutes from a free kick on the edge of the box. Lagan kept pushing and again Kerrykeel had keeper Mark Mc Conigley to thank with another brilliant save. Kerrykeel hit Lagan on the counter attack and made it two on seventy three minutes when Marty Mc Ateer split the Lagan defence with a great ball and Johnny Nanny played in his brother Sparky to drill home. The points were made safe on eighty two minutes, this time Fergal Friel heading home a Kevin Loughrey cross. Best for Kerrykeel ‘71: Mark Mc Conigley, Johnny Nanny and Paddy Mc Grenaghan. Team effort from Lagan Harps. Referee: Mickey MulhernIMPORTANT FIXTURE NOTICEThe Downtown Cup match between Curragh Athletic Reserves and Fintown Harps AFC which was fixed for next Saturday 1st February has been brought forward and will now take place on Wednesday night next, 29th January at the New Camp in Killygordan, kick-off 7.30p.m.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTSSATURDAYOn Saturday only three of the six scheduled games beat the weather as the county was hit on Friday by incessant overnight rain which, accompanied by strong winds, continued in many places throughout Saturday. The games that did go ahead however produced plenty of goals with four teams hitting three apiece and another recording two.Old Orchard Saturday Division OneGlenea United Reserves 3 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 3In wintry conditions Glenea and Castlefin did their best to keep the onlookers entertained. In the 1st half it was the border men that settled quickest and with the wind at their backs took control of the game. They took the lead on 20 minutes when Michael Griffin headed home Marcus Curran’s in swinging free-kick. Castlefin pushed hard to increase their lead but failed to take the chances that came their way and as the half progressed the home side came more into the game. In the 2nd half it was the away side that increased their lead with Michael Griffin converting a penalty after 50 minutes. Glenea pulled a goal back on the hour when Dean Gallagher headed home a Darren Mc Geever corner. The home side equalised on 65 minutes when Conor McGee headed home a Padraig McGee free-kick. Both sides pushed hard for a winner and on 85 minutes, Castlefin took the lead when a good counter attack left Mark Lafferty to slot the ball home. The home side were not to be denied however and in the final minute a Padraig McGee free-kick landed in the box and from the resultant scramble Mark Harley forced the ball home.Best for Glenea were Shane Penrose and Dean Gallagher while Marcus Curran and Mark Lafferty were best for Castlefin. Referee: Michael McFadden.Erne Wanderers 3 Mulroy Celtic 0Erne Wanderers hosted Mulroy Celtic on Friday night at the lakeside under the lights. It was a game that the hosts totally dominated from start to finish and only for the heroics of the away keeper, Jerome Doherty, and some terrible finishing from Erne it really could have been in double figures. The first goal came on fifteen minutes when David Dolan got on the end of an Alan Russell through ball down the left channel and he made no mistake from eighteen yards shooting across the keeper into bottom corner. The remainder of the half saw the home team camped in Celtic’s half and saw chance after chance go abegging, much to the frustration of the home team. The second goal eventually arrived right on halftime when Michael McNulty blasted into the bottom corner from just inside the box. The second half started much the same with Erne on top and dominating possession and with the front three of Dolan, Spratt and McNeely all on deadly form they were always a huge threat. The third came through Michael McNeely on 70 minutes when he showed great feet to trick three Mulroy defender’s and leave them trailing and found the back of the net with a neat finish. Erne kept pushing for more but poor finishing and some great’ keeping kept the score at just three. Best for Erne was Dolan with Russell and Spratt not far behind him. Best for Mulroy was Jerome Doherty. Referee: Seamus Mc Groary.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoDonegal Town Reserves 3 Milford United Reserves 2Donegal Town gave themselves plenty to do in the last twenty minutes but managed to hold on to secure a vital three points on return to league action on Saturday. Having led three nil, two late goals from Lee Burke and Conor Murchan left the game right in the balance up until the final whistle. Donegal took the lead early in the first half when David Bustard powered home a tremendous header from a free kick just inside the Milford half. Ciaran McGinley doubled the lead before half time with a superb solo effort beating several Milford players to finish well inside the area. The home side pressed after half time and a free kick from Ciarán O’Reilly looked to have made the points safe. Milford to their credit kept battling and Murchan’s penalty and a great team goal finished off by Burke meant the visitors almost secured an unlikely point. Best for Donegal were Ciaran McGinley, Joe Lafferty and Christian Mc Gettigan with Milford putting in a solid team display.Referee: Andrew MullinDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAYOld Orchard Saturday Division OneGlenea United Reserves 3 v 3 Castlefin Celtic ReservesSt. Catherines Reserves P v P Fintown Harps AFCErne Wanderers 3 v 0 Mulroy CelticOrchard F.C. P v P Ramelton MarinersGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoArranmore United P v P Glenree United ReservesDonegal Town Reserves 3 v 2 Milford United ReservesSUNDAYUlster Junior CupGweedore Celtic 1 v 0 Redcastle F.C.Milford United 2 v 1 Carndonagh F.C.Dunree United 1 v 2 Lifford CelticClonmany Shamrocks 2 v 1 Cranford UnitedGweedore United 2 v 2 (a.e.t.) Rathmullan Celtic(Gweedore United won 5-4 on penalties)Moville Celtic 4 v 2 St. CatherinesGweedore United Reserves 1 v 2 Aileach F.C.Cockhill Celtic Youths 2 v 1 Whitestrand UnitedDrumbar Celtic 0 v 3 Moville CelticRaphoe Town P v P Cockhill Celtic YouthsWatson Hire Division OneCappry Rovers P v P Bonagee UnitedDrumoghill F.C. P v P Eany CelticCastlefin Celtic 1 v 3 Dunkineely CelticKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 3 v 0 Lagan HarpsDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESWEDNESDAY 29-01-2014 K.O. 7.30 p.m.Downtown CupCurragh Athletic Reserves v Fintown Harps AFCSATURDAY 01-02-2014 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday Division OneErne Wanderers v Glenea United ReservesRamelton Mariners v Mulroy CelticGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers v Strand RoversKeadue Rovers Reserve v Donegal Town ReservesGlenree United Reserves v Gweedore United ReservesSUNDAY 02-02-2014 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionMilford United v Lifford CelticKilmacrennan Celtic v Cranford UnitedGweedore Celtic v Glenea UnitedSt. Catherines v Rathmullan CelticCurragh Athletic v Donegal TownWatson Hire Division OneKerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Castlefin CelticGweedore United v Drumoghill F.C.Bonagee United v Eany CelticKeadue Rovers v Dunkineely CelticLagan Harps v Cappry RoversCT Ball Division TwoBallybofey United v Deele HarpsDrumbar F.C. v Copany RoversConvoy Arsenal v Glenree UnitedDunlewy Celtic v Whitestrand UnitedRaphoe Town v Letterbarrow CelticDONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: January 26th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

LETTERKENNY RFC ‘TRY’ A DIFFERENT KIND OF FUNDRAISING ‘DRIVE’

first_imgIf you happen to see a bunch of rugby players pushing a Toyota today – don’t worry.They haven’t broken down on their way to some vital fixture. Instead members of Letterkenny Rugby Club are pushing the car from Mountcharles to Letterkenny to raise much-needed funds for the club.According to those on the great car push, things are moving nicely.The lads are due in Letterkenny after 7pm – as long as they don’t get a puncture of break down!Fair play to all involved. LETTERKENNY RFC ‘TRY’ A DIFFERENT KIND OF FUNDRAISING ‘DRIVE’ was last modified: April 12th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalKelly’s ToyotaLETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUBpushlast_img read more

Kevin Durant will like NBA’s ruling on latest technical

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!MEMPHIS — Unlike some of the whistles he heard this season, Kevin Durant will agree with this call. The NBA rescinded Durant’s technical from the Warriors’ season-ending loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.That brings Durant’s technical total down to 15, a move that will save the Warriors’ star about $5,000 he would have owed the league. The NBA also …last_img read more