LeBron James’ Lakers finale veers off script

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)As movie pitches go, LeBron James’ move to the Los Angeles Lakers had all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster.An ageing NBA superstar joins a storied-but-struggling franchise and leads a dramatic revival which transforms the team into title contenders.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Since then, however, the Lakers have won nine games and lost 17, a slump which has seen them fall out of the playoff rankings into 11th spot in the West, three places adrift of the eighth postseason slot.Much of that slide can be attributed to James’ prolonged absence due to a groin injury, with the 34-year-old missing all of January before returning for a 123-120 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on February 1.However, the Lakers have continued to struggle even with James back in the line-up.READ: Anthony Davis-less Pelicans stunt Lakers playoff push A chastening sequence of results has included the heaviest defeat of James’ career, a 136-94 pounding by the Indiana Pacers, as well as losses to lower-ranked opponents who have little to play for.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? One unnamed NBA executive believes James bears some of the responsibility for the Lakers’ problems by making no secret of his admiration for Davis.“He killed the Lakers’ chemistry,” the executive told Bleacher Report. “He shouldn’t have been so public about it.”Other pundits, however, believe the Lakers’ problems are linked directly to James’ fitness and his lengthy injury layoff.“The biggest problem with the Los Angeles Lakers is LeBron James,” Stephen A. Smith told ESPN’s First Take show.“Age, attrition or injury. Something is not right. He doesn’t look like himself.”James meanwhile has always cautioned that rebuilding the Lakers would be a long-term project, stating in September that he anticipated “bumps and bruises” as the team attempted to rebuild after missing the playoffs for five straight seasons prior to his arrival.But James must now conjure something remarkable over the final weeks of the regular season if he is to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time in his career since 2005.The Lakers face a brutal run-in which includes games against Boston, Denver, Toronto and Milwaukee.A daunting final six-game stretch sees them play New Orleans, Golden State, Oklahoma City, the Clippers, Utah and Portland. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Team USA among No. 1 seeds for FIBA World Cup in China The most recent of those came on Monday against the Memphis Grizzlies, who are one place off the bottom of the West with a 24-38 record.James later appeared to question his team-mates’ focus after Monday’s 110-105 reverse in Memphis, suggesting that any player unable to cope with the pressure of chasing a playoff berth should find another club.Locker room turmoil?“At this point if you are still allowing distractions to affect how the way you play, then this is the wrong franchise to be a part of and you should just come and be like, ‘Listen, I don’t think this is for me’,” James told reporters.Those kind of comments are unlikely to endear him to a locker room which has reportedly been in turmoil since the team’s pursuit of New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis ended in failure in early February.The Lakers were reported to have offered several prominent members of their roster in exchange for Davis, including Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Ivica Zubac and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.READ: LeBron James not ‘chasing’ Lakers rebuildJames meanwhile had earlier spoken favorably of a possible link-up with Davis, saying playing alongside the Pelicans ace would be “amazing”.The perception that the Lakers’ pursuit of Davis was going ahead with James’ blessing was pounced upon by rival fans.Ingram was subjected to taunts of “LeBron’s gonna trade you” during the loss to Indiana on February 5. 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Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 But five months after James began training with the Lakers, the perfectly scripted finale has been stuck in what entertainment industry executives call “development hell”.After a promising start to their new era, the Lakers have tailed off dramatically since an injured James limped out of a Christmas Day upset of the mighty Golden State Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsREAD: Grizzlies overcome LeBron James’ triple double, dent Lakers’ playoff At that point, the Lakers were still firmly in the Western Conference playoff hunt with a respectable 20-14 record. 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Long live respect and loyalty to the Constitution!

first_imgDear Editor,Last week the Greek Parliament had before it, a “No-confidence Motion” which after discussion and debate resulted in the Motion being defeated by a one vote majority, the Government survived.Likewise, the British Parliament faced a No-confidence Motion brought by the Opposition. That Motion was defeated; hence the Government was not required to resign.During the said week in the British Parliament, a day before the No-confidence Motion there was another Motion on “Brexit” as presented by the Prime Minister. It was not passed! Why? Because 118 members of the party in power with a significant majority in the house voted against the Motion. The Motion failed. There was no vilification or derogation of those Government MPs who voted against the Motion. It was seen as a democratic process, not a betrayal of trust. Instead, it reflected a democratic process and the entrenched tradition of the British Parliament and its people.In Guyana, when the Opposition moved a No-confidence Motion on the 21st December, 2018 in the National Assembly and a member on the Government side supported the Opposition, it appeared to some persons as an act of infamy and repulsive to parliamentary norms.After the Government member voted “yes”, hell broke loose in the Assembly. There were efforts to halt the counting of the votes, also reported abuse, threats and assault of the perceived offending member. The Government members realized at that stage that it was the end of their tenure as it would lead to a 33/32 vote which would be a majority vote. It signaled the premature end of the Government in office.From behavioural patterns of the Parliamentarians in the Assembly on that day, it was obvious that at critical stages the members of the Assembly knew, understood, recognized and accepted the implications of a 33/32 vote in favour of the Opposition. The Motion was duly carried. This was confirmed by the Clerk of the Assembly and pronounced on by the Speaker. The Prime Minister conceded that the No-confidence Motion was legally passed and he formally accepted that position and alluded to the various things which have to follow. He announced that the Government had fallen. The democratic trees bloomed only a short while.LawsLaws are made for the security of citizens and the harmonious development of society so that each and every citizen will enjoy and preserve his/her entitled rights.In like manner institutions created under those laws, rules, regulations, traditions and conventions are equally embraced to assure the security and development of the citizens.This goal is accepted by the leaders of the entire society.The separation of powers in which three (3) branches of government are independently established being the Executive, the Parliament and the Judiciary ensure the effective working of a Democratic process.The Nation is now confronted with national issues including qualification of sitting members of Parliament and what constitutes a majority.MajorityIt will be naïve to separate the voting on the No-confidence Motion on the 21st December, 2018 from what has been the established historical norm and current practice that obtain in the National Assembly.There is no ambiguity in stating that 33 is greater than 32. Those known 33/32 figures have guided the business and decisions in the Assembly over many years.On the question of majority, it is necessary to determine what happens in the Assembly when there is an equality of votes. Article 168(1) and (2) of the Constitution states:“(1) Save as otherwise provided by this Constitution, all question proposed for decision in the National Assembly shall be determined by a majority of the votes of the members present and voting.(2) Except as provided by the next following paragraph, the Speaker or other member presiding in the Assembly shall not vote unless on any question the votes are equally divided, in which case he shall have and exercise a casting vote.(3) A Speaker elected from among persons who are not members of the Assembly shall have neither an original nor a casting vote and if, upon any question before the Assembly when such a Speaker is presiding, the votes of the members are equally divided, the motion shall be lost.”The vote being 33 to 32 carried as pronounced by the Speaker was a majority.IneligibilityArguments have been made claiming that the vote of the Government member who supported the Opposition Motion should be disregarded. The rationale given is that the said member of Government Bench is a citizen of a foreign country and ought not to have been in the National Assembly.However, Article 165(2) of the Constitution states:“(2) The Assembly may act notwithstanding any vacancy in its membership (including any vacancy not filled when the Assembly first meets after the commencement of this Constitution or after any dissolution of Parliament) and the presence or participation of any person not entitled to be present at or to participate in the proceedings of the Assembly shall not invalidate those proceedings. That Article negates the argument that a perceived disqualified member who participated in the proceedings and voted that such a vote lacks validity. In law there is the established maxim which addresses the presumption of regularity and it appears that Article 165(2) above preserves that concept.Recent reports in the media suggest that members of the Government, including Ministers, fall into the same category of that member of Parliament whose vote they want to nullify.Assuming but not admitting that the vote of the questioned member is a nullity, what is the legal consequence in relation to the volume of laws passed in the said Assembly, in which members of identical status of the questioned member voted ‘yes!’?It is inviting anarchy if all of those laws are to be annulled, especially the budgetary laws.What is the consequence of a No-confidence Motion with which has been properly passed and validated by the speaker?The consequence is captured by Article 106(6) of the Constitution which states:“(6) The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”The honourable Speaker of the National Assembly is worthy of the highest commendation for being fair, firm, fearless and resolute in his refusal to rescind the decision pronounced by him in the National Assembly on the 21st December, 2018 that cannot be changed.As the poet observed:“The moving finger writes and having writ moves on nor all thy piety nor writ shall lure it back again to cancel half a line or all thy tears wash out a word of it.”(Simply put, what’s done cannot be undone)This matter has now moved away from the legislative arm of Government to the judicial arm.The citizens, politicians, various organizations, the international community, Caricom and the world at large await the pronouncement of the Court. Democracy is alive! Long live respect and loyalty to the Constitution!Sincerely,Jailall T Kissoon andVibert Parvatan,Former Ministers ofthe Governmentlast_img read more

Kakamega’s Joshua Otieno set for US stint

first_img0Shares0000Kakamega Homeboyz’s Joshua Otieno controls the ball under pressure from St Antony Boys’ Silas ‘Kante’ Ogana during their National Secondary School Games match at the Hill School in Eldoret on July 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 30- Kakamega High School midfielder Joshua Otieno is set to travel to the United States in September after the East Africa School Games for a scholarship according to his coach Brendan Mwinamo.Otieno who was part of Kenya’s All-Star team that travelled to play Hull City’s reserves last year in the United Kingdom starred for Kakamega as they won the Kenya National Secondary School Games football title in Eldoret last week. “Joshua will be leaving around September 15 for the United States. He is going for a scholarship that will also include playing football. It will either be in Michigan or Colorado and we are very happy with that opportunity. Life is about grabbing the opportunities when they come and one has presented itself for Joshua, let him take it,” Mwinamo told Capital Sport.The midfielder sprung to the limelight after starring for the Sony Sugar Under-19 team during last year’s Kenyan Premier League Under-19 tournament leading to his selection to the Kenyan team to Hull where he went on to remain for a training stint with the club’s junior team.Kakamega High School coach Brendan Mwinamo issues instructions to midfielder Joshua Otieno during their National Secondary School Games final at the Hill School in Eldoret on July 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe has been playing for the Green Commandos in the National Super League where he has also been a star player, helping them to stay afloat in their debut season.“Players will always come and go so Joshua’s exit will not be a huge blow for us. Very many good players have come through my hands and I have gone on to bring others. We will go back to school and get others to replace him. For us is to wish him well because that is our joy seeing our players prosper,” Mwinamo stated.Otieno meanwhile says he is ready for his next career challenge and says playing in the NSL has contributed a lot to him scaling the heights.“The NSL has really helped me grow because it is a challenging league with experienced players. We are a young team but still we manage to get good results and play well. I feel I am a better player this year,” Otieno says adding that several teams have knocked on his door asking for his services.Southampton Global Football Development Manager Andrew Martino has a chat with Joshua Otieno during the opening day of the training camp on APril 24, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe midfielder reflects on his life changing experience in Hull where he says the coaches instilled a lot of confidence in him, pointing out it is at this point he affirmed that football was what he wanted to do for a living.“It was a great experience. I contained myself and wasn’t overly excited lest I miss out on the opportunity of learning. The coaches kept encouraging me and telling me I have the talent so I just need to work harder,” Otieno narrates.He adds; “To me that was like a push into belief. It gave me some new strength and I came back home with more determination to make it at the top.”Otieno whose love for football was fueled on the line of duty as a ball boy at Sony Sugar’s home ground in Awendo hopes he can follow the footsteps of the likes of Victor Wanyama and his elder brother MacDonald Mariga.Joshua Otieno remained in Hull City to train with the English Premier League side Academy.PHOTO/courtesy“I have dreams, I have ambitions and I will work hard to fulfil them. I know I have the ability. It is just a matter of hard work,” the shy and soft spoken 17-year old says.He also affirms that moving to Kakamega High from Awendo proved to be a masterstroke in the growth of his footballing career, noting it has placed him on the path he so much desired.“After finishing primary school I wanted to go to a High School where I could also play football and when the chance of joining Kakamega came, I couldn’t resist. It was a good decision coming here,” added Otieno.0Shares0000(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Profits surge at E+I Engineering

first_imgDonegal-based firm E+I Engineering has recorded a powerful profit boost in the last year.The company, which has a plant in Burnfoot, had pre-tax profits of €57million (£50.5m) in 2018 and turnover has jumped by 40% to €263.4m (£227.6m), as revealed by The Times.E+I Engineering is ranked as one of Ireland’s top-performing companies. In 2017, the firm had a £162.8m (€188.4m) turnover, with a £35.2m (€40.7m) pre-tax profit, according to data from the Companies Registration Office. The company, which is owned by Managing Director Philip O’Doherty, is a global leader in the critical power distribution sector, manufacturing electrical switchgear, bus duct systems and energy management software.E+I Engineering site in Burnfoot, Co Donegal.Last year E+I Engineering announced a jobs increase of ninety staff to add to the 700-strong team in the North West.The company has grown from a team of three people in 1987 to employ 1,700 staff globally, with other manufacturing locations in the USA and the United Arab Emirates. The company now operates in over 40 countries around the world.  Profits surge at E+I Engineering was last modified: November 4th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:e&I engineeringlast_img read more

Man who head-butted former schoolmate told to pay him €6K or go to jail

first_imgA young Milford man head-butted a former schoolfriend twice leaving him with serious injuries.Dylan McBride-Buckley was left with a fractured eye-socket and suspected broken nose after being set upon outside The Lagoon in Termon on November 7th, 2015. His attacker, Jason Scullion, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court where he pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Mr McBride Buckley.When Scullion, 19, was arrested, he told Gardai he had a good bit of vodka in him on the night.He said he remembered giving the victim a “wee push” and then head-butting him before jumping in a friend’s car and leaving the scene.The victim suffered a number of injuries and was now living in Dublin but had been working in America.Garda Sophia Esaul, formerly of Milford Garda Station, told the court that the victim was still in fear of coming back to Donegal.Scullion was accompanied into court by a number of family members who were there to support him.Barrister Fiona Crawford said Scullion had an issue with alcohol and anger management which he was addressing.He had an appointment to start a residential care course with the White Oaks Rehabilitation Centre in Muff, she added.She said the men had met and had shaken hands on the issue.Judge Martin Nolan said that because Scullion was trying to address his alcohol and anger issues, that he had no previous convictions and that he had family support, he was not sending him to jail.He did impose a sentence of three years in jail but suspended it for three years.“This was a serious assault which left the victim with serious pain and suffering. What he did was extremely dangerous,” said Judge Nolan.He also ordered that Scullion pay his victim €6,000 within the next 18 months and also be of good behaviour for the next three years.Man who head-butted former schoolmate told to pay him €6K or go to jail was last modified: January 27th, 2017 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:courtJason ScullionMilfordlast_img read more

DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2011

first_imgLINDSAYThe death has taken place December 3rd 2011 at Letterkenny Hospital of Cecelia Lindsay nee Gamble 37 Townparks, Convoy and formerly Castlefin. Reposing at her home today, Sunday, from 6p.m. Funeral leaving her home on Tuesday at 10.20a.m.for Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Church, Convoy at 11a.m. Interment afterwards in the New Cemetery, Convoy. Donations in lieu of flowers please to the Oncology Unit, Letterkenny Hospital c/o 1A Newtown Place, Strabane. Family time please from 11p.m. to 10a.m. Much loved mother of Cara, Stephen and Brian, dearly loved grandmother of Matthew beloved sister of Canice, Damian, Stephanie and the late Brendan.McGEE The death has occurred at St Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar of Margaret McGee, 282 Ard Mc Carron, Ballybofey. Removal from the hospital at 6pm todat going to her late residence. Funeral from there on Tuesday at 10.30am for 11am Requiem Mass in St.Mary’s Church Stranorlar. Interment afterwards in Drumboe Cemetery. Family flowers only please.  Donations in lieu if desired to the Patients Comfort Fund, Barnes View Ward, St.Joseph’s Hospital, C/o any Family member. Family time from 11pm until 10amMcCOLGANThe sudden death has taken place at her late residence of Nora McColgan, late of Carthage, Culdaff. Funeral from there on Tuesday at 10.15am going to St Mary’s Church Bocan from Requiem Mass at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.SHARKEY The death has taken place in Carndonagh Community Hospital of Mary  Sharkey late of Tullagh, Clonmany. Her remains are reposing at John and Josephine Diver’s residence at Tullagh. Funeral from there on Tuesday going to St Mary’s Church Clonmany for Requiem Mass at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery House private from 11pm to 10amBRENNANThe death has taken place at Altnagelvin Hospital of John Brennan, Glengariffe, 68 Curleyhill Road, Strabane and formerly of Letterkenny. Remains will be reposing at his home from 5pm today. Funeral from there on Wednesday at 9.25am going to the Sacred Heart Church, Derry Road, Strabane for Requiem Mass at 10am. Interment afterwards in Conwall Cemetery, Letterkenny. Donations in lieu of flowers to the Alzeimer’s Society c/0 Quigley Funeral Directors, 1ANewtown Place, Strabane.GARVEYThe death has occurred of Norren Garvey, Drimnafingle, Kilcar. Remains reposing at her late residence. Removal from there tomorrow, Monday, at 11.30am for Funeral Mass in St Cartha’s Church, Kilcar at 12noon. Burial afterwards in Kilcar Cemetery. House private please on the morning of the funeral. Further enquiries to John Carr, Funeral Director. GIBSONThe death has taken place at his home of George Gibson, Ballyboe, Convoy. Remains will repose at Gibson’s Funeral Home, Broadpath, Convoy  today from 3pm to 10pm. Funeral from there tomorrow, Monday, at 1.30pm for Service in St Ninian’s Parish Church, Convoy at 2pm. Burial afterwards in the family plot. House is strictly private please. Family flowers only, donations if desired to Donegal Hospice – c/o Gibson Funeral Directors, Convoy.HERRITYThe death has taken place at his home of Paddy Eamonn Herrity, Magheroarty, Gortahork. Funeral tomorrow, Monday, in Christ the King Church, Gortahork at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. BOYLEThe death has taken place of Maggie Boyle, Marramellon, Meenacross. Funeral in St Patrick’s Church, Meenacross tomorrow, Monday, at 12noon. Burial afterwards in Maghery CemeteryDONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2011 was last modified: December 4th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:2011DECEMBER 4DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SUNDAYlast_img read more

KILMACRENNAN DEFEAT GLENCAR TO LIFT DOWNTOWN CUP

first_imgKilmacrennan Celtic Res.    3             Glencar Celtic    1Kevin Mc Menamin ( 2 )                      Chris MalseedDarren Mc Ginley REPORT FROM KILMACRENNAN CELTICThe Downtown Cup final was played on Saturday past down at the Flagpole, Rathmullen. The two giants of the Saturday league went head to head, Kilmac and Glencar.On the two previous league encounters this season both games ended in draws and the likely hood was that this final would be no different as indeed was the case.Paul Doherty was the referee with Marty Quinn and Barry Hunter his assistants . A large crowd was in attendence at the flagpole. The venue had to be switched from Ballyare to Rathmullen as the Donegal League deemed Ballyare unplayable due to the fact that of all the rainfall during the week. The game kicked off at 4pm, like was anticipated the game got off to a blistering pace with both teams looking to get an early goal and settle any nerves that they may have had.The opening 15 minutes belonged to the Lurgysiders as they completely dominated this period and it was no surprise when they took the lead on the 15 min mark when Marty Sweeney won the ball in midfield and played the ball to Kevin Wappa Mc Menamin on the center circle and the wee man poked the ball between two Glencar defenders then completely outpaced his opponents as he bared down on goal where he Cooley placed the ball wide of the advancing Glencar goalkeeper Pajo Rafferty to give Kilmac a well deserved lead.Glencar came more into the game as you would expect, they had alot of possession whilst never able to get in behind the Kilmac rearguard which were marvelous to day.Manager Raymond Shields opted for experience rather than youth for this particular contest and it payed off as Glencar struggled to get any joy over the Kilmac defence, evergreen Shaun Bugie Sandilands was excellent in the sweeper role and big Gary Gorman won everything in the air, John Doherty was surperb at right back he did not put a foot wrong all day.Gavin Gorman at left back was his usual composed and brilliantly effective no nonsence approach, he played really well. Shaun Budgie Sandilands in the sweeper role, well he simply defies age, he has the experience  and he reads the game really well he was the engine of our defence . Big Gary Gorman at centre half, Gary will play in any position you ask him, well he is at home in the center half role and he was one of the reasons why Glencar never got in behind. Marty Sweeney and James Gorman bossed midfield espically in the second half, they were winning 50-50 ball’s and one of they reasons why Kilmac came up the road with the cup, all the manager said to the two boys in the half time talk was simply give another 15% lads and we will win this cup and that is exactly what they did fair play.Shaun O Donnell and Paul Mc Eldowney were magnificent on the flanks both lads worked their socks off and both deserve great credit again they played a major part in our victory. They have Pajo we have Wappa, that was all the talk around Letterkenny in the build up to this final, it may be only a Saturday League Cup final but i can tell you that was all that was talked about in footballing circles all week, iv heard things like Glencar have more quality, Kilmacrennan have more experience, Glencar have Pajo, Kilmacrennan have Wappa, Glencar beat Kilmacrennan in last year’s cup semi-final so Glencar are favourites to be honest people have funny ideas and any one can win in a final.Wappa literally ran himself into the ground, getting two of our goals, simply the wee man is a genius on the ball he reminds me of a youthful George Best perfectly balanced a real sharp shooter and definitly the reason why we are champions and it is no coincidence that the wee man is receiving the Willie Duffy Div 1  Donegal League  Player Of The Year later on this month, he deserves it. Darren Mc Ginley, Wapa’s strike partner is one of those players you couldn’t leave out of a team. Darren is one of those players that comes up with vital goals in big games and today was no different when Darren got that all important vital third goal that killed the game off as a contest. Like i said earlier Glencar were enjoying alot of possession but never looked like getting in behind the Kilmac rearguard . Towards the end of the first half Kilmac were giving away to many stupid freekicks deep in their own half and if you keep giving freekicks Glencar have quality in their ranks and eventually they will hurt you, 37th minute we got hurt when Gary Gorman was adjudged to have raised his foot to high in an effort to clear the ball up field as his foot grazed Eugene O Sullivan on the head referee Paul Doherty gave Glencar a freekick right on the edge of the penalty area.Chris Malseed hit a rasper of a shot that totally deceived Mark Gallagher in goal, just prior to that goal Mark brought of a fabulous instinctive save from the head of Declan Scanlon following a corner kick. The halftime whistle blew and the Kilmac lads headed into the dressin rooms and in my opinion Glencar made a fatal mistake in not doing the same as im told they were very quite during that break. We had the time and peace to reflect on our mistakes and try to correct them and take the positives out of it and go on from there. Our halftime team talk worked as we definitely enjoyed most of the possession in the second half and fully deserved to win. Wappa delivered the all important goal with 13 min left on the clock after a brilliant run from Shaun O Donnell up the right hand side where Shaun cut inside beating three players before slipping Wapa through on goal this time Wapa simply shimmeyed the keeper leaving him on his bum and rolled the ball into an empty net 2 – 1  dream land. Just before Wapa scored two minutes earlier Mark Gallagher was adjudged to have brought down Eugene O Sullivan as he made strides inside the Kilmac penalty area Paul Doherty had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.None of the Glencar players seemed to want to take the penalty a little bit of confusion their normal penalty taker Pajo Rafferty didn’t seem to want to take the penalty, eventually Anthony Doherty summoned up the courage to take the spot kick, he never looked comfortable , when the referee blew his whistle Doherty only took two steps and struck his spot kick which wasn’t hit with any conviction and Mark Gallagher became the hero when he dived to his left and the ball nestled in his arms you just knew our name was on the cup.The game was put to bed on the 85th min when Darren Mc Ginley rifled the ball to the roof of the net from close range when Gavin Gorman won the ball o the left hand side before threading the ball through to Wapa who waltzed past two defenders and the keeper before shooting on goal only to see Noel Malseed clear off the line but his clearence fell to Darren who simply couldn’t miss smashing the ball hard and high to the roof of the net.Kevin Mc Ginley came on late to replace the cramp injured Wapa. In those final minutes big Kevin almost scored when James Gorman released the big man through on goal and Kevin brought a fantastic save out of Pajo in goal where the rebound fell to the feet of Darren Mc Ginley and the wee man composed himself and tried to place the ball high into the corner of the net but his effort was just slightly high of the mark hitting the crossbar and over.The final whistle blew the cup was ours and the celebrations started and continued into the wee early hours of the niight or should i say the morning. It would be unfair to choose a man of the match as each and every single player played a vital part in winning this elusive cup .Well done to all associated with Kilmacrennan Celtic. Next season is a brand new challenge who knows ” the double ” perhaps?KILMACRENNAN DEFEAT GLENCAR TO LIFT DOWNTOWN CUP was last modified: May 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:KILMACRENNAN DEFEAT GLENCAR TO LIFT DOWNTOWN CUPlast_img read more

DONEGAL SFC: WINS FOR NAOMH CONAILL AND ST EUNANS SEE THEM ADVANCE TO LAST EIGHT

first_imgConor Gibbons scored as St Eunans ran out easy winners against Naomh Muire in the Donegal SFC.Naomh Conaill and St Eunans both secured the wins they desired to advance to the last eight of the Donegal SFC.The two bitter rivals now meet in the final group match next weekend, in the knowledge that both teams are safely through, the only thing left to play for is to see who tops the group.St Eunans recorded a comprehensive win over Naomh Muire with a ruthless and clinical display at O’Donnell Park yesterday afternoon. They led 1-9 to 0-00 after twenty minutes, the goal coming from lively corner-forward Conor Gibbons, Naomh Muire couldn’t cope with the pace and intensity in which St Eunans played at.Hugh ‘The Yank’ Boyle struck a goal early in the second-half, but it didn’t spark a comeback as Gary would’ve hoped.Eunans piled on the pressure to run out comfortable winners on a score-line of St Eunans 1-21 Naomh Muire 1-05.Naomh Muire and Malin will now battle it out to remain in the Donegal SFC for next season when they clash next Sunday in the Banks. Naomh Conaill were made to work hard by Malin but got over the line for the second week running to book their place in the last eight.Dermot Molloy and Daragh Gallagher were impressive for the hosts, as was John O’Malley.Malin worked extremely hard, but lacked that bit of quality in the forward department to really hurt Naomh Conaill.Naomh Conaill won through on a score-line of 0-10 to Malin’s 0-07. DONEGAL SFC: WINS FOR NAOMH CONAILL AND ST EUNANS SEE THEM ADVANCE TO LAST EIGHT was last modified: October 6th, 2014 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:Donegal SFCGAAMalinNaomh ConaillNAOMH MUIRENews SportSt Eunanslast_img read more

Man United sack Mourinho

first_imgMourinho replaced Luis Van Gaal in 2016 (Photo by Agency)BBC – Manchester United have sacked Jose Mourinho as manager after two and a half years in charge at Old Trafford.The Portuguese, 55, guided United to League Cup and Europa League titles.But they are sixth in the Premier League, 19 points behind leaders Liverpool, who beat them 3-1 on Sunday.“A caretaker-manager will be appointed until the end of the season while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager,” United said in a statement.“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.”The caretaker-manager to replace Mourinho, who took over from Louis van Gaal in May 2016, will not be assistant coach Michael Carrick or academy boss Nicky Butt.The candidate will be drawn from outside the club, but will not be former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.A familiar conclusion to a rocky seasonUnited’s haul of 26 points after their first 17 Premier League games, is their worst tally in the top flight at this stage since 1990-91.They are 11 points off the top four and closer to the relegation zone than the top of the table.Mourinho’s sacking comes after a fall-out with £89m record signing Paul Pogba, who was an unused substitute for the defeat at Anfield on Sunday.Following a 1-1 draw with Wolves, midfielder Pogba said he wanted United to be able to “attack, attack, attack” at home, which led Mourinho to say the France midfielder would no longer be the club’s “second captain”.In October, there were reports that Mourinho might be sacked prior to the home game against Newcastle, but after the team trailed 2-0, they turned it around to win 3-2 and seemingly buy the former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss more time.His eventual dismissal continues his run of never completing four consecutive seasons in charge of a club.Only once has he made it into a fourth campaign, but he left Chelsea on 17 December 2015 during his second spell at Stamford Bridge.Comments Tags: premier leaguetoplast_img read more

McKinney family lose appeal in rights-of-way battle at Oatfield site

first_imgThe McKinney family, who founded Oatfield Sweets in 1930, have lost an appeal over whether there were rights-of-way at the former Oatfield Factory in Letterkenny.Yesterday, Mr Justice Gerard Hogan, on behalf of a three-judge Court of Appeal, dismissed the case. The case was taken when, in 2015, the High Court ruled that the estate of Ruth McKinney, who was the daughter of Ira McKinney, the founder of the famous confectioners, had no right-of-way entitlement.It was claimed in the High Court that, as a result of the assertion of rights-of-way, Zopitar, a company owned by Donegal Creameries, which bought the property from the McKinneys, missed out on an opportunity to sell the premises to supermarket chain Lidl for €1.9m.The Irish Examiner reports that Ms McKinney offered to extinguish the alleged rights-of-way if work was carried out on her own home, Oatfield Bungalow, next to the factory, along with the payment of €500,000.It was claimed that Ms McKinney used an entrance from the De Valera Road as a right-of-way for access to Oatfield Bungalow, including for oil deliveries.Mr Justice Hogan said he was of the view that the use of the access roads to the factory by Ms McKinney was at all times given to her and her family for a specific amount of time and could be revoked by the owner.McKinney family lose appeal in rights-of-way battle at Oatfield site was last modified: June 28th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:letterkennyOATFIELDRuth McKinneylast_img read more