NEIL SWARBRICK backed referee Michael Oliver over the Manchester City penalty storm — and claimed Rodri took a dive.City boss Pep Guardiola was livid Oliver did not give a spot-kick when his £62million midfielder was wrestled to the ground by Tottenham’s Erik Lamela during their 2-2 draw at the Etihad on Saturday.3 The decision was one of many that upset City on SaturdayCredit: ReutersBut Swarbrick, head of VAR at the Premier League’s Stockley Park base, revealed Oliver thought the City man tried to buy a penalty.He said: “It was a coming-together of two players and it was looked at.“The arm was around the top of the body, fractionally.“If you look at that in slow motion, multiple times, it’s exaggerated.“We look at it in real time. That’s how we referee games, that’s how we look at incidents with VAR.“The arm was round the top of the body, yet Rodri fell forward. He didn’t fall backwards, as if he was pulled, he fell forward.“He’s felt some contact. Can he win the header? No he can’t. It was ‘I’ve gone down looking for a penalty’.“That’s how the referee read the incident.3 Guardiola was by far the less happy of the two managersCredit: Reuters“What Michael said to the VAR was exactly that. The VAR looked at the incident and it was ‘check complete’. It was left alone for the referee to make the decision.”Speaking to Radio Five Live Swarbrick, who retired in 2013 after eight seasons as a top flight referee, dismissed moans from City fans about the incident.He said: “It’s been pretty consistent over the last couple of seasons, we’ve operated with contact in penalty areas between attackers and defenders.“We look at numerous things as match officials and referees on situations like that.3“It was a subjective call, not a factual one. We have set a high bar for interventions.“The one thing we least wanted to happen with VAR was the referee losing power.“We want them to go out and referee. That’s why we’ve set a high threshold.“So far, in 20 games, we have had five reviews. That’s one in every four games, less than any other competition, because we want referees to just go out there and carry on refereeing.“There is an insurance policy should there be a clear error made by the on-field referees. Then we will step in.”DON’T PLAY DUMB WITH MESwarbrick’s backing for Oliver is unlikely to go down well at City.And he was equally dismissive of Kevin De Bruyne’s claim that Guardiola’s players are in the dark over the new handball laws.He said: “We went to all 20 Premier League clubs from mid-July, going through the amendments to the laws, specifically on handballs.“We know the first team squad players were sat in the rooms and listened.”But Swarbrick did concede VAR would be refined and “evolved” and that it might take until the middle of the next decade for the technology to be universally accepted.Latest Football NewsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleHe added: “We’re in the infancy of this.“When you look at rugby union and cricket, it’s taken them six or seven years to get into a comfortable place where everyone’s reasonably happy with how they’re operating with it.“I’m sure it will be the same with football.”Pep Guardiola speaks about controversial VAR decision against Tottenham in the Premier League
Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls will be aiming to clinch the three-Test series against England when they take on the hosts in Game Two today in Manchester. Match time is 2:45 p.m. (Jamaica time). The Sunshine Girls lead the series 1-0 following their easy 66-49 victory in the opening contest on Tuesday. The Jamaicans, who are ranked fourth in the world, one place below England, are seeking their first series victory over their opponents in more than three years. Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, who made an impressive return to the Sunshine Girls set-up with 49 goals from 56 in the opening game, will once again lead Jamaica’s charge for victory today. Sunshine Girls assistant coach Sasher-Gaye Henry said that they are very determined to wrap up the series today. “It is a very important game for us,” said Henry. We really need to limit the errors we made in the first game, and once we do that, then I know that we will again come out the winners,” said Henry. “However, we are not going to take our opponents lightly because we know that they are going to come out much stronger than they did in the first game. But we are prepared for this, and the girls are confident, and they are looking forward to giving of their best,” Henry added. The Sunshine Girls are expected to retain the same starting line that got the better of England in the opening game. Fowler-Reid will be joined by goal attack Shanice Beckford in the shooting circle; Khadijah Williams will take her position at wing attack; veteran Paula Thompson will start at centre. Vangelee Williams, at wing defence, Stacey-Ann Facey (goal defence), and Shamera Sterling (goalkeeper) will lead the Sunshine Girls’ defensive unit.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP): Ashley Williams scored an 86th-minute winner as Everton came from behind to beat title-chasing Arsenal 2-1 at Goodison Park yesterday. Arsenal’s title credentials took a hit with sloppy defending at the end of both halves, with right back Seamus Coleman heading home unmarked for the equaliser in the 44th minute and centre back Williams rising highest at a corner to glance in the winner. Alexis Sanchez scored from a deflected free kick to put Arsenal ahead in the 20th minute and move level with Chelsea striker Diego Costa as the top scorer in the league this season with 12 goals. Arsenal would have climbed above Chelsea into first place with a win but lacked dynamism in the final third and missed the presence of injured centre back Shkodran Mustafi. They slipped to a first league loss since the opening weekend of the season. Everton ended the match with 10 men when Phil Jagielka was sent off in the third minute of injury time after picking up a second yellow card, and in a frantic finish, Arsenal had two goal-bound shots cleared from near the line. Arsenal have won more matches against Everton than any other opponent in Premier League history, and a 30th victory since the league’s inception in 1992 looked on when a litany of errors contributed to Sanchez’s opener. Everton conceded a free kick on the edge of the area after Enner Valencia and then Williams failed to clear the ball, with Williams taking out teammate Idrissa Gueye as part of the defensive shambles. Things didn’t get any better for Williams, who ended up deflecting Sanchez’s low free kick to wrong-foot Maarten Stekelenburg and the ball looped over the line off the legs of the goalkeeper. With striker Romelu Lukaku isolated, Ross Barkley’s passing awry and the defence jittery, Everton seemed there for the taking but Arsenal conceded a soft goal just before half-time. Baines was given lots of time and space to size up a cross from the left wing, and his right-foot delivery found Coleman unmarked near the penalty spot to glance a header into the far corner. Arsenal had more of the ball in the second half but the visitors’ build-up play was slow and they lacked a cutting edge, leading manager Arsene Wenger to bring on attackers Alex Iwobi and Olivier Giroud for the final 20 minutes and therefore moving Sanchez out wide. In the end, it was a defender who decided the game as Williams made amends for his earlier mistake with the powerful header.
A US based Liberian athlete, Wellington Zaza, is representing Liberia in the 2014 World Junior Championship in Eugene, USA, the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) has said.The Junior Championship began on Tuesday, July 22 to conclude on Sunday, July 27, 2014.According to LAF’s vice president for technical Affairs, Frederick Krah, the 3-man delegation is headed by Fatima Mohammed (a retired Liberian female Olympian).Athlete Zaza achieved his entry into the World Junior Championship by running 14:00 and 52:56 Seconds in both the 110m/400m respectively; times above the minimum standards (14:64 and 53:30 seconds) requirement for the competition.According to a release from the LAF secretariat, the trip is sponsored by Dr. Grace-Ann Dinkins, a philanthropist and three-time Liberian Olympian.Meanwhile, Zaza emerged third in last Tuesday’s event in the 110m amongst eight nationals, with US and German athletes Theophile Viltz and Patrick Elger surfacing first and second respectively.Zaza’s third place qualified him to the semifinals of the 110m and is the only African. The semi-final was on up to press time yesterday. Wellington Zaza was born on January 20, 1995. He is 19.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…says law caters for election body to receive cash lump sum…no need for permission from Finance Ministry…as Govt tables $3.4B supplementary paperThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party on Wednesday slammed the Government for bad advice it gave to Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) when Finance Secretary Michael Joseph informed the body that the billions it received in the Budget last year for house-to-house registration could not be transferred for normal election preparation.On Tuesday, Government appointed GECOM Commissioner Desmond Trotman said that lack of finances is responsible for the perceived sloth in elections preparations. While he noted that having GECOM in perpetual election’s mode would be nice, the reality is they can do little without money. GECOM received billions in the Budget last year. But according to Trotman, they were advised by Finance Secretary Michael Joseph that monies for house-to-house registration could not be transferred for normal election preparation.The Opposition was very critical of this piece of advice rendered by the Finance Secretary, in view of the fact that the law does provide for GECOM to do exactly this and statements from his boss, Minister Jordan, which contradict him.The Party pointed to Article 222A of the Constitution, which says: “In order to assure the independence of the entities listed in the Third Schedule – (a) the expenditure of each of the entities shall be financed as a direct charge on the Consolidated Fund, determined by a lump sum by way of an annual subvention approved by the National Assembly…(b) each entity shall manage its subvention as such manner as it deems fit for the efficient discharge of its functions, subject only to conformity with the financial practices and procedures approved by the National Assembly to ensure accountability.”It also noted that in 2015, President David Granger signed off on Act 4 of 2015 – the Fiscal Management and Accountability (FMAA) (Amendment) Act 2015. Section 80 B(8), states that: “The appropriation of a constitutional agency approved by the National Assembly shall be disbursed as a lump sum by the end of the month, following the month in which the appropriation was approved.”Section 80 B(7) of the same act states that: “The annual budget of a Constitutional Agency approved by the National Assembly shall not be altered without prior approval of the National Assembly.”In line with the FMAA amendment, Finance Minister Winston Jordan on November 19, 2019, during the consideration of the 2019 Budgets of GECOM, a constitutional agency, in the National Assembly, said, “Mr Chairman, the sum of $5,371,061,000 is given as a lump sum to GECOM to use as it sees fit and as it prioritises.”This issue of funding, the PPP said, has clearly become the last ‘hold-on’ by elements within GECOM working to effectively set the stage for a delay of General and Regional Elections when they become due.According to the Party, in accordance with the Constitution and the FMAA, GECOM’s full 2019 budgetary allocation should have been transferred in a lump sum to the Commission by February 2019 latest.Moreover, the Party noted that the Finance Secretary had, via letter which was presented to the full Commission during its weekly statutory meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, advised that the matter was outside of the remit of the Finance Ministry.The Party reiterated that the issue of funding is the latest hurdle thrown up by the Government-influenced parties at GECOM. This is despite the fact that the laws of Guyana are clear on funding for constitutional agencies like GECOM.House-to-house registrationOn the issue of GECOM’s push towards a new national house-to-house registration, the PPP noted that despite claims from the Commission that it can be completed by November, such a process cannot be credibly, nor accurately completed within six months. Further, the PPP said it has grave reservations about the planned move to de-register thousands of Guyanese voters who will be subject to a registration requirement that is unconstitutional and illegal.“Moreover the unnecessary nature of a new national house-to-house registration, at this point, was underscored by none other than GECOM’s Legal Officer, Excellence Dazzell.An opinion expressed by Dazzell, dated May 13, 2019, states that: “the use of the work ‘revise’ [in the Election Laws (Amendment) Act 15 of 2000] suggest that the process is not one where a ‘new’ list is generated, but one where the most recent list is updated or amended….I therefore advise that procedures be put in place to ensure the revision of the list, otherwise the Commission would be acting in defiance of the law and may prejudice any by-election that may become necessary.”Supplementary paperWith the possibility that the Caribbean Court of Justice ruling that the No-confidence Motion against Government was validly passed on December 21, 2018, Government has moved to the National Assembly to request $3.4 billion for GECOM.During Wednesday’s sitting of the National Assembly, Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced the tabling of a $7.9 billion supplementary paper. Of that amount, $3.4 billion will be requested for GECOM, which has consistently complained of being hampered by lack of finances.“I present to the National Assembly financial paper number one of 2019, supplementary estimates current and capital, totalling $7.9 billion, for the period January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 and I name May 23 for consideration of the financial paper,” Jordan informed the House.When asked on the sidelines of Parliament, Minister Jordan explained that the money is just in case GECOM should need it. He added that if there are no elections, the money would not be used.According to the Party, in accordance with the Constitution and the FMAA, GECOM’s full 2019 budgetary allocation should have been transferred in a lump sum to the Commission by February The Guyana Elections Commission2019 latest.Moreover, the Party noted that the Finance Secretary had, via letter which was presented to the full Commission during its weekly statutory meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, advised that the matter was outside of the remit of the Finance Ministry.The Party reiterated that the issue of funding is the latest hurdle thrown up by the Government-influenced parties at GECOM. This is despite the fact that the laws of Guyana are clear on funding for constitutional agencies like GECOM.House-to-house registrationOn the issue of GECOM’s push towards a new national house-to-house registration, the PPP noted that despite claims from the Commission that it can be completed by November, such a process cannot be credibly, nor accurately completed within six months. Further, the PPP said it has grave reservations about the planned move to de-register thousands of Guyanese voters who will be subject to a registration requirement that is unconstitutional and illegal.“Moreover the unnecessary nature of a new national house-to-house registration, at this point, was underscored by none other than GECOM’s Legal Officer, Excellence Dazzell.An opinion expressed by Dazzell, dated May 13, 2019, states that: “the use of the work ‘revise’ [in the Election Laws (Amendment) Act 15 of 2000] suggest that the process is not one where a ‘new’ list is generated, but one where the most recent list is updated or amended….I therefore advise that procedures be put in place to ensure the revision of the list, otherwise the Commission would be acting in defiance of the law and may prejudice any by-election that may become necessary.”Supplementary paperWith the possibility that the Caribbean Court of Justice ruling that the No-confidence Motion against Government was validly passed on December 21, 2018, Government has moved to the National Assembly to request $3.4 billion for GECOM.During Wednesday’s sitting of the National Assembly, Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced the tabling of a $7.9 billion supplementary paper. Of that amount, $3.4 billion will be requested for GECOM, which has consistently complained of being hampered by lack of finances.“I present to the National Assembly financial paper number one of 2019, supplementary estimates current and capital, totalling $7.9 billion, for the period January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 and I name May 23 for consideration of the financial paper,” Jordan informed the House.When asked on the sidelines of Parliament, Minister Jordan explained that the money is just in case GECOM should need it. He added that if there are no elections, the money would not be used.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Despite the collapse of global energy and commodity prices, the B-C government continues to bask in the countries’ economic spotlight, with Finance Minister Mike de Jong confirming last week, that final public accounting for the fiscal year that ended March 31st shows economic growth of three per cent, and a budget surplus of $730 million, more than double the government forecast. This comes at a time when no other province in the country has a budget in the black and the Conference Board of Canada has lowered to less than one and half percent its 2016 economic growth projections, citing as the largest source of weakness in the national economy, steep deterioration in business investment due to the collapse in energy spending.Mr. De Jong says much of the revenue increase comes from the property transfer taxes, the government charges on residential and commercial real estate deals, but the provincial economy is also the beneficiary of the sagging value of the loonie, seen as a key factor in driving up both tourism numbers and the price of lumber.- Advertisement -Still the province does have concerns and front and centre are the sagging world market prices for natural gas, which have left this region in an economic shambles.Thus, Mr. De Jong has taken time to address those ready to throw-in-the-towel in the LNG Industry development fight, insisting pursuit of offshore markets for natural gas remains an important government priority.Another concern is the lack of progress in the new Softwood Lumber talks, after a group of 25 US senators signed a public letter repeating long standing American claims that Canadian lumber is subsidized and therefore unfairly traded.Advertisement They argue it has caused decades of adverse American economic impact, and GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump appears to be on the same page, as he continues to call NAFTA, and other trade deals negotiated in past 20 years, US disasters.That’s drawn public criticism, from among others, Premier Clark, who has compared his position to building another wall but, in his acceptance speech closing the Republican Convention last week, Mr. Trump left little doubt, that if elected he will replace scrap any trade deal he views as unfair to the US.
impact Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener gameday It was four minutes before half-time when, against the run of play, the visitors took the lead. Andros Townsend exchanged passes with Patrick van Aanholt, whose through-ball fed Schlupp and allowed the midfielder to turn and from the near post send an explosive finish into the top left corner, beyond Fabri’s reach.And it was Fulham’s ambition that again exposed them, this time in the 79th minute when Aaron Wan-Bissaka won possession, countered and played in Zaha, who went to round Fabri and instead finished underneath him. Getty 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS There was regardless cause for encouragement for Slavisa Jokanovic’s team in the way they often outplayed such an established side, but if they are to retain their top-flight status they will know that they will have to become similarly ruthless. Crystal Palace taught Fulham a painful lesson on their return to the Premier League with a clinical 2-0 victory at Craven Cottage.Having absorbed much of their adventurous hosts’ pressure, they punished rare lapses in intensity and concentration to score towards the end of each half through Jeffrey Schlupp and then Wilfried Zaha. possible xi NEW ERA Zaha is off the mark for the season How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? 2 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Ryan Sessegnon and co. were taught a harsh lesson smart causal highlights How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more ALTERED How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? possible standings
A CO Donegal priest has warned that cuts to services will devastate communities in the county and has called on people NOT to pay household charges.Father Brian O’Fearraigh from Gaoth Dobhair says he will attend a meeting tomorrow night to speak out against the austerity measures.The Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay Campaign will be in Brinaleck with a public meeting in Ionad Pobail Cnoc Fola tomorrow night, Thursday, at 8pm. The speakers will be Thomas Pringle TD, Father O Fearraigh and Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig.Fr. Brian O Fearraigh urged local people to come to the meeting saying: “Communities throughout the county are paying a heavy price for austerity.“The charges will not provide any jobs or services for local people. It is money which will leave our communities, indeed our country, to pay for the bank bailout.“I think it is right that people make a stand for their communities and refuse to pay these charges. It is vital that a strong campaign exists to give them support and I urge everyone to come out to the meeting and support the campaign.” He was speaking as hundreds of protestors from across this county are making their way to Dublin today to protest against austerity measures.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyDONEGAL PRIEST LAUNCHES SCATHING ATTACK ON CUTS – URGES PEOPLE NOT TO PAY CHARGES was last modified: February 29th, 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:GAOTH DOBHAIR PRIEST LAUNCHES SCATHING ATTACK ON CUTS – URGES PEOPLE NOT TO PAY CHARGES
DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE REPORTS SUNDAYKnockalla CupRathmullan Celtic 1 Glenea United 2Rathmullan Celtic bowed out of the Knockalla Caravans Cup after a closely fought encounter against their bitter rivals from the Premier League, Glenea United, with two second half goals for the Glasserchoo outfit cancelling out Ryan Connolly’s first half wonder goal for the Seasiders.The Glasserchoo outfit started brighter in the opening moments of the game but it was the Hoops who got off to the perfect start after 20 minutes when Chippie Barrett played an incisive defence splitting pass from the centre of to the park to Ryan Connolly who controlled the pass superbly before executing an exquisite chip over the keeper. There were chances for both sides as the first half unfolded but the one goal advantage stood for the Hoops before the famous half time soup from Adrian Gallen.In a typical cup clash, chances were few and far between for both sides as a stalemate in the midfield unfolded, but the visitors came right back into contention when they were awarded a free kick on 67 minutes from 25 yards out. Paddy Sweeney unleashed an unstoppable strike into the top corner which gave keeper Mark Walshe no chance much to the delight of the vociferous travelling support from Falcarragh.Tom Coll’s visitors almost immediately took the lead when Sweeney hit a thunderous strike from the edge of the area that drew a world class finger tip save from Walshe. Glenea took the lead on 75 minutes when an opportunistic lob from defence fell to Sweeney up front and the striker spotted Walshe off his line and flighted the ball into the net much to the disappointment of the keeper and home faithful. The Seasiders pressed for that elusive equaliser with Dara Patton denied by a superlative save from Sean Gallagher in goals after the striker unleashed a venomous strike from the edge of the area on 81 minutes which seemed destined for the bottom corner but for Gallagher’s fine reflex save around the post.Sweeney and Gallagher impressed from Coll’s Glenea side while an under strength Hoops side accounted well for themselves as they look forward to a two week break which gives time for the squad to return to full strength ahead for the mouth watering derby clash at home to noisy neighbours Milford United in the top flight of the Donegal League. Referee: Marty Mc GarrigleCootehill Harps 3 Milford United 4Milford United travelled to Cootehill and returned with their Knockalla Cup ambitions intact. The Moyle View men went two ahead in the first ten minutes of the match, Gary Merritt and PJ Hagan finding the net. Cootehill fought back and by the half hour mark were on level terms. On forty minutes Ciaran Mc Ginley scored to give Milford the lead going in at the interval. PJ Hagan got his second and Milford’s fourth ten minutes into the second half. The hosts never said died and fought to the finish. They pulled another goal back on eighty minutes but a mighty effort from the Donegal Junior League side saw them return from Cavan victorious. Drumkeen United 4 Lifford Celtic 0Current Donegal Junior League Premier Division Champions Lifford Celtic travelled to play Ulster Senior League outfit Drumkeen United on Sunday afternoon in the Knockalla Cup. The border town team were without a number of regulars for various reasons and found the St. Patrick’s Park men hard to handle. Lee White was by far the busier of the netminders on the field and had to make a number of early saves to keep his side in the match. Drumkeen broke the deadlock midway through the first half when Ronan Coyle volleyed home. They added another three without reply to put their name in the hat for the next round draw. Lifford Celtic will now have to focus on their remaining league matches as they defend their Premier Division crown.SUNDAYWatson Hire Division One Lagan Harps 3 Gweedore United 1Lagan improved their chances of escaping relegation with their best performance of the season in a game reversed to Gweedore. Gweedore United started well and took the lead when Conor Harley did well to parry Ciaran Mc Fadden’s shot but Francis Gallagher fired home the rebound. Gweedore continued to threaten but Lagan equalised on twenty four minutes when Eunan Diver put Austin Marron through and he lobbed the advancing keeper. Gweedore continued to press with Shane O’Donnell pulling the strings in midfield but Lagan always looked dangerous on the counter attack. Lagan took the lead on thirty minutes when Travis Crawford won a tackle and found James Gillen who put Ross Hamlyn through to score. Lagan had a chance to extend their lead before the break when they had a two on one situation but Ross Hamlyn shot over. Gweedore started strong in the second half however Lagan extended their lead on forty seven minutes when Austin Marron scored from outside the area. Gweedore dominated the remainder of the game but the Lagan goal survived. Conor Harley pulled off a number of fine saves as the pressure mounted and Lagan held on for three vital points. In an all round team performance Ronan Lennon, Ruairi Crawford, Austin Marron and Gio Peoples excelled. For Gweedore Shane O’Donnell, Ciaran Mc Fadden and Francis Gallagher were best. Referee: Paddy Duffy.Dunkineely Celtic 2 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 0Dunkineely gained three valuable points in their push for promotion in a very entertaining game against Kerrykeel. Despite being reduced to ten men after only ten minutes Kerrykeel put in a fine display of passing football but failed to break down a well organised home defence. Dunkineely had the better chances in the early part of the game and took the lead on thirty minutes. Andrew Mackey picked up the ball in midfield and ran through the middle of the visiting defence and fired in a great shot from 25 yards which crashed off the post. Peter Alvey was on hand to tap home the rebound from eight yards. The same pair combined two minutes later but on this occasion Alvey’s shot was blocked away for a corner. Kerrykeel’s first effort on goal saw a great shot from 25 yards turned around the post for a corner. Despite a large amount of possession Dunkineely could not add to their tally before the break.The second half followed the same pattern as the first with Kerrykeel playing a passing game but failing to break down the home defence. Paddy Mc Granaghan had a great effort from distance go narrowly wide on 65 minutes. Dunkineely doubled their lead on 73 minutes when following great work by Adrian Nesbitt and Jonathan Cassidy, Andrew Mackey crossed for Adrian Ward to finish from six yards. Dunkineely were reduced to ten men on 80 minutes and this gave Kerrykeel the impetus to push forward to try and get back into the game but despite their best efforts they could not make the breakthrough. Referee: Liam FarrenDrumoghill F.C. 4 Eany Celtic 0This match was switched to Ballyare as Drumoghill continued their quest for League glory. Having already defeated the Coolshannon men earlier this season they were favourites going into this match. Four goals without reply saw the men from “The Moss” capture three vital points in what is going to be a grandstand finish to the Watson Hire Division Two season. It sets up next week’s match against Cappry Rovers for a cup final atmosphere despite the fact that there is still a long way to go.CT Ball Division TwoDunlewy Celtic 0 Deele Harps 3In wonderful conditions at Glentornan Park the visitors took all three points with Darren Brown scoring a hat-trick. Solid team performances from both sides.Whitestrand United 2 Copany Rovers 5In the battle at the top Whitestrand United played Copany Rovers at Whitestrand Park. Tensions were high as both teams knew the importance of the match. However the deadlock was broken early when Pauric Rooney broke clear and calmly slotted past the advancing keeper. It was a start that rocked the hosts and things went from bad to worse when again a Copany player raced clear and David Graham found the back of the net. Whitestrand responded well to these early setbacks and got one back when James Gallagher was hauled down in the box and the referee gave a penalty. Paul Lynch stepped up and calmly slotted the penalty away. Whitestrand were pushing for an equaliser when disaster struck. A defensive mix-up let Pauric Rooney in to score and easy third. This was a huge blow as Whitestrand were pushing hard for an equaliser.The second half started, Whitestrand knowing they had to make a fast start in order to get anything from the match. However Copany weathered the early storm and clinched a crucial fourth when another defensive mix up let Pauric Rooney in and he was never going to miss his chance for the match ball. Copany then secured an emphatic win as Paul Clarke broke through and calmly scored a fifth. Michael Sweeney scored the consolation goal that he deserved late on in the game. Best for Copany was Pauric Rooney and best for Whitestrand were James Gallagher and Sean Paul Gallagher.Letterbarrow Celtic 6 Glenree United 1This match saw Letterbarrow claim all three points with a strong second half performance. The home side broke the deadline on thirty minutes when Kevin Mc Brearty won a tackle in midfield and ran through to slot the ball past the advancing keeper. Both sides had an opportunity to score before the break but the first half ended with the home side one up. Two minutes after the restart, Letterbarrow went two ahead when Shane Connelly scored a header from a James Mc Groary corner. Glenree fought back well and had a couple of good chances which were well saved by Kieran Gildea. Glenree were rewarded on sixty minutes when Oisin Langan scored from close range. However the home side responded well and five minutes later restored the two goal advantage when Paul Murrin slotted home from twelve yards. James Mc Groary made it 4-1 to Letterbarrow when he finished off a nice passing move down the left. Kevin Campbell scored a fifth after finding space in the box to slot home a Paul Murrin cross. Shane Connelly scored his second and the home side’s sixth when he powered home a corner from six yards on eighty five minutes.SATURDAYOld Orchard Saturday Division OneGlenea United Reserves 3 Fintown Harps AFC 1Glenea Reserves continued their unbeaten run with this hard earned victory over the Gaeltacht Lár men. Despite playing against the wind it was the home team that started the brightest with both Dean Gallagher and Martin Ferry going close to opening the scoring. However it was the away side that got the opening goal when Eoin Boyle picked up the ball on the right side of the penalty area and fired home. Glenea pushed hard to get back on level terms and were finally rewarded on 38 minutes when Dean Gallagher headed the ball into the path of Shane Ferry who slid the ball home. Glenea took the lead a couple of minutes later when, after good work by Shane Ferry down the right, Martin Ferry slotted home from 10 yards. Fintown pressed hard for an equaliser before half-time but were denied by a couple good saves from Ciaran Gallagher and also the crossbar.In the 2nd half the home side controlled the game for the opening period but were unable to add to their tally with Dean Gallagher seeing his header come back off the post. As the half progressed Fintown started to press for an equaliser but were unable to create a clear opening. Glenea extended their lead on 75 minutes when Lee O’ Brien crossed from the right and Dean Gallagher headed home at the back post.Best for Glenea were Shane Coll, Shane Ferry and Dean Gallagher while Aaron Thompson impressed for Fintown. Referee: Barry Hunter.Castlefin Celtic Reserves 1 Mulroy Celtic 2A slow start in Parkview saw both teams unable to settle and keep possession. Mulroy had a chance to break the deadlock after 10 minutes but their midfielder saw his flick in front of goal go narrowly wide of the post. Marcus Curran had Castlefin’s best chance few minutes later when his 20 yard shot was tipped over the bar.Castlefin started the second half the better with Keith Nelis and Paul Logue creating chances but failing to take them. Castlefin then took the lead on 56 minutes when JP Malley availed of the space he was given in the box to nip in front of the Mulroy defence and finish from 6 yards.Mulroy found an equaliser on 69 minutes when the Castlefin defence found themselves short and Mulroy took full advantage, Castlefin keeper Simon Mc Glinchey made a good initial save but Seamus Coyle finished the rebound. The goal gave Mulroy a new lease of life and they began to create more chances. Minutes later Mulroy took the lead when Gerry Friel lobbed the Castlefin keeper from the edge of the box. Castlefin pushed for an equaliser in the last ten minutes with good chances falling to Mark Lafferty and Gavin McNulty but the Mulroy defence stood firm to leave with all 3 points. Best for Castlefin: Gavin McNulty and Mark Lafferty. Best for Mulroy: Team Performance. Referee: Gerry Gallagher.Glencar Celtic 2 Orchard F.C. 0This derby game was played in good conditions at the Flagpole Rathmullan. Neither team really got going in the 1st half hour with only a few half chances but nothing clear cut. Glencar broke the deadlock after Paddy O’ Kane hoisted a free kick towards the back post and Martin Brogan met it to tap home. Orchard could have levelled the game before half time through Niall Bonner but a good save from Ray Mc Feely prevented the goal. It was much the same in the second half with few chances being created by either side. Glencar struck late with possibly the move of the game. Ruairi Kelly won a tackle which fell to Garvan Grieve who fed Paddy Collins. Collins then beat a few players and played the ball to Stephen Browne who laid it off for Declan Scanlon to rattle home. Referee: Ed MooreGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoStrand Rovers 1 Curragh Athletic Reserves 2The home side started the better putting the Curragh defence under constant pressure. Good use of the wings resulted in a few good crosses and few near misses. The deadlock was broken when a ball fell to Strand’s Stephen Glackin who struck superbly into the back of Curragh’s net. Curragh levelled when a cross fell to Gary Heaney and he tucked the ball away from inside the box. The second half saw Strand push again with numerous missed opportunity s recorded. This remained the case up until the 60th minute when Gary Heaney tucked away another good strike. With time running out Strand pushed for an equaliser but Curragh held on for the points.Cranford United Reserves 2 Glenree United Reserves 1Cranford and Glenree played out a hard fought game on a heavy Cranford Park pitch. Glenree started the game the brighter and had some good chances through Karl Mc Elhinney and Mc Nelis. Lee Carr then went close after good work on the left, but his shot saved by the Glenree keeper. Glenree took the lead on 30 minutes from a good Karl Mc Elhinney header from a corner. Glenree went close again just on stroke of half time.Cranford started the second half on top and had good chances through Brendan Giles and John Mc Bride. Cranford equalised on 65 minutes when Mickey Buchannan finished well to the bottom corner. Chances fell to both teams before Cranford got the winner in the 80th minute when a Joe Gallagher free kick was saved and Chris Molloy reacted quickest to bury in the corner. Team effort from Glenree. Best for Cranford were Darren Lynch, Johnny Wilhare and John Mc Bride.Gweedore United Reserves 2 Keadue Rovers Reserves 2This game played in Gweedore ended in a share of the spoils after a tightly contested local derby. Both sides went at each other from the start however it was the visitors, who had a number of their senior team on display, who took the lead. Their goal came on 17 minutes when a Conor Green cross was headed in by Adam Neely. The game continued with both sides attacking and the home side got back on level terms just before half time when Brian Gallagher’s cross was tapped in by Hugh Martin Curran to make it 1-1 at the break. Keadue again took the lead when an Adrian Hanlon free kick was headed in by Conor Green to make it 2-1 in the 77th minute. Chances were few and far between however United got their deserved equaliser in the 88th minute when a free kick from Sean Paul Mc Mahon was headed in by Patrick Mc Fadden. A draw was probably a fair result on the day where both teams worked hard. Referee: Brian O Kane.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAYOld Orchard Saturday Division OneGlenea United Reserves 3 v 1 Fintown Harps AFCCastlefin Celtic Reserves 1 v 2 Mulroy CelticErne Wanderers P v P Ramelton MarinersGlencar Celtic 2 v 0 Orchard F.C.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves P v P Arranmore UnitedStrand Rovers 1 v 2 Curragh Athletic ReservesCranford United Reserves 2 v 1 Glenree United ReservesGweedore United Reserves 2 v 2 Keadue Rovers ReservesSUNDAYKnockalla CupRathmullan Celtic 1 v 2 Glenea UnitedCootehill Harps 3 v 4 Milford UnitedDrumkeen United 4 v 0 Lifford CelticSUNDAYWatson Hire Division OneLagan Harps 3 v 1 Gweedore UnitedDunkineely Celtic 2 v 0 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Cappry Rovers P v P Bonagee UnitedDrumoghill F.C. 4 v 0 Eany CelticCT Ball Division TwoDunlewy Celtic 0 v 3 Deele HarpsRaphoe Town P v P Ballybofey UnitedWhitestrand United 2 v 5 Copany RoversLetterbarrow Celtic 6 v 1 Glenree UnitedConvoy Arsenal P v P Drumbar F.C.League table for Brian McCormick Sports Premier LeagueTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsRathmullan Celtic 14 9 2 3 34 17 17 30St Catherines FC 15 7 3 5 36 28 8 26Glenea United 14 7 3 4 23 11 12 25Milford United FC 14 7 4 3 31 20 11 24Lifford Celtic FC 12 6 3 3 19 14 5 21Gweedore Celtic 14 4 5 5 20 23 -3 17Cranford FC 14 3 6 5 19 23 -4 14Kilmacrennan Celtic FC 14 4 8 2 19 36 -17 14Donegal Town FC 15 2 7 6 23 31 -8 12Curragh Athletic FC 14 3 11 0 16 37 -21 9League table for Watson Hire Sunday Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsDrumoghill FC 14 10 3 1 36 15 21 31Cappry Rovers 11 8 0 3 37 12 25 27Kerrykeel 71 FC 15 8 4 3 48 28 20 27Dunkineely Celtic FC 14 8 6 0 36 35 1 24Castlefin Celtic 13 7 4 2 32 26 6 23Gweedore United FC 14 6 6 2 28 21 7 20Bonagee United FC 13 4 6 3 27 24 3 15Lagan Harps FC 15 4 8 3 26 40 -14 15Keadue Rovers FC 15 4 9 2 27 40 -13 14Eany Celtic FC 14 0 13 1 11 67 -56 1League table for CT Ball Sunday Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsWhitestrand United FC 15 10 3 2 36 17 19 32Copany Rovers FC 14 9 2 3 31 18 13 30Deele Harps FC 13 7 4 2 26 16 10 23Raphoe Town 13 7 5 1 28 18 10 22Convoy Arsenal FC 13 6 4 3 24 20 4 21Glenree United FC 14 5 6 3 24 32 -8 18Letterbarrow Celtic FC 15 5 8 2 25 37 -12 17Dunlewey Celtic 14 4 8 2 24 28 -4 14Ballybofey United FC 12 3 7 2 17 28 -11 11Drumbar FC 13 1 10 2 12 33 -21 5League table for Old Orchard Saturday Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsGlencar Celtic 10 9 1 0 30 7 23 27Glenea United 13 7 5 1 32 24 8 22St Catherines FC 11 7 3 1 22 18 4 22Erne Wanderers FC 10 7 3 0 24 13 11 21Fintown Harps AFC 11 6 3 2 23 17 6 20Castlefin Celtic Res 13 4 7 2 26 33 -7 14Mulroy Celtic 12 2 8 2 11 27 -16 8Orchard FC 10 2 7 1 14 27 -13 7Ramelton Mariners FC 10 1 8 1 13 29 -16 4League table for Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsArranmore United 11 10 1 0 25 6 19 30Donegal Town FC Res 12 7 1 4 31 21 10 25Gweedore United FC Res 11 7 3 1 31 20 11 22Keadue Rovers FC 12 5 4 3 32 26 6 18Glenree United FC Res 10 4 4 2 26 27 -1 14Cranford FC 13 3 6 4 26 32 -6 13Curragh Athletic FC 11 3 4 4 22 30 -8 13Tullyvinney Rovers 11 3 5 3 19 23 -4 12Strand Rovers FC 14 2 10 2 17 26 -9 8Milford United FC Res 11 1 7 3 16 34 -18 6DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 08-03-2014 K.O. 1p.m.Downtown Cup Quarter Finals – (Games Must Finish)Orchard F.C. v St. Catherines ReservesCastlefin Celtic Reserves v Glenree United ReservesArranmore United v Glenea United ReservesFintown Harps AFC v Glencar CelticSATURDAY 08-03-2014 K.O. 2p.m.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves v Tullyvinney RoversCranford United Reserves v Curragh Athletic ReservesDonegal Town Reserves v Gweedore United ReservesSUNDAY 09-03-2014 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionCranford United v Lifford CelticMilford United v Gweedore CelticWatson Hire Division OneBonagee United v Keadue RoversEany Celtic v Castlefin CelticDrumoghill F.C. v Cappry RoversGweedore United v Dunkineely CelticCT Ball Division TwoDrumbar F.C. v Copany RoversGlenree United v Ballybofey UnitedDunlewy Celtic v Convoy ArsenalDeele Harps v Raphoe TownDONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL YOUR REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: March 2nd, 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 League
The new recruits are all smiles but only after being put through their paces.A very successful recruits course was held recently at Letterkenny fire station.The recruits hailed from Donegal, Leitrim and Louth.The recruits were put through a series of tough tests three very experienced course instructors who all hail from Donegal. They included Eugene McCafferty, Milford, James McKenna, Buncrana and Muiris Ó Gallachóir, Gaoth Dobhair (pictured below). HOSE ABOUT THAT? DONEGAL FIREMEN OVERSEE NEW RECRUITS was last modified: December 9th, 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:donegalfir servicefiremenletterkennynew recruits