Enrique ‘relieved’ to be leaving Barca

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP): Freed from fretting about the future, Luis Enrique wants to put a happy ending to his three years in charge at Barcelona. The coach said yesterday he was “relieved” to be stepping down after the season, two days after he made the surprising announcement. “In a certain sense I am relieved, and clearly focused on the end of the season and the goals that we have,” Luis Enrique said. “I am only obsessed with my final three months here, with enjoying them, giving my players the best solutions I can, and winning titles.” Luis Enrique insisted that his decision to leave the club was purely personal and denied any tensions within the club or his players. “I need to disconnect,” he said. “I see other coaches who enjoy their profession for years, but that is not my case. It is a personal and private decision. “I have an ideal relationship with the team. I think that as time has gone by my relationship with my players has improved.” Barcelona striker Luis Suarez said that while surprised by his manager’s choice, he understood. “The job of a manager is a difficult one,” Suarez said. “It requires many hours of work, and he needs to spend time with his family.” Luis Enrique announced his decision on Wednesday following a 6-1 victory over Sporting Gijon. That, combined with Real Madrid’s 3-3 draw with Las Palmas, left the defending champions in first place in the Spanish league. Increasing pressure But Luis Enrique has been under increasing pressure because of several subpar performances that culminated in a shocking 4-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain two weeks ago in the Champions League. His decision to not stay on for a fourth campaign comes a week before Barcelona hosts PSG needing a huge result to avoid their earliest elimination from the European Cup in a decade. First, though, Barcelona host Celta Vigo, which Luis Enrique coached before moving to Camp Nou today. Celta were the last Spanish league team to beat Barcelona, dealing them a 4-3 defeat in October. Hired after a trophy-less season under Gerardo Martino, Luis Enrique quickly restored the Catalan club to their winning ways with a success rate on par with Pep Guardiola by winning eight of a possible 10 titles. While in the thick of the Spanish league title chase, Luis Enrique will also have the chance to win more silverware in May when Barcelona play the Alaves in the Copa del Rey final. The former Barcelona midfielder said he wasn’t worried about his approaching departure causing a distraction. “We are all concentrated and focused on the same things as always, winning titles,” he said. “We have to be prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves to us.”last_img read more

Impounded DAF Truck ‘Mysteriously’ Disappears From Court Yard

first_imgA White DAF Truck that was reportedly shipped to one Abraham Dolley by his family in London, U.K. to be sold here in Liberia, but was parked on the premises of the Temple of Justice upon orders of Magistrate Kennedy Peabody of Monrovia City Court on allegations that it was stolen by defendant Layee Kromah, has “mysteriously” disappeared.The vehicle which had been impounded for about a month, allegedly disappeared minutes after another court, the  Gardnersville Magisterial Court, issued an arrest warrant against Kromah and another defendant, Robert Lambin, who bought the vehicle from Kromah.Gardnersville Magistrate Tweh Wesseh’s action came immediately after Magistrate Peabody, who had been handling the matter, dismissed the case, and subsequently handed over keys to the truck to Lambin because his Monrovia City Court does not have territorial jurisdiction over the matter.This means that the incident occurred in Gardnersville, which lies outside his jurisdiction, although Peabody had played a major role in having the truck transferred from the Topoe Village detachment of the Liberia National Police (LNP) to the Temple of Justice, when he ruled to dismiss the case.Friday’s evening dramatic event came when a court officer accompanied by two officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) served the writ of arrest on Lambin, who is represented by the Gongloe and Associates Law Firm, almost immediately after Lambin with advice of Cllr. Philip Gongloe signed for the truck as instructed by Magistrate Peabody.Meanwhile Defendant Kromah, who was earlier seen at the Monrovia City Court along with Lambin, absconded from the premises of the Temple of Justice, apparently after being given a hint of a writ of arrest waiting to be served on both him and Lambin.To the dismay of Dolley and some of his family members who arrived in Liberia from London  for the case, the officers (PSU and court) managed to arrest only Lambin, who they drove to the Gardnersville Magisterial Court, leaving behind the truck that was at the center of the theft allegation.It was while at the Gardnersville Magisterial Court that a group of individuals entered the court yard of the Temple of Justice and ‘mysteriously’ made away with the truck in the absence of Dolley.There are several communications in the possession of the Daily Observer from Magistrate Peabody addressed to authorities of the police before he dismissed the case.One of the letters dated December 1, 2017 addressed to Simeon Frank, deputy Inspector General of the LNP reads, “We write to bring to your official attention that one DAF Truck currently under the legal custody of the Topoe Village Police Depot under your instructions is a subject matter now before this Honorable Court.”It also said, “Hence we would appreciate that you use your good offices to ensure that the said truck is forwarded to the court upon receipt of this communication for further prosecution of the case.”Another letter from Peabody to the police dated December 5, 2017 about the arrest of Layee Kromah also reads, “You are hereby commanded to arrest the living body of Layee Kromah to be identified, defendant, and forthwith bring him before this court for immediate prosecution.”It further reads, “He is wanted by this court for the charges of misapplication of entrusted property and theft of property, but has absconded and placed himself into hiding.”According to the letter, in the event said defendant is arrested after working hours, he should be detained at the nearest police cell to be brought before the Monrovia City Court the next working day.Despite the letter and the writ of arrest, Peabody dismissed the matter for lack of jurisdiction and subsequently turned over keys of the truck to Lambin, before its ‘mysterious’ disappearance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Senior Flyers look to expand first place lead tonight

first_imgFort St. John comes into tonight with a record of 13-5-0-1 for 27 points. It’s important for the Flyers to keep up with their winning ways because even though the team does have a three point lead in the standings both Grande Prairie and Spirit River have games in hand.Fourth place in the West Division belongs to Dawson Creek who have a firm grip on the position. The Canucks are 10 points ahead of fifth place Hythe, but five points behind Spirit River for third.After the game the Flyers will get on the bus to Spirit River to take on the Rangers Saturday night.- Advertisement –last_img

Fort Nelson Yeti to take year off from hockey

first_imgAccording to the Facebook page of the Fort Nelson Yeti, the senior hockey club will go on hiatus for the current season. The possibility of putting a team together in the future will be reviewed next season.The post states that not being able to find a home in a formal league, and playing games against significantly larger cities has been problematic. Issues have also arose when it comes to player commitment when the team plays only two home games a season.The team passed on their thanks to sponsors and fans for their support of the past three years.- Advertisement –last_img

Gor’s Oktay wary of Leopards despite poor run

first_img“A derby does not respect anyone’s form. This is a different and huge game because for the fans also, it is very important. AFC might be doing badly now, but these are the kinds of games that teams want to win to turn over their results,” Oktay told Capital Sport.Gor has also not lost against Leopards since 2016 and over the last 22 league meetings, the reigning league champions have won 12 and lost five, drawing a similar number.Gor Mahia’s Lawrence Juma chases down AFC Leopards defender Isaac Oduro during the Mashemeji Derby at the Kasarani Stadium on August 25, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaK’Ogalo has dominated the last six matches winning five and drawing one. Last season, Gor won the first leg 2-1 and return leg 2-0 and odds are hugely stocked for them to carry the day against their rivals.But despite all the stats lining up in their favor, Oktay says he will not be fooled to think it will be an easy assignment against a wounded Leopard.“Our ambition remains the same, to continue winning and I think we are on the right track because we have been improving game by game. We won a big game against Zamalek and I think that really improved our confidence,” the tactician noted.Gor warmed up for the derby with a 1-0 win over Vihiga United in midweek while AFC lost 2-1 to bottom side Mount Kenya United in Machakos same day.Gor Mahia players celebrate with Erisa Ssekisambu after scoring one of his three goals during a 4-0 win against Mount Kenya United. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOktay believes it will all be down to confidence and mental strength and believes his side is well placed n that.But, while he prepares for arguably the biggest game for the side in the season, Oktay will have most of his heart thinking about Wednesday’s away trip to Luanda, Angola for their CAF Confederations Cup second group match against Petro Atletico.Having won against Zamalek last weekend, Oktay believes getting another good result on Wednesday especially away from home will be a good thing for his side’s ambition to make it to the knockout phases for the first time ever.On this note, Oktay has hinted he will make some changes to his derby squad to preserve some of his key players for Wednesday.“We cannot pretend that Wednesday is not important for us. If we can get three points away from home, that will be a huge thing for us. Of course we have to look at resting some players and we will need to rotate. But I am happy that we have a good squad and anyone is capable of playing any time,” the coach noted.Gor Mahia striker Dennis Oliech goes down to celebrate his goal during their Kenyan Premier League match against Posta Rangers at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on January 9, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAmong the players who will likely play a huge role in Saturday’s derby include defender Joash Onyango who was left out of both teams that played Zamalek and Vihiga while star striker Dennis Oliech might be handed a start for his first ever derby.“We also have a few injuries here and there and we will look at the squad and see who will be fit for us. But we will have a strong team out,” the tactician stated.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000New Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay talks to his players before a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on December 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 8 – Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay has warned his side that Saturday afternoon’s Mashemeji Derby against arch rivals AFC Leopards will not be an easy affair despite Ingwe’s current limping form.AFC have won only twice in 12 games this season and have lost four of their last five to languish at 15th spot in the Kenyan Premier League standings. On the contrary, Gor are in fine form having won five of their last six games across all competitions.last_img read more

Live stream Liverpool v West Brom on talkSPORT today

first_img Anfield prepares to welcome West Brom in the Premier League 1 CLICK HERE TO LIVE STREAM LIVERPOOL V WEST BROMWICH ALBION TODAY ON TALKSPORT IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE THE UKLiverpool v Aston Villa is available to live stream on talkSPORT, if you are outside of the UK, as we provide live commentary of the Premier League match at Anfield.Check out some of the best pre-match stats:*  Liverpool have won 19 and lost just two of the last 25 league games against West Brom at Anfield.*  West Bromwich Albion have won five and lost just three of their last 11 Barclays Premier League away games.*  West Brom’s last four Premier League away wins have all been by a 1-0 scoreline.*  Liverpool have allowed fewer shots on target against them than any other team in the top flight this season (43).*  Philippe Coutinho has scored four goals in his last three Premier League appearances for the Reds.*  Only in 2012-13 (26) have West Bromwich Albion had more points after 15 games of a Premier League campaign than they have this season (19).*  Liverpool have won just eight of their last 24 Premier League matches (W8 D7 L9) – this after winning eight of their nine PL games prior to this run.*  In the last 24 Premier League matches, West Brom (30) have taken just one point less than Liverpool (31).last_img read more

Job Vacancies: Busy Letterkenny retailer seeks Deli Chef and Accounts Personnel

first_imgOur client, a busy retailer in the Letterkenny area has the following vacancies.Part-time Deli ChefDeli Chef required to join their existing team. They require a friendly, enthusiastic individual who has previous experience working in a similar environment. Knowledge of HASSP is essential.Reply with CV reference DELI.Accounts PersonnelExperienced part-time Accounts Administrator to work 2 days per week. Responsibilities include all aspects of office administration including dealing with Creditor’s Payments, bank, wages and VAT operation.Experience of Sage 50 or equivalent and payroll software is desirable.Reply with CV – reference Accounts.All interested applicants can apply in writing by emailing sandmacl@indigo.ie or write to Stewart & MacLochlainn, Chartered Accountants, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.Job Vacancies: Busy Letterkenny retailer seeks Deli Chef and Accounts Personnel was last modified: April 6th, 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)last_img read more

TOTAL FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE SCORES, MATCH REPORTS & FIXTURES

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCH REPORTSDowntown Cup Group AErne Wanderers 3 Glenea United Reserves 4 Erne Wanderers were in action on Friday night under lights once again this week when they entertained Glenea United at the Lakeside Centre. In perfect conditions the two teams played out an entertaining game with goals galore on show. The home team started the game well and looked to take the game to the away side but found Glenea were very well organised and extremely hard working so chances were hard to come by in the opening exchanges. The breakthrough came in the 20th minute when Spratt received the ball on the corner of the penalty box and when he sucked in the defender, skipped past him and he was taken down for a penalty which Barry Mulligan duly dispatched. The home team created a few half chances after this but couldn’t add to the score sheet. Glenea were always a threat especially from set pieces and they got an equaliser on 43 minutes. Within a minute of conceding Erne won a free on the right and Mulligan fired in a dangerous cross, McGee got his head to it but the keeper got a hand to it but it fell to Sticky Ward who smashed it into the roof of the net to send Wanderers in ahead at the break. The home team started the second half sluggish and paid the price when Glenea worked the ball down the left and crossed for the centre forward who hit it low under O’ Brien. This setback seemed to wake up the home team and they put some pressure on the away side and on the hour mark they went 3-2 up. Spratt won a free on the right and again Mulligan put in a great cross and this time veteran Dermott Slevin got his head to it for a fine finish. At this stage Erne were turning the screw and really should have put United out of sight with 3 or 4 great chances not taken and Mulligan hitting the bar with another fine free kick. These misses were to prove very costly as firstly on 82minutes they conceded from a sloppy mistake to make 3-3 and then on 90 minutes they conceded a sloppy free on the left and from the resulting kick they failed to clear their lines and a Glenea leg got a touch to roll the ball into bottom corner for the win. A disappointing result for the home team who were well below what they are capable of but a very impressive performance from the away side. Referee: Andrew MullinCranford United Reserves 2 Tullyvinney Rovers 2Cranford got off to a great start after 2 minutes when Cahir Wilhare played the ball through and Patrick Mc Grody put Cranford 1 up with great finish into the corner of the net. Cranford had a few chances to go 2 up through Conor Doherty and Keelan Mc Gee but could not beat the Tullyvinney keeper. Tullyvinney then came into the game and drew level after Marty Alexander scored from close range. Tullyvinney then took the lead when a deflected Renato shot went in past the Cranford keeper.Cranford started the second half well on top and had a number of good chances and Patrick Mc Grody went close when he controlled well and shot inside the box. Cranford then equalized after Johnny Wilhare put in a good corner and Peter Gildea finished with great header at back post. Cranford’s young side pushed for the winner and were unlucky when a Patrick Mc Grody volley was well saved by the Tullyvinney keeper. Good team efforts. Downtown Cup Group BKeadue Rovers Reserves 3 Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 0Keadue had a good winning start to the Downtown Cup after this victory over Kilmacrennan at Central Park. Played in great conditions for the time of year, it was an even opening five minutes with both sides finding their feet. In the tenth minute Keadue had the first chance with Conor Greene heading into the keeper’s hands from close range and on the half hour Donal Rodgers beat the Kilmacrennan keeper to the ball before lobbing it just over the bar. Keadue were dominant in possession and were rewarded just after the half hour when Conor Greene’s long range shot spun in front of the keeper and into the corner, a fine strike for the opening goal. On forty minutes Prionnsais Forker’s free kick hit the bar for Keadue and they went in at half time well deserved to be front and could’ve been further ahead. At the start of the second half Kilmacrennan had more possession but it was still the home side making the chances with Cathal Duggan going close on forty seven minutes and Darragh Hanlon’s effort just over on fifty minutes. On fifty five minutes Kilmacrennan had a great chance to equalise when the home keeper was dispossessed and Adrian Doherty somehow managed to miss the chance with the keeper recovering to save his effort. Keadue didn’t have to wait too long for the second goal when, on sixty one minutes Mark Sweeney played a fine ball through to Darragh Hanlon and his run on goal left Donal Rodgers free to head in from close range. In the closing stages Kilmacrennan had more possession with Keadue hitting on the break and Darragh Hanlon proving dangerous. In the final minute the home side made it 3-0, Patrick Sweeney scoring from a few yards. A good display from the home side for whom Prionnsais Forker and Darragh Hanlon were impressive while Ryan Mc Brearty did well for Kilmacrennan.Referee; John Sheamus O’FearraighFintown Harps AFC 3 Donegal Town Reserves 0 In cold condition at Pairc Acla Fintown took the lead early with great work from Daragh Gallagher, playing a through ball to find Aaron Thompson in the box. Thompson made no mistake putting the Harps in front 6 minutes into the game. Shortly after Delaney was taken down just outside the box, Daragh took the free and slotted it into the bottom right hand corner of the net. Fintown very unlucky not to further their lead with attempts by Aaron and Daragh coming off the post. Donegal found it very hard to get past a strong Fintown defence in the first half.The second half was much the same with very few scoring opportunities created by either team. In the 25th minute of the second half Shan Mc Millian got a through ball from Daragh and slotted it into the back of the net to make it 3-0 to the homeside. Team performances by both teams.Referee: Mickey Mulhern.Downtown Cup Group C Deele Harps 5 Glenree United Reserves 2Deele entertained a spirited Glenree side in the Saturday Cup at The Athletic Track. The home side started brightly and wasted a couple of chances before Gary Wilson-Mc Girr’s opener on 5 minutes. Aidy Gallagher wriggled free on the left to cross deep for Wilson-Mc Girr to sweep home at the back post. Glenree came close to equalising 2 minutes later when Damien Nelis headed wide. Deele’s Shane Gallagher then created a chance for himself but fired over when well placed. In the 23rd minute a short corner found Paul Lynch who crossed deep for Gavin Gallagher to head down into the path of his brother Shane Gallagher who tapped home on the line. Glenree pulled a goal back in the 41st minute when Damien Nelis lobbed Christy Roulstone in the Deele goal. On the stroke of half time Paul Lynch picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and on his weaker right foot unleashed a powerful drive to restore Deele’s 2 goal advantage. Deele were quickest out of the blocks in the 2nd half and Shane Gallagher pounced on a defensive mix up to race through on goal and cooly he slotted home the 4th Deele goal. In the 56th minute Glenree were awarded a penalty and Karl Mc Elhinney slotted home from the spot. The game was finally put to bed when Aidy Gallagher scored the goal of the day , a sweet volley from the edge of the box following another knock down from the impressive Gavin Gallagher. The was still time for Jamie Ayton to have a shot blocked and at the other end Damien Nelis fired wide at the death. Team Performances. Referee: Ed MooreDowntown United 2 Ramelton Mariners 0This game played at Rabs Park Kerrykeel was a very tight entertaining match with Downtown coming away with three points in group C of The Downtown Cup. Both teams started brightly creating half chances early on but it was Downtown who got in front on fifteen minutes when Nial Bonner shot home from inside the box after a good cross from Steven Toye. Downtown with much of the play went close again when Toye shot from the edge of the box, just skimmed the crossbar. As the half wore on Mariners came back into it and went close on a couple of occasions. On thirty five minutes Downtown added their second Bonner was upended on the edge of the box.Up stepped Michael Doherty who bent the free kick around the wall into the bottom corner of the net giving the keeper no chance. The second half continued as the first with both teams playing some entertaining football. Ramelton Mariners had most of the possession pressing hard looking for the way back into the game but Downtown stood firm with Charlie Creevy and Michael Doherty in control in the centre of midfield and Gio Peoples and Redmond Doherty marshalling the back line well. Best for Downtown ; Gio Peoples, Michael Doherty, Niall Bonner Beat for Ramelton : Team Performances:Downtown Cup Group DCastlefin Celtic Reserves 2 Glencar Celtic 4Glencar went away from Castlefin with a 4-2 victory in the Downtown Cup on Saturday. Glencar took the lead in the 10th minute from the penalty spot when Paddy Rafferty was fouled and he stepped up to slot home. In the 15th minute Glencar doubled their advantage when a cross from the right was turned into the net by a Castlefin defender. Rafferty made it three 5 minutes later when he skipped past a Castlefin defender and slotted home past the advancing keeper. In the 30th minute Rafferty completed his hat-rick when he latched onto a through ball and he calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner. The home side pulled a goal back in the 40th minute when Simon Mc Glinchey headed home an Emmett White corner kick. The second half was a much more even affair with both sides having half chances but Castlefin pulled another goal back in the 70th minute when Emmett white rounded the keeper and tapped home after a good through ball from Thomas Devlin. Team performance from Castlefin Paddy Rafferty best for Glencar. Referee: Brian O’ KaneMulroy Celtic 4 Gweedore Celtic Reserves 0NO REPORT: Reports can be sent to info@donegaldaily.comBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic 4 Gweedore Celtic 0Kilmac continued their good start to the season with a well deserved victory over Gweedore Celtic. Kilmac started brightly and had early chances through Eddie Doherty and Ryan Shields. The breakthrough came with twenty five minutes. Martin Sweeney fed Timmy Burke who squared the ball to an unmarked Caolan Kelly. Kelly shot first time and blasted home from just on the edge of the 6 yard box. Kelly soon found himself on the score-sheet again when ten minutes later, after Michael McLaughlin was hauled down twenty yards from goal, Kelly slotted the resulting free kick into the corner of the net.The Second half was more of the same and Michael McLaughlin slotted home from close range after latching onto a Gary Gorman free kick. Substitute Liam McBride also found himself on the score sheet with ten minutes remaining when he linked up well with Ryan Shields. Team efforts from both sides. Referee: Vincent McLaughlinLifford Celtic 4 Milford United 2Played in heavy conditions at Greenbrae Park Lifford settled quickest and Damien Patton continued his good run of form when he scored after a through ball from Mark Neeson. Lifford doubled their advantage when Kevin Mc Brearty placed a free kick in the top corner. Milford responded immediately when their centre half got on the end of a free kick. Milford started the second half the brightest creating plenty of chances and should have drawn level. Milford eventually got their reward when PJ Hagan scored following a goal-mouth scramble with ten minutes remaining. That goal seemed to spark Lifford back to life as Mark Carlin went clear to cross for Damien Patton who had the easiest of headed finishes. Lifford grabbed their fourth, as Milford pressed, when Damien Patton and Kevin Mc Brearty combined down the left for Mc Brearty to finish from the edge of the box and seal the win. Best for Lifford was Seamie Gallagher. Best for Milford was PJ Hagan.Lagan Harps 0 Rathmullan Celtic 7Rathmullan kept up their title challenge with an impressive demolition of Lagan Harps. Cheered on by a large travelling support Rathmullan were on top from the start with Seamie Mc Laughlin and Eoin Sheridan completely on top in midfield and Eamonn Sheridan and Oisin Mc Menamin stretching the Lagan defence. They opened the scoring on seven minutes. Ciaran Molloy pulled off a great save from Eamonn Sheridan but Sheridan back heeled the rebound into Darragh Patton’s path and he drilled it home. Molloy with some help from centre back Ronan Lennon somehow kept Lagan in the game until the forty second minute. Eamonn Sheridan was again the provider, seizing on a rebound before teeing up Eoin Sheridan to score. Lagan had their first real shot at the start of the second half when Ian Strain pushed Kevin Kelly’s strike away for a corner. Whatever chance Lagan had of getting back in to the game ended on fifty two minutes when Eamonn Sheridan controlled a long freekick from Paddy Sheridan on his chest before swivelling and firing home. Eamonn Sheridan was again the provider for the fourth goal crossing for Darragh Patton to add the finishing touch. Former Lagan player Oisin Mc Menamin earned his reward for some unselfish running when he drilled home from wide on the right. Shea Coyle made it 6-0 when he fired home the rebound after Darragh Patton hit the crossbar. Darragh Patton completed the rout, and completed his hat-trick when he back heeled to the net after Oisin Mc Menamin did the spade work. On this showing Rathmullan are serious title contenders while Lagan have some hard work ahead to maintain their status. In an all round team performance Eamonn Sheridan, Eoin Sheridan and Darragh Patton stood out for Rathmullan. For Lagan Ciaran Molloy, Ronan Lennon and Aidan O’Donnell gave it their all.St. Catherines 1 Dunkineely Celtic 1St Catherines played hosts to Dunkineely Celtic in Emerald Park on Sunday. Both teams started the game well and it was the Saints who took the lead on 8 minutes when they were awarded a corner. Ryan Farrelly took it but the corner was cleared by Dunkineely but Ryan Farrelly got the ball again and he drove the ball into the box and there was Daniel Breslin who scored at the front post to put the Saints 1up. The Saints started to create a couple of good chances but they just could not get another goal, then on 17 minutes Dunkineely were awarded a penalty when Andrew Mackie was fouled in the box by David Conwell. Up stepped Andrew Mackie but his penalty was brilliantly saved by the Saints keeper Shane O’ Gara. In the 28th minute Dunkineely got a corner and it was swung into the Saints box and there was Shane Mc Whinney to score from 8 yards out to make the score 1 each. On 34 minutes the ball was played through the Saints defence and Andrew Mackie ran onto the through ball but he could not get past the Saints keeper who made a brilliant save to deny him. The second half started with both teams looking for the 2nd goal and Michael Mullin went close on 51 minutes when he had a shot that just went over the bar from 6 yards out. Dunkineely had a couple of shots but Shane O’ Gara in the Saints goal was in great form and made great saves to keep Dunkineely out. On 65 minutes Christopher Murrin went on a run and he had a shot that just went over the bar. Both teams tried to get the second goal but it just would not come and the game finished 1-1. St.Catherine’s wish Andrew Mackie a speedy recovery from his injury.Watson Hire Division OneArranmore United 0 Cranford United 1Curragh Athletic 1 Keadue Rovers 1Keadue Rovers left Killygordon with a share of the spoils thanks to a Hugh Boyle header on seventy one minutes. The home side took the lead on twenty one minutes when Ryan Carlin headed in from a Benny Bonner corner. It was almost two nil six minutes later when a Paddy Collins shot rebounded off a post back into the hands of the keeper, before Keadue Rovers had a glancing header come off the outside of the post. Curragh did think they had a second goal, but Gareth Gallagher’s header was ruled out. The game had very few real chances, but credit to both teams who went all out for a winner in the last quarter. This was a good team effort from both sides. Referee: Victor Rooney.Donegal Town 2 Raphoe Town 1Despite contrasting league positions which seen the hosts start second from top and the visitors second from bottom, it was Raphoe who took the lead in the second minute. A good move down the right hand side was finished off by Rhys Laird at the back post with a fine one touch finish. Donegal dominated possession from then on in the game without carving out any clear cut chances. It was Raphoe who went closer to a second goal when David Craig had his effort tipped onto the bar by Donegal ‘keeper Dermot Mc Cafferty. It remained that way at the break and Donegal continued to dominate possession in the second half and got a somewhat fortunate but deserved equaliser five minutes in. Raphoe failed to defend a Conor Mc Monagle corner properly and a misplaced header from a defender ended up in his own net. Just as it looked like the game was heading for a draw, second half substitute David Harron spun his defender to create a chance for Declan Brown to slip home the all important winner with less than ten minutes remaining. Good team performances from both teams. Referee: Marty Mc GarrigleBallybofey United 2 Cappry Rovers 2Darragh Redmond gave Ballybofey an early lead in this local derby match, played at the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar. Kevin Mc Glynn levelled affairs when he converted from the penalty spot. Another penalty saw the home side go back in front, this time it was ex-Finn Harps man Chris Breen who converted. Later in the match Breen had to leave the field through injury and as his replacement was awaiting entry to the game Cappry got their equaliser through Aran Kelly. A low key affair refereed by Mick Lagan.Drumoghill FC 3 Eany Celtic 2Drumoghill FC held their nerve to secure 3 vital points against promotion chasing Eany Celtic at the Moss, and in doing so boosted their chances of securing their Division 1 status. But they needed nerves of steel to do so, withstanding a second half fight-back from Eany after the home side went into the interval with a 3-0 lead. But a brace from Barry Rose ensured an anxious conclusion for the home side. Not for the first time, the hero for Drumoghill was striker Liam O’Donnell. The division’s top scorer started on fire and put his side ahead on 5 minutes, pouncing on a rebound from Richard Tinney’s 20 yard drive which keeper Colm Kelly had failed to hold. Six minutes later O’ Donnell had turned creator with a mazy run into the penalty area before squaring the ball for Richard Moore to tap home. Drumoghill were absolutely clinical during the opening period and looked dangerous on the break as Eany dominated possession. And it was from one such break on 32 minutes that Drumoghill grabbed their 3rd goal, his time Tinney sent O’Donnell free on the right wing and the young striker raced towards goal before slotting past Kelly at his near post to send Drumoghill into the break 3 goals in the ascendency.It was perhaps an unfair reflection on the first period as Eany dominated for large spells. They should have been ahead as early as the 2nd minute when Liam Mc Groarty sent namesake Paul through on goal, but the striker saw his effort well smothered by Greg Regan. Martin Shovlin, the game’s outstanding performer, then created a chance for John Rose but he too found Regan in top form.The second half started in a similar fashion as Eany maintained their dominance from the first half. They quickly reduced the arrears when Barry Rose glided past John Madigan and Christopher O’Donnell to finish and the same player repeated the trick when he latched on to a long goal kick from Kelly to set up a nervous conclusion.CT Ball Division TwoDrumbar United 2 Copany Rovers 2This was always going to be a tense affair in Drumbar with no team willing to give up local bragging rights. There was a minutes silence before the game for the Copany captain Aaron Scott who died just before the Christmas break, he play some underage for Drumbar also. Copany got off to the perfect start when David Graham(10mins) tapped in from six yards after a defensive mix up. Drumbar got one back through David Giblin(30mins) after a free kick fell kindly for him. Just on the stroke of half time Ciaran Nixon(45mins) passed it home after a goal mouth scramble.The second half was a bit more open and half chances going to both sides, when Shane Walsh(70mins) put in a great ball which the home defence failed to deal with.Best for Copany Thomas Given, While Cialion Loughney and Daniel Bennett had great games.Kerrykeel ’71 FC 3 Glenree United 0Glenree made the short journey to Rab’s park to face neighbours Kerrykeel but went away disappointed as Kerrykeel made it four wins in a row for Hughie Walsh’s men. On ten minutes Glenree had a chance to take the lead, however Michael Gallagher failed to make contact at the back post. They were made to pay as Kerrykeel went up the pitch and from a superb Tony Mc Bride cross, Johnny Nanny buried a brilliant header past John Rodgers in the Glenree goal. Kerrykeel doubled their lead on eighteen minutes as good work from Trevor Alcorn led to great link-up play from Nanny and Seimie Coshia which resulted in Coshia blasting the ball into the net. Just before half-time Mark Mc Conigley made a great stop in the Kerrykeel goals from an Andy Coyle shot from distance.In an evenly contested second half both teams could have registered with Cathal Martin going close for the home team and Daniel Mc Groddy almost converting for the visitors. Kerrykeel wrapped up the points in the ninetieth minute when from a Shaun Callaghan shot that was parried Mark “Sparky” Friel pounced on the rebound to fire in off the post. Hughie Walsh and James Martin will be hoping their troops can push on for the rest of the season now. Kerrykeel would like to wish Glenree’s John Doherty a speedy recovery as he suffered a nasty injury during the game. Best for Kerrykeel ‘71: Cathal Martin, Patrick Mc Conigley and Brendan Callaghan. Best for Glenree United: Robert Moore and Nicholas Mc Nelis. Referee: James MalseedConvoy Arsenal 1 Whitestrand United 2It was a very even start to the game with both teams creating chances. Convoy worked hard to compete with Whitestrand resulting in a goal in the 40th minute. The Convoy goal came from a Shane Mc Laughlin cross with Johnny Kee heading home. Convoy’s lead was cancelled out within 15 minutes of the second half. Michael Sweeney showed great determination resulting in a solo goal from an acute angle. Both teams continued to press hard looking for the winner. Whitestrand produced an inspired piece of play which resulted in Paul Lynch chipping the ball over the Convoy keeper in the last minute of play. Both teams worked extremely hard and played well. Convoy were unlucky not to get a pointBonagee United 4 Letterbarrow Celtic 2Bonagee came close on six minutes when Ross Hanlyn broke down the right and his shot was well saved by the keeper. Alan Lyons for the visitors shot just wide of the post on ten minutes from a Paul Moran cross. Mark Hunter had a good effort from the edge of the box saved on twelve minutes. Letterbarrow took the lead on fifteen minutes when a free kick by John Roper from the left was headed home from ten yards by Alan Lyons. Paddy Mc Laughlin for Bonagee had a great chance to level the match on thirty minutes when a cross from the right from Darren Hunter he blasted over from ten yards. Letterbarrow had a few strikes on goal from Alan Lyons and Declan Gallagher but Carr did well in the home goal. Bonagee got the equalizer on forty minutes when Glen Rainey shot home from a Darren Coyle corner. Bonagee were awarded a penalty on forty four minutes when Mark Hunter was brought down in the box by the keeper who made a great save from Darren Coyle’s spot kick. Bonagee started the second half on top and went ahead on fifty minutes when after good play by Aiden Mc Laughlin in the middle of the park he played a great through ball to Ross Hanlyn and he slid the ball past the keeper from twelve yards out. Declan Gallagher for the visitors had a great strike on goal well saved by the keeper from fifteen yards. Bonagee got their third on sixty five minutes when Darren Coyle broke down the right and his cross into the box found Ross Hanlyn who shot home from ten yards. Bonagee got their fourth on eighty two minutes when Aiden Mc Laughlin played a good ball through to Darren Hunter who crossed to Shane Kelly on the edge of the box and his shot found the top corner of the net. Letterbarrow pulled one back three minutes later when a free from the left was crossed in by Stephen Graham and found Garry Byrne at the near post and he hammered home from five yards. Best for the visitors were Alan Lyons, Stephen Graham and Paul Moran. Bonagee Team effort. Referee: Paul DohertyDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAY 12-1-2013Downtown Cup Group AErne Wanderers                                3 v 4                   Glenea United ReservesCranford United Reserves               2 v 2                   Tullyvinney RoversDowntown Cup Group BKeadue Rovers Reserves                 3 v 0                   Kilmacrennan Celtic ReservesFintown Harps AFC                       3 v 0                   Donegal Town ReservesDowntown Cup Group CDeele Harps                                     5 v 2                   Glenree United ReservesDowntown United                           2 v 0                   Ramelton MarinersDowntown Cup Group DCastlefin Celtic Reserves                2 v 4                   Glencar CelticMulroy Celtic                                  4 v 0                   Gweedore Celtic ReservesSUNDAY  13-1-2013Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic                         4 v 0                   Gweedore CelticLifford Celtic                                   4 v 2                   Milford UnitedLagan Harps                                     0 v 7                   Rathmullan CelticSt. Catherines                                   1 v 1                   Dunkineely CelticWatson Hire Division OneArranmore United                            0 v 1                   Cranford UnitedCurragh Athletic                              1 v 1                   Keadue RoversDonegal Town                                             2 v 1                   Raphoe TownBallybofey United                           2 v 2                   Cappry RoversDrumoghill FC                                 3 v 2                   Eany CelticCT Ball Division TwoDrumbar United                               2 v 2                   Copany RoversKerrykeel ’71 FC                             3 v 0                   Glenree UnitedConvoy Arsenal                               1 v 2                   Whitestrand UnitedBonagee United                                4 v 2                   Letterbarrow CelticDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 19-1-2013                    K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Downtown Cup Group ATullyvinney Rovers                            v                      Milford United ReservesGlenea United Reserves                      v                      Cranford United ReservesDowntown Cup Group BDonegal Town Reserves                     v                      Keadue Rovers ReservesKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves            v                      Fintown Harps AFCDowntown Cup Group CRamelton Mariners                             v                      Gweedore United ReservesGlenree United Reserves                    v                      Downtown UnitedDowntown Cup Group DGweedore Celtic Reserves                  v                      Castlefin Celtic ReservesGlencar Celtic                                     v                      Mulroy CelticSUNDAY  20-1-2013             K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic                               v                      Lifford CelticGlenea United                                     v                      Kilmacrennan CelticMilford United                                   v                      St. CatherinesLagan Harps                                        v                      Dunkineely CelticCastlefin Celtic                                   v                      Gweedore CelticWatson Hire Division OneArranmore United                               v                      Ballybofey United   (K.O. 1 p.m.)Keadue Rovers                                    v                      Eany CelticCurragh Athletic                                 v                      Cappry RoversCT Ball Division TwoGweedore United                                v                      Kerrykeel’71 F.C.Letterbarrow Celtic                             v                      Drumbar UnitedGlenree United                                    v                      Whitestrand UnitedCopany Rovers                                   v                      Bonagee UnitedDunlewy Celtic                                   v                      Convoy ArsenalTOTAL FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE SCORES, MATCH REPORTS & FIXTURES was last modified: January 13th, 2013 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:MATCH REPORTS & FIXTURESTOTAL FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE SCORESlast_img read more

Holiday shopping blitz

first_imgAnnie Weathers shook off sleep at 1 a.m., slipped into a pair of jeans and crept from her Hollywood home. Fortified with coffee and accompanied by her sister Amy Lam, Weathers had a thousand bucks and a mission. By 6 p.m., the two planned to have knocked out the majority of their holiday shopping, a tradition they’ve followed for the past five years. “We got to Best Buy at 2 a.m., and it was already too late,” said Weathers, a nurse by trade. In Santa Clarita, the members of the Colley family weren’t caught off guard. They set up cots to sleep by the electronic store’s entrance, waiting to get first dibs on everything when the doors opened in the pre-dawn hours of Friday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals This was the second year that the Colleys and some friends had camped out in front of the Bouquet Canyon Road store on Thanksgiving Day. With four empty cars – including a 15-passenger van – parked in the lot and ready to haul their purchases away, the Canyon Country family members were prepared for a morning of serious holiday shopping. By 7 a.m. Friday, they had spent about $10,000 inside the store, filling up five shopping carts with a 42-inch plasma TV, four desktop computers, four laptops and more. And so shoppers plunged into the wild world of Black Friday, the traditional kickoff to the holiday season. The National Retail Federation estimates Americans will spend some $400 billion this holiday season, more than was projected in early fall when the country was still hesitant to spend because of high gas prices and the stunning photos from the Gulf Coast. The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. revised its estimate of retailers’ increased revenues from 6 percent to somewhere between 8 percent and 9 percent. Some 130 million people will go shopping this weekend alone, but only the most hard-core were at the Camarillo Premium Outlets mall when stores opened just after midnight Thursday. “It’s the first time we’ve tried it,” said Brian Hassett, the general manager of the mall where 39 of the 120 stores were open for 24 straight hours. “The midnight madness took us all by surprise. It’s a festival atmosphere.” Karen Yonemoto of Monterey Park arrived with three friends at midnight stayed through the morning filling the car with bags of gifts. “I went in to the Coach (leather goods) store to buy two wallets and wound up getting 13 purses, all gifts,” she said around 9 a.m., still shopping. Annie Stefanec, 15, of Tarzana said she had been waiting in the Coach line 45 minutes and hoped the store wouldn’t run out. “It’s pretty crazy right now. If I can’t find what I want, I’ll just add it to my list and maybe get it later this year.” Her mother, Mary, said they left Tarzana at 7 a.m. thinking they were early, but found the parking lots full at the outlet mall and had to park about a half-mile away. Thousands more gathered Friday at the Simi Valley Town Center for its first Black Friday – the day when most retailers turn from “red” losses to “black” profits – since opening Oct. 27. “We’re really pleased,” said Vickie Sherman, the Town Center’s director of marketing. “We won’t know for certain how well we are doing until we have certified sales reports in about four to six weeks, but there are lots of shoppers here with lots of shopping bags.” Across the region, sales were brisk and crowds were thick, but no problems were reported. Near Grand Rapids, Mich., however, a woman fell as dozens of people rushed into a store for the 5 a.m. opening. Several stepped on her, and a few became entangled as a man pushed them to the ground to keep them away. When the rush ended, the woman and a 13-year-old girl had suffered minor injuries. And at a Wal-Mart store in Orlando, Fla., tempers flared when a man allegedly cut in line to buy a bargain notebook computer and was wrestled to the ground, according to a video shown by television station. At the Glendale Galleria, moms lugged still-sleepy children while dads fidgeted in line. A tough looking man with slicked back hair and a menacing look in his eye bought toys, wearing his greasy work jacket over flannel pajamas. Turnout appeared mixed in an early morning survey of shopping spots across the region. The Galleria was starting to fill up by 6 a.m., as were the Northridge Fashion Center and Westfield Shoppingtown Topanga in later hours. But even while those locations were bustling, Westfield Fashion Square could barely muster a crowd, a Van Nuys Target seemed downright orderly and a Sherman Way Toys ‘R’ Us had plenty of parking spaces left at 11 a.m. At 5 a.m., James Cann was queueing up outside the Panorama City Wal-Mart, preparing to buy a cart full of toys for the kids. The Sun Valley resident emerged ebullient, surprised he’d emerged without incident as the sun rose behind him. “There was a line around the store when I got here,” he said. “You want a deal, you’ve gotta make a sacrifice. You’re going to buy the things anyway, so I figured I might as well save some bucks at the sale.” Wal-Mart, stung last year by its decision not to offer its popular door-buster sales on the day after Thanksgiving, trotted out plenty of discounts to lure in shoppers. Harrison Ford fans could buy “Blade Runner” DVDs for $3.44, then watch them on 20-inch flat-screen Toshiba televisions for $497. The highly sought-after $378 HP Pavilion laptop computers sold out long before 7 a.m. Smart buyers planned ahead, mapping routes and enlisting accomplices. Enrique Salazar left San Fernando to hit Circuit City at 5 a.m., making his way then to Sears and a Northridge Sportmart in a four-hour span. Glossy advertisements filled the cab of his huge Chevy pickup, which was quickly overloaded with presents. By 6:15 a.m., Randy Maxwell was leaving a Target store in Valencia with a bag of gifts and was heading to Sears and Kohl’s for some more. He’d already been to Best Buy and Wal-Mart. The Black Friday sales are unbeatable, said the Valencia man who woke up at 4 a.m. to get in line outside one store. When the day finally ended, a chunk of his shopping would be completed. “It saves a lot of money doing it this way,” he said. “And you get done with everything.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 brent.hopkins@dailynews.com 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

SUSPECT IN KILLER ECSTASY DEATH FLEES DONEGAL

first_imgThe prime suspect behind the supply of drugs which Gardai suspect killed a St Johnston man has fled Donegal.Oisin Crawford who tragicallty died after taking drugs.A full investigation has been launched into the death of Oisin Crawford.Oisin, 22, died and five other people affected two weeks ago following a party. It is understood that Oisin and other pals had taken tablets from a killer batch of ecstasy.No arrests have yet been made as part of the investigation.However Donegal Daily understands that one of the suspects in the investigation has left the county.Gardai are remaining tight-lipped about their investigation. However a source revealed “Nobody has yet been formally interviewed about the case but a full investigation is ongoing.“We cannot say any more about the incident at this stage.”St Baithin’s Church in the village of St Johnston was packed to overflowing as they heard Monsignor Dan Carr plead with young people to stay away from drugs during Oisin’s funeral.“I would like to give a message today to our young people and the message is very simple – keep away from drugs,” said the priest at the end of the Mass.“Do not experiment with them; they are highly dangerous. Keep away from alcohol because alcohol is the first step towards drugs.” Monsignor Carr described how Oisin loved working with his father Seamus at the family tyre business in Raphoe.He loved stock car racing and got on with his dad more like two brothers than a father and son.The priest said he hoped the Crawford family did not feel alone at this time because of how the community in the area had come together to support them at this difficult time.Oisin was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery, the cortege led there by a lone piper – with a guard of honour from his former school Deele College lining the route. SUSPECT IN KILLER ECSTASY DEATH FLEES DONEGAL was last modified: June 8th, 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:donegaldrugsGardaiinvestigationOisin CrawfordSt Johnstonlast_img read more