Stylish Irish cruise past Azzurri

first_imgThings got even better for the Green Machine when George King latched on to a nifty grubber from Michael McIlorum out of dummy-half to make it 12-0 after 10 minutes. Kicking with a gale at their backs, the Irish pushed the lead beyond two converted tries through the right boot of halfback Liam Finn, and while the Italians threatened the line after a scheduled drinks break they fell further behind when Kay crashed over in the left corner for his second try of the afternoon.  Having set up both of Kay’s tries, fullback Scott Grix chanced his arm for a third time in the shadows of half-time only to have his cut-out pass intercepted by Justin Castellaro who raced away to give the Italians a sniff heading into the main break. The Azzurri should have made it back-to-back tries early in the second half when Grix fumbled a James Tedesco grubber, but the fullback recovered just in time to deny Castellaro who looked certain to score.  Suddenly playing with a pep in their step, it didn’t take long for Italy to make amends when Josh Mantellato flew through the air to reel in a bomb before the rangy winger offloaded to centre partner Nathan Milone to cut the gap to eight points. Cameron Ciraldo’s men had all the momentum and looked odds on to score again, but a crunching tackle to force an error put a halt to their comeback and opened the door for the Irish to kill off the contest. Italian winger Mason Cerruto produced a pair of try-saving plays in the space of 30 seconds to keep his side in the contest, but it was a case of third time lucky for Ireland when prop Kyle Amor barged over to restore their 14-point buffer. Any thoughts of a nervy final quarter were put to bed on the hour-mark when Grix turned provider once more to set up Michael Morgan with a grubber that wrong-footed Tedesco before Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook put the cherry on top with a well-deserved four-pointer in the final minute. Ireland 36 (Liam Kay 2, George King, Kyle Amor, Michael Morgan, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook tries; Liam Finn 6 goals) def. Italy 12 (Justin Castellaro, Nathan Milone tries; Josh Mantellato 2 goals) at Barlow Park. Half-time: 20-6 Having scored just 14 points at the 2013 World Cup, the Irish matched that tally inside 20 minutes and then kicked on in the second half after the Azzurri had threatened a comeback with tries either side of the interval. While James Tedesco and Italy’s star-studded forwards had their moments, the pre-game favourites looked rudderless in attack for the majority of the contest with their points coming via an interception and a regathered bomb. Their cause wasn’t helped with the pre-game withdrawal of Terry Campese while his would-be halves partner Jack Johns didn’t fare much better, forced from the field early in the second half with an arm injury. While the injuries didn’t help, the Italians were simply outplayed by an enthusiastic Irish side that dominated through the middle and showed plenty of class in the key positions. Italy might have headed into the game as warm favourites but you wouldn’t have known it in the early stages as the Irish opened the scoring in just the second minute through winger Liam Kay before their opponents had even touched the ball. last_img read more

Everything Roger Federer can lose after his operation

first_imgThe absence of Roger Federer within the subsequent tournaments of the ATP Tour calendar after surgical procedure of knee discomfort Proper may even have repercussions for the Swiss within the ATP rating.Unable to compete within the Dubai match, the 1,000 Masters of Indian Wells and Miami and Roland Garros, the competitions that had deliberate in its calendar for this 2020, Federer will see the way it falls positions and yields factors within the classification.Within the time period that might be misplaced by the harm (is not going to return till June in Halle or Wimbledon) Federer needed to defend a complete of three,180 factors of the 7,130 he at the moment has within the classification.In 2019, Basel scored 500 factors in Dubai (he received Tsitsipas within the last the place he received his 100 title), 600 within the Indian Wells Masters 1,000 (fell within the last with Thiem), 1,000 on the Miami Masters 1,000 (received Isner within the last), 180 on the Mutua Madrid Open (fell with Thiem in quarters), 180 on the 1,000 Masters in Rome (left earlier than measuring Tsitsipas) and 720 in Roland Garros, the place he fell with Nadal in semis. For so long as Federer is off the tracks, the Swiss might see how Rafa Nadal equals his document of 20 Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros so long as the manacorí will get its thirteenth title on the clay of Paris.Federer didn’t have such an extended break attributable to an harm since 2016, when he was operated on the meniscus of his left leg. This harm, which was handled after Wimbledon, made him miss the Rio Olympics and all the second a part of the season. The choice to cease couldn’t go higher, since on his return Federer managed to win the Australian Open 2017 after a 2016 with out titles.Federer will return within the grass season and you could press from Halle or Wimbledon to attain factors and get one of many eight seats for the Nitto ATP Finals in London, so he’ll attempt to rating all potential factors on grass and on American and Asian onerous monitor excursions with an intermediate cease to combat for Olympic gold in Tokyo.last_img read more

Campaign For Good News to spread positivity in Fort St. John

first_imgThe event is appropriate for all age groups, and organizers are requesting people bring blankets and chairs for their own comfort.Fort St. John residents interested in submitting their personal good news stories can do so by filling out a Story Submission Form which is available at Fort St. John City Hall, or online.Greig is no stranger to long distance cycling trips, as in 2009, he cycled solo and unsupported across Canada, a distance of 4,700 miles, but at a slightly slower pace.He can be tracked in real time through the campaign’s official website.Advertisement Greig hits the road with the intention of covering 150 miles per day, and finishing his challenging journey in 30 days.The ride is part of Greig’s Campaign for Good News, an initiative where each night of the ride, a pre-arranged positive and uplifting story from the community where he will be staying for the evening will be videotaped and posted on his campaign’s official website.According to Greig, his goal is to “remind people of the positive things happening in the world and inspire others to dream big and make a difference in whatever way they can”.- Advertisement -Fort St. John will be the ambitious cyclist’s 11 pit stop on his journey, scheduled for Monday, July 2.To celebrate his arrival, Fort St. John will be holding a free outdoor concert entitled “Campaign for Good News Music Festival”, where those in attendance will be treated to a live music show by the band Nine Mile. The show will be taking place in Centennial Park and will run from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.In addition to the concert, feel good stories from around the community will also be shared with the crowd.Advertisementlast_img read more

Fyers win in Horse Lake

first_imgThe Fort St. John Flyers had a great result Thursday night as they get ready for two exhibition games against the Prince George Mohawks this weekend.The Flyers traveled to Horse Lake and handed the Chiefs a 9-5 loss. Todd Alexander and Jeff Shipton had two goals for the Flyers with single goals coming from Paul Wiens, Brian Lewis, Jeff Fast, Donny Loyd and Tyler Loney.The next NPHL game for the Flyers will be Thursday Jan. 20 at home against Hythe. The game will start at 8:30pm at the North Peace Arena.- Advertisement -The Flyers will now get ready for the weekend exhibition series against Prince George. For more on that event, click here.last_img read more

Ipswich land ex-West Ham striker to boost their Championship title push

first_imgIpswich Town have boosted their Championship title tilt with the signing of former West Ham striker Freddie Sears from Colchester United.The 25-year-old has hit 14 goals for United this season prompting Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy to snap him up for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half-year deal.Sears leaves Colchester having made 98 appearances for the Essex side, who he joined after leaving boyhood club West Ham in 2012.And he will be hoping to add to the 36 Premier League appearances he made during his time with the Hammers next season as an Ipswich player.McCarthy’s side are currently third in the Championship table and sit just one point behind league leaders Bournemouth. 1 Freddie Sears in action for Colchester United last_img read more

Wasteful Gor held by Esperance at home

first_imgPositive for them though is that they didn’t concede an away goal and will be heading to Tunis for the return tie in 10 days time with the hope that they can match the reigning Tunisian champions and come up with a result that can sail them into the group stages of continental football.Esperance goalkeeper Noel Ben Sherifia had twice produced brilliant saves to ensure his side remained in the game, while also playing his fair share of time wasting antics, slowing down the pace of the game.Without a natural right-back as both Wellington Ochieng and Karim Nizigiyimana are out injured, Gor head coach Dylan Kerr took the gamble of pulling wide a central defender, putting Joachim Oluoch in the position.Gor Mahia’s Joash Onyango reacts after missing a header against Esperance during their CAF Champions League match. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe lanky defender played his part brilliantly to ensure the speedy Esperance wingers do not find space to move.It was the visitors who were the first to produce a goal scoring chance, Youssef Blaili finding some shooting space from 30 yards out but the ball rolled wide.As the game built up, Gor grew in confidence and started passing the ball around with ease. They had the first effort at goal in the ninth minute when Meddie Kagere rose up to meet an Oluoch cross from the right, but he couldn’t get a powerful impact, the ball going over.The home side came ever so close in the 16th minute when Jacques Tuyisenge was sent through by a brilliant Francis Kahata pass but his powerful shot from the right thundered under the upright.Seven minutes later, Sherifia pulled a brilliant save when he reacted fast to punch away a shot from Kagere from the edge of the six yard box after the forward was set up by George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo.Gor Mahia’s Ernest Wendo vies for the ball against Esperance du Tunis’s players during a CAF Champions League tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluA minute later, Sherifia once again produced a one of a kind save, diving swiftly to his right to make a one-handed save off a beautiful glancing header from Tuyisenge who met a Philemon Otieno cross.Gaining confidence that they could actually open up the Tunisians, Gor played more attacking football and in the 27th minute had another chance when Kagere was sent through on the left by Odhiambo, powered into the box but his eventual shot went wide.The Tunisians fell behind in defense as they attempted to soak in the pressure and Gor had another superb opportunity in the 37th minute when Joash Onyango’s powerful header from the right across went inches wide from a Kahata corner.-Second Half- Gor Mahia’s George ‘Blackberry’ in action against Esperance. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAEsperance came a more attacking side in the second half and made changes to that effect, Blaili coming off for Anis Ben Hijra while Yasinne Khenissi was hauled off injured for striker Bilel Nestri.The visitors were more industrious going forward and they were almost gifted on the hour mark when lack of communication between Boniface Oluoch and Shakava saw Haythen Jovini find some space to throw in a boot, but lucky for them the ball rolled out.Jovini was then brought off for Maher Ben Shaieri as he seemed to have tired off, the Esperance coach going for the kill with a fully attacking squad.Gor Mahia’s talisman Meddie Kagere in action against Tunisian giants Esperance during their first leg First round encounter at Machakos Stadium on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAs Esperance piled bodies forward, Gor found a chance on the break and Godfrey Walusimbi tried his luck with a shot from distance but it sailed wide.Kerr made changes bringing off Kahata for Kevin Omondi, Philemon Otieno off for Bernard Ondiek while Samuel Onyango came on for Odhiambo.However, they still couldn’t get a goal to quench their thirst, Kagere once again seeing his point blank effort cleared off the line by the Esperance defense.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia’s Philemon Otieno vies for the ball against Esperance du Tunis’s Fouseny Coulibaly during a CAF Champions League tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Mar 7- Gor Mahia will be left ruing their missed chances especially in the first half after being held to a 0-0 draw by Tunisian giants Esperance in a first round CAF Champions League first leg tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday.The record 16-time Kenyan Premier League champions, beaten 3-2 at home by the same opponents four years ago had an opportunity to finish the first leg with a handsome score-line, but their scoring let them down on an afternoon they should have had more than three goals.last_img read more

Dejected England, Belgium aim to leave W Cup on a high

first_imgRoberto Martinez’s side, who were beaten 1-0 by France in the last four, topped Group G ahead of England after an Adnan Januzaj goal settled a low-key encounter in Kaliningrad.That game saw both coaches heavily rotate their teams, and a similar scenario is likely in Saint Petersburg, with several fringe players pushing for a start.“The honest thing is, it’s not a game any team wants to play in,” said Southgate, whose side have drawn praise for the way they have briefly united a country bitterly divided over Brexit.However, he insisted that will not alter England’s approach as they look to achieve their best finish since they won the competition in 1966.“We’ll want to give a performance of huge pride, there’s no question about that,” said Southgate.“Every time we wear the shirt of our national team we want to play with pride, we want to play well and we want to win.”Reserve goalkeepers Jack Butland and Nick Pope are the only two members of England’s 23-man squad yet to feature in Russia, as Southgate stuck with the same line-up throughout the knockout phase.– ‘Important game’ –For Belgium and their “golden generation”, many of the key players should return for the 2022 World Cup, even if Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen will probably be gone by then.Martinez, who signed an extension until after Euro 2020 in May, can guide Belgium to the nation’s best result at the World Cup. They finished fourth in 1986.“We want to finish on a high and these players deserve to finish on a high,” said the Spaniard.“You need to try to see the opportunity of finishing third at the World Cup. That doesn’t happen too often, so we need to understand that this is an important game.“But I would accept it is very difficult when you had the ambition of getting to the final. It’s very difficult to prepare for the next game.”European teams have claimed third place at the past nine World Cups. The Netherlands beat Brazil 3-0 in 2014 after the hosts were embarrassed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals.England skipper Harry Kane is the tournament’s top scorer on six goals, while Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku trails by two in the race for the Golden Boot.With one more goal Kane would become the highest scorer at the competition since 2002, when Ronaldo struck eight times, including twice in the final, as Brazil clinched a record fifth title.The Tottenham forward would be just the second England player to scoop the award, after Gary Lineker was the top scorer in 1986.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gareth Southgate (left) and Roberto Martinez will try to rally their teams after agonising losses in the semi-finals for England and Belgium © AFP/File / Juan MABROMATA, Filippo MONTEFORTESAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jul 13 – England manager Gareth Southgate admits the World Cup third-place play-off is a game that no team wants to play, but Saturday’s match against Belgium offers the chance to finish the tournament on a winning note.A gut-wrenching 2-1 loss to Croatia after extra-time denied England a shot at a second World Cup triumph, instead setting up a consolation game against familiar foes Belgium.last_img read more

Reports – Manchester City agree first refusal deal for Brazilian teen sensation Vitinho

first_img Reports – Manchester City agree first refusal deal for Brazilian teen sensation Vitinho 1 Manchester City have agreed a first refusal deal on Brazilian wonderkid Vitinho, according to reports in Italy.The 15-year-old has spent time on trial with City and punctuated the spell with a goal for the under-16 side against Newcastle.And now it has been reported that the Premier League club have reached an agreement with his current side Corinthians to have first refusal on him when he does leave.Striker Vitinho, full name Victor Moura, is currently too young to join a European club but City will be able to land him once he is old enough to move should he continue his development in Brazil.last_img read more


first_imgThe LYIT campusAn allocation of €750,000 has been granted for Letterkenny IT to carry out maintenance and development of facilities and equipment.The allocation has been welcomed by Junior Minister Joe McHugh who said it was part f an overall package of €10 million for institutes around the country.“I am delighted that Letterkenny IT is to receive €750,000 in funding as part of a nationwide Infrastructure Maintenance Fund Grant for Institutes of Technology, worth €10 million. The Institutes can use the funds to discharge costs already incurred on a range of small-scale building works, refurbishment of existing facilities and / or upgrading equipment.“Last week I attended the official opening of the North West Science Park with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, which was part of a €250 million regional jobs strategy to support regions to play to their strengths and accelerate jobs growth across all areas. With 100% occupancy in Fort George, Derry and 60% occupancy at LYIT Letterkenny, this project is already providing a major cross border dividend to the North West. “The newly extended CoLab is situated at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology campus, where a team is already involved in numerous initiatives and programmes for technology entrepreneurs ensuring the latest trends and thinking across many industry sectors are catered for.“I have attended many functions in Letterkenny IT, and I am aware of the continuous hard work here in promoting the Institute over the years, and as a direct result also promoting the area of Letterkenny. I wish to commend Paul Hannigan and all the team in their success here.“Letterkenny IT is a hugely valuable resource in the North West region, producing highly educated and skilled graduates to meet the employment demands created by our recovering economy. Over 135,000 jobs have been created since the Government launched its Action Plan for Jobs in 2012. The regional Action Plan for Jobs that will impact on Donegal plans to create 28,000 more jobs in the region by 2020.“Funding like this is crucial to keep Letterkenny IT well maintained and equipped so that it can provide a top class working environment for its students. Fine Gael has a plan to keep this recovery going and to create even more employment. More jobs mean increased tax revenue with which we can make these kinds of investments in our education system.” €750,000 FOR DEVELOPMENT OF FACILITIES AT LYIT was last modified: December 9th, 2015 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:grantJoe McHughLYITlast_img read more


first_imgGavin Dykes’ return to Finn Harps FC has proved to be very brief – after club officials announced that he has left Finn Park. Dykes was a former player and manager of Finn Harps, but enjoyed a tumelteous relationship with many of the club’s supporters and left the club under a cloud in 2001. His appointment as assistant manager under Ollie Horgan raised a few eyebrows around Finn Park – but Harps have performed well so far this season and Horgan had praised the influence of Dykes.However, Irish League outifit Ballinamallard United FC have acquired the service of Dykes, who will takeover as new first-team manager at the club – following the departure of Whitey Anderson.Dykes was in the dugout on Sunday afternoon for Harps battling draw with Shamrock Rovers, but Ballinamallard pounced quickly and got their man.It now leaves a void for Horgan to fill, William O’Connor is part of the coaching staff at Harps, but has no experience in any capacity at senior level, and it’s highly unlikely he’ll get promoted to the role as assistant manager. James Gallagher was forced to leave the role due to work commitments and it’s unlikely he’ll return to the club.Harps face Sligo Rovers in a North-West derby on Friday night.HORGAN ON THE HUNT FOR NEW ASSISTANT AS GAVIN DYKES DEPARTS was last modified: May 31st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DepartureFinn Harps FCGavin DykesnewsSportlast_img read more