PNG Hunters happy to be home

first_imgThe club have shifted their base to the PNG capital after two years in Kokopo and will play their home matches at the newly renovated National Football Stadium.The Hunters are one of just three unbeaten teams in the Queensland Cup after away wins against Souths Logan Magpies and Wynnum Manly Seagulls in the first two rounds.Head coach Michael Marum said the whole team looks forward to playing in front of their home supporters.”We know it’s going to be a big game here against Tweed Heads in front of our home fans, 15,000.”They’ve watched two games on television and it just brings everyone together – people come along and enjoy the game and it’s good to always go out and play in front of big big crowds at home and you know everyone is sitting out there supporting the team so yeah it’s a different experience” he said.Co-captain Adam Korave will make his first appearance of the season from the interchange bench.last_img read more

Luis Suárez, a ‘hot potato’

first_imgSuarez is a special case. With the exception of the controversial operation on the meniscus after the Anfield disaster, it can be said that he has left his soul with Barça. But Suarez has been more than just a fighter. A huge striker who has scored 191 goals and has given 108 goal passes in just 270 games. He is already the fourth top scorer in the history of the club with only six seasons at Barça and he has been Messi’s best partner, as well as a friend, all these years. Your case will deserve special sensitivity. Before long, Barça will have to communicate to Luis Suárez (24-1-1987, Salto) the road map that he has prepared for him. A multitude of variables intersect in this, a tricky decision in which respect for a career, economy, feeling, planning, opportunity and egos are mixed.Let’s see. Suarez ends his contract in June 2021, although the commitment has an asterisk. If the Uruguayan, according to a clause that he himself revealed, played 60% of the games in which “he is available”, he would automatically extend his contract until 2022. Suárez has admitted that he is ready to receive competition and has even strongly recommended the signing of Lautaro Martínez. But that is too bucolic a scenario. As long as he hasn’t been injured, Suarez has been at a good level last season and having two roosters fighting for the same spot is unrealistic. Not economically profitable. If Lautaro arrived, Suarez would have to leave. Heading to the Beckham franchise in Miami, where they await you with open arms, or any other team. Barça cannot afford Suárez or Lautaro on the bench, even less if he intends also to sign Neymar. It is true, however, that Suarez’s performance has been declining gradually. Since the monstrous 2015-16 season, when he scored 59 goals in 53 games, his output has been dropping. 37 official goals in the 2016-17 academic year; 31 in 2017-18, 25 in 2018-19 and, finally, 14 in this one, unfinished but that could not have been concluded if the Covid-19 pandemic had not broken out. To his decrease in figures, we must add two operations on the knee in the last two seasons. Time is catching up to you.However, Bartomeu, sports vice president as well as the club’s top manager, weighs an option. Prioritize the signing of Neymar, reunite the three friends and shoot in the last year of his tenure with the MSN in addition to Griezmann and Ansu as forwards. And in 2021, when Suárez closes the cycle, that the new president attacks the signing, very expensive, predictably, of the successor.The Suárez affair is so taboo that no one has put a relatively simple possibility on the table. That Barça offer the Uruguayan to lower Lautaro operation. Godín, a good friend of Suárez, plays at Inter. In the barter scenario in which Barça is and with the creativity that the market will demand in the coming months, it is not ruled out that the alternative is proposed. It would require, of course, a previous conversation with the player. Cases like Suárez or Rakitic, winners of four Leagues, four Cups, a Champions League, a European Super Cup or two from Spain, in addition to a Club World Cup, deserve a touch that Bartomeu must demonstrate this summer.Also missing is Messi’s opinion. Not executive, as he denounces so many times, but important so that Bartomeu knows what is going on inside the locker room. The Argentine’s voice will be decisive. Bartomeu does not want riots in his last season in the presidency and prefers that the locker room be together even if the team ages one more year. Unless it is Suárez himself who takes the initiative, a complicated matter and much more in the new scenario in which football has entered as the planet, his issue is a hot potato in which it is much easier to fail than to succeed.last_img read more

We could lose more athletes, says Bailey-Cole

first_imgIn the wake of news that three Jamaican athletes have made requests to represent Bahrain, Commonwealth Games 100-metre champion Kemar Bailey-Cole is calling on the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, (JAAA) corporate Jamaica and the Government to do more for its athletes. Olympic and World Championship silver medallist Shericka Williams and emerging sprinters Andrew Fisher and Kemarley Brown are reportedly in the final stages of completing the process of representing Bahrain at the next Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, next year, in a move that is seen as being mainly about securing financial security in a sport where pickings are slim for all but a few elite athletes. Citing the challenges that athletes like him face on a daily basis, Bailey-Cole believes that if more is not done Jamaica could stand to lose more of its elite athletes to countries willing to pay for their talents. “We are not getting the support from our association and many of us are living off small contracts,” he said. Using British athletics as an example, the World Championships sprint relay gold medallist said under that system athletes get paid according to their performance levels. British athletes, he said, are ranked in different categories and are paid accordingly, but at least they are getting money that help them to offset expenses. But not only are the country’s athletes not getting help from the JAAA, corporate Jamaica, he says, largely turns a blind eye to athletes like him. Bailey-Cole has won relay gold medals at the Olympics and World Championships, and despite injury worries won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2014. Despite his success, efforts by his agent in reaching out to corporate Jamaica have been rebuffed. That leaves athletes like Bailey-Cole who live off those small contracts struggling to support their families, pay for coaching, expensive medical treatment, rent and nutrition, as well as taxes. The JAAA, however, is only able to do so much and no more, as they have to work within a ‘limited fiscal space’. “We would love to do much more,” said JAAA General Secretary Garth Gayle. “But we are 95 per cent volunteers working with a limited financial budget.” Gayle explains that a budget is allocated to a fund to assist athletes in need and they meet more than half the demand each year. In some instances they are able to assist athletes in need for up to a year. “We try to do our best within a tight fiscal space,” Gayle acknowledged. He revealed that within the JAAA executive there is an athlete’s welfare committee that is headed by Olympian Michael Frater. That committee reviews applications for assistance and then makes their recommendations to the board, who then decides who gets what. Meantime, athletes requesting permission to represent other countries could be seen as becoming a trend, JAAA president, Dr Warren Blake, said earlier this week. For athletes like Bailey-Cole, that trend could become a snowball. “Other athletes are afraid to talk but many would jump at similar opportunities,” he said.last_img read more

Nestle terminates IAAF sponsorship over doping scandal

first_img DOPING ALLEGATIONS “This decision was taken in light of negative publicity associated with allegations of corruption and doping in sport made against the IAAF,” Nestle said in a statement. “We believe this could negatively impact our reputation and image and will, therefore, terminate our existing agreement with the IAAF, established in 2012.” The IAAF, incensed by the Nestle announcement, was determined to hold the company to the final year of its contract. Rather than accepting the sponsor’s decision, the IAAF said it remained “in discussion with Nestle concerning the final year of its five-year partnership”. The programme was due to reach another 15 countries, involving another three million children, training 360 lecturers and 8,640 physical education teachers, the IAAF added. LONDON (AP): Food and beverage giant Nestle told the IAAF yesterday that it terminated its sponsorship of athletics’ governing body over fears the doping scandal could damage the company’s image. The announcement came while adidas remains in talks with the IAAF about its handling of the corruption scandal amid reports the sportswear giant was considering ending its sponsorship. The IAAF, under Sebastian Coe’s new leadership, is fighting attempts by sponsors to cut their contracts early. Nestle funded the kids’ athletics programme for four years, but decided to end the partnership “with immediate effect”.last_img read more

Hulk Hogan wants to make a wrestling comeback

first_imgNewsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track “For me, I’d love to change that last story that was told with the Hulk Hogan career. I’d love to get back in the fold, get back on the inside and correct a lot of stuff,” said Hogan.He added, “It has to be the perfect timing for both sides. We’re all on good terms. We’re all working towards the same goal. So hopefully, I’ll be able to be back with my wrestling family some day soon.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGood friend and former professional wrestler Ric Flair sat with Hogan during the interview.Flair vouched for Hogan’s generosity and compassion as a friend, stating that the man had helped him out in some of the toughest points of his life. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Image: Twitter/@HulkHoganHulk Hogan has made it clear that he is ready and eager to return to the world of professional wrestling.Hogan has been waiting for the right timing to make his comeback, as he expressed in a recent exclusive interview with TMZ Sports.ADVERTISEMENT Rousey’s WWE deal gets ex-UFC star back in bright spotlightSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Yu Darvish, Cubs reach $126 million, 6-year deal LATEST STORIES View comments “When my son was sick, I borrowed money from Hulk. I just called him, he had me call some woman and I had money in my bank account in an hour,” recounted Flair. Hogan also visited Flair in Georgia when he was hospitalized.Hulk Hogan left the professional wrestling world in 2015. It happened after a controversial video surfaced showing him repeatedly using the word “nigger” which is used as a derogatory term for African-Americans. JBRELATED STORIES:Hulk Hogan, WWE part ways over racist commentsHulk Hogan seeks rematch with Gawker, sues over transcriptADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreaklast_img read more

Montserrado Supt. Recommends Tax Returns

first_imgMontserrado County Superintendent, Florence Brandy says for taxpayers to gain courage and faithfully pay their taxes, there should be tax returns paid to them to enhance their development.Tax returns is an incentive set by government for an individual taxpayer or a region that is regular and efficient in paying government taxes.Superintendent Brandy made the suggestion on January 29 in Bentol during Community Partnership for Revenue Enhancement consultation organized by the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).Acting Assistant Commissioner for Real Estate Tax Division, Mrs. Juanita Bropleh and other officials of the LRA had gone there for the first time to begin community partnership awareness with people of the county to see reason to pay government taxes for the advancement of development in the country.Beginning the suggestion, Superintendent Brandy expressed that tax payment was very essential in a country as it relates to development and it was important for people to learn to pay their taxes.She further stressed that people had engaged lands all over Montserrado County and other parts of the country and do not care to develop those lands, calling on government to be decisive in claiming any land on which owners refuse to pay tax.Nevertheless, the Superintendent in her assertion said while it is obligatory and essential to pay taxes, collectors also need to create the conditions for taxpayers to have the zeal by receiving returns on taxes they pay.According to her, every county in Liberia receives US$200,000 as development fund, but when it comes to collecting taxes from each county, over US$10 million is collected from Montserrado.Since such a huge amount comes from Montserrado every year according to the Superintendent, the county and any other county from which taxes are collected should have returns for the taxes they pay to government.In response to the concern raised by Supt. Brandy, an LRA official, Delaruelle Brumskine-Birch, explained the roles of the LRA and other government functionaries connected to tax collection.Mrs. Brumskine-Birch said the LRA is only mandated to abide by the tax code in collecting taxes and reporting taxes collected to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP).“It would be a good thing if we can all have tax returns because I pay my tax and so does the head commissioner of LRA.  The current head Commissioner, Mrs. Alfreda Tamba equally pays her taxes and she compels all of us to pay our taxes.  Concerns about returns should be addressed by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and not LRA,” she clarified.She further clarified that laws to give tax returns to taxpayers are made by the National Legislature and therefore citizens should hold their lawmakers responsible to pass laws that will allow citizens to receive returns on their taxes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hearings in Lequiere murder case postponed

first_imgThe delays in court have been difficult, says Jim Lequiere, Josh’s father, but adds that the lengthy process is to be expected.[asset|aid=3131|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=976199fb0c7e11752480d0769f7c4b1b-Lequiere – Court 2_1_Pub.mp3] He says the whole City has been supportive which is making the process easier.Josh’s sister, Brittany, says the process has been very difficult, especially knowing how much more time both cases may take to go through the court system.Advertisement [asset|aid=3132|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=976199fb0c7e11752480d0769f7c4b1b-Brittany Lequiere 1_1_Pub.mp3] Lequiere’s family members say they will be at all court dates for the two accused, including if and when Moore applies for bail. Photo: (From Left) Josh Lequiere’s parents and sister stand outside the Fort St. John courthouse after learning the arraignment hearings have been delayed for the two people charged in relation to his murder./Kimberley MolinaThe arraignment hearings for Pamela Moore and Andre Paul Dupas have been adjourned until Sept. 29.- Advertisement -Dupas had been charged with second degree murder in the stabbing death of Josh Lequiere on May 20 and is currently in custody in Prince George. Moore was charged with being an accessory after the fact and is in custody in Burnaby.Moore was quiet while she appeared by video link at the Fort St. John courthouse, on Wednesday. Her defence attorney, Sigrid Thompson, says Moore has been cooperative with police during the investigation and has completed a polygraph.Thompson told the court that Moore has still not had a bail hearing which will be something they will be looking into. She added that it is still taking time to review the 3,300 pages of electronic documentation and that Moore has not yet seen the disclosure of information.Crown Counsel Paul Swartz told the court that someone had come forward in the investigation and that information would be provided to the defence shortly.Advertisementlast_img read more

Valley arrests part of sweep to jail fugitives in sex crimes

first_imgWhile some arrests were made in the San Fernando Valley, investigators couldn’t provide specific figures for the area. The sex-offender arrests marked the largest number ever captured in a single law enforcement operation, the Justice Department said. The arrests occurred mainly in states west of the Mississippi River, and also in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. The sweeps were a break from the Marshals Service’s usual work, in which investigators focus on a small number of violent criminals and track them, like Tommy Lee Jones tracking Harrison Ford in the movie “The Fugitive.” The Marshals Service spent $531,000 on the weeklong exercise, most of it to pay overtime to local and state police, said David Dimmitt, chief deputy U.S. marshal. More than 2,100 officers from 786 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies took part. A second phase, targeting the eastern United States, will occur in coming months, Gonzales said. During the weeks leading up to the operation, investigators from multiple agencies pieced together new information on possible suspects’ locations. During the weeklong sweep, multiagency teams spread across Los Angeles, from North Hills to South Los Angeles, hoping to find fugitives. Each team knocked on anywhere from six to 10 doors per day, hoping to find the suspect they were after at home. Often, they’d only catch one or two of them. “This is more of a numbers game,” Jimenez said. “We’re trying to clear as many backlogged warrants as we can.” The sweeps netted some big fish. Elias Martinez-Flores, 37, an unregistered sex offender wanted for kidnapping a 14-year-old girl from Ontario High School in September, was arrested April 18 by Mexican authorities in Ticuman, Mexico. Officials believe he raped the girl twice before releasing her. He is awaiting extradition. William Wisham, 60, an unregistered sex offender, was arrested in a Victorville motel April 21. In his motel room, investigators found child pornography, methamphetamine, candy, letters to children and notes explaining why he enjoys sex with children, authorities said. Police are searching for potential new victims. “If his apprehension short-circuited even one additional offense, then the whole week was worth it,” said John Clark, commander of the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force. Primo Montes, wanted in the 1996 rape and molestation of a 14-year-old girl, was arrested April 18 in Escondido in San Diego County. Montes had fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution, but was arrested when he returned to Escondido to visit his pregnant wife. “It’s extremely important to get people like that off the streets,” Clark said. “By locking these people up, they’re not allowed to continue to run around and deny the victims and their families closure. They are going to get their day in court now.” There are a “few million fugitives” in the U.S., most of them wanted on state and local charges, Clark said. Marshals arrested 35,500 federal fugitives during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. They worked with state and local authorities to nab an additional 44,000 people, according to the Marshals Service Web site. (818) 713-3669160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventCamacho, 27, was wanted on an outstanding warrant for narcotics possession. When police arrested him, he had expensive sunglasses covering his eyes and a crack pipe and an empty wallet in his pockets. Camacho was one of 9,037 fugitives arrested across the country and in Mexico over the past 10 days, including 262 in Southern California, as part of Operation Falcon II, a fugitive sweep headed by the U.S. Marshals Service. The sweep was timed to coincide with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. “We’re going after any outstanding warrants that the police department may have, but the primary focus is on sex offenders,” said Andres Jimenez, an inspector for the U.S. Marshals Service. The sex offenders are a group Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has made a priority in his 15 months at the Justice Department. The operation “targeted the worst of the worst,” Gonzales said at a news conference. The numbers were impressive: 462 fugitives were arrested on violent sex crime charges and 311 on other sex-crime charges, and 783 convicted sex offenders were arrested for failure to register with local police. Fugitives were also arrested on gun, drug and murder charges. Hector Camacho saw the caravan of American-made cars and sport utility vehicles heading up Normandie Avenue in South Los Angeles and immediately recognized them as cops. He knew they were coming for him. A few hours earlier, a team of police officers and federal agents knocked on his door two blocks away. He wasn’t home, but friends were there, and they’d warned him to watch out. It didn’t matter. A federal marshal spotted Camacho on the sidewalk on the way to his apartment, hit the lights and swung a U-turn. “We saw him, and he took off his jacket so we wouldn’t recognize him when we came back,” said Miguel Portalatin, a deputy U.S. marshal. “He was trying to hide. It didn’t work.” last_img read more


first_imgA Judge has said he finds it “extraordinary” that speeding fines are not being received by people in the post across Co Donegal.Judge Paul Kelly was speaking after he was forced to dismiss a number of fines after motorists said they had not received them.This is the third such time that Judge Kelly has been forced to dismiss a series of summonses in recent weeks. A number of summonses issued by the new GoSafe speed operators were dismissed recently after it was revealed they were sent by ordinary post and there was no evidence of them arriving at people’s homes.Judge Kelly said he had his own suspicions about missing post.However because there is no record the summonses had arrived at people’s home, he said he could not safely proceed with a case.“It is extraordinary that there is a difficulty with the post in this area. But because there is no evidence of any post, I have no option but to strike these cases out.“There is a gap in the chain in these cases unfortunately. I would be very surprised about this level of missing post.“I have my own suspicions about these matters. I feel the State should prove its case properly and that is not a criticism of the Gardai locally.“These are serious cases which could see people receive four penalty points and tip them over the edge.“But the system has flaws which need to be ironed out,” he said.Gardai told the court that unless a fine is paid in the required time-frame, they can only assume the summonses have been sent out.Judge Kelly said he had no option but to dismiss the cases at today’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court despite Gardai giving evidence of operating mobile speed patrols.EndsJUDGE SUSPICIOUS ABOUT SPEEDING FINES NOT BEING RECEIVED IN POST IN DONEGAL was last modified: October 5th, 2011 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:dismissedJudge Paul Kellypostspeeding fineslast_img read more


first_imgCastlebar was the venue as Donegal finally ended their six year hoodoo of losing all their top tier away league matches and in the process booked a semi final spot in Croke Park next Sunday.The general consensus heading into the game was that the job had been done last week, division one status had been preserved and a top four finish was irrelevant. A manager can’t tell his players not to win a match though, it is not in players’ nature to ease off, especially a bunch as committed and driven as these Donegal Cathal MacSuibhne  Cathal MacSuibhneWhat he can do though is train them hard in the days leading up to a game and any subsequent positive result is a bonus. Rory Gallagher admitted afterwards that championship preparations had been stepped up during the week and some tough training sessions had been endured.Yet still the players emptied their collective tanks yesterday and left everything they had on the MacHale Park turf, grounding out a draw in the process. Gallagher’s reaction as the umpire raised the white flag to signal a Donegal equaliser suggested he was more than happy to have chiselled out a leveller.Rory will have been delighted with the guts and attitude of his players throughout; it was a fractious encounter between two sets of players who’ve crossed swords on big days at Headquarters and bad blood still lingers. Finding themselves in that type of environment, in that cauldron, his boys didn’t back down. As the old adage goes, made famous by ex-England rugby player Will Greenwood, never a backward step.Donegal were out of the traps quickly with two scores on the board inside a minute. Odhran MacNiallais got the first and he finished up with three points to his name in another mature performance. Martin McElhinney continues to get better and better every time he puts on a Donegal jersey and with so many men missing from the middle third he was left to man the engine room, an often thankless task against the Mayo giants Barry Moran and Seamus O’Shea. The home pairing were in exceptional form, particularly in the second half and only for the poor decision making by the forwards in front of them and their failure to capitalise on the platform created around the middle, Mayo would have been victorious. It was similar to what happened in Tralee when David Moran and Anthony Maher dominated the midfield exchanges and is a bit of a worry for Gallagher and his backroom team. Mayo pushed up on Donegal kick outs, forcing them to go long. On a number of occasions in the second half, as Michael Boyle tried to utilise short restarts, Donegal defenders were penned into one corner of the ground and struggled to work their way out; it is something that other teams will take note of.With the margins so small at the top level these days, any little facet of play that may result in an advantage for your team has to be looked at and worked upon. Mayo are falling behind in this regard with Donegal, Kerry and Dublin ahead of them right now in terms of tactical acumen and game plans.There has been a lot of talk this week about the state of the game after last week’s horror show in Croker between Derry and The Dubs but any rule changes or sweeping alterations to the game won’t be happening any time soon so managers must look at the here and now. Whether they like what they see or what they face week to week is irrelevant because a coach’s job is to have his team prepared for whatever they might face.Mayo appear to have learnt little from the defeats they’ve suffered over the past few years. Yesterday their primary plan was to rely on the individual speed of the likes of Jason Doherty or Lee Keegan to burst through the defensive line rather than have any particular plan. When they come up against the full championship force of Donegal or even a Kerry or a Dublin defensive system, they could be in trouble.Aidan O’Shea was deployed in the full forward line for much of the game yet he didn’t receive a decent long ball all afternoon. This leads to him collecting the ball deep and trying to burrow his way through the massed defence; he ends up playing more like an inside centre in the Jamie Roberts mould. This tactic is of course bread and butter to the McGee brothers and they enjoyed their afternoon coming up against an old adversary. While Aidan is the better known figure nationally, it is his brother Seamus who is the real star for his side.Another star on show was Patrick McBrearty, who notched 1-3 to add to his eye-catching league tally. His wonderfully finished goal midway through the first half was an example of Donegal’s fluid passing with Frank McGlynn the instigator. The Glenfin man was involved several times in the move down the right wing and laid on the final pass for McBrearty to smash home. It was notable yesterday how many times Donegal players hand passed the ball to the man running off their shoulder without even looking. It’s instinctive; they know from having religiously practised such moves at training that there will be a green and gold jersey to collect possession from them when they need to offload the ball. Pele famously passed the ball to ‘no one’ in the 1970 World Cup Final for Brazil’s fourth goal; nowadays Donegal at times don’t have to look who they are passing to – they just know he will be there.Conversely some of Mayo’s passing didn’t come from any coaching manual. On numerous occasions they attempted balls into the forward line using the outside of their boot which, while it may look pretty at times, is not the most effective way of delivering a ball. Ideally a forward wants a ball that isn’t spinning away from him, but rather being driven straight at him and hitting him on the chest; it is also the most difficult ball for a defender to try and get a hand to. The brothers McGee, along with Paddy McGrath, were managing to get their paws on most Mayo passes in the first half whereas ball played into McBrearty and Colm McFadden was hit direct and true and they were able to gather.Where the outside of the foot ‘screw’ technique is working and becoming more important as a weapon to beat the blanket, is in long range shooting. In Omagh and Clones yesterday, there were a lot of examples of point taking from distance and Mayo sent over some fine long range efforts too. Teams are somewhat over reliant on this method though, when a simple point taking opportunity presents itself many forwards nowadays are strangely passing the buck. Along with Donegal’s standout performer McGlynn, Karl Lacey was again very impressive in the half back line. Anthony Thompson gets more and more game time with each passing week and with an extra match now in the offing and the opportunity to get more minutes into the legs, we may see the best half back line in the land back together come Championship.Despite the efforts of Lacey and his comrades, Donegal struggled to keep the hosts at bay in the final quarter. Moran’s midfield dominance gave his side scoring chances aplenty but the majority of these were wasted. Moran produced a similar display in the league game at the same venue two years ago but that day Mayo had enough in their locker to push for home in the closing stages.Donegal hung in there and two brilliant points from Kilcar sharpshooter McBrearty kept them in the game. McBrearty has really stepped it up in this league series and it was great to see the team as a whole playing with confidence and authority despite being short their captain Michael Murphy.With Murphy’s club mate Neil Gallagher also missing, Donegal can be pleased with securing a draw such was their lack of bulk and height around the middle third. At times, McFadden was contesting kick outs with Moran after his namesake Hugh was black carded and Christy Toye had been substituted.The final act came via an unlikely source, Stephen Griffin taking his score brilliantly from a very tricky angle and with the breeze in his face. Griffin has flattered to deceive in the past at inter-county level but his talent has been seen plenty of times before at club level and in flashes with his county – hopefully he can get to the next level with yesterday doing his confidence the world of good.Another man thrust, unexpectedly into the fray was Ciaran McGinley; with the team short on options around midfield, it was a tough situation to enter into for your competitive debut. He didn’t shy away from the ball and took responsibility but found the tackling tough and was easily blocked down on one occasion when the room for the shot wasn’t really there. It might have seemed a bit harsh to be replaced again but it proved a masterstroke from Rory, with Griffin sending his team to Jones Road next Sunday.The end result, coupled with the Kingdom’s draw in Healy Park, meant Donegal had qualified for a last four joust with Cork. Mayo wastefulness cost them in the end, having had many chances in the closing stages. They are still struggling to find top class forwards and until they do they will fall short in major competitions. Cillian O’Connor remains their main marksman but he was unavailable for this clash; his brother Diarmaid got plenty of the ball but did little with it. Danny Kirby at full forward is a newcomer this year but doesn’t look like an inter county footballer and has a long way to go.Donegal will likely use the extra game they now face as a chance to work on a few ideas ahead of Tyrone in the championship and the likes of Thompson, Griffin and McGinley may see more action. That would leave five weeks before that May 17th date in Ballybofey; a potential league final, most likely against Dublin, would leave only three weeks of a lead in to that pivotal tie and that might be cutting it a bit tight. If Rory was offered the choice of a league final appearance or a win over Tyrone, the latter would be the call.LAST GASP DONEGAL DENY MAYO – CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA DIARY was last modified: April 6th, 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:Ctrahal MacSuibhnedonegalGAA diarylast_img read more