McDonald relishes new leadership role

first_imgMasked by a genuine humbleness in tone, there lies an air of confidence in the voice of junior safety T.J. McDonald.Mr. Dependable · Junior safety T.J. McDonald will be asked to anchor a secondary that struggled mightily in its first year under coach Lane Kiffin. – Daily Trojan file photoIt takes no longer than 10 seconds into a conversation with him to understand if things are to turn around for USC assistant coach Monte Kiffin’s defensive unit in 2011, it will most certainly start with McDonald’s youthful optimism and lead-by-example mentality.Last year’s defensive ineptitude (USC gave up 400 yards and 26.7 points per game) is quite possibly out of sight, out of mind for the second-year starting safety.“It’s the best defense I have been a part of in my three years,” McDonald said about this year’s defense. “Looking back on my freshman year, we had Taylor Mays, Malcolm Smith, Will Thomas and Josh Pinkard. And to be honest we have those same caliber players right here this year. People think it’s just about me, it’s not.”His sentiments seem genuine. If there’s anything you should know about the captain of the secondary, it’s that he chooses his words carefully.Some lead by chanting and yelling during team huddles, but McDonald, who led the team with 89 tackles in 2010, chooses to back up his calculated statements with game-changing hits and a knack for hunting down ball carriers.“Anyone can be a vocal guy, but I try to make sure I’m saying something by my actions on the field,” McDonald said. “I sort of became a leader last year, by the way I studied the game, the fact that I was never satisfied and always wanted more.”It’s no wonder McDonald feels a natural inclination to lead. His father, six-time NFL Pro Bowler Tim McDonald, was an All-American safety for the Trojans in 1986 and went on to play 13 seasons professionally. Though it would be easy to hide in the shadow of his father’s success, the Fresno, Calif. native admits honoring the family name serves as motivation, not as a distraction.“My father’s the guy who taught me the game of football, and also the one who instilled in me an appreciation for the game,” McDonald said. “I want this so bad because I consider myself round two of the McDonald family legacy at USC. I have big shoes to fill, and I’m not going to fill those just by showing up.”Those big shoes don’t apply to just his surname. USC’s current star safety falls in a long line of other talented Trojans who have made a name for themselves at the position — former teammate Taylor Mays, 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Troy Polamalu and Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott to name a few.But don’t expect McDonald to shy away from the limelight that comes with playing the position at USC, either.“If you don’t have the confidence to believe that you are one of the best safeties in the nation, you’re not in the right area of work,” McDonald said. “With all due respect to everyone else, I am not out here to be the best safety on my team or in the conference, I am here to be the best in the country.”Although McDonald glows about the night-and-day transformation the defense has undergone over the last eight months, the disappointment from last year’s season, the worst statistically since 1955, is still readily noticeable.“I know the entire defense came out playing hard with a chip on our shoulder,” McDonald said. “It was an experience that was probably needed. And because of it, our team chemistry is now to the point where we have become brothers out here. It might sound cliché, but we have become a real family.”As a sense of the unknown continues to envelop the so-called family, while it prepares this fall at Howard Jones Field, Kiffin believes McDonald’s team-first attitude is not lost on his teammates.“He’s so important to our defense because of those leadership skills,” Kiffin said. “He leads in ways you can’t see on the field, both in the weight room and during off-season conditioning drills. His teammates pick up on that.”Despite the mounting pressure for the junior to lead a defense out of its recent futile past, McDonald enters 2011 with a necessary dose of swagger and unwavering self-assurance.“Wherever the ball goes, I am going to be there,” McDonald said.last_img read more

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Barbados’ opposition leader wants answers concerning economy

first_imgThe leader of the Barbados Labor Party (BLP), Mia Mottley, has called on the Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, Cleviston Haynes, to provide a “true picture” of the local economy as she continued to criticize the economic policies of the  government.Earlier this week, Finance Minister Chris Sinckler, said that foreign exchange reserves situation in Barbados is improving and that the island’s Central Bank will soon inform citizens about the state of the economy.“For the time being, the country continues to function, people continue to go about their daily business, foreign purchases are being made, we have not heard the banks complaining that there’s no foreign exchange in Barbados to conduct business,” Sinclair told reporters.Central Bank projects low reservesBut Mottley, who is vying to become Barbados’ first woman prime minister, told a news conference there is a Central Bank projection that places the “worst case scenario of our reserves as low as BDS$100 million in December this year.Governor of Central Bank must speak plainly“So, this is not a laughing matter that you can just come and talk about arbitrarily. It is against this background I say to the people of Barbados now that the Governor of the Central Bank must truly come and speak plainly to Barbadians and not allow a minister with an electoral interest to serve to paint  a picture with his clear blue colored lenses.”Mottley warned that the financial situation could be further impacted by the continued downgrade of the island by international rating agencies.She said that while the island is expected to receive US$100 million in official foreign inflows from institutions like the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) “you will pay out because of the foreign debt.”last_img read more

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Besser Museum upholds Native American history on Columbus Day

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. – Three years ago Mayor Matt Waligora proclaimed Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City of Alpena.Today, WBKB looked at how the Besser Museum is working to preserve Native American history in Northeast Michigan.In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed across the ocean blue and came upon land already inhabited by indigenous people. What we understand as America’s discovery overshadows the people who were here first.Northern tribal groups harvested fish along the banks of the Thunder Bay River at a time when Lake Huron’s elevation levels were much higher.Over the centuries, indigenous culture, art and people were either pushed to the side or buried.Besser Museum curator and anthropologist Richard Clute said, “there was certainly an effort to depreciate the impact of the native culture through the use of acculturation programs, specifically the schools of the early 20th century.”There are 566 federally recognized indigenous nations in the United States. Twelve of those tribes are federally recognized in the State of Michigan.For the past four years, the museum has focused on renovating their Native American exhibit: Peoples of Lakes and Forests.Since the 1970s, Besser has housed a large collection of indigenous artifacts. Despite their efforts, executive director Chris Witulski said it isn’t enough.“Local genealogists was contracted  to do research on the families and to kind of connect those [Native American] family trees.”The museum wants to honor the native families who were here long before Christopher Columbus discovered their home.“We want to overemphasize that the people are still here, and they’re still here in quite large numbers,” said Clute.Witulski said Besser Musuem lives by this motto: we have a responsibility to be the story keepers of Northeast Michigan, which is inclusive of the European and Native histories.Click here to view the museum’s Native American Oral Histories gallery.If you have connections to native heritage and would like your story told connect with Chris Witulski at 989–356–2202.For other story ideas email reporter Elijah Baker at elijah@wbkb11.com.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Veterinarians Encourage Dog Owners to Get Their Pets Vaccinated to Prevent Dog FluNext Bookmark Saturday’s return of book fest in downtown Alpenalast_img read more

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Lakers rule Kyle Kuzma out for the season opener versus Clippers

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersKuzma didn’t play in any of the Lakers’ preseason games, and has only been participating in non-contact drill work with assistant coaches during the last week. He suffered the injury in August during Team USA camp in Australia, shortly before the final cuts to the ruster.Related Articles EL SEGUNDO — For the season opener at Staples Center, the Lakers’ two biggest stars will be ready for the crosstown match-up.But Kyle Kuzma will not.The third-year forward has been ruled out of Tuesday’s game against the Clippers as he continues to try to heal a left foot stress reaction that has been plaguing him for two months. Anticipated to be an essential scorer and front court player in the Lakers’ rotation, Kuzma still has not been cleared for contact practice, Coach Frank Vogel said Sunday.“Right now we’re just talking about ramping up his activity and we’re not going to look past two days from now,” he said. “We’re going to try to increase his workload and activities this week and we’ll see where we’re at.” As the team’s second-leading returning scorer from last season, Vogel called Kuzma “probably our third-best player.” If he were healthy, Vogel said he’d be tempted to play a lineup with Anthony Davis playing center, and Kuzma, LeBron James and two other guards.For now, Vogel said, the starting lineup has not been decided. While Kuzma is antsy to return to the floor, the Lakers are trying to play it safe.“He’s been impatient since he left the USA team,” Vogel said. “But he understands that we’re being smart about it, and I’m pretty sure he’s on board with the plan.”The Lakers also offered an update on Alex Caruso, who was confirmed to have a bone bruise in his pelvis suffered Friday night against the Warriors. He’s considered day-to-day.last_img read more

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In the Premier they charge up to 828 euros for children to go out to the field with the players

first_imgWest ham£ 700 for category A matches. 3 free seats next year. NewcastleFree (raffle between partners) ArsenalFree (raffle between partners) WatfordIt is suggested to donate 100 pounds to the Club Education Foundation. Most range between 350 and 500 pounds, but reach 700 and 750 pounds. Some donate part of their income to foundations, although most do not. In addition, there are teams like the Brighton or the Norwich they charge an extra because it’s the captain who gives them the hand to young people as well as others like Crystal Palace make a discount if you wear your own uniform and they save you give it to you. The type of match is also important and they have an added surcharge.Prices of clubs of other categories Brighton350 pounds go out with the captain, 250 with the rest of the players. 2nd draw. ChelseaFree (raffle between partners) SouthamptonFree (raffle between partners) EquipmentPrice Manchester C.Free (raffle between partners) Aston Villa500 pounds (category A matches), donating a place to the foundation. LiverpoolFree (raffle between partners) Sheffield U.360 pounds in premium matches. From 300 pounds. Sheffield W.200 pounds plus taxes. Crystal Palace375 pounds (gold package), 100 (silver) if the child brings his own uniform. Brentford250 pounds £ 400 last game at Griffin Park. Manchester U.Free (raffle between partners) Swansea City£ 249 plus tax EquipmentPrice Nottingham F.Up to 650 pounds (platinum matches). 500 plus taxes (bronze). Derby countyFree (draw between partners). Leicester355 pounds and many free places by lottery. It does not happen on all teams, since in the case of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle and Southampton it is free and the children who attend are partners chosen by lottery, on equal terms. But in the other thirteen clubs of the Premier League, as well as in many of the Championship, stratospheric amounts have to be paid for a child to live one day with his idols. Unlike the leading teams, Tottenham gets to charge £ 485 for category A matches (The minimum price is 350 pounds), although some places are awarded by lottery. The West Ham is the most expensive in the Premier League, which charges 700 pounds, although by the pressure of the media, the next course will draw three of the eleven places in each game by lottery. In the Championship, Leeds reaches 750 pounds (888 euros), although in this case the proceeds go to a foundation that is dedicated to helping children who need cardiovascular surgery.Excluding the poorest children with such high prices for the club’s own benefit is a practice that is being heavily criticized in England, as some call it immoral. They consider that they already have enough income to profit in this way and want it to be something free, or at least, accessible to all types of families, since as Knight says, “Now it seems that happiness is within reach of those who have 700 pounds.” Norwich£ 500 for dating the captain and 379 for the other players. Tottenham£ 485 for category A matches. From 350. Some per draw. EvertonOne free place per game and £ 599 with the Charity Package. Millwall300 pounds and some places per draw. Burnley4 VIP seats at 310 pounds for charitable causes and 6 seats at 40. LeedsMost free and 10 packages at 750 pounds destined for a foundation. Cardiff255 pounds Wolves450 pounds for platinum matches. From 320. Bournemouth235 pounds in category A matches. Bristol City210 pounds weekend games. QPR350 pounds In England, children who go out to the field with their favorite players before each game are called ‘mascots’ (pets). In some clubs, children can get to know their idols during the game if they are chosen in a draw between the members, but both in the Premier League as in the Championship, most of the time you have to pay very high prices, as published by the newspaper Telegraph.Julian Knight He has recently taken charge of Committee on Culture, Digital and Sports, and has begun to pressure clubs to lower their economic claims in this regard, since There are prices that reach 700 pounds (828.7 euros), more than some seasonal children’s tickets cost. That, in some way, excludes the children of the most economically disadvantaged families, that is, that the richest have access to this experience, but the poorest do not have access.Prices in the Premier League WBA£ 250 weekend games.last_img read more

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Slight Reduction of Rape Cases, Sodomy of Boys Increases

first_imgGender, Children and Social Welfare Minister Julia Duncan Cassel has said there was no significant reduction of rape cases in the country from 2014 and between January and September 2015.Minister Cassell made the statement yesterday at the program marking the observance of 16 days activism at a press conference at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in Monrovia.She said while there were a total of 1,139 gender based violence cases nationwide reported in 2014, there have been 1,088 gender base violence cases reported between January and September 2015.“In 2014, 720 cases were reported as rapes with 657 victims being under age 18 with five girls between ages 5-14 years and in the period under discussion in 2015, out of 1,088 GBV cases, 588 were rape cases with 239 being children below 16 years,” she said.Minister Duncan added that seven of the victims below age 14 died as a result while two adults also died as the result of rape.“Of the 1,088 perpetrators, only 344 were arrested and 210 have been indicted while 21 have been convicted and are serving their prison terms and 17 cases were dismissed due to lack of evidence,” she said.She said Montserrado County accounts for the highest reported rape cases while Rivercess County accounts for the lowest reported cases of rape.Minister Cassell said despite the consolidated efforts to tackle SGBV and rape in the country it is still a major threat to the security of women, girls and boys across Liberia.“Even though, the overwhelming majority of rape victims are girls, reported cases of sodomy of boys is also on the rise and we need to act now,” she said.Minister Cassell disclosed that this year’s observance of the 16 days activism focused on encouraging activists to pay more attention to issues that are most relevant in the Liberian context because participation in this year’s campaign does not only provide an opportunity to advocate against rape and raise awareness about SGBV but to amplify the voices of women who refuse to be silent.Deputy Secretary General to the Special Representative of the United Nations Missions in Liberia (UNMIL), Antonio Vigilante called on Liberians to work together to fight against rape and Sexual Gender Base Violence (SGBV).He described rape and sexual gender base violence as greatest vampires for women and children in the country.He said SGBV and rape will not stop until Liberian communities come together and report all rape cases or violence to the Ministry of Gender.“President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in one of her remarks declared corruption as a vampire and called on everyone to fight against it so I urge everyone to stand up against SGBV, and rape because it’s the greatest vampire for our women,” he said.Mr. Vigilante added, “The observance of the 16 days activism is time for everyone to say no to impunity, compromising, and excuses for rape and SGBV cases in Liberia.”He called on the media to be a tremendous partner to help fight against rape and SGBV by reporting rape and SGBV cases to bring justice to the victims.Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, chairperson of the Women’s Legislative Caucus reminded women to be responsible to report cases of rape and SGBV.“It is unimaginable for men to rape children of ages 2, 3 or 5 years, which is very dangerous, so it’s now time for us to step up and make sure that violence against women is stopped at all levels,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Darts youth competition on today

first_imgPrior to the return of local dart players from what can be deemed Guyana’s most successful Americas and Caribbean Cup Championship tournament (held from July 6-16 in Trinidad and Tobago), the team have been able to identify a few key areas in the darting world that they are hoping to improve.The successful team at this year’s tournamentThe Darts Association of Guyana has noticed that there is an urgent need to have the youths actively involved in darts which is not widely recognised throughout the country. As such, Guyana’s contingent for the tournament has lacked youth participation for the past two tournaments.However, after gaining confidence from their numerous successes, dart player Sudesh  Fitzgerald in collaboration with the Guyana Darts Association will be hosting an inaugural  Youth Challenge today (Friday, August 3 2018) at the Malteenoes Sports Complex,  Thomas lands.  This tournament will commence at 18:00h and it is open to both males and females with two categories, Under-15 and Under-18.The registration process will be free for all the youth participants and a set of darts will be given to each player. Parents/guardians who are interested and would like to register their child to be a part of the Guyana Darts Association will also have free registration, compliments of the Association.While snacks and drinks will be provided for all youth players, the children placing first, second and third will receive trophy prizes.Parents are asked to bring out their children to participate in this event as the GDA aspires to capture the next Americas and Caribbean Cup Championship Youth Tournament, which will be held in Jamaica 2020.Sponsorship has been provided by Dr Terence Joseph, Vernon Persaud, Sudesh Fitzgerald, Sheik Vaseen, Brian Valz, Melisa Smartt, Sherwyn Greene and Troy of Malteenoes Sports Complex.last_img read more

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Pac tight: Conference tourney expected to be up for grabs

first_imgAs first-round play begins tonight with two games, there are seven teams that enter with legitimate hopes of taking home the title. “I think a minimum of seven teams could win it,” USC coach Tim Floyd said. “I really believe that. I just think it’s a great league, the best league in the country.” In some regions, conference tournaments are a formality with one or two teams that win every year. The Pac-10 Tournament breaks the mold. In its five years since being reinvented at Staples Center, the tournament has produced five different champions. A lot of national pundits were echoing that last statement from Floyd early in the season. The tide has since changed, which could have an effect on this tournament. The way Pac-10 programs beat up on each other lessened the opinion of once highly ranked teams in Arizona, Oregon and Washington. That combined with a couple midseason nonconference losses – such as UCLA at West Virginia – damaged the overall reputation of the conference. Never mind that the Bruins were playing without point guard Darren Collison. “Starting the year, all I heard out here was the Pac-10 is the best conference in the country,” Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. “Then, it seemed as we got closer to March, they said the Pac-10 was slipping.” Most coaches still think the conference will get six teams in the NCAA Tournament, with UCLA coach Ben Howland going as far as to say he thought it was a lock. center_img But with the national reputation of the Pac-10 in doubt, there are questions as to what impact tournament results will have on the NCAA selection committee. Does UCLA need a victory to get a No. 1 seed? Will Stanford get in even with a loss to USC? Does Washington need to win the whole thing and get the tournament’s automatic NCAA berth? Floyd defends Stanford. “They’ve beaten a team that’s a No. 1 seed in UCLA,” Floyd said. “They go to Virginia and beat a Virginia team that was leading the ACC. People say the ACC is getting seven teams in, though I can’t believe they have a seventh-place team that is better than Stanford. … And if these other leagues are getting seven, I believe Washington is the best (seventh place) team in the country.” Even with USC, there is some uncertainty if the Trojans would be a lock with a loss to Stanford that would have them heading into Selection Sunday with a low RPI, three consecutive losses and a split of their final 10 games. “We kind of feel like we’re in and playing for seeding but anything can happen,” USC guard Gabe Pruitt said. “It’s not set. We’re looking to do our best to win a lot of games and, if we do go to the tournament, try to go with momentum.” Then again, perhaps the committee isn’t even paying attention this week. “I think last year, when the pairings were announced, they indicated that the league tournaments weren’t considered really strongly in any of the decisions,” Arizona coach Lute Olson said. In conference RPI, the Pac-10 ranks third behind the ACC and the SEC. The streak of having a different Pac-10 Tournament champion each year bodes well for second-seeded Washington State and third-seeded USC, both of which have their highest seeds in the tournament’s 10-year history. The other schools that have a shot at winning – Arizona, Oregon, Stanford, Washington and UCLA – took the title in that order beginning in 2002. “It’s as tough a conference as it’s been since I’ve been in it,” Kent said. “If we don’t get six or seven teams in the tournament, I don’t know.” matthew.kredell@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 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

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Costa is not ducking Spain duties, claims team-mate Juanfran

first_img Diego Costa in action for Chelsea 1 Chelsea striker Diego Costa is not ducking out of his international duties, according to Spain team-mate Juanfran.Costa has pulled out of his national side for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus on Saturday and the friendly three days later against world champions Germany.The striker has been playing at stages this season with a hamstring injury but complained of pain in his pelvic bone when he joined up with Vicente Del Bosque’s squad last week and was released to return to London for rest and recuperation.Spain defender Sergio Ramos appeared critical of Costa’s attitude to the national side and Del Bosque has intimated that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho might encourage his players to pull out of national matches but Juanfran has jumped to Costa’s defence.“Anyone who says Diego Costa is not committed enough to the national team is wrong,” he said.“He is very proud to be part of the Spain team and he is 100 per cent focused on us. He came here with physical problems but he wanted to play.”last_img read more

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DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTS SATURDAYGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoWith only four matches scheduled for Saturday due to the FAI Junior Cup taking center stage over the weekend, the loss of action at the New Camp Complex in Killygordan meant that there was a very limited choice for the local soccer supporters to choose from. Of the action that did go ahead Gweedore United Reserves backed up their opening day victory with another win while Cranford United Reserves again lost out by a single goal. Donegal Town Reserves went behind, equalised, took the lead and then conceded an equaliser before falling behind for a second time and again equalising in a game that toed and froed at the Hospital Field in Donegal Town. Milford United Reserves registered their first points of the season while new boys Curragh Athletic Reserves joined the Gweedore men on six points without having to kick a ball as Keadue Rovers Reserves unfortunately couldn’t field a side and Strand Rovers still hunt for their first spoils of the season. Milford United Reserves 2 Cranford United Reserves 1Milford registered their first points of the season in this closely fought encounter played in perfect conditions at Moyle View. There were no clear chances until Milford took the lead after ten minutes when after good work by Hugh McMenamin, Ciran Blaney beat the offside trap to lob the keeper from twenty yards. Milford’s second came in the twentieth minute with Blaney getting his second with a finish from close range to leave it two nil at half time. Cranford went on the attack from the off in the second half but failed to create any clear cut chances. They pulled one back when Christopher Carr scored direct from a free kick with twenty five minutes remaining. Cranford piled on the pressure and had a shout for a penalty but the Milford defence stood strong. This was a hard fought win for Milford with both teams serving up a good game of football.Strand Rovers 1 Gweedore United Reserves 2Saturday offered ideal conditions for football with the sun shining brightly in Maghery. Gweedore got the ideal start to the match with a goal after only a few minutes. Strand pressed hard and came close on several occasions especially from set pieces. Strand then played in a low ball which caught out the Gweedore defence but good goalkeeping from the Gweedore keeper denied Brendan Glackin the opportunity to score. The home team pressed again and scored only to have it ruled out for offside. Gweedore rallied before the end of the half and were rewarded before the break with another goal,- assisted considerably by a defensive error from Strand. The second half started brightly with the home team pressing, trying to get a goal back and they were rewarded when team captain Brendan Brennan scored from the penalty spot. Strand pushed for the remainder of the match but Gweedore United held on. Scorers for Gweedore United were Aodh O’ Donnell and Owen De Barra. Man of the match was Brendan Glackin for Strand Rovers.Donegal Town Reserves 3 Glenree United Reserves 3A last minute David Harron equaliser secured a point for the home side after a well organised Glenree outfit played their part in an entertaining game at the Hospital Field. Glenree opened the scoring on twenty minutes when Nick Mc Clafferty lost his man to prod home a set piece delivery. Donegal fought back strongly and two David Bustard goals put them in front before the break. The first was a good finish from a tight angle after the ‘keeper had saved his original effort. The second arrived when Paul Gerard Duncan found Bustard inside the area and he added the finish. Donegal started the better after the break and created some good chances. Glenree always remained dangerous from set pieces and it was from a set piece that Nick Nelis got them back into the game with a good finish at the near post. Glenree then found themselves in front when they broke on the counter attack and Nick Nelis produced a moment of true quality with an unstoppable strike from a full thirty yards. Donegal never gave up and threw numbers forward in search of an equaliser. Gary Harron had an effort cleared of the line and shortly afterwards Padhraic Mc Glynn went close with a header. Just as it looked like the visitors were about to leave with the points Mc Glynn slipped in David Harron who coolly finished to earn a draw. Overall a fair result on the balance of play with both teams trying hard throughout. Best for Donegal were Willie Dunlop and David Bustard with Nick Nelis Glenree’s standout performer.Curragh Athletic Reserves 3 Keadue Rovers Reserves 0 Keadue Rovers Reserves failed to field a team for their scheduled match against Curragh Athletic Reserves at the New Camp Complex in Killygordan. Several people connected with the League in various capacities were already at the East Donegal venue when news of the cancellation started to filter through. Many Curragh Athletic players were unhappy as they were looking forward to the match however the unavailability of a sufficient number of players seemed to be the problem encountered by one of the League’s longest standing and clubs and unfortunately they had to take the only option open to them. Hopefully they will be able to correct the situation and fulfil their match programme for the season. Meanwhile Curragh Athletic Reserves move on to six points after two series of matches in the Glencar Inn Saturday Division Two of the Donegal Junior League.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAY 14-09-2013 Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves 2 v 1 Cranford United ReservesStrand Rovers 1 v 2 Gweedore United ReservesDonegal Town Reserves 3 v 3 Glenree United ReservesCurragh Athletic Reserves 3 v 0 Keadue Rovers ReservesDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 21-09-2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday Division OneSt. Catherines Reserves v Glenea United ReservesCastlefin Celtic Reserves v Orchard F.C.Glencar Celtic v Mulroy CelticErne Wanderers v Fintown Harps AFCGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoGlenree United Reserves v Arranmore United (K.O. 1 p.m.)Milford United Reserves v Donegal Town ReservesStrand Rovers v Keadue Rovers ReservesGweedore United Reserves v Curragh Athletic ReservesCranford United Reserves v Tullyvinney RoversSUNDAY 22-09 2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionLifford Celtic v Glenea UnitedCranford United v St. CatherinesMilford United v Kilmacrennan CelticDonegal Town v Gweedore CelticCurragh Athletic v Rathmullan CelticWatson Hire Division OneBonagee United v Cappry RoversEany Celtic v Drumoghill F.C.Dunkineely Celtic v Castlefin CelticLagan Harps v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Keadue Rovers v Gweedore UnitedCT Ball Division TwoDeele Harps v Copany RoversBallybofey United v Letterbarrow CelticDunlewy Celtic v Raphoe TownConvoy Arsenal v Whitestrand UnitedDrumbar F.C. v Glenree UnitedDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAY 14-09-2013Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves 2 v 1 Cranford United ReservesStrand Rovers 1 v 2 Gweedore United ReservesDonegal Town Reserves 3 v 3 Glenree United ReservesCurragh Athletic Reserves 3 v 0 Keadue Rovers ReservesREPORTSSUNDAYFAI Junior CupErne Wanderers 0 Cockhill Celtic Youths 3Erne Wanderers hosted Cockhill Celtic Youths in the FAI Junior Cup on Friday night under lights at the Lakeside Centre. The game was played in perfect conditions. .The away team started the better of the two teams and settled well. After ten minutes Erne started to get to grips with their slick counterparts. With Celtic struggling to break through a solid Erne backline Wanderers were beginning to create some half chances. With the halftime break approaching Celtic had an attack on the right wing which was initially dealt with by the Wanderers’ defence but a poor clearance fell to Cockhill’s midfielder who spread it out to the wing and the resulting cross to the back post was met by Celtic’s centre forward Alan Fletcher who planted his header into the far corner. The second half started with Erne introducing Dermott Slevin and his calming influence helped Wanderers. The home side enjoyed a period of supremacy during which Adam Coyne and Stephen Curneen had half chances. Wanderers were stunned when a long clearance from Celtic’s backline was converted by Darragh McDermott, despite Karl O’ Brien’s attempted block. This sucker punch knocked the stuffing out of Wanderers and they lost their way in the last ten and when a clearance from Erne’s backline fell to John Campbell on the halfway line on eighty five minutes he just lashed it straight towards the Erne goals and the ball sailed in over O’ Brien’s head and into the het. Best for Erne were Peter Mc Gonigle and it was a team effort from Celtic. Referee: John Mc Glanaghey.Fintown Harps AFC 2 Ballybofey United 2(Ballybofey United won 5-4 on penalties)The first half started great for the Harps with Peadar Toner getting taken down in the box. Daragh Gallagher scored the resulting penalty. In the 30th minute Ballybofey were awarded a penalty after one of their men got taken down in the box. Conor Doherty despatched the spot kick to level the scores. Ballybofey then capitalised on a gap in the Harps defence and Daragh Redman took on Fintown keeper Stephen McGrath and made no mistake, making it 2-1 to Ballybofey United. Fintown’s Daragh Gallagher then scored from a free kick in the 70th minute. When extra time failed to separate the sides it went to penalties with Ballybofey United progressing by five to four. Referee: Seamus Mc GonigleGlenea United 4 Illies Celtic 1Glenea qualified for the next round of the FAI Junior Cup with this well earned victory over Illies. In wintry conditions it was Glenea who settled the quickest and took the lead on 10 minutes when, after good work by Michael Barry down the left , his cross found Sean McBride who drove the ball home from 12 yards out. The home side pressed for a 2nd goal and were rewarded on 25 minutes when Sean Coll’s through ball released Darren Mc Geever and he kept his composure to drill the ball home from a tight angle. In the 2nd half Illies came more into the game and on 55 minutes Paddy Doherty pulled a goal back when he beat two defenders and curled the ball home from the edge of the box. The away side pressed hard for an equalizer but were kept at bay by the Glenea defence and it was the home side who extended their lead on 65 minutes when Paul Sweeney’s clearance was misjudged by the Illies keeper and the ball ran into the net. Glenea had opportunities to increase their lead but had to wait until the 82nd minute when Denis Boyle played in Darren Mc Geever who slotted the ball home.Best for Glenea were Padraig McGee and Michael Mc Clafferty while Sean Mc Laughlin and Paddy Doherty were best for Illies. Referee: Mick Lagan.Raphoe Town 6 Ramelton Mariners 1Raphoe started this FAI Junior Cup game well and took the lead when Tom Mc Hugh headed home from a Paddy Gallagher corner. Ramelton started to come into the game more after this and got a deserved goal when their forward finished off a fine move. Raphoe regained the lead when Jamie Gallagher finished well after a great pass from captain Paddy Gallagher. Raphoe got another before half time when Emmett Kelly finished well after great work from Lee Smith. Raphoe made a few changes at half time when David Craig and Christy Bogle entered the fray and Raphoe scored again when young Simon Mc Glynn got in on the act with a great finish. David Craig and Jamie Gallagher added two more goals near the end as Raphoe progressed to the next round. Good team performance from Ramelton. Finbar Allen, Simon Mc Glynn, Mark Bogle and Sean Friel were best for Raphoe. Referee: Marty Quinn.Curragh Athletic 2 Bonagee United 0Played in very blustery conditions both teams played some decent football in this first round of the FAI Junior Cup. The first half saw very few chances with Roy Duffy saving well on thirty five minutes and his counterpart John Carr doing equally well on thirty nine minutes to turn a Calvin Bradley free kick around the post. The second half saw a lot more chances with Dan O’ Brien setting up Renato who fired over and O’ Brien then missed when through one on one with Carr. Roy Duffy then had to be smart with saves from Kevin Doran and Reece Shortt. Calvin Bradley almost got the winning goal in the last minute but his shot went narrowly wide. Extra time began and Curragh took the lead on ninety four minutes when Renato curled home a corner before Calvin Bradley wrapped up the game with a shot from outside the box. Bonagee United had a good team performance with Dan O’ Brien and Garth Gallagher always looking sharp for Curragh Athletic. Referee: Gerry GallagherGweedore United 4 Glenree United 1This game played in extremely windy conditions in Gweedore saw the home side advance to the next round of the Cup thanks to a good second half team performance. The first half began with the visitors going in front in the 2nd minute when Nicholas Nelis headed a rebounded free kick past Liam Mc Fadden to make it 1-0. Both sides tried to settle and deal with conditions and Gweedore went in search of an equaliser. Ciaran Mc Fadden found himself one on one with Stephen Doherty in the Glenree nets on a number of occasions, however Doherty saved well each time. Glenree looked dangerous on the break however the score remained 1-0 until half time. The second half started with the home side looking sharp and they began to throw the ball about. This good play paid off in the 49th minute following a good pass from Shane O’ Donnell to Eugene Noel Ferry and Ferry struck well from 20 yards into the top corner past Doherty to make it 1-1.The home side continued to push and three minutes later were 2-1 up when Michael Connolly and Ciaran Mc Fadden combined and Mc Fadden finished well. Glenree could have equalised in the 60th minute however Nelis’s shot was well blocked by Brian Gallagher. In the 61st minute Matthew Byrnes put Michael Connolly through and Connolly rounded the keeper and tapped home. In the 78 minute Mc Fadden got his second and Gweedore’s fourth when he finished well past Doherty to make it 4-1. Good team efforts from both sides with Martin Mc Elhinney, Stephen Doherty and Oisin Langan excelling for Glenree.Castlefin Celtic 3 Kilmacrennan Celtic 2In difficult weather conditions in Parkview it was a close game. Castlefin took the lead after three minutes when Ronan Tourish broke down the wing and found Damien Mc Anenny free in the box and he slotted home. The Castlefin keeper then took down the Kilmacrennan striker in the box on thirty one minutes. Michael McLaughlin stepped up to score the penalty to equalise for Kilmacrennan. With both teams trying to take the lead before half time Castlefin won a corner on forty four minutes, A Dylan White corner came to the front post only to see the Kilmacrennan centre half Shane Sandilands head into this own net.The second half started with Kilmacrennan having the better of the chances. They were denied by two great saves from Anthony O’Hagan in the Castlefin goals. Castlefin made it 3-1 on 78minutes when PJ Mc Menamin’s cross found Matthew O’Rourke who fired home.Seconds later Kilmacrennan pulled it back to 3-2 with a free kick finding Liam McBride unmarked in the box. Castlefin held on to win and make the next round of the cup. Referee: Patrick Martin. Best for Castlefin: Ciaran Brennan and Michael Dunnion. Best for Kilmacrennan: Liam McBride.Suvtrus F.C. 1 Glencar Celtic 5No ReportGweedore Celtic 1 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 7In blustery conditions at An Screaban Kerrykeel went through to the next round of the Cup with a resounding victory over the home team. Gweedore were short a number of regulars but Kerrykeel fully deserved their victory. They opened the scoring on ten minutes with Fergus Callaghan slotting home from close range. Johnny Friel doubled the lead on twenty minutes when he headed in a cross. He got on the end of another cross on the half hour to side-foot into the net. Gweedore pulled one back on forty minutes when Paul Rua McBride converted a penalty. With the home team reduced to ten men for the second half the visitors took control and cantered to an easy win. Paddy Mc Granaghan hit number four on fifty minutes. John Friel completed his hat-trick on sixty minutes. Mark Friel claimed number 6 on seventy minutes and five minutes later Kevin Loughrey was on target. A good team performance by Kerrykeel.Referee: Ronan FloydDrumoghill F.C. 3 Keadue Rovers 2A brilliant hat-trick from Liam O’Donnell secured Drumoghill’s passage to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup after this extra time thriller in St. Johnston. Despite taking a 2-0 lead and appearing to be cruising to victory, Drumoghill needed extra time to finally secure victory after Keadue had bravely fought back in the latter stages to force extra time. The first half was an even affair, the only goal of which was registered by Liam O’Donnell on 30 minutes when he was sent clear by Richard Tinney to drive low past Ben Boyle from a narrow angle. Shane McIntyre had a great chance to extend the advantage on 52 minutes but Boyle produced a superb save. However, moments later O’Donnell doubled the lead with his second strike from a 25 yard free kick that gave Boyle no chance. With the game seemingly heading Drumoghill’s way, Keadue introduced Marty Redmond from the bench and his impact was immediate. On 72minutes his cross was cleared only as far as Luke Neely and the striker’s accurate effort evaded the efforts of three defenders on the goal line. The equaliser arrived with 8 minutes of normal time remaining when Mark Sweeney’s through ball was adjudged to have been handled by Chris O’Donnell and referee Martin Mc Annaney pointed to the spot before Donal Rodgers kept his nerve to force extra time.Keadue were now on top and started the extra period looking the most likely to score but it was from a Drumoghill counter attack that the game was ultimately decided. In the 4th minute of extra time, Packie Coll’s long ball sent O’Donnell clear and the striker held off the challenge of Eoin Redmond to complete his hat-trick and finally clinch victory.Lagan Harps 0 Cappry Rovers 4Cappry went through to the next round after a comfortable win over Lagan Harps. Cappry started well and Darren O’Leary shot over on eighteen minutes. Lagan had their best opportunity of the match on twenty three minutes when Ross Hamlyn put Shane Kelly through but he shot weakly at Benji O’Meara. Cappry continued to dominate with their pressure finally being rewarded on twenty eight minutes. Darren O’Leary rose highest to power home a header from a corner. Lagan made some changes before half time and improved for the first twenty minutes of the second half without really troubling the Cappry goal. Cappry always looked the more threatening and wrapped up the game with their second on eighty two minutes. Barney Lafferty was played through and he beat the advancing Michael Toner to the ball and chipped home. Cappry added another on eighty five minutes. Michael Toner did well to push away a Brendan Mc Laughlin free for a corner. However from the resulting corner his fisted clearance rebounded into the net off a Lagan defender. Cappry completed the scoring in the final minute when Darren O’Leary was left free at the back post to head home another corner. For Lagan Paul Rodgers was their outstanding player while Cappry had Darren O’Leary, Alan Patton and Brendan Mc Laughlin as their stand out performers on the day. Referee: Marty Mc Garrigle.Eany Celtic 0 Aileach F.C. 3Aileach kept their unbeaten run intact at a blustery Eany Park. The visitors had the best of the first half with only a few chances falling to Eany. Early in the second half a brace of goals from Gavin Doherty put Aileach in front. Anthony Doherty completed the scoring when he found space in the Eany box at a corner. Eany goalkeeper Glen Campbell made a fine save in the second half from a penalty.Milford United 0 Cootehill Harps 5Milford made an early exit from the Junior Cup with a home defeat to Cavan side Cootehill Harps. Cootehill scored twice on the break in the first half with two well taken goals against a very casual and lack lustre home side. Milford’s best chance fell to Lee Burke but Cootehill’s keeper must be credited for making a good save.Milford dominated the second half, pushing to get a goal back, but failed despite having chances through Jamie Heena, Joey Cullen and Peter Doherty. As Milford pressed forward they were caught three times in final five minutes by counter attacks from Cootehill. Five nil it ended. Referee: Ed MooreLifford Celtic 3 Cranford United 2On a blustery day in Greenbrae Park it was Lifford who took an early lead as Ian Ward raced clear of the Cranford defence to cooly finish to the bottom corner. Johnny Robb and Damien Patton had chances to extend Lifford’s lead only for slightly wayward finishing. Two quick goals in succession put Lifford three ahead just as half time approached; Kevin Mc Brearty got on the scoresheet with a 25 yard free kick moments before Johnny Mahon struck a 30 yard drive to the top corner giving the Cranford netminder no chance. The second half began with Cranford committing more men forward which opened up the game with both sides creating opportunities. Philip Buchannan pulled a goal back for Cranford after a through ball from Kyle Black on the hour mark. This sparked Cranford into life as the same two players combined on 75 minutes for Buchannan to get his and Cranford’s second and set up a grandstand finish. Lifford regrouped and saw out the final 15 minutes to progress to the next round with this hard earned 3-2 victory.Whitestrand United 4 Orchard F.C. 2On a cold and blustery day the White Strand took on Orchard FC. The match stared with the White Strand on the front foot assisted by the wind. Calvin McGowan missed with first real chance for either side when he missed from 12 yards out. On 11 minutes Orchard FC keeper made a good save from the Strand but it was followed up by Paul Lynch, who coolly slotted home. The Strand continued on the offensive with chances missed by Jerome Burke and Calvin McGowan. Then on the half hour Burke hit the bar with an excellent strike. This was only a stay of execution for Orchard as Burke scored directly from a corner, which was undoubtedly aided by the blustery conditions. On a rare venture forward Orchard almost got one back before half time but Eamon Martin made a goal saving tackle. The referee then blew for half time with the White Strand two up.The Second half began with Orchard FC having the wind at their backs. The pressure eventually told when Charles McLaughlin scored for Orchard. Any fears that this would be game on were extinguished as Calvin McGowan broke clear and Jerome Burke finished to bag his second goal on 70 minutes. The Strand then put the ball into the box dangerously and Burke scored his third for the match ball on 75 minutes. There was clearly a sense that the game was now beyond Orchard FC but they did grab a consolation when Damien Wallace scored from Niall Bonner’s corner. Best for the White Strand were Jerome Burke and Paul Lynch. Best for Orchard were Tommy McLaughlin and Charles Mc Laughlin. Referee: Brian O’ KaneDeele Harps 3 Clones Town 1Deele welcomed Monaghan outfit Clones Town to The Athletic Grounds for this FAI Junior Cup tie on a very blustery afternoon. The home side were brightest in the early exchanges and were in control without creating too much. In the 25th minute a defence splitting pass from Conor Catterson played in Shane Gallagher who finished well. However in the 32nd minute the wind played it’s part in deceiving the Deele keeper and the Clones striker nipped in to score on the line. The second half was dominated again by Deele with Clones limited to half chances. Paul Martin restored Deele’s advantage in the 60th minute after he headed home an excellent corner from Aidy Gallagher. Gavin Gallagher then raced free from midfield to round the keeper and score. Decent team performance from Clones while James McNulty and Daire Kelly starred for Deele. Referee: Paddy DuffyTullyvinney Rovers 0 Buncrana Harps 3Tullyvinney, starting without a number of regulars, started the game brightly. The Inishowen men got the breakthrough midway into the first half when a Kieran Mc Daid effort was blocked and the quick thinking Stephen McHugh cooly finished past Declan Malley in the Tullyvinney nets. Soon after the lead was doubled when McHugh finished Gary O ‘Flaherty’s cross with a superb over head kick. Tullyvinney almost pulled one back before half time when Michael Shields found himself in space in the box only to miss when it looked easier to score.The second half was a much tighter affair with both defences well on top, Buncrana’s third goal coming in controversial fashion with the home side claiming offside against goal scorer Gary O’ Flaherty. Tullyvinney had one last chance through Mark Hegarty but the defender failed to control his effort putting it wide of the upright. Best for Buncrana were Stephen McHugh and Kieran Mc Daid. Hard working team effort from Tullyvinney.SUNDAY 15-09 2013FAI Junior CupErne Wanderers 0 v 3 Cockhill Celtic YouthsFintown Harps AFC 2 v 2 Ballybofey United(Ballybofey United won 5-4 on penalties)Glenea United 4 v 1 Illies CelticRaphoe Town 6 v 1 Ramelton MarinersCurragh Athletic 2 v 0 Bonagee UnitedGweedore United 4 v 1 Glenree UnitedCastlefin Celtic 3 v 2 Kilmacrennan CelticSuvtrus F.C. 1 v 5 Glencar CelticGweedore Celtic 1 v 7 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Drumoghill F.C. 3 v 2 Keadue RoversLagan Harps 0 v 4 Cappry RoversEany Celtic 0 v 3 Aileach F.C.Milford United 0 v 5 Cootehill HarpsLifford Celtic 3 v 2 Cranford UnitedWhitestrand United 4 v 2 Orchard F.C.Deele Harps 3 v 1 Clones TownTullyvinney Rovers 0 v 3 Buncrana HarpsDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: September 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal LeaguefixturesreportsResultslast_img read more

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