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Hunters heading down South for Jets clash

first_imgIpswich is a short drive from the city of Brisbane.This will be another big game for the Hunters who are taking on the third placed team in the Intrust Super Cup competition. After their win on the weekend, the Hunters are still in second place.Hunters coach Michael Marum has made a few changes, naming Ase Boas at halfback while Edward Goma moves to the centres. Thompson Teteh is still out injured.The Jets will be out for revenge after going down to the Hunters in the round 13 clash earlier this year. The Hunters beat the Jets 40-28.The Jets also have named a strong side with the usual inclusion of Papua New Guineans Rod Griffin and Richard Pandia.The game will kick off at 3pm.The team:1. Stargroth Amean, 2. Bland Abavu, 3. Noel Zeming, 4. Edward Goma, 5. Adex Wera, 6. Israel Eliab, 7. Ase Boas, 8. Henry Noki, 9. Wartovo Puara, 10. Esau Siune, 11. Brandy Peter, 12. Kato Ottio, 13. Timothy Lomai. Interchange: 14. Adam Korave, 15. Atte Bina, 16. Willie Minoga, 17. Enock Maki, 18. Nickson Borana, 19. Warren Glarelast_img read more

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Tony Becca: Gayle guilty as charged, but …

first_img My experience West Indies Board members and others knew about these and other things that were done by West Indies players, but nothing was ever done or said about them, not to anyone’s knowledge. They happened and they were brushed aside without even a word of caution, or remorse. Gayle’s action was poor, to say the least, but had some attention been paid to similar or other indiscretions in the past, it may not have happened this time around. Ian Chappell, the legendary Ian Chappell, has called for a ban on Gayle, and he may be right in doing so, but he is the last one who should make such a call. Ian Chappell was the Australian captain who hit Guyanese Vic Insanally on the steps of the members pavilion at Bourda one early morning during the Super Test in 1979. Ian Chappell even appeared before the court to answer charges for assault. I was there, and I reported on it. I was one of the few people who saw it. Gayle’s behaviour on Australian television was outrageous and appalling, but I dare say, not criminal, not by any means whatsoever. It was simply the sort of behaviour not expected from any well-thinking young man, and certainly not one coming from a co-educational school as Gayle does, certainly not one coming from a family, including a mother and a sister, and not coming from a sportsman and from one who has been so good and so great that he has travelled the world, or a great part of it, many, many times. Gayle’s problem, it seems, is that, as a cricketer, he is great, he is famous and popular, he is rich and attractive, and he knows it. More than that, however, he probably feels that he has a right, or the right, because of who he is, to behave like he is better than other ordinary mortals. Probably, when all is said done, Gayle believes, based on my experience with many cricket stars, that cricket is so important to the West Indian people and to the world that, because of their prowess in the game, because of their contribution to victories from time to time, they are not only sports stars of the people, but heroes of the people. Sometimes this leads to obnoxious behaviour by those who are treated in this way because they know no better, or simply because they feel they have a right to act that way. Maybe both reasons apply to Gayle, maybe sports stars move to a different beat. While Gayle is guilty of conduct contrary to good behaviour, however, or to accepted good behaviour, and must pay the price, he is not alone in soiling his name, his family’s name, his school’s name, and his country’s name. Cricket West Indies should share some of the fallout of the Gayle issue. West Indies cricket has always been, or mostly been, controlled by the territories who have the big boys on the team. It has oftentimes been a case where the respective politician moves to the music of the big boys, and it has always been a case where the big boys get away with almost anything, and whatever they want. Remember when a West Indies captain did not take his place in the field one morning during the Test match against England in Antigua, remember the time, late in the evening, when a West Indies captain ran down the pitch and bellowed an appeal for a leg before wicket decision in a Test match against England at Kensington Oval? Remember when Courtney Walsh, captain of Jamaica and the West Indies, refused to spin the toss at Chedwin Park with another territory’s player who was the captain of his team and wanted the captaincy of the West Indies team, and do you remember the final of the regional four-day competition, when a Jamaican player did not play the match between Jamaica and Guyana at Kensington Oval because he played a benefit match in Antigua? Remember also the time when the West Indies team went to South Africa, went back to London, and called the president to a meeting over fees? There were many other times when West Indies cricketers played the wrong stroke without correcting it, and got away with it. There was also the time during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, on a morning flight from Kimberley to Johannesburg, with the Kenya and West Indies teams on board, and a West Indian player opened up, loud and clear for all to hear, against the West Indies manager. It was nasty. I was sitting beside the manager. For years now, some other journalists and I have been talking about grooming potential territorial and West Indies cricketers, talking to them about things they are likely to expect on and off the field, and how to deal with them. From my experience, some West Indies players have always behaved like they are better than the people who pay to watch them play and their attitude has been way below expectations, some West Indies players’ behaviour, their language, in public places like airports, have been embarrassing, their appearance, their dress, in restaurants at home and abroad, have been disgraceful, and their general behaviour, their attitude, towards women, have sometimes been deplorable. West Indies players, some of them, have always behaved like they should dress how they want to dress, speak how they want to speak, go where they want to go, and do whatever they want to do whenever they want to. Not expected Respective politician Indiscretions There are two kinds of people in this world: there are those who think of others in whatever they are doing, and there are those who simply do not. Recently, Chris Gayle got himself in hot water way Down Under, in far-away Australia, when, during an interview with a beautiful television reporter, he misread the situation, the time and the place, spoke too openly, too flirtingly, and too invitingly to her, and got scalded for doing so. Almost every woman, every man, and every child took on Gayle for his lack of respect to the woman, a professional woman; and he did so while she was doing her job, and on the air, and in public at that. Gayle’s timing was impeccable, as usual, on that day, and he got what he deserved for his atrocious behaviour. What is a joke to one man is something else to another man. On another day, and in another setting, it may also have been complimentary. On that day, however, it was totally disrespectful, regardless of Gayle’s popularity, or of his own inflated ego, and whether he realised it or not. It was not funny at all. For whatever it was worth, and whether he meant it or not, Gayle apologised for his flirtation with Mel McLaughlin. Following reports of previous transgressions, or like transgressions, however, some people followed up the so-called apology and a fine of US$10,000 with calls for him to be fired from his job as a member of the Melbourne Renegades Big Bash T20 cricket team. As a man, a son of a woman, a brother of sisters, a husband, and a father of daughters, I do not and cannot condone Gayle’s behaviour. I, however, would not go as far as to try and interfere with his employment as Ian Chappell has done, not for this blunder.last_img read more

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2015 Nations Cup Qualifiers Clear Huddles for Finals

first_imgThe final countdown for the 2015 African Cup of Nations at its new venue, Equatorial Guinea, came to the finish line last Saturday across Africa.In a super form, Algeria won its fifth match at home, beating Ethiopia 3-1 at the Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Bilda.Striker Mame Diouf of Senegal scored his side’s 1-0 victory to beat Egypt at the Cairo Stadium to qualify for the finals.After the withdrawal of Morocco, for fear of the rampaging Ebola Virus Disease in three West African countries, including Liberia, to host next year’s tournament, CAF punished Morocco with a two-year suspension.Cape Verde defeated Niger 3-1 to top Group F, and South Africa managed a 2-1 win over Sudan to qualify.South Africa joined Cameroon who defeated DR Congo 1-0 to qualify for the finals.Nigeria made it to the finals beating Congo 2-0 through Kalu Uche’s penalty in the 59th minute and Aaron Samuel Olaare’s goal in the 90th minute away at the Stade Muniipal de Pointe-Noire.Guinea’s Soumah’s hat trick propelled his side to defeat fellow the West Africans, Togo 4-1 at the Kegue Stadium in Lome.Star player Emmanuel Adebayor got the consolation goal for his country.Angola crashed out of contention, drawing 0-0 to Gabon at the November 11 Stadium.Burkina Faso edged out Lesotho 1-0 in Group C to qualify for the finals.Zambia beat Mozambique 1-0 in Maputo to come closer to qualify.Uganda, facing a win of bust situation shocked unimpressive Black Stars of Ghana 1-0, when Uganda’s defender Savio Kabugo headed home the much needed goal in the 8th minute.Ghana still topped Group E and needed a point to qualify. They will now face Togo on Wednesday under caretaker coach Maxwell Konadu.Malawi played herself back into contention, beating Mai 2-0 at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.Ivory Coast put up a splendid performance to whip Sierra Leone 5-1 last Friday.The goals for Ivory Coast came through Kolo Toure in the 7th minute; Solomon Kalou (49th and 71st minutes); Max Gradel (52nd minute) and Gervais Yao Kouassi Gervinho in the 60th minute.Tunisia made its qualification certain with a 0-0 draw against Botswana.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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UN Wants Gov’t Provide Financial Reports on Resources Used

first_imgMr. Yacoub El Hillo is (UN) Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative to Liberia. Yacoub EL Hillo, Assistant Secretary-General and Resident Coordinator of the United Nations (UN) in Liberia, has called on the George Weah-led government to account for the funds provided for projects implementation over years.Hillo said in the last few months, several UN’s agencies have experienced challenges in getting timely and accurate reports from their government counterparts, thereby delaying implementation of essential services and advisory support to the people of Liberia.He said that the situation in the medium to long-term, “may lead to withholding of funding by our partners for UN programs in Liberia with all the attendant negative consequences.”Mr. Hillo made the called through a communication to Nathaniel F. McGill, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, in which he said, “In extreme situations where the cash advance modality is not being used correctly by implementing partners, the UN agencies, fund and programs may discontinue and revert to Direct Implementation Modality (DIM) to avoid risk of delays in program implementation.”He meanwhile expressed gratitude to the Liberian government for recognizing the United Nations system as a central provider of high-quality technical support, policy advice and development assistance in a wide variety of thematic areas.“We look forward to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our development cooperation with the Liberian government by joining forces in achieving the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development over the coming years,” Mr. Hillo said.He said said as the UN continues to address Liberia’s development challenges jointly, it is important to bear in mind that the United Nations strictly adheres to its fiduciary (trust) responsibility towards its donors and member states.According to Hillo, explicit guidelines and high operational standards to safeguard UN funds against misuse and integrity risks are unyielding principles underpinning their work.“To strengthen national ownership and accountability for development results, the UN agencies, funds and programs are gradually moving from DIM to national implementation modality under the harmonized approach to cash transfer framework where cash is transferred to national implementing partners to carry out development activities agreed in annual work plans,” he said.He further indicated to Minister McGill that for implementing partners to receive cash advance, they must be micro assessed to ensure that they have good financial management capacity, including accounting, procurement, reporting and internal controls as well as a system for recording accounting transactions and appropriate filing of financial documentation.Mr. Hillo added that under the National Implementation Modality (NIM), the UN expects that implementing partners assume full responsibility for effective use of the resources advanced to them and for reporting, fairly and accurately, on project progress against agreed work plans in accordance with the reporting schedule. “They are expected to maintain documentation and evidence that describes the proper and prudent use of project resources,” Mr. Hillo said to Minister McGill.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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World Cup starlet wanted by Tottenham and Man United rejected summer switch to Southampton

first_img1 Memphis Depay rejected the opportunity to join Southampton in the summer, according to the club’s assistant manager Erwin Koeman.Depay attracted interested from several sides during the previous transfer window, after scoring 16 goals for PSV last season and netting twice on the Netherlands’ run to the World Cup semi-final.Tottenham and Manchester United were reportedly very keen on the winger and leading the race for his signature, but now Saints’ assistant manager Koeman has revealed that the south coast side were also in talks with the 20-year-old.“We made enquiries with his agent,” Koeman told Dutch news outlet Metronieuws.“With his style of play he would fit into England well. Memphis is fast, focused and physically strong.“Southampton would have been an excellent springboard for him to get to the very top of the Premier League, but he did not want to sit down and he chose to stay at PSV.“Too bad for us, but also for him.” Memphis Depay last_img read more

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Man United fans keen on this if it happens – ‘not the worst idea’

first_img1 Ryan Giggs is being linked with the Swansea City manager’s and Man United fans are happy with the news.Swansea are on the lookout for a new manager after they sacked Garry Monk, and the Old Trafford icon is thought to be one of their targets.The United assistant is expected to replace current boss Louis van Gaal in the future, so some experience elsewhere could be vital.Giggs is thought to be fighting with David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers for the job.Here is what some United fans are saying about the news: Ryan Giggs has been linked with the Man United manager’s job last_img read more

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No good excuse for taking disabled parking spots

first_imgGLENDALE – Jorge Hernandez’s afternoon of shame began as he wheeled into the parking spot labeled with the blue-and-white wheelchair. The lot at the Glendale Galleria was filling up with shoppers, and Hernandez was in a hurry. With a blue disabled person parking placard dangling from his rearview mirror, he thought he was home free. Investigator Abilio Lopez thought otherwise. “Excuse me, sir,” Lopez said as Hernandez and his family exited their red Camry. “I’m with the DMV and we’re doing an investigation.” Suddenly, Hernandez’s family jaunt to the mall turned sour. He fumbled for an excuse for why he, a man with no disabilities, had the placard. “It’s my mother’s,” he said. “She’s in the mall right now.” Lopez was skeptical and asked where she was. Hernandez said he didn’t know where, that he had to find her and give her a ride home. “You all came to the mall together?” Lopez asked. “‘Cause there’s already six of you guys in the car.” Hernandez took on a blank look and said he didn’t speak English. Lopez switched to Spanish and Hernandez knew he was in trouble. Though it’s probably small comfort to Hernandez, he’s not alone in his abuse of the system. The Department of Motor Vehicles issued 2.1 million permanent placards in 2007, along with an additional 151,000 temporary permits – meaning nearly 10 percent of the state’s 23 million licensed drivers have one. The state motor code allows the placards for drivers with heart, circulatory or lung diseases, conditions that significantly limit the use of lower extremities, vision problems and loss of lower extremities or both hands. All you need to get one is a doctor’s note. And even if investigators think you got it for bogus reasons, medical privacy laws make it so difficult to check that applications rarely get questioned. But for people such as Hernandez, using someone else’s legitimately issued pass when they’re not around, well, that’s where investigators such as Lopez come in. Leaving your car in a reserved space with no placard is just a parking violation – jerky to be certain, but in the same category as not feeding a meter. Using someone else’s placard for your own benefit, now that’s a crime – misdemeanor fraud, to be exact. If you’re caught in the act, you can face fines of up to $3,500, hundreds of hours of community service or six months in jail. The DMV’s San Fernando Valley investigative branch sets up stings like the one in Glendale four times a year, rotating between shopping malls and college campuses. An infamous caper at UCLA in 1999 netted 50 cheaters in 60 spaces – including several prominent members of the football team. On the recent Wednesday that Hernandez’s misdeeds landed him on the red-faced roster, the haul was more modest. In six hours at the Galleria, 12 investigators questioned 60 people for fraudulently hogging spaces set aside for people with disabilities. More than one-third of them were rotten scofflaws. Everyone’s got an excuse: It’s the family car and the placard belongs to my dad. I was just running in for a minute. I’m picking up my sister. I’m getting something for my grandma. Yeah, almost everyone always tries the grandma get-out-of-jail-free card. Midway through the sting, a man driving a Mercedes SUV pulled his way into a space and tried to smile his way out of a citation. First, he said he was picking up his wife. Then, it became his grandmother. She was at the mall and he had to find her. Then, he admitted grandma was in Virginia. When he produced his driver license, it showed he was 70 years old. Then, he was very, very sorry. When informed he’d still be getting cited, he got even sorrier. It’s a common scene. Grown men often break down in tears. A woman kicked two investigators on a college campus, then sank her teeth into Cmdr. Vito Scattaglia and another staffer when they tried to intervene. “We had one lady walk around CSUN for 45 minutes with our investigator, saying she was looking for her brother,” said Scattaglia, who sports cowboy boots and a brushy mustache. “She was on the phone, calling and everything. Eventually, she gave up and admitted it. There was no brother. “Greed, laziness, maybe they’ve got a new car and they want to protect it. If I’m an able-bodied person, I’d be celebrating, not parking in other people’s spaces.” But that was not the case for Lance David Mandernack, a Florida resident driving a rental car with a placard hung from the rearview mirror. He was taking a coffeemaker back to Target when Investigator Tony Cox stepped up to question him. “I have a broken wrist,” Mandernack said, annoyed that he’d been interrupted. “That’s why I have this. Can’t I just go do my return? You guys are really holding me up.” Cox ran the number on the placard – it had been reported lost or stolen. Mandernack then hemmed and hawed and tried to talk his way out of a citation. He failed. After a stern lecture from Cox, he signed the citation, glumly got back into his Corolla and went off to look for a parking space along with everyone else. “It just defies all moral reason and authority to do this at someone else’s expense,” Scattaglia said. “… This is not a parking citation. This is fraud.”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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DONEGAL CAFÉ NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS IRISH RESTAURANT AWARD

first_imgA hugely popular Café located in West Donegal has been nominated for in the Irish Restaurant Awards 2016.Caife Shli An Atlantaigh, Annagry, Co. Donegal has established itself as one finest Café’s in the locality. However, it seems the recognition has now gone national following this nomination.The lovely Café has been nominated for The Best Café&Best Newcomer, in this year’s awards.Congratulations to Tricia McBride and her staff on these well deserved nominations.A spokesman for the Annagry Hall & Annagry Tidy Towns said it was fantastic for the Café to be recognized nationally. “It’s fantastic for the locality, and I’m delighted for Tricia McBride and all her hardworking staff.“It’s been well documented that the economic situation in our area is not good, so to sustain a business is hard, hard work.“It gives everybody in the village a huge boost when you see a hardworking local business get the recognition they deserve.“Hopefully they can pick up the award now, but to even get nominated is a great achievement. DONEGAL CAFÉ NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS IRISH RESTAURANT AWARD was last modified: March 7th, 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:awardBusinessCaféIrelandnewslast_img read more

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BOOKIES MAKE NAOMH CONAILL FAVOURITES FOR COUNTY SENIOR TITLE

first_imgBOOKIES BoyleSports have made made Naomh Conaill favourites to win this Sunday’s Senior Football Championship.The Glenties-based side take on reigning county champions at Mac Cumhaill Park (4pm throw-in).However the bookmaker has practically written off the chances of a Donegal club side going on to All-Ireland glory. They’ve made Naomh Conaill 66/1 for the All-Ireland – and St Eunan’s are complete outsiders at 80/1.Corofin are 5/2 favourites to lift the All-Ireland.All Ireland Club Football Outright 2015/2016 – Outright BettingCorofin 5/2 St Vincents 7/2Crossmaglen Rangers 7/1Portlaoise 14/1Ballyboden St Endas 14/1St Oliver Plunketts 14/1 Castlehaven 16/1Slaughtneil 16/1St Lomans Mullingar 20/1Na Fianna Dublin 25/1 Castlebar 25/1Kilcoo 25/1Nemo Rangers 25/1Dingle 25/1Breaffy 33/1St Judes 33/1Emmet Og 33/1Trillick St Macartans 40/1Scotstown 40/1St Patricks (Louth) 40/1Navan O’Mahonys 40/1Rathmore 50/1Killarney Legion 50/1Naomh Conaill 66/1Athy 66/1Sarsfields 66/1Cargin 80/1St Eunans 80/1BOOKIES MAKE NAOMH CONAILL FAVOURITES FOR COUNTY SENIOR TITLE was last modified: October 13th, 2015 by John2Share 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:BookiesGAANaomh ConailloddsSt Eunanslast_img read more

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CATHAL MacSUIBNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: TIME TO BACK JIM AND THE BOYS

first_imgNeil Gallagher outjumps Owen Lennon as he gets straight into the action after being introdued from the bench mid-way through the opening half against Monaghan. Pic.: Gary FoyThe three-in-a-row dream died against a Farney onslaught yesterday but Donegal are still alive in this year’s quest for Sam – going by their display in the provincial showpiece though things need to improve quickly. It’s six short days until the back door is bolted shut for another year and the team face a tough task in ensuring they are still at the party come closing time.There can’t be any complaints about proceedings in Clones; the best team won on the day and there were no ifs, buts or maybes from the defending champions’ perspective. Mark McHugh going off injured was a blow but such was the lethargy and clumsiness on show from his team mates it didn’t make that vital a difference when the game is looked at as a whole.Two key chinks were exposed in the Donegal armoury yesterday and they have been worries for quite a time – but this was the first time under McGuinness that a team successfully exploited both. Firstly we were by and large wiped out at centre-field and this had already been a major problem against Tyrone and indeed in some of last year’s games. Thankfully Neil Gallagher’s introduction steadied the ship somewhat and only for his efforts things could have been a lot worse. Apart from Gallagher’s tour de force against Cork in last year’s All Ireland semi, this Donegal side have rarely dominated a team around the middle third and yesterday it was Monaghan who were doing the dominating. Coupled with the midfield platform they created, they then attacked Donegal in a way that few teams have – with direct high ball in on top of our full back line.Eamon McGee actually mentioned in an interview he gave earlier in the year that he had spent a lot of time doing extra training on high fielding – he and the management team were well aware that this was a potential weakness for the defensive unit and they had tried to correct it. Yet when someone like Kieran Hughes is in the sort of form he showed yesterday sometimes it’s just near impossible to cope. Hughes had a terrific game in Ballybofey in the McKenna Cup back in January and while that competition was disregarded by Donegal he left his mark that day and did so again with even greater aplomb in the biggest match of his life.It was so unusual to see both McGee brothers given the run around yesterday; they’ve been the embodiment of this current Donegal team with their strength, power and assurance yet Hughes along with Conor McManus were unmarkable yesterday. How many times over the last couple of years have we seen full-back Neil come storming out from defence to take man, ball and all? It just didn’t happen this time, he was close to McManus on a number of occasions but was never able to get a hand in or shove the Clontibret sharp-shooter off the ball.The tackling in general by the whole team was lazy. Monaghan players on numerous occasions side-stepped or wrong footed green and gold men with quick movement of the hips or shoulder and they created space easily. The game’s opening score was a case in point with Darren Hughes easily selling a dummy to Karl Lacey to get into a better scoring position. Normally the ferociousness of the Donegal tackle makes teams wilt and that’s why teams hit so many wides against us because they are forced to shoot when they don’t want to. Instead Monaghan took their scores when they were on and were supremely confident in their shot making ability. Monaghan got the early run on Donegal and the four-point lead they amassed, just like we did in the semi-final, was a crucial cushion. In a game where both sides are setup the same way and both trying to hit on the counter, a deficit like that is extremely hard to claw back. Down only once got inside the three point margin against Donegal in Breffni Park and in Clones yesterday we never got inside that margin at all.Aside from Gallagher in midfield there weren’t too many players who could be happy with their day’s work. Paul Durcan was excellent in goal, dealing well with almost every high ball that came into his square – and Ryan McHugh was on hand to give him a dig out for the one he didn’t manage to claim. The younger McHugh looked very composed when he came on and capped a good cameo with a wonderful score floated over with the outside of his right boot.Unfortunately such scoring feats were few and far between. Michael Murphy was largely anonymous with Vinny Corey giving an impervious display at full back. He rarely looked at or for the ball, his eyes were firmly fixed on the Glenswilly man-mountain and it made for a frustrating day for the captain. Even when Murphy appeared to be hauled down in the box approaching half-time it was he who was shown a yellow card by the referee, thus infuriating him even further.His strike partner Colm McFadden had a similar afternoon; twelve months on from shooting over booming scores from all angles in the 2012 decider he was thwarted time and again by Drew Wylie; there wasn’t anything too scientific about the man-marking jobs carried out by Wylie or Corey, just good old-fashioned staples of defending – stay tight on your man and keep him on his weaker foot.Of course everyone is now asking the question, why did this happen? Was it tiredness in the bodies, tiredness in the minds, hype getting to the players – the truth is nobody knows. The squad though are still supremely fit and well conditioned so the physical explanation doesn’t really wash. The hype issue and the three-in-a-row thoughts seeping into the player’s mindsets is the most likely reason. Of course with pretty much every one of us having written Monaghan’s chances off there was always a chance of that happening. If the treble bid is the reason for defeat then there’s still every chance of progressing further in the Championship; however if tired minds are at play then we could be near the end of the 2013 road – we’ll only find out if that is the case next Saturday. Whatever way you think about or analyse yesterday it wasn’t pretty from a Donegal viewpoint – yet we’re still there. We’re not out of the Championship and we are still the defending All-Ireland Champions. The six-day turnaround for beaten provincial finalists is usually the kiss of death for teams but after such a wretched performance it may be beneficial having a game so quickly to try to put things right. Carrick on Shannon holds a special place in the hearts of Donegal Gaels – it was in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada that the county secured a first ever national title, becoming All-Ireland winners at U21 level in 1982.More recently it was the scene of a young Murphy’s Championship debut in a senior jersey on a night when the then reigning National League Champions needed extra-time to shake off a dogged Leitrim team in a Round 1 qualifier. This weekend could be something similar – it’s all about grinding out a win, nothing more.All players and managers want to get to Croke Park for the August Bank Holiday weekend because that’s when the Championship starts in earnest. Donegal would have wanted to go there as Ulster Champions but instead that honour is now bestowed upon Monaghan. Its up to McGuinness’ men to earn their place amongst that last eight and if we get there anything is possible.Jim always maintains that his team competes in two different knockout competitions – the Ulster Championship and the All-Ireland Championship; it’s no different this year except that we’re starting the latter a week earlier. The road is a bit rockier but the journey and destination remain the same. We’ve heard so often in interviews with the players about the plans Jim and Rory have laid out for them before each game and the work that goes into preparing them for what the opposition will throw at them. That process was again meticulously followed before the Ulster Final as it will be before Saturday’s crunch encounter with Laois. However once they cross the white line its up to the players to determine the outcome. They were off-colour yesterday, no doubt about that; but these players have given us days of joy that we only dared dream of over the last couple of summers; they will know themselves that they didn’t perform yesterday and were well beaten. But they also know they’re still good enough and that they haven’t suddenly become a poorer side – now is the time to back these boys.CATHAL MacSUIBNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: TIME TO BACK JIM AND THE BOYS was last modified: July 22nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:CATHAL MacSUIBNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: TIME TO BACK JIM AND THE BOYSlast_img read more

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