He also says the experiment of involving Australia and New Zealand in the games has been a failure, with the two countries winning a huge number of medals.Professor Narsey says smaller Pacific nations like Norfolk Island, Cook Islands, Nauru and Niue actually win more medals at the Pacific Games per head of population than the larger countries.
The men’s 100 metres is a flagship event for Jamaica these days at the World Championships, but it took an age to move the country’s medal tally in the event from one to two. Thankfully, those days of waiting are long gone. Not only is Jamaica almost certain of medals in the 100 metres, but when the 15th IAAF World Championships begins in Beijing, Usain Bolt has a chance to match Americans Carl Lewis and Maurice Greene with three gold medals each in the event. Lewis won the last of his three gold medals with a world record of 9.86 seconds in the 1991 Worlds. Sprinting has accelerated since then. When Bolt won his first gold in 2009, he did it with a stupendous world record of his own, 9.58 seconds. That was the first of three gold medals for Jamaica in the 100m, with Yohan Blake winning in 2011 and Bolt regaining the title in 2013. Lewis, Greene and Bolt are the only men to win the title more than once, with Greene successful in 1997, 1999 and 2001. Jamaica waited from 1987, when Raymond Stewart got a silver medal, until 2005 for relief. That’s when Michael Frater won a silver of his own. Since then, Asafa Powell, in 2007 and 2009, and Nesta Carter, in 2011, have garnered bronze medals. Overall, Jamaica has three gold, two silver and three bronze medals in the men’s 100 metres at the IAAF World Championships. With the tall man healthy again and Powell over his long-standing groin worries, that tally could rise to 10 in Beijing. – Hubert Lawrence was in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics.
Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s been a rapid rise for the lean forward since he was first spotted by a Rennes scout as an 8-year-old in the northern city of Evreux. The club monitored him closely and brought him to its youth academy by the time he was 13.Coaches were quickly impressed, and he was promoted to Rennes’ reserve team in the beginning of the 2014-15 season.“Everyone was talking to me about another player his age, but I only saw him,” said Armand Djire, the Rennes recruiter who got a first look at Dembele. “We brought the family to Rennes and took care of their professional and personal needs. We did everything possible so Ousmane could arrive at (main team) in the best possible conditions.”By the time he was 17, Dembele had already made his first-team debut in the French league, scoring his first goal as a professional in a match against Girondins only two weeks after his debut.In his two seasons as a professional in with the club from northern France, Dembele played 78 matches, scoring 22 goals and setting up 25 others.He became a top prospect for European clubs, and Borussia Dortmund signed him last year in a transfer worth 15 million euros (about $16.7 at the time). He scored six goals and set up 13 others in 32 Bundesliga games, turning into Barcelona’s top target the moment Neymar left for Paris Saint-Germain in a deal worth more than 220 million euros ($260 million).Neymar had arrived as a possible successor to Messi, and when he left, the club had to find someone else to take on that difficult desk.Dembele, who will wear Neymar’s former No. 11 jersey, became Barcelona’s most expensive transfer ever, costing 105 million euros ($124 million) plus possible add-ons that could increase the value up to 40 percent of the original fee. Rennes will be entitled to about 40 million euros ($47.2 million) of the amount paid to Dortmund, meaning he’s also the club’s biggest transfer all-time.“The market has been shooting up in the last few days. It seems that every club will be signing their most expensive player from now on. The prices have gone up a lot since Neymar’s buyout clause was paid,” Valverde said, adding that he hopes Dembele “will be prepared” to handle the pressure that comes with a move of this magnitude.Dembele, whose mother is from Mauritania and his father is from Mali, was making his professional debut only 21 months ago, and now all eyes will be on him every time he steps on the field. National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal “He didn’t choose to be in one of the biggest transfers in the history of football, but I think that he is strong enough mentally to bear this burden,” Stephan said. “We will continue to follow his evolution with great attention and pleasure.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Uyloan says D-League stint with Cignal ‘rejuvenated’ his career “He is a player who generates a lot of excitement and a lot of expectations,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “We expect a lot from him.”Dembele has already shown signs that he has the potential to shine and one day reach the same heights of someone like Neymar.He scored the winner when France defeated England 3-2 in a friendly back in June, in what was his seventh appearance with the French national team. One dazzling moment in that game gave fans a glimpse of Dembele’s talent. Early in the second half, he picked up a loose ball on defense and flicked it past England defender Kyle Walker — one of the quickest in the Premier League — and left him trailing on a pulsating 60-meter run toward the goal.Although slight in build, Dembele has huge upper-body strength, enabling him to ride heavy challenges and use his body to hold off opponents running alongside him. He is a constant threat with his assists, and can play well on both flanks of the field and through the middle.“You can’t tell if he’s right-footed or left-footed, he can strike with both feet,” Julien Stephan, Dembele’s coach in Rennes’ reserve team, said in an interview on the club’s website. “He’s a great competitor and he is not bothered by the pressure. He plays naturally whether it’s in front of 3,000, 30,000 or 100,000 people.”ADVERTISEMENT Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees View comments Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Dortmund’s French midfielder Ousmane Dembele walks over the pitch during a press event of German first division Bundesliga football club Borussia Dortmund on August 9, 2017 in Dortmund, western Germany. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZMADRID, Spain—Only two years ago, Ousmane Dembele was playing in France’s lower divisions with modest club Rennes.On Friday, he became the second-most expensive player in soccer history when Barcelona picked him to replace Neymar in a deal that could reach 147 million euros ($173 million).ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu The talented 20-year-old French forward suddenly turned into a star by joining the Spanish powerhouse in a transfer surpassed only by the Brazilian star’s recent move to Paris Saint-Germain.Now the pressure is on Dembele to prove his worth and show that Barcelona did the right thing by choosing him to play alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Barcelona is hoping to re-establish its successful attacking trio, so it’s probably no coincidence that there is a lot of Neymar in the young Dembele — from the quickness to the nifty skills to the audacity to the ability to dazzle.Barcelona is already calling him the “prince of the dribble,” someone who can amaze fans with his “sublime skill and gutsy flair.” The club boasted Dembele as one of the “most promising young stars in European football,” a player who has a “golden future.” And it praised him as being “versatile, spectacular and efficient,” someone “almost impossible” to be stopped by the rival defenses.
Dear Editor,I have read the reports of certain executive members and Government officials obtaining substantial acres of land in Guyana. It is the method by which it was so acquired that caused the alarm.I do not think anyone ought to quarrel or seek mileage of that ownership save and except that they ought to ensure the unfortunate poor are also entitled to lands do receive same.It is generally forgotten that 83,000 square miles of lands, together with 200 miles radius of sea, make up the Republic of Guyana.The ancestors of the Africans dug trenches and made dams with whiplashes penniless and were made into chattels yet none of the Government leaders since Independence has seen it fit to give each family 1000 acres of land for their development but they have to crawl, bribe or beg for a simple house lot in vain.Guyana has no more than 180,000 families at an average of 5 members per family yet all the regimes of Guyana since Independence cannot bring themselves to give out 180,000 acres of land lawfully at 1000 acres to each such family.I know of a citizen who captured in excess of 170,000 acres of land once owned by LIDCO to enrich himself with the cattle thereon yet owing substantial outstanding sum to MMA and Government for arrears of rates and taxes. By divine grace, those leases are now expired.What sin is there in giving the citizens of this country land to which they should have title and raise money for self-development and make their livelihood for generations to come?The colonial Government did give large tracts with long leases and grants thereto.It is a shame that our own citizens, in whose name we pontificate and promise substantial benefits at political meetings by every political party on the hustings, become the victims of foreign plunder and continue to lead poor, destitute wretched lives as the leaders hitherto poor and powerless now falsely in the citizens’ name ascend to glory and regal splendour whilst these very citizens’ screams and anguish, their supporters, fall on deaf ears.I ask and plead to correct these unforgivable wrongs by ameliorating the lives of the unfortunate poor and enthusiastic farmers through adequate distribution of substantial acres of land just as the leaders of 60,000 Amerindians continue to enjoy large tracts while descendants of slaves and indenture are denied the same consideration.What is our land policy for the Guyanese people? Who should possess and work our fertile lands? Oh, citizens please answer.Sincerely,Jailall T KissoonAttorney-at-LawFormer PNC MP andMinister
…politicians top defaulters list Pursuant to Section 19 of the Integrity Commission Act, the Integrity Commission published the names of the 159 public officials who failed to submit their declarations as of December 31, 2018.WPA Executive Member, Tabitha Sarabo-HalleyThe Integrity Commission was established with the aim of improving the public’s confidence in the integrity of persons in public office by ensuring that they submit their declarations in compliance with the Integrity Commission Act. However, over the years, the Commission would have to publish the names of delinquent public officials in an effort to have them make their declarations.The list of delinquent public officials was made public in Saturday’s edition of a local newspaper with 134 Councillors from the various Regional Democratic Councils across the country, including Working People’s Alliance (WPA) Executive Member, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley and controversial Alliance For Change (AFC) executive Abel Seetaram.A breakdown of the regional officials showed Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) being the most delinquent, with 31 officials, including Sarabo-Halley; Chairman at JBN Investments and General Services and AFC Member, Aseef Balmacoon; Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) Board Member and PNCR Executive, Ryan Belgrave; and controversial PNC member Shondel Hope.Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) was the only region with no defaulting officers but same could not be said for Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) with PNC Executive Cherryl Gould – who recently received a Medal of Service from President David Granger – leading the list. Following Gould is the Assistant Administrator of the Leonora Diagnostic Centre and also PNC Councillor, Kathlene Armstrong; along with Leguan Island’s AFC member, Dr Kamal Roy Narine.Along with the Regional Councillors, the list included officials from the Audit Office, Bank of Guyana and the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC).The acting Audit Director Audrey Badley along with five Audit Managers were flagged. The list of noncompliant officials from that constitutional body also included the Information Systems Manager, Works and Structure Manager and two former Audit Managers. Central Bank Governor, Dr Gobin Ganga was also on the list.When contacted, Dr Ganga told Guyana Times that the failure to submit his declaration to the Commission was as a result him awaiting personal statements. He noted that the work of the Commission ends in June every year while the fiscal year ends in December; hence, the reason for the delay. He assured that the Commission would receive his submission on Monday.“As you know, the Commission works from June to June and most of the statements comes in at the end of the year so that was the delay in me submitting my declaration. I am in receipt of those statements now and will be submitting it to them (the Integrity Commission) by Monday which will put me in full compliance,” Dr Ganga said. Ganga is among some of the officials who are in the process of complying with the Integrity Commission.At the Central Bank also, the defaulters included Banking Manager, Joseph Lall, Chief Accountant, Maurice Munro; acting Director Leslyn King-Grenville; and Insurance Director Tracy Gibson.Meanwhile, over at the Forestry Commission, among those noncompliant officers are the Communications Manager, Sonya Reece; Technical Adviser, Godfrey Marshall; Assistant Commissioner of Forests, Gavin Agard; and Legal Officer/Corporate Secretary, Jacy Archibald.Over the years several Members of Parliament and other public officials have been flagged by the Integrity Commission for their failure to declare their assets and liabilities but none of their names appeared on the latest list.The Integrity Commission Act was assented to on September 24, 1997. The Act provides for the establishment of the Integrity Commission and make provisions for the purpose of securing the integrity of persons in public life. The Commission has the power to do anything for the proper performance of its function and in discharging its function; it is not subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.The Commission has the authority to regulate its own procedure and may make rules for that purpose.Public offices and positions listed under Schedule 1 of the Commission’s Act should disclose their financial assets and liabilities on or before June 30 each year.When a public officer ceases to be a person in public life, he/she should disclose his/her assets and liabilities to the Commission within 30 days from the date that individual cease to be a person in public life.
Rome was the perfect setting for Liverpool’s return to splendour after the Eternal City played host to the club’s 1977 and 1984 European Cup triumphs.If Liverpool beat holders Real Madrid in the final in Kiev on May 26, they will celebrate the first silverware of Jurgen Klopp’s three-year reign on the grandest stage of all.For Klopp, getting his hands on the Champions League trophy would be concrete proof his Red revolution has been worth all the blood, sweat and tears.And it would be fitting for the 50-year-old German to enjoy a breakthrough moment at the same age as the godfather of the modern Liverpool.Bill Shankly was also 50 when the first truly iconic manager in Liverpool’s illustrious history served notice he had created a burgeoning dynasty on Merseyside.Former manager Bill Shankly is a hero at Liverpool after transforming the club from a middling side to champions of England and winning their first European trophy © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISUnder the Scottish manager, Liverpool became English champions in 1964 after a 17-year gap.Liverpool won the title three times under Shankly and also collected two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup — the club’s first European trophy — as his magnetic personality and fierce will to win fulfilled his dream of turning the club into “a bastion of invincibility”.Building on the foundations put in place by Shankly, Liverpool went on to dominate Europe for the next decade.The thought of emulating that generational success at such a historic club lured Klopp — who possesses the same charismatic character as Shankly — to follow in his footsteps at Liverpool in 2015.Winning Liverpool’s sixth European Cup would rank Klopp alongside Anfield immortals Shankly, Bob Paisley and Kenny Dalglish.Ray Clemence, the legendary Liverpool goalkeeper who played under Shankly, sees some uncanny similarities between Klopp and his former boss.“I thought Shankly was a one-off, but then I’d have to say that Klopp is the nearest thing,” Clemence said.“The relationship Klopp has with the players and fans, it is exactly what Shankly had.“He pulled the club together so it was one strong unit and Klopp has revived that.”Regardless of whether he leaves the Ukraine empty-handed, Klopp knows this season has confirmed Liverpool’s emergence as genuine contenders at last.Liverpool have gone 28 years without winning the English title, a barren run that has often seen them written off as a faded force rendered obsolete by the vast wealth of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.– Klopp masterclass –When Liverpool last won the Champions League in 2005, their miraculous comeback from three goals down in the final against AC Milan obscured the pedestrian nature of Rafael Benitez’s side.Aside from Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso and Jamie Carragher, the heroes of Istanbul were largely inconsistent journeymen. Liverpool finished a whopping 37 points behind Premier League champions Chelsea that year.Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah has scored 10 goals in the Champions League to help Liverpool reach the final in Kiev © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYGerrard, who captained Liverpool to that 2005 victory, said Klopp has made the difference: “This manager has got them flying, if they go one step further this could be the start of something special. I think they’re on the verge of something really good.”Klopp’s men might be 21 points adrift of Manchester City this season but the gap between third-placed Liverpool and the champions appears far less daunting than it did 13 years ago.Liverpool are one of only two teams to inflict a league defeat on City this season, a 4-3 victory at Anfield that saw Pep Guardiola’s defence torn apart by the rampant Reds.Even more encouragingly, Liverpool overwhelmed City in the Champions League quarter-finals, blitzing them 3-0 at Anfield and then giving a masterclass in game management to take the second leg 2-1.With 43 goals and 15 assists in 49 appearances in all competitions, Egypt winger Salah has been the driving force behind Liverpool’s renaissance.Ditched by Chelsea after struggling in his first spell in English football, Salah has been reborn under Klopp since joining from Roma for £34 million ($46 million) last year.The German has astutely deployed the majestic 25-year-old in a role that allows him to do damage from both wide and central areas as part of a three-pronged attack alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.Crucially, Klopp’s decision to reinvest the cash from Philippe Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona on powerful centre-back Virgil van Dijk has added much-needed solidity to Liverpool’s defence.Klopp has already proved he can overthrow an established superpower after leading Borussia Dortmund to the Bundesliga title despite the constant threat from Bayern Munich.Restoring his team’s domestic supremacy is next season’s target but for now Klopp, Salah and the rest of the Liverpool heroes can dream of reigning supreme in Europe.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp has led Liverpool to their third Champions League final in 13 years © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, May 3 – Fuelled by Mohamed Salah’s astonishing feats and inspired by Jurgen Klopp’s tactical mastery, Liverpool are ready to launch a new golden era after sealing their return to the Champions League final.For the first time in 11 years, Liverpool have reached the showpiece of Europe’s elite club competition as a dramatic 4-2 defeat against Roma in Wednesday’s semi-final second leg clinched an incredible 7-6 aggregate success.
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LOS ANGELES – Two years of legal negotiations have resulted in a multimillion-dollar settlement that requires the county and the Superior Court system to make all of their facilities accessible for people with disabilities. The class-action lawsuit was filed in 2002, and its conclusion, which came Tuesday, requires cosmetic and structural changes to all county courthouses – there are about 50 – that will cost between $4 million and $10 million, county officials said. The Los Angeles Superior Courts system has evolved over the past 150 years as the city has expanded. Most of the courthouses, which are owned by Los Angeles County, have not been fully updated in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Santa Monica attorney David Geffen, one of four named plaintiffs in the case, is paralyzed from the chest down. Geffen said he filed complaints with the courts for three years before the litigation. He received $250,000 in the settlement. “From the beginning to the end, I can’t wait to get out of the courts usually,” said Geffen, who operates a manual wheelchair. “It’s almost adversarial because I have so many barriers I have to contend with.” Geffen rattled off the many physical challenges in the buildings. The doors are heavy, drinking fountains inaccessible, the elevator buttons too high. Swinging gates to enter the front of the courtroom are noisy and often grab the wheelchair, he said. “Usually people come running, and it’s an embarrassing and noisy entrance,” he said. “Not the kind of entrance you want to make.” The plaintiff’s attorneys included the American Civil Liberties Union and the Disability Rights Legal Center at Loyola Law School. Paula Pearlman, from the Disability Rights Legal Center, said there was a previous misunderstanding in the court system that made it difficult for people with disabilities to participate in the legal process. The agreement is a compromise, she said. “Given the fact that they’re existing facilities, we got a lot done,” she said. In Pasadena, doorknobs will be changed to levers so that people unable to grasp objects can still use them. Filing windows will be lowered, and ADA-compliant bathrooms will be added. At the Norwalk courthouse, changes will include making restroom accessories ADA-compliant. In El Monte, the settlement included lowering a pay phone. In addition, court employees who deal with the public will be trained on ADA legal rights, responsibilities and etiquette. Michele Vercoutere, assistant division chief with the county’s Chief Administrative Office, said the agreement was a fair conclusion to the case. The lawsuit has been settled in phases, so many of the changes have already been made, she said. Restroom faucet handles have been changed, ramps have been adjusted to reduce slope, and parking has been added, she said. The biggest changes, like adding restrooms, will be completed as soon as possible, she said. The problems were not changed before the litigation because they “fell through the cracks,” Vercoutere said. “I think it was a lack of communication that caused this to have to be brought to litigation,” she said. Greg Hurley, who represented the Los Angeles Superior Courts, said the settlement is a good deal for his clients and for people with disabilities. email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
However, the Frenchman has failed to shine at Stamford Bridge and he is now prepared to leave.Milan want to sign Bakayoko and, according to Calciomercato, he is in Italy to rubberstamp a move to the San Siro. tense Bakayoko is yet to produce his best at Chelsea How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Latest Chelsea News possible xi smart causal Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is reportedly in Italy to finalise his loan move to AC Milan.The 23-year-old joined the Blues last summer from Monaco as part of a deal worth around £40m. REAL DEAL Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures gameday cracker Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED possible standings silverware Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 1 The midfielder is set to join the Serie A side on loan for the season for a fee of £4.4m.Milan will have the option to then make the move permanent if they cough up just over £30m next summer.
4 Lanterns USL Results & Reports 23.03.14ResultsCockhill Celtic 3 2 Bonagee Utd. Fanad Utd. 1 1 Drumkeen Utd.Finn Harps Res. P P Swilly RoversLetterkenny Rovers P P Derry City Res. ReportsThe 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League kicked off on Sunday with two out of the four games beating the weather and going ahead. Champions Cockhill Celtic got their defence of the league crown off to a winning start, but only just over a well organised Bonagee Utd. outfit. Goals from top scorer Garbhan Friel (1) and a brace from Gerald McLaughlin were just enough to see off the Bonagee challenge by the narrowest of margins in a game in which they took the lead three times only for Aidan McLaughlin and Jamie Lynagh to pull Bonagee level on two occasions. In the end they managed to hold on for all three points and they will be delighted after hearing the final score from Traigh-a-Lough where last year’s runners-up, Drumkeen Utd. were held to a 1-1 draw by last year’s basement side, Fanad Utd. Indeed the men from the Kingdom took the lead through a Blaine Curtis penalty to go in ahead at the break before recent addition from Kildrum, Darren Cassidy levelled in the second period. Neither team could find a winner and with a share of the spoils a fair result, Drumkeen will know they can’t afford to let Cockhill get away from them even at this early stage if they are to try and claim a maiden league title in 2014.The other two matches fell victim to the weather despite Sunday being a good day with the rain that fell the previous two days over the weekend meaning a full programme could not be completed on the opening weekend.Champions Begin With WinCockhill Celtic 3Bonagee Utd. 2Played in near perfect conditions, Cockhill had to rearrange their defence in the 1st minute following a bad tackle on Sennan Mc Colgan that resulted in the left back being carried off. Cockhill started the brighter and dominated from the off. The breakthrough came after 8 minutes following a great team move Gerry Gill teed up the in-form Garbhan Friel to rifle home from 15 yards. Bonagee in their 1st meaningful attack, after 17 minutes, equalized when a corner was flicked on at the front post, allowing Aidan Mc Laughlin to head into the Cockhill net from 5 yards. Cockhill regrouped and started to pin Bonagee back and they got their 2nd when Garbhan Friel fed Jazza Mc Laughlin to slot home from close range. Cockhill continued to push forward in search of the 3rd and on three separate occasions had efforts cleared off the line. The best being an overhead kick from William O’Connor. Half Time 2-1 Cockhill Bonagee didn’t take long to draw level and in 48th minute following hesitant defending by Cockhill, Jimmy Lynagh burst through from defence to slot past Gavin Cullen in the home goal. The 2nd half was a more even affair and Bonagee made Cockhill work harder to create any real openings. Cockhill’s winning goal came in the 55th minute when Gerry Gill’s long cross was met by Jazza Mc Laughlin’s head. Bonagee threw more bodies forward in pursuit of an equalizer but the Cockhill’s defence held firm.Fanad Hold DrumkeenFanad Utd. 1Drumkeen Utd. 1 Fanad United and Drumkeen United settled for a share of the spoils in this opening Ulster Senior League match. Played in ideal conditions the match got off to a lively start with plenty of opportunities for both sides. On 4 minutes Darren McCready had a shot saved by Shane Graham in the Fanad goal and a minute later Blain Curtis shot over the bar when well-placed for Fanad. The clearest opportunity of the opening stages fell to Drumkeen’s Conor Carlin who latched on to a perfect through ball from Darren McCready only for Fanad keeper Graham to save bravely at his feet. On 15 minutes a deep cross by Blain Curtis was chested down by Oisin Hasset to Adam Serrinha who volleyed over the bar from 15 yards. Drumkeen had a few more half chances before Fanad took the lead on the stroke of half time. Following some pressure by Fanad, referee Vincent McLaughlin adjudged that Oisin Hasset had been fouled inside the box. Blain Curtis stepped up to give Stephen Conroy no chance and registered his first goal for the club.Drumkeen started the 2nd half brightly and put Fanad under enormous pressure. This pressure was rewarded on 54 minutes when they equalised. After a succession of corners the found its way to Darren Cassidy who knocked a deep cross to the back post where it was met by Conor McNulty who headed into the top corner. The game was end to end with Drumkeen having the clearest chances. On 75 minutes former Fanad player Eunan Kelly headed against the cross bar when unmarked in the box. On 80 minutes Fanad substitute Conor Blaney hit a well struck shot from outside the box which Stephen Conroy done well to save at the second attempt. Overall Drumkeen will be less pleased with the result. It was good battling performance by Fanad against last season’s runners up. Best for Fanad were Shane Graham, Kevin Murray and Blain Curtis, for Drumkeen recent acquisitions Darren McCready and Darren Cassidy were best.Fanad United: Shane Graham, Ronan Sweeney, (Caolan McDaid 56), Darren Nash, Declan Sweeney, Kevin Murray, Johnny Logue, Declan Curtis (Conor Blaney 75), Brian McVeigh, Blain Curtis, Oisin Hasset, Adam Serrinha (Keelin McElwaine 75)Drumkeen United: Stephen Conroy, Michael Carroll, Benny Bonner, Conor McNulty, Paddy McLaughlin, Philip White, Darren Cassidy, Darren McCready, Eunan Kelly, David Shovlin and Conor CarlinRef: Vincent McLaughlinFixturesSunday, March 30th at 2pm unless statedBonagee Utd. v Fanad Utd (12 noon) Ref. P. DuddyCockhill Celtic v Finn Harps Res. Ref. V. McLaughlinDrumkeen Utd. v Letterkenny Rovers Ref. P. CollSwilly Rovers v Derry City Res. Ref. S. TonerUSL SOCCER: COCKHILL BEAT BONAGEE AS DRUMKEEN HOLD FANAD was last modified: March 23rd, 2014 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:Bonagee UdCockhill Celticdrumkeen unitedFANAD UTD