Month: December 2019

Celtic 3-2 Malmo: Leigh Griffiths double earns advantage in Champions League qualifier

first_img1 Leigh Griffiths Two goals from Leigh Griffiths gave Celtic the edge in their Champions League qualifier against Swedish side Malmo.The hosts found themselves 2-0 up inside 10 minutes after Griffiths and Nir Bitton took advantage of some slack defending.Former Celtic man Jo Inge Berget pulled one back for the visitors after the break but it was cancelled out with Griffiths’ second less than 10 minutes later.However, Malmo had the last word as Berget made the most of a scrappy corner to score his second of the game.Celtic started on the front foot right from the kick-off as Griffiths – who was preferred to Nadir Ciftci up front – opened the scoring after only three minutes.Stefan Johansen picked up the ball outside the area and slipped it through two Malmo defenders for Griffiths, who had beaten the offside trap expertly, to slot home.Celtic doubled their lead inside 10 minutes as Bitton glanced home another Johansen ball, this time from a corner, as he rose unmarked to head in from inside the six-yard box.It was a simple goal with Malmo’s goalkeeper Johan Wiland poorly positioned and the defence unable to pick up the Isreali’s run.Celtic began the second half as they did the first but it was Malmo who scored against the run of play after a breakaway goal from Berget, who scored two goals in four games for the Hoops while on loan from Cardiff in 2014.The Swedish side piled forward and Magnus Wolff Eikrem’s cross missed everyone before reaching Berget at the back post, who fired in for that potentially important away goal.However, shocking defending from the Swedes saw Celtic retake the initiative after an hour as Griffiths scored his second of the match.Malmo failed to clear the danger and with the ball hanging in the air, Griffiths rose highest to lob the ball over Wiland with a precision header off the post and into the goal.But, with virtually the last kick of the game, Berget got his second to set up a finely balanced tie ahead of next week’s second leg.last_img read more

Liverpool-linked Carlo Ancelotti reveals AC Milan snub

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti would have returned to AC Milan this summer – if he had not been so fatigued by the Real Madrid job.The Italian was sacked by the La Liga giants in the summer after two years in the Spanish capital.The 56-year-old, who lead Real to Champions League glory in 2014, has not been short of suitors since leaving the Bernabeu and he has now revealed his former club, Milan, came calling.Ancelotti coached the Serie A side for eight years from 2001 to 2009, but he says he rejected the chance to return this summer due to burnout.“When he learned I wouldn’t be staying in Madrid, [AC Milan CEO Adriano] Galliani game to test the waters,” Ancelotti, who has been linked with the vacancy at Liverpool, explained in an interview with Corriere della Sera.“He showed me all his affection, but I told him right away: ‘no thanks’. We spent some nice days together, Galliani is nice, and he’s intelligent but after two years at Real I had no energy.“Real is very draining. We didn’t even talk about money. That said, if it had been another time I would have come back.“What I know for sure is that will train a club team [next]. It’s not time yet [for international management].” Carlo Ancelotti 1last_img read more

Swansea striker Eder joins Lille on loan until the end of the season

first_img1 Swansea striker Eder has joined Lille on loan for the rest of the season.Eder only signed a three-year Swansea deal last summer after completing a £5million move from Portuguese club Sporting Braga.But the 21-times capped Portugal international has had limited opportunities at the Liberty Stadium and made only four starts in his 15 appearances.The 28-year-old has started only two Barclays Premier League games and failed to score a single goal for Swansea.Eder was allowed to leave for Ligue 1 Lille following Swansea’s £8million purchase of Alberto Paloschi from Chievo last Friday.“I am very happy to be here,” Eder told the official Lille website.“I have been extremely well received by the Lille representatives, I also liked the first contact had with the manager and with the technical staff.“I can’t wait now to meet my new team-mates and to train and to play in the LOSC shirt.” Eder last_img read more

Southampton 3-2 Liverpool: Mane at the double as Saints come back from two down

first_img Mane celebrates scoring the winner against Liverpool 1 Southampton pulled off a thrilling comeback from two goals down to take three Premier League points from Liverpool at St Mary’s Stadium.Saints scored three times in the second half, including two late goals, to stun the visitors and gain some revenge for the 6-1 home defeat they suffered at the hands of the same opposition in the League Cup earlier in the season.The introduction of Sadio Mane in the second half turned the game on its head, with the Sengalese forward bagging a brace, while Graziano Pelle grabbed the equaliser.Liverpool would have overtaken Saints in the table with a victory, but as it stood at full-time the south coast club were sat in seventh on 47 points from 31 games played, with the Reds ninth on 44 from 29.It left both clubs clinging to the slim prospect of a top four finish, with Manchester City fourth on 51 points prior to their 4pm kick off against sixth-placed Manchester United.How Liverpool will rue letting slip a two-goal lead from a match they could have won comfortably, having opened the scoring through Philippe Coutinho on 17 minutes.Fresh from his decisive contribution against Manchester United in the Europa League, the Brazilian cut in from the left and curled a right-foot shot past Fraser Forster.Jurgen Klopp’s team appeared buoyant in attack and four minutes later Sturridge doubled the Reds lead.Receiving the ball from Divock Origi, on the right-hand side of the box and with Ryan Bertrand in attendance, the England striker worked the ball on to his left foot and finished with aplomb.It should have been 4-0 before half an hour was up, but Forster stuck out a leg to thwart Joe Allen in a one-on-one, and Sturridge wasted another good chance moments later.On 33 minutes Allen thought he had scored with a drilled shot that flew into the back of the net, but his strike was ruled out for offside, with Mamadou Skaho still loitering in the six-yard box following a corner.At half-time and lucky to only be 2-0 behind, Saints boss Ronald Koeman brought on Victor Wanyama and Mane for Jordie Clasie and Dusan Tadic, with Martin Skrtel replacing Dejan Lovren for Liverpool.Skrtel’s impact was immediate, but for all the wrong reasons as far as Liverpool were concerned.The Slovakian was penalised for a shirt pull on Pelle, but Simon Mignolet saved Mane’s spot-kick.‘SKRTEL’S INJURY WAS THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO LIVERPOOL IN FIVE YEARS’ – READ WHAT LIVERPOOL FANS HAD TO SAY ABOUT SLOVAKIAN’S SUBSTITUTE APPEARANCE AT SOUTHAMPTONIt could have been a turning point, but Southampton began to crank up the pressure, and Mane made amends with Saints’ first on 64 minutes.Liverpool gave the ball away in midfield and Pelle played in Mane to fire past Mignolet. Suddenly it was game on.Klopp responded by taking off Sturridge and bringing on Christian Benteke, but the maligned Belgian striker missed a decent chance after 75 minutes, shooting wide from a promising position.Eight minutes later a fantastic strike from Pelle levelled matters and, with their tails up, Saints would soon be in front. A strange clearance from Mignolet was sent high but not far down the pitch and, from the ensuing melee Mane, applied the finishing touch to send Ronald Koeman charging down the touchline.European football could yet beckon for both of these clubs next season, and this result keeps the battle for qualification in the balance.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Rio Ferdinand hails LVG legacy and claims he could save Man United job

first_imgRio Ferdinand says Louis van Gaal will put forward a great argument for keeping his job as Manchester United manager if he leads the club to FA Cup success and Champions League qualification this season.Van Gaal has struggled to win over the Old Trafford faithful since replacing David Moyes in May 2014, with United failing to mount a title challenge in his two years at the helm and the style of football under the Dutchman drawing much criticism.Jose Mourinho is being tipped to take over from Van Gaal at the end of the season, with some reports in the English media suggesting he has already agreed a contract.But, while Ferdinand admits Mourinho’s availability is likely to prove tempting to his old club, he was impressed by United’s display against Everton on Sunday as they booked their spot in the FA Cup final and he reckons Van Gaal could yet make a convincing case to be kept on.“If he wins the FA Cup and United finish in the Champions League [qualification places] he could sit there and say that is progression,” said the former United and England star, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “Speaking to people at Manchester United in and around the ground and supporters around the country, they are not playing the type of football they are accustomed to seeing at Manchester United. They want to see football that is respectful of their history of the club. It has been a lot of sideways, sideways football. “But I watched the game at the weekend and if that is a sign of things to come, then Louis van Gaal has got a great argument to put forward.”Ferdinand does understand the disgruntlement around United, but he believes Van Gaal also deserves plenty of credit for blooding so many young players during his time in charge.The likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Timothy Fosu Mensah have flourished after being given a first-team chance by the former Ajax and Barcelona boss.“This season has been a bit doom and gloom for Manchester United with the way they have played but Louis van Gaal’s legacy if he is going to have one when he leaves is the introduction of all these young boys, with Rashford leading the charge,” said Ferdinand.“It has been great for football and it will be nice for managers around the country to take heed of that. Bringing in young players as he has and getting to the FA Cup final – albeit they are not doing too well in the league – that is a good part of his time and story at Manchester United.”last_img read more

Weekend Sports Breakfast – the best bits

first_imgGeorgie Bingham and Micky Quinn chat Euro 2016 – discussing yesterday’s results and previewing today’s games – and talk Anthony Joshua, Wimbledon and England vs Sri Lanka.They were joined by a host of guests, including Keith Gillespie and Danny Gabbidon, who open up on Wales’ victory over Northern Ireland.talkSPORT’s England reporter Nigel Adderley also provides an update on the Three Lions camp ahead of their round of 16 showdown with Iceland.last_img

Leicester blow! Benfica table bid for Foxes target Adam Nagy

first_img1 Benfica have made a £1.2m bid for Leicester City target Adam Nagy.The 21-year-old has impressed for Hungary at Euro 2016 and is now on the radar of several clubs this summer.Leicester are tracking the Ferencvaros midfielder, while Marseille have reportedly already agreed personal terms with the player.However, according to L’Equipe, Benfica have now made a £1.2m offer for Nagy.The Portuguese side are the latest club to be impressed by the Hungarian after scouts returned with glowing reports from Euro 2016.Ferencvaros have accepted that Nagy will leave this summer and will sanction his sale to the highest bidder. Leicester target Adam Nagy has impressed for Hungary at Euro 2016 this summer last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Furniture manufacturer seeks Wood Machinist / Joiner

first_imgA well-established furniture joinery in Co. Donegal is now recruiting for an experienced new staff member. Campbell’s Joinery, established in 1967, is a leading bespoke joinery manufacturing business in Ballybofey.Management at Campbell’s Joinery are seeking an honest, hard-working, experienced Wood Machinist / Joiner for full time employment. Experience is essential.To apply for this role, please contact Ciarancampbell150@hotmail.comJob Vacancy: Furniture manufacturer seeks Wood Machinist / Joiner was last modified: August 16th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:ballybofey jobsCampbell’s JoineryJob VacancyWood Machinist / Joinerlast_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: BBC’S KEVIN RETURNS TO HIS ROSSES ROOTS ON NIGHT OF CELEBRATION FOR NAOMH MHUIRE

first_imgBY THE LOWER ROSSES MAYOR: Naomh Muire GAA Club honours – The great Bruce Springsteen song “We take care of our own” was what it was like last night as the Chairman made two inspired choices in Club Guest and Hall of Fame recipient at the Dinner Dance and Awards Night.BBC journalist Kevin Sharkey was the Club Guest and it was great to see Kevin back in full flow remembering days of the past but likewise looking at where it is all heading hopefully.Kevin was deeply involved in the Club as secretary in the early years and although his playing career was… lets say mixed….with Kevin himself jokingly referring to being called ashore in a match in Gweedore…Kevin always gave his all off the field and often took one for the team when other Clubs tried to, at times, scupper our existence. Great seeing you as a deserved Guest of Honour a Caoimhín. Jimmy Doherty was this years Hall of Fame winner and boy what a deserving man. This page is too short to outline Jimmy’s contribution both on the sideline as Bainisteoir and off it in developing the facilities on view today.Jimmy gave the Club his all taking us to Division one, Intermediate Champions, Senior Championship football and acted as Chairman and Club Uachtarán. A humble man who has achieved much in his life and it was great to see Jimmy on the stage last night receiving this great Honour. Although he has returned to the quieter game of golf “far from the madding crowd”…Jimmy is still around us in the oft heated GAA scene.Congratulations Jimmy Doherty and most richly deserved.Two great men belonging to a Great Club…..”we take care of our own” PICTURES BRID SWEENEY  PICTURE SPECIAL: BBC’S KEVIN RETURNS TO HIS ROSSES ROOTS ON NIGHT OF CELEBRATION FOR NAOMH MHUIRE was last modified: February 3rd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:PICTURE SPECIAL: BBC’S KEVIN RETURNS TO HIS ROSSES ROOTS ON NIGHT OF CELEBRATION FOR NAOMH MHUIRElast_img read more

BOOK ROCK CLIMBING & HILLWALKING IN THE GAELTACHT WITH ROCK N ROAM

first_img(30% off before 3pm tomorrow)The forecast says balmy autumnal weather across the county Saturday and Sunday. Get away from it all and make the most of one of the last weekends of good weather.You’re invited to immerse yourself in the tapestry of color that is Donegal in autumn. Enjoy the splendor of the mountains, endless coastline and beaches and the cosy pubs with Rock and Roam. You will see it all in the most breathtaking way possible via rock climbing and hill walking also get to practise your “cúpla focal” and have a bit of craic. It’s happening this Saturday and Sunday, the last w/d of every month. We make it easy – all you need to do is get in touch, we’ll do the rest. www.mng.ie Accommodation can easily be arranged starting from €15 per night pps. We have a list of all local accommodation to suit any budget/preference. Stay one night or two or simply come for the day.Connor from Belfast said “We were immersed in the outdoors, the crisp clean air, the smells of nature, the Atlantic, the open green and mountainous space, I felt at home and peaceful, there was also great Guinness everywhere we went”. Amanda from Derry, Rock n Roamer from August had this to say “I’ve always wanted to try Rock Climbing and was so glad to finally get a chance and on Donegal too. It was exciting and exhilarating, everyone climbing together was so much craic and not that hard at all, definitely up for that again, I even felt a wee bit of my Irish coming back after all these years”.Your walking guide on Sunday morning from Walking Donegal.net, a local and native speaker can converse via Irish on the hill walk. He’s a mine of information about the area, the history and the wild life. A Rock n Roamer from last month had this say “ I was a bit apprehensive about the hill walking at first, being a local myself and needing a guide, but when we were out there and Séamus was able to share such knowledge of the area and of the earth, it was definitely worth every penny and definitely doing it again!”. Suzanne Comerford, Ballyboffey It’s very easy to get here with our local coach company’s Mangan Tours via Donegal, John McGinley coaches via Dublin, Bus Feda via Galway, Patrick Gallagher via Belfast, and local transport can be arranged to get you from A to B when you are here.If you are further afield, Donegal Airport also offers a Rock n Roam Flybreak package from Dublin or Glasgow starting at €239 pps and includes, car hire, flights, accommodation. www.donegalairport.ieEmail, book or call via www.mng.ie Everyone welcome. Bígí Linn!BOOK ROCK CLIMBING & HILLWALKING IN THE GAELTACHT WITH ROCK N ROAM was last modified: September 26th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:ROCK CLIMBING & HILLWALKING IN THE GAELTACHTrock n roamlast_img read more