Olympics: ‘Good-time’ Indian officials under fire for Rio flop

first_img‘Not bothered’ India, a country obsessed with cricket, has never finished high on the medal table — winning just 28 from 24 Olympic appearances.But India, with a population of more than a billion people and enjoying strong economic growth, had been targeting 10 medals in Rio and sent its largest ever squad.India’s government spent about 1.2 billion rupees ($18 million), however, preparing the athletes, according to the sports ministry, a fraction of the amount forked out by China, Britain and other countries.With the lack of silverware becoming evident, media began focusing on the officials, including a former IOA chief, currently facing trial in a corruption case, seen attending the Games with an accreditation pass.Veteran journalist K. Jagannadha Rao who has covered six Olympics said such incidents involving officials were not unusual.Khan, one of the few Indians to have tasted success when the hockey team won bronze at the 1972 Munich Olympics, agreed, saying few lessons had been learnt over the years.“They are simply not bothered if the country is winning medals or not.” Share on: WhatsApp “I won’t get angry and spoil my own health. It happens every time and that is the way it is,” the shooter, who won gold in Beijing in 2008 and finished fourth in Rio, told the NDTV network.“We need a complete overhaul of the system. We need more experts coming in… I have no problem with a politician if he can bring something to the table.”India’s anti-doping officials were also left red-faced in Rio after wrestler Narsingh Yadav was banned for four years for failing drug tests — overturning India’s earlier decision to allow him to compete.Indian officials had cleared Yadav just days before Rio, accepting his defence that a rival spiked his food supplements, after failing two tests for a banned steroid.The World Anti-Doping Agency swiftly challenged the decision in the Court of Arbitration for Sport which found “no evidence” of such contamination.center_img New Delhi, India | AFP | As Olympic under-achievers India head home from Rio having failed to win a gold medal, its gate-crashing, selfie-taking officials have been accused of failing to help its athletes taste success.A string of below-par performances saw India win just two medals at the Games, fewer than the six clinched during their best-ever performance in London four years earlier.Badminton champion P.V. Sindhu’s silver towards the end of the Rio Games sparked an outpouring of national pride and celebrations, along with wrestler Sakshi Malik’s bronze.But reports during the competition of Indian officials seemingly living it up in Rio, while athletes struggled to make it through qualifying, sparked anger back home and raised questions about the commitment of those in charge.“Officials do not have the welfare of the athletes on their mind. All they are bothered about is having a good time,” Aslam Sher Khan, India’s former hockey Olympian, told AFP.“While other countries have scripted a turnaround in their fortune like the UK, we sadly continue to languish in mediocrity,” he told AFP.“We have become the laughing stock of the world.”Indian sports minister Vijay Goel has described as a “misunderstanding” reports that his entourage tried to muscle unaccredited people accompanying him into Olympic venues.Rio organisers reportedly accused his entourage of “aggressive and rude behaviour” and threatened to cancel his accreditation, prompting Goel to deny any involvement.The minister also sparked ridicule on social media after praising one of India’s athletes on Twitter, only to use a photo of a different one.And the Indian Express newspaper accused him of spending his time in Rio taking selfies with “exhausted Indian athletes” — after posting a picture of himself ringside with just defeated boxer Vikas Krishan Yadav.The incidents come as little surprise to observers who have long accused sport administrators of being more concerned about protecting their own fiefdoms than targeting success.At the 2014 Winter Olympics, India suffered the humiliation of being banned from flying its flag at the opening ceremony following corruption concerns.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) suffered a 14-month ban which was only lifted after it elected new leaders, excluding those who had been accused of corruption over the chaotic organisation of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist, shooter Abhinav Bindra, said he was fed up with apathetic officials, some of whom were unqualified for the job and were not being held accountable for a lack of success on the field.last_img read more

Ceres sharpens teeth with new signings

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Fernandez says more nat’l athletes willing to spill beans on sports corruption Ott, who played for Ang Thong in the Thai second division last year, will be reunited with older brother, Manny, at Ceres.Uesato, one of the PFL’s top scorers while playing for JPV Marikina last year, will also play a key role along with Kane, a central defender and right back.But the 37-year-old Doblas has the most impressive resume among the signings having played in top leagues in Europe like La Liga and Serie A in Italy. Doblas, who won the Coppa Italia with Napoli in the 2013-2014 season, played with Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic early in his career at Real Betis.“They’re all good players, but my expectation from them is that they would be professionals and always give everything for the club to stand a chance of repeating, if not surpassing, what we’ve achieved last year,” said Vidakovic.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments LATEST STORIES BACOLOD CITY—Ceres-Negros unveiled five new players on Thursday as the reigning Philippines Football League champion braces for its maiden appearance in the AFC Champions League qualifying round.National team players Amani Aguinaldo, Mike Ott and Sean Kane were acquired to boost an already-formidable side, while Japanese striker Takumi Uesato and Spanish goalkeeper Toni Doblas also joined the squad that lost the likes of Roland Muller and Iain Ramsay from the championship winning team last season.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense The Busmen begin their AFC Champions League campaign on Tuesday against Shan United of Myanmar in Yangon. The winner travels to Australia to meet the Brisbane Roar on Jan. 23.Except for Aguinaldo, who is recovering from a knee injury, all of Ceres’ new signings will be available for the Champions League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAguinaldo spent the last three seasons with Global Cebu. The Davao Aguilas, Aguinaldo’s hometown club, reportedly tried to acquire the young defender.“I wanted to be better and I feel playing with great players at Ceres and playing in top competitions like the AFC Cup gives me that chance to grow,” said Aguinaldo. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Arena football season to begin with ESPN’s help

first_img“ESPN ends up being the largest single owner in the AFL,” AFL commissioner David Baker said. “We want the strongest incentives for them in growing the Arena Football League. It’s the longest agreement we’ve had with anybody.” Not that the AFL hasn’t done pretty well in growing its 50-yard game over the years. The American Football League, World League, USFL and XFL combined didn’t last as long as Baker’s league. When he took over as commissioner, franchises were available for about $400,000. Now, an expansion team would go for about $20 million. NEW YORK – The Arena Football League enters its third decade with a new broadcast partner that happens to own a portion of the 19-team organization. ESPN signed a five-year deal to telecast games, including a Monday night package. The AFL kicks off its 21st season when Nashville plays host to Columbus tonight. 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

Man United team to play Brugge tonight: This strong XI would frighten most Champions League sides

first_img 20. Sergio Romero (goalkeeper) It’s a huge game for Man United at Old Trafford.In the first of two legs, the Red Devils play Belgian club Brugge, with the winner progressing to the Champions League group stage.So it makes sense for manager Louis van Gaal to play a strong side as he attempts to guide United to football’s Promised Land for the first time since the 2013/14 season.Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is nearing full fitness and could be 100 per cent ready to start against Newcastle at the weekend, so Michael Carrick and Morgan Schneiderlin may still partner each other.Considering what’s at stake, it seems unlikely Van Gaal will change too much from Friday night’s win against Aston Villa, though Ashley Young’s experience could see him return at Adnan Januzaj’s expense.Click the arrow above, right, to see the possible XI and let us know if you agree. 11 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) 11 17. Daley Blind (centre back) 8. Juan Mata (right side attack) 7. Memphis Depay (central attacker) – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted Man United team by leaving a comment below 16. Michael Carrick (midfield) 28. Morgan Schneiderlin (midfield) 10. Wayne Rooney (striker) 11 11 11 23. Luke Shaw (left back) 11 11 11 11 18. Ashley Young (left side attack) 11 36. Matteo Darmian (right back) 11last_img read more

Industry buoys health care center

first_imgINDUSTRY – The letter from Steve Blackwell, director of the El Encanto Healthcare & Habilitation Center, was short and direct. “Based upon our current cash balances and projections, we will need a cash supplement to our patient collections of $400,000,” he wrote to the Industry City Council. With no discussion, the council last week unanimously approved a $400,000 loan to El Encanto. It was business as usual for the city, which for years has been helping pay millions in bills for the 244-bed facility caring for the elderly and about 80 children in need of constant medical supervision. “It’s not uncommon for us to subsidize them for anywhere between $800,000 and $1.2 million a year,” said Victoria Gallo, the city’s chief financial officer. Technically, Industry lends the money to the hospital at 6 percent interest, Gallo said. But the council does not often ask to be repaid because the city owns the hospital. The day-to-day operations are contracted to an outside health care company, she said. The city’s staff could not immediately provide figures for how much the city has lent the hospital over the years, or the outstanding balance. Industry’s annual revenue is $44 million, according to City Manager Phil Iriarte. Blackwell, of El Encanto, referred all financial questions to the city. Mayor Dave Perez said Industry bought El Encanto in the 1970s. It was in dire financial straits, and city officials hoped to turn it around, he said. But in the 2002-03 fiscal year the hospital operated at a $2.39 million deficit, according to the California Office of Statewide Health, Planning and Development. The facility is south of Valley Boulevard just west of Hacienda Boulevard at 555 El Encanto Road – one of the lowest-income areas in the San Gabriel Valley, according to the 2000 U.S. Census. “The type of clients available to us do not have a lot of disposable income,” Perez said. “And people from more wealthy neighborhoods, like San Marino, they like to keep their family members near their homes. So they won’t bring them down here.” Most of the patients in the hospital rely on government assistance, according to data compiled by the California Healthcare Foundation. The hospital got mostly high service marks from the California Healthcare Foundation, which said El Encanto spends more on patient care than other similar care centers. El Encanto has played an integral role in the city’s history since it was founded in the 1930s, Perez said. When Industry’s organizers filed for incorporation in 1956 they needed at least 500 people to live within the proposed new city. They had 600 – counting the 30 staff members and 170 patients at El Encanto, which was a mental hospital at the time, a history on the city’s Web site says. Perez said the hospital could probably make more money if it did not care for disabled children, but city officials were not willing to evict them. Instead, the city might stop taking young patients and gradually admit only the elderly, Perez said. City officials also are considering contracting with nearby space-starved hospitals to admit patients. “If we shut (El Encanto) down or stopped caring for those kids, it would create a burden on families who have been through a lot, and it would create a burden on the entire healthcare system for the area,” Perez said. “So we’re just sticking in there.” ben.baeder@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703 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!last_img read more

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF SEX ATTACK ON HOUSEMATE IN DONEGAL

first_imgA man has been convicted of orally raping and sexually assaulting a female housemate in the house they shared in Donegal.The 38-year-old man had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the charges that were alleged to have taken place on October 30, 2010. The jury of five women and seven men returned its unanimous guilty verdict on day-ten of the trial following two and half hours of deliberations.Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy thanked the jury for its service and remanded the man in continuing custody to March next for sentence.MAN FOUND GUILTY OF SEX ATTACK ON HOUSEMATE IN DONEGAL was last modified: January 24th, 2012 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)last_img read more

City brainstorms new graffiti solutions

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“We know we don’t have all the answers,” Helvey said. “Now, we steam clean graffiti and paint it out. But it’s not working so great because the graffiti’s still here.” In fact, the graffiti appears to be getting worse. Last year the city’s Public Works Department removed graffiti from 9,976 locations at a cost of more than $200,000. That was up from about 5,920 locations the year before. Several residents recommended requiring taggers who get caught to clean up graffiti. Others suggested better lighting outside Uptown Whittier businesses, surveillance cameras and holding parents of taggers accountable. Others said they believe in larger-scale reform. “We need to change the culture to a culture of respect for people’s property,” said Walter Scott, a local high school teacher. “And we need early intervention. By the time they’re in high school, they’ve been tagging for years.” WHITTIER – Surveillance cameras, police investigations and education programs are a few ways cities try to stop graffiti taggers. But there is no “golden rule” for graffiti eradication. To generate new ideas for solving the problem, the City Council held the first public Community Graffiti Workshop Wednesday night. About fifty area residents attended. City Manager Steve Helvey said the city is seeking residents’ opinions because it is not sure what method of graffiti abatement works best. Uptown business owner Xavier Marquez installed a $2,000 surveillance system into his store after taggers spray-painted his business and etched their monikers into his windows with acid. “I went away one weekend and they really did a number on my windows. … I almost cried,” said Marquez. The city will also seek the opinions of students and teachers at local schools at another meeting this month and consult law enforcement officials. On May 31, the city will hold its final community meeting to come up with solutions. Valerie Hill, graffiti abatement program manager for the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, said meetings are good for outreach but that there are many programs to combat graffiti. “The city could also join a pre-existing county program if it puts in money. Why start all over?” she said. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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

Rangers knocked out of Europa League as they are defeated by Progres Niederkorn

first_img Pedro Caixinha guided Rangers to their worst ever European defeat 1 Rangers suffered fresh humiliation as they crashed out of the Europa League following a 2-0 defeat to Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn.The Ibrox side were hoping to show they had made steps forward after last season’s troubled domestic campaign.But instead they found themselves suffering another nightmare and a result which will go down as one of their worst ever abroad.Not only had part-timers Niederkorn never won a match in European competition before, they had only managed one goal in 13 previous encounters.But second-half strikes from Emmanuel Francoise and Sebastien Thill means it is they who now march on to a second qualifying-round clash with either AEL Limassol or St Joseph’s after a 2-1 aggregate win.Last Thursday’s clash in Glasgow was boss Pedro Caixinha’s first chance to show off the refurbishment work he has performed on his Ibrox squad over the summer.But the new-look Light Blues struggled on their public unveiling and had to settle for a narrow 1-0 win.Caixinha was hoping for a more assured display as his side strolled out into the warm summer sun in the Grand Duchy and handed Daniel Candeias, Alfredo Morelos and Jordan Rossiter their first starts of the new campaign.But he was left biting his nails once more as his team again failed to make headway.Kenny Miller should have eased the manager’s concerns seven minutes in but saw a close-range strike palmed away by Sebastian Flauss.The first scare of the night for Gers came when Progres playmaker Olivier Thill – brother of captain Sebastien – almost caught out Wes Foderingham with a sneaky free-kick.Niko Kranjcar fired over after good work by skipper Lee Wallace but Flauss was troubled no further by the time he had to go off with a groin injury 11 minutes before the break.His replacement Charly Schinker had just as comfortable an evening until he was forced to save from Ryan Jack’s header on 62 minutes.In the meantime, a 25-yard strike from Oliver Thill which flew just wide and a breakaway strike from Francoise, turned away by Foderingham, reminded Gers they were far from comfortable.James Tavernier should have eased nerves of the large travelling support as he met Lee Wallace’s cross at the back-post but thudded his header off the bar.And with that chance spurned, Progres sensed their chance to pounce. The visitors were slow clearing their lines from a corner and that allowed Oliver Thill the space to throw a low cross back into the box, where Francoise arrived in front of David Bates to fire home the equaliser after 66 minutes.Rangers were facing up to a hugely embarrassing result but Kranjcar could not provide a spark of magic as his free-kick soared over.And their fate grew even bleaker when, with 14 minutes remaining, disaster struck again.Rangers conceded a needless free-kick wide on the right and paid the price as Sebastien Thill’s set-piece was allowed to bounce through a ruck of bodies into the far corner of Foderingham’s net.Substitute Josh Windass and Miller both struck the crossbar in the closing stages but there was to be no rescue act as Rangers slumped out.last_img read more

DUNGLOE BAND ‘MARCH’ INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS!

first_imgDungloe yesterday scooped the ‘Grade C section’ of the All Ireland Ulster Marching Band Association Competition in Bundoran.The screams of joy echoed through the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran, yesterday evening as the results was out – Dungloe band had won! Dungloe Main Street was filled with many proud supporters, friends and family last night as St. Crona’s Band, Dungloe arrived home with the U.M.B.A All Ireland Cup!The cavalcade with winning drum major, Chloe, heard the sound of cars echo through the town. If this was not a great enough achievement for the winning band, they also received numerous awards in their section, including ‘Best Drum Major, Best Marching and Drill Routine, Best Music, and Best Drum Corp’.The standard was very high in the Grade C section, wherein Donegal and Ramelton Town Bands were St. Crona’s high-standard competitors.Following the arrival of St. Crona’s Band back in Dungloe last night, the junior and senior Maghery Band’s followed, who were also celebrating victory, and took the courtesy of having a guard of honour for Dungloe Band as they made their way through Dungloe main street. For over 25 years the Dungloe Band have competed in competitions such as the Donegal Marching Bands Association, where the band flourished as both junior and senior competitors.It is now 27 years since the band won their very first All Ireland Fleadh. With the band having parted for just a few years, they returned with a brand new band to compete in competitions last year – and nobody can deny the progress the band has made.Of course, none of this is possible without a solid committee who make this all possible. Running a marching band takes peoples time, effort, determination, and true grit, and they should be proud of themselves.Also, the parents who give their children the be a part of a marching band, who bring their children to practice weekly, they deserve a special mention. A lot of people in Dungloe and surrounding areas know “the feeling” of winning as part of a band, and it is great to see the magic being passed down the generations.Now for the superb young people in the band, it is the dedicated hard work of the Dungloe Band’s brilliant drum major, majorettes, flag girls, accordion players, drummers, glock player, and not to mention the important symbol and tambourine players, who go out there and put Dungloe Town back at the top of the hierarchy!You are the young people who go out and bring these prestigious awards for your town and you should be extremely proud of yourselves. With so many talented musicians in the Rosses area, Dungloe really has got talent! The band’s teachers should also be applauded for their contributions into making this all come together – thank you.Well done to all of the band’s who competed in the All Ireland UMBA in Bundoran, everybody has done exceptionally well and are a merit to county Donegal.DUNGLOE BAND ‘MARCH’ INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS! was last modified: August 13th, 2012 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:all-irelanddungloemarching bandsSt Crona’s Bandlast_img read more

TOTAL SOCCER: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCH REPORTS

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE REPORTSCT Ball Division TwoLetterbarrow Celtic 0 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 5 An experienced Kerrykeel ‘71 proved too strong for a very young Letterbarrow side at Tymeen. The deadlock, in a tightly contested first half, was broken after 40 minutes when Johnny Friel beat the offside trap to fire low past the keeper. Shortly after the restart Letterbarrow were caught napping when Sean Gallagher scored two quick goals for the visitors. Mikey McBride made it four nil in the 60th minute, with a fine header and Sean Friel wrapped up the scoring for the visitors when his effort was deflected past the keeper on 80 minutes. Mikey McBride, Barney McBride and Conor McGowan were best for Kerrykeel.Old Orchard Inn Saturday Division One Ramelton Mariners 1 Fintown Harps AFC 1NO REPORTGlenea United Reserves 4 Erne Wanderers 0In fine condition Glenea reserves got the better of the league leaders with this well earned victory. Glenea started strongly and took the lead on 8 minutes when Michael Mc Clafferty headed home a Martin Doohan cross. Glenea pressed hard to increase their lead but failed to take any of the chances they created. Erne tried hard to get into the game but were finding it difficult to create any chances. The home side started the 2nd half strongly and increased their lead on 60 minutes when Michael Mc Clafferty headed home a Brian Cuffe cross for his 2nd goal of the game. Glenea got their 3rd goal on 67 minutes when Joe Friel scored from close range. Erne came closest to a goal when Michael Ward saw his effort come back off the post. Glenea got the 4th goal on 83 minutes when Kevin McFadden tapped the ball home from a Brian Cuffe header.Best for Glenea were Tommy Rodgers, Michael Mc Clafferty & Sean Sweeney, while it was team effort from ErneMicky Mulhern was the referee.Glencar Inn Saturday Division Two Gweedore United Reserves 3 Milford United Reserves 1This game played on a nice afternoon at Carrickboyle saw the home side take all three points following what could only be described as a good end to end match. Gweedore started the strongest with good possession and they saw Ciaran Gillespie’s good effort come off the post in the 17th minute. The home side saw good efforts from Stephen O’ Donnell and Sean Paul Mc Mahon well saved by Mc Ginley in the Milford nets. The Carrickboyle men broke the deadlock in the 39th minute when a good pass from Ciaran Cannon fell to Stephen O’ Donnell who rounded a defender to drive into the bottom corner of Mc Ginley’s net to make it 1-0. The second half started with Milford going all out in attack and in the 47th minute they got their equaliser when a defensive error was capitalised on by Hugh Mc Menamin to make it 1-1. The game opened up following that equaliser and it was end to end stuff from then on. Milford had good chances through Ciaran Gibbons and Ciaran Blaney however the Gweedore defence marshalled by Patrick Mc Fadden stood firm. It was the home side that regained the lead in the 62nd minute when an excellent pass from Sean Paul Mc Mahon was lobbed over Mc Ginley by Stephen O’ Donnell to make it 2-1. Milford went in search of an equaliser, opening up their defence, and they were caught on the break in the 89th minute when Niall Friel ran from half way to finish well making it 3-1 ensuring the points remained with Gweedore United. Aidan O’ Donnell and Ciaran Gibbons played well for Milford while it was a good team effort from the home side.Referee: Ed Moore.Keadue Rovers Reserves 1 Donegal Town Reserves 1 Keadue and Donegal Town shared the spoils in this Division 2 game at Central Park on Saturday. The home team were the better starters and in the sixth minute, following good work by Adrian Hanlon, the ball went through to Darragh Hanlon and his shot was well parried. The same player was again to the fore midway through the first half when his strike was once again well saved. In between this though Donegal Town started to get a lot of possession and had some good passing moves but didn’t make any chances of note. By the half hour Adrian Hanlon had a good strike from long range saved by the keeper and at the break it was 0-0. At the start of the second half Keadue again created an early opportunity, Donal Rodgers shooting wide after a good solo run. However Donegal Town had a good effort go just wide on fifty five minutes and for most of the second half forced territory and possession. It was no surprise when in the seventieth minute they went one up. From a good free kick David Bustard rose well to head home from close range. A few minutes later it could’ve been two when a long range effort struck the crossbar with the keeper beaten. On seventy eight minutes however Keadue were level, against the run of play, when Luke Neely’s shot from the edge of the area was fumbled by the keeper and Donal Rodgers nipped in to poke the rebound home from close range. In the final ten minutes both sides tried to win it, the closest either team came was a shot by Keadue’s Adrian Hanlon on eighty five minutes. A fair result overall with good team performances from both sides.Referee: James MalseedWatson Hire Division OneDrumoghill F.C. 4 Ballybofey United 0Drumoghill wrapped up the year of 2012 with their most impressive performance during those 12 months, easily despatching what was a very strong Ballybofey United side. The result was never really in doubt after quick goals from Shane McIntyre and Liam O’Donnell put the home side two goals ahead inside the first quarter, although it could’ve been all so different had Ballybofey not spurned a glorious chance from the penalty spot on 7 minutes. Referee Mc Loughlin had no option but to award the penalty after David Gordon diverted Duffy’s cross away from goal with his arm, but goalkeeper Eamon Mc Auley blasted the resulting kick high and wide before facing the long trek back to goal.Mc Auley’s day was to get worse 3 minutes later as he failed to hold McIntyre’s well struck 20 yard free kick after Maurice Lafferty was adjudged to have fouled Karlos Rodgers before being helpless as Liam O’Donnell stroked home after good work from Richard Moore.Drumoghill were now free flowing and confident and killed the game as a contest on the half hour with the goal of the game. McIntyre turned creator after collecting Christy Martin’s pass and his first time cross was met perfectly by Richard Moore at the near post.With the game as good as over, the game fizzled out as a contest in the 2nd half, during which Liam O’Donnell grabbed his 2nd goal after exchanging passes with Richard Moore. Ballybofey though will feel unlucky not to have grabbed a consolation through full back Duffy as his superb strike from 30 yards rebounded back of the frame of the goal. O’Donnell should’ve completed his hat-trick near the end after being sent clear by Crossan before McCauley redeemed himself by pulling off a miraculous save when Rodgers seemed certain to score from point blank range.Good team efforts from both sides with Chris Breen impressing for the visitors along with John Madigan, Christy Martin and Greg Regan for the reds.CT Ball Division TwoBonagee United 2 Gweedore United 1Bonagee took the lead on three minutes when Darren Coyle headed home a Kevin Doran free kick from ten yards out. Matthew Byrne came close for the visitors on ten minutes when his shot from the edge of the box went just wide of the post. Gweedore were well on top at this stage and a Shane O’ Donnell cross from the left was met by Ciaran Mc Fadden but his shot went wide from ten yards. Gweedore had three great chances in the next ten minutes but John Carr in the Bonagee goal was in excellent form and Glen Rainey and Seamus Mc Ginty had goal line clearances to deny the away team. Gweedore did level the match on forty four minutes when a cross in from the right from Matthew Byrne fell to Stephen Cassidy and he made no mistake from twelve yards. Bonagee started the better team in the second half and had chances through Darren Coyle and Kevin Doran on fifty and fifty five minutes but their strikes on goal were well saved by Liam Mc Fadden in the Gweedore goal. Frank Mc Gee for the visitors came close on the hour when his header went just over the bar from a Byrne corner. Glen Rainey came close on seventy three minutes when his header from a Shane Kelly corner went just wide of the Gweedore upright. John Carr in the Bonagee goal made a great save from Byrne when he beat the offside trap on eighty minutes. Bonagee got the winner on eighty six minutes when Kevin Doran won the ball on the halfway line and he put Darren Coyle through and the Bonagee striker hammered home from twenty yards. Gweedore had a great chance to level the match on eighty nine minutes but great defending by Glen Rainey made sure the home team got all three points. Team effort by both sides. Referee: Paddy Martin.Oscar Traynor TrophyDonegal Junior League 2 Sligo / Leitrim League 2The Donegal League’s interest in the Oscar Traynor Trophy is over for yet another year as Steven Corcoran’s men could only manage a draw in their final group game against the Sligo/Leitrim League. Having lost their opening two matches, against Mayo and Inishowen, there was still a mathematical chance that the Donegal lads could progress to the next round of this prestigious competition however for that to become a reality in would have meant gaining victory over the visitors by three clear goals and Inishowen defeating Mayo. While the men from the north of the county duly delivered on the second part of the equation the Donegal League side were unable to complete the conundrum. For a while mid-way through the second half it did however look like they were on course to defy the odds but ultimately it wasn’t to be.Mayo took an early lead in the game when they profited from an unfortunate own goal when the Donegal keeper was deceived by a seemingly harmless back pass that bobbled off the surface at the worst possible time giving the custodian no time to recover his positioning. Only two minutes were played at this stage and neither side could add to the score-line prior to the half time interval. The game took a change of direction after twenty five minutes of the second half when Heraughty in the Sligo nets had to leave the field injured. Having travelled with the bare eleven players the visitors were forced to deploy an out-field player in goals and complete the game with ten men. Almost immediately Donegal drew level when Shane Barclay scored. Mark Carlin who had come on as a second half substitute then put Donegal into the lead. Knowing that they needed to secure a greater margin of victory the hosts pressed forward in numbers and were caught short at the back as Christopher Kelly equalised for the Sligo/Leitrim men. This goal killed the Donegal challenge and with the visitors unable to find the net again the game ended in a draw. Neither side will have any further involvement in the latter stages of this tournament in the current season so both can now only look forward to next year.Referee: Joe Mc Hugh, Assistants: Kevin Logue and Mick LaganRESULTS:DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSCT Ball Division TwoLetterbarrow Celtic                          0 v 5                   Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Old Orchard Inn Saturday Division OneRamelton Mariners                          1 v 1                   Fintown Harps AFCGlenea United Reserves                   4 v 0                   Erne WanderersGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoGweedore United Reserves             3 v 1                   Milford United ReservesKeadue Rovers Reserves                 1 v 1                   Donegal Town ReservesDeele Harps                                     P v P                   Tullyvinney RoversWatson Hire Division OneDrumoghill F.C.                              4 v 0                   Ballybofey UnitedCT Ball Division TwoBonagee United                                2 v 1                   Gweedore UnitedOscar Traynor TrophyDonegal Junior League                     2 v 2                   Sligo / Leitrim LeagueTOTAL SOCCER: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCH REPORTS was last modified: December 16th, 2012 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:TOTAL SOCCER: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCH REPORTSlast_img read more