4th time’s the charm: Halep tops Stephens to win French Open

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “All the experience from those three finals that I lost … was a positive thing,” Halep said, “and gave me a little bit more power to believe.”Halep added Grand Slam trophy No. 1 to her No. 1 ranking, coming back from a set and a break down to beat Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 and win the championship at Roland Garros in a match made up of long points and key momentum swings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“That’s the most important thing — that I stay there focused,” said Halep, the first Romanian to collect a major title since her manager, Virginia Ruzici, at the 1978 French Open. “I believed. And I never gave up.”The 26-year-old Halep was describing this particular match. She could have been speaking about her career. LATEST STORIES When Halep ended a 14-stroke point by pushing a backhand wide, Stephens owned the first set. She wheeled toward her box, which included U.S. national soccer team player Jozy Altidore, and shook a fist. Not much after that, Stephens broke to begin the second set, then held for a 2-0 lead. It appeared she was on her way to improving to 7-0 in tournament finals.And then, suddenly, everything changed. Stephens started missing. A double-fault here. A forehand into the net there. A backhand wide. Another long. Halep took 15 of 18 points and four games in a row.Both Halep and Cahill thought Stephens looked a little gassed.From 4-all in the second, Halep grabbed seven games in a row to take that set and build a 5-0 edge in third.One key: Halep began putting a little more air under the ball, being a little less aggressive, waiting for Stephens to make mistakes. That worked. Stephens ended up with 39 unforced errors, 13 more than Halep.Boisterous fans pushed Halep throughout, chanting “See-moe-nah! See-moe-nah!” When the match ended, Halep dropped her racket at the baseline and covered her face with her hands. Soon enough, she was climbing up into the stands to share a big hug with Cahill.During the trophy ceremony, Stephens — more experienced in such matters, given her triumph in New York last September — noticed that Halep was casually holding her new silver trophy. Stephens indicated to Halep she should raise it proudly overhead.“You have been waiting for this,” Stephens would say later. “So you better put it up in the air and show them what you got today.”Halep listened. Now she will proudly display that bit of hardware at home.She yearned for a Grand Slam title to go with her WTA ranking. Took some missteps along the way, but she has what she wanted. “Her journey has been tough. And she had a heartbreak here last year and in Australia and all the things that have happened to her,” Stephens said. “I mean, it’s a great story and just a great moment for her.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Halep lost two previous finals at Roland Garros — against Maria Sharapova in 2014, then Jelena Ostapenko in 2017 despite leading by a set and 3-0 in the second. Her third runner-up finish came against Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open in January.“Been kicked in the stomach a couple of times when she’s had chances,” said Halep’s coach, Darren Cahill. “They say the destination is more beautiful if there’s a bit of a bumpy road and you eventually get there. And that’s what happened to her today.”On a muggy afternoon, Halep began slowly, unable to solve Stephens, the 10th-seeded American who won her first Grand Slam title at last year’s U.S. Open. Both women are adept at defense, figuring out ways — via speed, strength, skill and instinct — to get nearly every ball back over the net. They’re also both able to switch to offense in a snap.Those traits lent themselves to engaging exchanges of 10 strokes, 20 strokes or more, sometimes interrupted by spectators who would gasp or begin to clap, thinking that a point was over when it still was not.The players were not trading looping shots, mind you, meant merely to keep the ball between the lines. For the most part, they were violent smacks at the ball, delivered with the intention of ending a point. It often seemed effortless for Stephens, who broke for a 3-1 edge when Halep put a forehand in the net.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Romania’s Simona Halep kisses the trophy as she celebrates winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sloane Stephens of the U.S. in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, June 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)PARIS — Maybe all of those losses in Grand Slam finals helped Simona Halep actually win one.She’d gone 0-3 in matches with a major trophy on the line before facing Sloane Stephens for the French Open title Saturday, so there was plenty to remember: what it felt like to give a lead away, to make a key mistake, to walk away with regrets.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Danger zone Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmlast_img read more

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Woman jailed for breaking car windscreen

first_imgA woman, who was behaving disorderly in the court room on Wednesday, was sentenced to nine months in prison after she admitted to damaging a car.Forty-five-year-old Vanessa Schroeder appeared before Principal Magistrate Faith McGusty in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.She pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that on July 31, 2019, at Hadfield and Cross Streets, Georgetown, she unlawfully and maliciously damaged a $70,000 windscreen of a car – the property of Donna Bailey.In court on Wednesday, the woman said, “…they always troubling me, that’s why I damaged the vehicle”.The woman, in handcuffs, began to behave in a disorderly manner in the courtroom, which caused a female Police officer to approach her and ask her to quiet down.The irate woman turned to the officer and shouted, “Don’t ****ing touch me! Let me talk to the Magistrate because I am sick and tired of y’all pushing me around, I am tired of the pushing around”.Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman, who presented the facts of the matter to the court, stated that on the day in question, the Virtual Complainant parked her vehicle at Hadfield and Cross Streets, Georgetown, when Schroeder approached the vehicle with a brick and threw it at the front windscreen, causing it to break.The matter was reported to the Police and the woman was arrested.The Magistrate, after listening to the facts, sentenced the woman to nine months behind bars.The woman, upon hearing she was jailed, began cursing the Magistrate and shouting “I gon’ chop off all them prisoners’ head!”The woman began to throw water on the male prisoners who were inside the holding area, moments after she was escorted to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts lock-ups.last_img read more

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Zanzibar confident of shocking Kenya to CECAFA title

first_img0Shares0000Zanzibar head coach Suleiman hemed Morocco applauds before a previous CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya Dec 17- A little bit of history glides in their favor; the last time Zanzibar won the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in 1995, they beat the hosts (Uganda) and were in the same group with Kenya.Fast forward to 22 years later, the islanders hope they repeat the same bit of history when they tackle the Harambee Stars in the final of the Senior Challenge Cup at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. Coming into the tournament as underdogs, Suleiman Hemed’s charges have proved to everyone that they can be a force to reckon with and have glided past the region’s big sides to make it to their second final in history.“History can repeat itself. We are determined to go all the way and do this for the hundreds of thousands of people back home. We have gone through so many difficulties even to get here and this is the ultimate prize we can give ourselves,” Suleiman Kassim Selembe, the team captain said.Kenya’s Ovellah Ochieng attempts to go past Zanzibar’s Hajji Mininya during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Group match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Kakamega. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTo make it to the final, Zanzibar beat highly fancied Uganda who had brought in their ‘A’ squad 2-1 in the semis. In the group stages, they beat the region’s finest in CHAN-bound Rwanda and ‘big brothers’ Tanzania, both convincingly.They now fold their sleeves to strangle down Kenya, a side with whom they drew 0-0 in the group stage meeting. Head coach Hemed is confident that his side can beat Kenya especially pointing out that in their 0-0 draw, he rested most of his key men.“We know Kenya and how they play and as much as I think it will be a tough match, I know my boys can match them. Playing against the hosts is not easy but we are prepared to fight to the last drop of sweat and get a good result,” Hemed noted.Midfielder Abdul Aziz Makame who has been one of the brightest stars for the Zanzibar Heroes has promised they will drown Kenya right infront of their fans and has warned the hosts not to expect anything easy.“We will beat Kenya, I assure you. We have analyzed them and we know how to tackle them. They are a beatable side. We are confident in ourselves and we will show what we can do in the final,” Makame said.Zanzibar Heroes midfielder Abdul Aziz Makame drives forward under close watch from Kenya’s Whyvonne Isuza during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaPrior to the group stage meeting last week, the last time Kenya met Zanzibar was in the 2015 Senior Challenge Cup in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the islanders came off 3-1 winners.In 1995 when they won the trophy, Kenya beat them 2-0 in the group stages.Ahead of the final, Zanzibar will welcome back influential left back Haji Mininya who missed the semi-finals due to suspension while the injured Kassim Suleiman Khamis who has scored two goals off the bench in the tournament should be back from injury.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Roma aim to fight off Arsenal and Liverpool interest to land Lyon ace

first_img Alexandre Lacazette 1 Roma have joined Arsenal and Liverpool in the race for Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette, according to reports in France.The 23-year-old has been on fire this season, smashing 24 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions.Unsurprisingly that form has not gone unnoticed and clubs from all over Europe are keeping tabs on the France international.Arsenal have sent scouts to see the forward in action, while Liverpool reportedly see the Frenchman as the ideal player to bolster their attacking options.However, according to L’Equipe, Roma have now joined the race for Lacazette and have made enquires to Lyon.The Serie A club are wary that a summer bidding war may occur for Lacazette and are hoping to strike a deal during the January transfer window instead.last_img

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‘He makes me think about Coquelin!’ Wenger delighted by Arsenal star

first_imgArsene Wenger has hailed the emergence of Joel Campbell after his goal helped Arsenal to a 3-1 FA Cup win over Sunderland.The Costa Rican star hasn’t had it easy at the Emirates, needing loans spells to earn a work permit and struggling to force his way into the first-team last season.Now, though, the 23-year-old, who has been handed a run in Wenger’s starting XI thanks to injures, is improving and impressing.And his French boss congratulated him on his recent displays, which have also been praised by fans.Wenger said: “He’s getting stronger in every game. He makes me think about Francis Coquelin last year. Nobody expected him and suddenly he knocked on the door and said, ‘hey, my friends, I’m here.’“What I like is you see the way he plays, he has more certainty in his game, more assurance in the final third and he scores goals.”last_img read more

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Mourinho tells United to sign Fabregas, Arsenal ready Higuain bid – GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers and online…Sam Allardyce met with Football Association officials on Tuesday to discuss becoming the new England manager. (Daily Mail)But new Everton boss Ronald Koeman says Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe should get the England job, saying the 38-year-old’s “youth and energy” would “freshen up” the Three Lions side. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wants to bring Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas to Old Trafford. (Daily Mirror)Meanwhile, Mourinho will move for wantaway Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko should he fail to sign Juventus’ Paul Pogba. (Le 10 Sport)Everton defender John Stones is keen on joining Manchester City to work under Pep Guardiola. (The Guardian)New City boss Guardiola is prepared to spend £40million on German midfielder Leroy Sane this summer, but the 20-year-old is yet to tell Schalke he wants to leave. (Bild)Arsenal are ready to offer Olivier Giroud and £42m in a audacious swoop for Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain. (Gianluca di Marzio)Thibaut Courtois will remain at Chelsea this season after being told he will be the club’s number one by new boss Antonio Conte. (Daily Mail)Leicester are prepared to make N’Golo Kante their highest-paid player amid Chelsea’s interest in the France midfielder. (Daily Telegraph)West Ham and Watford are among the clubs interested in hiring Thierry Henry as coach after the Frenchman left Arsenal. (The Sun)Wilfried Bony is set to leave Manchester City this summer, with Turkish club Galatasaray offering the 27-year-old striker a loan move. (The Sun)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Celtic’s Champions League qualifying defeat to Lincoln Red Imps is ‘no embarrassment’, insists Brendan RodgersThierry Henry quits Arsenal coaching role ‘after Arsene Wenger ultimatum over Sky Sports pundit role’Dimitri Payet will cost £100million to prise away from West Ham, says co-owner David SullivanEXCLUSIVE – ‘Sam Allardyce will bring the PASSION back to England’, former number two Phil Brown tells talkSPORTWATCH: Tottenham new boy Vincent Janssen’s best goals for AZ Alkmaar last seasonChelsea boost! Brazilian midfielder Willian signs new four-year deal at Stamford BridgeChelsea transfer report: Atletico Madrid retain hope of re-signing Blues striker Diego CostaIsco vows to STAY at Real Madrid despite reported interest from Arsenal and LiverpoolWest Ham plotting sensational swoop for one of world’s best strikerslast_img read more

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Whittier limits eminent domain

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – City Council members have set a public hearing for a proposal to reinstitute eminent domain within redevelopment areas, but members made it clear they want owner-occupied homes to be exempt. Members on Tuesday rejected a staff proposal that would have rolled back a 1978 court settlement that protected 12 properties within the Greenleaf Avenue and Whittier Boulevard redevelopment areas from being confiscated by the city. “I don’t want to involve residential units in eminent domain,” Mayor Greg Nordbak said. “You don’t move somebody from their home.” The proposal was part of an overall plan to reinstitute the use of eminent domain in the two areas. Under eminent domain, cities have the right to take private property for redevelopment purposes. Under the staff plan, eminent domain would be reinstituted in some areas along Greenleaf Avenue, from Whittier Boulevard to Wardman Street, and on Whittier Boulevard, from just south of Mar Vista Street to Philadelphia Street. The areas include 866 parcels, most zoned for commercial and industrial development. However, the area also includes about 20 homes, which city staff proposed including as being subject to eminent domain. The council voted to exempt any owner-occupied homes in the areas. But the panel also agreed to hold a May 9 public hearing on the matter. City Manager Steve Helvey said the power to obtain private property was unlikely to ever be used. But, he added, that might be necessary in some cases. In 1978, Whittier settled a lawsuit brought by several property owners who wanted protection from eminent domain. “It was a real emotional thing,” recalled Councilman Bob Henderson. “People were sure \ was going to take their homes.” Eventually, the city settled with the property owners, exempting four businesses and all owner-occupied homes from possible condemnation. Benjamin Ponjetti, senior community development analyst, told the council that a court ruling in a separate case in Glendale made such settlements unenforceable. Henderson said he’s not sure Whittier’s 1978 settlement is unenforceable. And even if that’s true, the city still has a moral obligation to honor it, he added. “It’s very bad policy,” Henderson said of the use of eminent domain against homeowners. “It’s what is getting this country into trouble and may jeopardize eminent domain throughout this state.” Community meetings regarding the proposal are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 19 and April 26 at Whittier City Hall. For more information, call Whittier’s Community Development Department at (562) 464-3380. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img read more

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ARRANMORE LIFEBOAT DESPATCHED TO RESCUE FISHERMAN

first_imgThe Arranmore Lifeboat was dispatched this morning to come to the aid of a French fisherman off the coast of Donegal.The call was made after a crew member on board a French fishing vessel which was 50 miles northwest off Arranmore suffered chest pains.The coast ARRANMORE LIFEBOAT DESPATCHED TO RESCUE FISHERMAN was last modified: June 29th, 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:ARRANMORE LIFEBOATlast_img read more

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SWILLY ROVERS TO APPEAL OVER ‘RACIST INCIDENT’

first_imgSWILLY Rovers have been severely punished after a small number of their followers allegedly directed racist abuse at a teenage boy.The Ramelton club is to appeal the results of a hearing into the incident.The disciplinary action comes following alleged monkey chants and other slurs aimed at a 14 year old Cameroon-born player Thierry Baba during a cup game played on March 1st. The Ramelton club have been fined €1,000 and banned from hosting SFAI cup games after an investigation found some fans did take part in racist chants.An SFAI committee reviewed referee Joe McHugh’s report on the game at a disciplinary hearing in Dublin’s Red Cow Inn.Both Swilly Rovers FC and Castlebar Celtic FC were represented at the hearing.Following that review the SFAI committee has made the following decision: The Committee concluded that racist chanting by Swilly Rovers supporters did take place.With immediate effect Swilly Rovers FC is prohibited from playing any further games in the SFAI Cups at their home ground for the remainder of this season.All further SFAI Cup games where Swilly Rovers would have had home advantage this season will be played at a neutral venue of the SFAI’s choosing.Swilly Rovers FC is fined the sum of €1,000 payable to the SFAI as per its rules on fines payment.Swilly Rovers FC is severely warned as to its future conduct. The Committee recommends that the FAI’s inter-cultural department sets up the appropriate educational course with Swilly Rovers FC as soon as possible.”Swilly Rovers, who have consistently denied the incident, say they will appeal the decision.SWILLY ROVERS TO APPEAL OVER ‘RACIST INCIDENT’ was last modified: March 14th, 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:finedpunishmentracist chantsRameltonswilly roverslast_img read more

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CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: JUST A BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE (HOPEFULLY)

first_imgRory Gallagher’s men could face Mayo if they overcome GalwayBY CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE: Simply a bad day at the office or a sign that all is not well? There are arguments for both when looking at all of the different aspects of today’s Ulster Final but we won’t know the definitive answer for another few weeks.What is not in doubt is that Monaghan were the sharper, hungrier team today and despite a valiant comeback, the last few fingers clinging onto the Anglo Celt cup eventually slipped off.All pre-match predictions forecasted a tight game with nothing much expected to separate the teams and so it proved. Donegal, as they have done regularly this year, started well and posted three early points from play through Patrick McBrearty, Karl Lacey and Frank McGlynn. There were plenty of players breaking forward – Eamonn McGee in particular was marauding towards the town end goal, setting the agenda with his marker Kieran Hughes, daring the Scotstown powerhouse to follow him.All seemed to be going according to plan at the other end too with good hassling and pressure put on the ball carrier while there was some wonderful blocks put in, including two fabulous shutdowns from Christy Toye.The transition to counter attack was slick and Donegal made numerous incisions into enemy territory in the opening quarter but once there they became ponderous, began to over elaborate with intricate passing and inevitably Monaghan started turning the ball over. Turnovers are like fuel in the modern game, each time a team successfully stops an attack and takes possession they find a bit more in the legs, the crowd gets up and there’s always an extra runner or two committed to the offensive effort. The partisan home crowd thrived off these incidents and it conversely sapped the enthusiasm and energy from those in green and gold, both in the stands and out on the field.In recent contests between these sides, most notably in last year’s league final, Monaghan have been superb at shooting from distance against the blanket and again today they chalked up a few mammoth scores. It was in stark contrast to Donegal’s shooting in the second half which was woeful – and that is putting it mildly. At no stage during the opening exchanges, when Donegal were in control, was there any hint of panic from the men in blue and white. They were completely focused on the task in hand and stuck rigidly to their plan. Their evergreen defender Dessie Mone hit an absolute stinker of a wide early on, the ball screwing wildly off his foot, yet soon after he backed himself when presented with another opportunity and delivered a glorious score. He epitomised the attitude of Monaghan and they just looked that bit more clued in throughout the seventy minutes.Another who exploded into life following a quiet start was Conor McManus. Clontibret’s finest is up there with Michael Murphy, Diarmuid Connolly, James O’Donoghue et al as the games’ leading forwards and he showed his class with six points. His marker Neil McGee was intent on roughing him up from the first whistle and the pair were involved in a couple of flashpoints before eventually being booked. This didn’t perturb McManus who went about his business and kicked over point after point. At one stage in the second half, McManus attacked up the left wing with McGee and Paddy McGrath in tow. The defensive pair did everything right – didn’t allow McManus to get past them, forced him out wide; half the job was done, now they had dispossess him or force him to pass. Inexplicably, the duo let McManus turn back, find a yard of space and drill the ball over the bar. It was a most un-Donegal sequence of play and one which will be raised when the video analysis is carried out amongst the squad this week.It’s quite a while since we’ve seen McGee on the end of such a run around, particularly in the Ulster Championship, and you can be sure the three-time All Star will be determined not to let it happen again.The ‘roughing up’ was obviously a deliberate tactic and you’d have to wonder is it worth it or does it work? Glenswilly’s Murphy was quite simply ‘McMahoned’ against Tyrone yet stepped up to dispatch the last three points in a three point win. Dublin had three men marking McManus at certain stages of their league semi-final in Croke Park earlier this year yet he still scored 0-8 and came away with the man of the match award. Maybe defenders are better off focusing on the ball more than the man.Donegal spluttered and stammered their way through the second half and despite wide after wide stayed in the game. Monaghan only scored three times in the second half as they dug the trenches in front of their goal and were prepared to hold what they had. That task was helped by some horrid shooting from the likes of Martin McElhinney and Odhran MacNiallais but of course in previous games in this campaign those two and many others were splitting the posts from all angles. Maybe it was just one of those days. There is so much analysis and meticulous studying of games these days yet quite often a bit of luck here and there can have a big influence on games. Karl Lacey went off early in the second half, whether it was an injury or a tactical switch is not known, either way it didn’t help his team’s cause. The heavy strapping on Captain Murphy’s right knee suggested all is not right with the Maestro and Vinny Corey certainly had an easier day that he would have been anticipating.History can also play a factor in these jousts; even though there has been an intense rivalry building up between both teams over recent years, the truth is that Donegal have a wretched record against the Farney Army.So even with luck and history not quite on Donegal’s side today, the team very nearly snatched a draw or could maybe even have got a win. A large part of the comeback and the fact that the gap was closed to the minimum was down to the Kilcar contingent. Ryan and Mark McHugh along with McBrearty were immense in the second half with the brothers taking responsibility time and again in collecting possession and trying to find gaps in the Monaghan rearguard. They won frees, took the hits and went back for more.At half time the likely message from Rory Gallagher and his backroom team was to shoot on sight. It would keep the score board ticking over while also drawing out the Monaghan back line. As the wides mounted, Rory was short on options and it is clear he needs to work on his team’s attacking shape. With Colm McFadden misfiring, Darach O’Connor and Martin O’Reilly became the Donegal full forward line. Two small, fast players who could normally cause defences all sorts of problems but with so little room in front of the Monaghan goal and physically imposing defenders beside them, the pair were on a hiding to nothing. O’Reilly did make some brilliant runs from deep when he came out the field for the ball and even looked to have the slightest chance for a goal at one stage before he won a free for McBrearty to tap over. While the county held its collective breath as McBrearty’s last gasp effort hung in the Clones sky, in truth a replay would have spelt the end of All-Ireland ambitions for the eventual losers. Had we been travelling back to Clones next weekend for a replay, it would have meant one of the teams would have faced a qualifier the week after followed possibly by a quarter final – four matches on four successive weekends would have taken its toll. As it stands Donegal have a potential fixture list of three games in four weeks; still a tough itinerary but manageable. At the start of the year, the last eight is where every team wants to be and Donegal will still expect to be there.The road is now mapped out in front of Donegal – Galway in two weeks time and while the Tribesmen are an up and coming force, a fully functioning system should be too much for them. Should the qualifier hurdle be cleared, Mayo lie in wait, just as they did two years ago when the Ulster title was last surrendered. For the first time under his stewardship, Rory is now under pressure. How he and his team respond over the weeks ahead may well define his tenure.For Monaghan, it’s show time. They’ve collected a second provincial crown in three years, now they have to ask themselves the question – is that it or have they the wherewithal to go the distance? It’s going to be an interesting August.CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: JUST A BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE (HOPEFULLY) was last modified: July 19th, 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:Cathal Mac SuibhneClonesdonegalGAAGAA blogGaelic FootballGalwayMayoMonaghanlast_img read more

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