High school football returns…A preview of 2009 City/WPIAL season

first_imgLast season, under the direction of head coach Ron Graham, the Indians complied a record of 8-4 and made it all the way to the WPIAL AAAA semifinals where they lost to Gateway Nov. 14, at Gateway High School.“We are very excited with the senior leadership that we display this season with our four captains in Christian, Donald, Davis and Ifill,” said Graham. You can X and O all you want but that is a real plus whenever you can rely on the leaders of your team to lead you out on the field. We still have to fill in some gaps offensively, namely at tailback and quarterback where there is a three-way battle for that position. That is a concern of ours as we get into the start of the season. But hopefully that will be addressed and we can get some wins.”Penn Hills graduate and former Steelers running back Chuck Sanders made a donation of $55,000 this off season to renovate the weight room at the Bill Fralic Center, which is Penn Hills’ athletic training center.The Clairton Bears are out to defend their WPIAL championship in Class A. Offensively, they will be headed by running back and Division I prospect, Deontae Howard and Pitt recruit Kevin Weatherspoon.“Win one more game. That’s what we’re looking for,” Clairton coach Tom Nola said. “The players know they can’t be lazy. Our expectations are high.”Others teams around the WPIAL who expect to have successful campaigns are McKeesport, Gateway, Woodland Hills and Beaver Falls.Pittsburgh City LeagueThe Brashear Bulls are expected to return to prominence as they feature three offensive threats that are coming off of big years in 2008.Senior WR/DB Manasseh Garner is, according to scout.com, the 26th best recruit at his position in the nation. He has a multitude of Division-I offers including, Akron, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Toledo and Wisconsin. He is 6-2 and 200 pounds and is a threat on both sides of the ball. He is being recruited at receiver, defensive back, linebacker or halfback.Others returning are running back Bruce Patterson and quarterback Henri Chatman as seniors to make it a three-peat as champions of the Pittsburgh City League.“Last year is over. They’ve got to prove they are going to be in a position to do it again,” said Brashear head coach Rick Murphy. “We’ve got a level of success that we’re trying to uphold, and they set the bar really high and push each other on the field.”—According to comments made on WTAE, high school playbook.Last season, this offense was high-powered. Chatman facilitated the offensive scheme, completing at least 58 percent of his passes for 1,624 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also rushed for six more scores. Patterson rushed for 1,130 yards on 162 carries and 14 touchdowns, as he looks to finish out his high school football career with a division-1 offer.Garner, however has proven the biggest threat. He was the team’s leading receiver last season with 50 receptions, 702 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had the team lead with 84 tackles and recorded six sacks and three interceptions.“As a football player there’s just so many things he can do,” Murphy said. “He’s probably our top offensive weapon. Our offensive coordinator is always coming up with some idea to get the ball in his hands.” SENIOR LEADERSHIP—Penn Hills captains Myles Davis, No. 6; Cullen Christian, No. 24; Aaron Donald, No. 59; and Brandon Ifill, No. 1, with head coach Ron Graham. They feature a star-studded defense that is led by four-star recruit Cullen Christian—a 6-1, 180-pound senior corner who currently has seven strong offers to Division I programs. These schools include Michigan, Maryland, Pittsburgh, UCLA, West Virginia, Illinois and North Carolina. Others who highlight Penn Hills’ star power are middle linebacker Myles Davis (who’s committed to Syracuse), safety Brandon Ifill (recruited by seven D-1 programs), and Aaron Donald, the 6-1, 270-pound defensive lineman who made a verbal commitment to play at the University of Pittsburgh next year. MANASSEH GARNERBRASHEAR BRUCE PATTERSONBRASHEAR HENRI CHATMANBRASHEAR Friday nights under the lights are back in western Pennsylvania. People will fill the stands in local high school football stadiums all over the region as this fall favorite re-appears. One team receiving national attention are the Indians of Penn Hills Senior High School. Pennsylvania Football News ranks them No. 10 in the state in class AAAA while they are No. 17 in the nation, according to rivals.com.last_img read more

Muguruza takes flight to enter the semifinals

first_imgNot even the most optimistic anticipated such a vibrant and stable efficiency from Garbiñe Muguruza at the Australian Open. In all probability not even herself. It appeared too early for the impact of the change of apparatus with the arrival of Conchita Martínez to have a optimistic impact on the Spanish participant after two years virtually misplaced regardless of her privileged physique and her expertise for tennis. However plainly each time the two get collectively, good issues occur. It was seen three years in the past in Wimbledon, when Garbiñe raised the title. And it occurs once more in Melbourne. This Wednesday he received in two units (7-5 ​​and 6-Three in 1h: 33) to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and arrives for the first time to the semifinals of the match, that are the fifth to which he arrives in Grand Slams. The truth that his former coach Sam Sumyk was in the field of his opponent didn’t appear to disturb her. From much less to extra, he rose to get his most vital victory in a very long time and enter in the penultimate spherical, which can face Simona Halep on Thursday, which swept Anett Kontaveit (double 6-1 in 53 minutes). “I’ve to be ready and I like not having to wait one other day to play. It’s going to be a tricky sport. ”stated the Caracas on the monitor a couple of rivalry that dominates 3-2, the three victories on laborious court docket. Initially the two had been a bundle of nerves. Garbiñe didn’t put many first and that prevented him from dominating together with his serve, so he misplaced it quickly, in the third sport. The great factor for her is that her rival was not to throw rockets at the service and will recuperate from the break instantly. In truth, he did it twice. In different sides, akin to the reverse, some flat drives and a few talent to subtract, Pavlyuchenkova was extra harmful. However he was punished quite a bit for double faults. Particularly the three that he chained in the twelfth sport, the one who gave the first set to Muguruza, who with out scratching at excessive altitude wore a diversified tennis and didn’t decompose at any time.The Caracas wanted to enhance the service and didn’t accomplish that in the first sport of the second set. He misplaced his flip and as had occurred in the first spherical, he recovered the break instantly. From there he obtained higher and that allowed him to subtract with extra tranquility and intention. Additional, Pavlyuchenkova fell once more into the pit of double faults and with one among them he handed the sixth sport to Garbiñe. With 4-2, the Spanish didn’t get entangled, consolidated the break and together with his final serve and an awesome volley he buckled a giant win.Outcomes of the ladies’s workforce of the Australian Open.last_img read more

Celtics edge Nets for 6th straight win

first_imgSpencer Dinwiddie had 20 points for the Nets, who were bidding for their first three-game winning streak of the season.They’re also trying to earn respect, and Dinwiddie feels they aren’t getting it yet from referees.“When you approach somebody and they shush you or they wave you off like you’re not a man, you know what I’m saying, or something of that nature,” Dinwiddie said, “that’s also frustrating to already be in a position of feeling like you’re not getting the same respect.”Harris had 10 points and 12 rebounds in his first career double-double.TIP-INSCeltics: The Celtics missed their first five free throws before Irving made the second of his two attempts in the second quarter. Jaylen Brown was 0 for 4 in the first half. Boston finished 8 for 15. … The Celtics have won the last eight meetings, including three close games this season.Nets: Jahlil Okafor had 12 points in 13 minutes, going 5 for 12 from the field in his second straight appearance. … With backup guard Caris LeVert out for a second straight game with a left groin strain and Isaiah Whitehead unavailable, Milton Doyle made his third appearance of the season and second at home. The rookie guard is on a two-way contract and has spent much of his time with the Nets’ G League affiliate.HORFORD HURTINGHorford said his knee began hurting in the second quarter of the Celtics’ victory over Minnesota on Friday night, though he didn’t recall any specific moment. He said the knee felt better after treatment overnight and Saturday and was optimistic he could play, but said the knee just didn’t feel right after his pregame workout on the court. He said he hoped to play Thursday.CARROLL CONCERN Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LeBron James has near triple-double, Cavs hold off Magic View comments Carroll shot 3 for 12 and scored 10 points and had to be helped from the floor by teammates after the final flurry near the basket. He came into the game batting rib soreness. Coach Kenny Atkinson said Carroll wanted to keep playing, but he’s going to be hurting while he does. “I think it’s very painful,” Atkinson said. “I think if you’ve ever had a rib, I think those are painful but I do think it’s something that can’t get worse, so it’s what pain level can you tolerate.”UP NEXTCeltics: Play Philadelphia on Thursday in London.Nets: Host Toronto on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Tatum did most of the pushing at the end.He had a driving dunk and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions, pulling the Celtics out of a late hole and leading them to an 87-85 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.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 folkPlaying without Al Horford because of a sore left knee, Boston won its sixth straight heading into its trip to London to face Philadelphia on Thursday.The Celtics were trailing by one when Tatum got the ball and drove for a powerful slam that gave them an 84-83 lead. Kyrie Irving missed on Boston’s next possession but wrestled the ball away from DeMarre Carroll and got it to Tatum in the corner near the Boston bench, and his 3 made it 87-83 with 45 seconds to play.center_img Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier, center, moves the ball around Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — With a couple big wins behind them and a long plane ride ahead, the Boston Celtics knew they were in for a rough game.“I think everybody had to push through,” rookie Jayson Tatum said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson “He is not scared of the moment,” coach Brad Stevens said about the No. 3 pick. “Never has been.”The Nets cut it two on Joe Harris’ tip and had a bunch of chances to tie in the final seconds, but missed a series of shots near the basket, with DeMarre Carroll appearing to be injured during the sequence.Irving finished with 21 points, and Tatum added 14.Both teams shot under 40 percent, with the Celtics perhaps worn out after a draining week in which they beat Cleveland on Wednesday and Minnesota on Friday in nationally televised games at home. But they played their usual rock-solid defense, limiting the Nets to 33 percent shooting from the field and 19 percent from 3-point range.“For us as a young, developing group to really will ourselves to that win, of course there are some games where we’re not necessarily going to score over 90 points,” Irving said. “But on the flip side, we can hold teams to under 90 points so we’ll always give ourselves a great chance to win if we’re playing at a high level on the defensive end.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalslast_img read more

Ellen Meets Obama Friday

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf departed the country last Saturday for official visits to the United States of America and Belgium.  The visit is President Sirleaf’s second outside Liberia since the worsening of the Ebola crisis in 2014. She attended an Extraordinary Summit of the Mano River Union in Conakry, Guinea last Sunday, February 15.Following her departure from James Spriggs Payne Airport on Saturday, President Sirleaf was scheduled to make a brief stop-over in the Emirate of Sharjah, one of the states of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to share her experience in Crisis Management at the International Government Communications Forum there.According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf travels on to Washington, D.C., where she will meet United States President Barrack Obama at the White House on Friday, February 27.President Sirleaf’s visit comes at a time of crucial cooperation between Liberia and the United States and also following President Obama’s announcement last week that the United States is moving to the next phase of its Ebola response which will be characterized by intensive efforts to reach zero Ebola case in West Africa.Due to the rapid decline in Ebola cases and the all but empty ETUs built by the Americans around the country, President Obama has withdrawn most of the four thousand strong military contingent sent to Liberia to help fight the epidemic. President Sirleaf will have the opportunity to thank President Obama and the American people for the extraordinary level of assistance to Liberia during the Ebola crises.  The White House has already issued an official statement announcing that President Obama looks forward to building on a strong and historic partnership with Liberia, and discussing a range of topics with President Sirleaf, including the ongoing Ebola response, the region’s economic recovery plans, and other issues of mutual interest.The withdrawal of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force, UNMIL, from Liberia in June 2016 and Liberia’s preparedness to take over full responsibility for its own security and the implications for the West African Sub-region will be a topic most likely to be discussed between Presidents Obama and Sirleaf.  The United States is a Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council which is the only body that has the capability to maintain or extend the UNMIL withdrawal date.  While in the United States, the Liberian leader will also meet with Administration officials, Congressional leaders and other stakeholders. She will also speak at an event hosted by Democratic Senator Chris Coons and the U.S. Institute of Peace on February 26. President Sirleaf will then travel to Brussels, Belgium to participate in an Ebola Conference organized by the European Union (EU). The conference will bring together the three most affected Mano River Union countries (Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone) and will see the Liberian President perform the role of Spokesperson for the three countries.  The Brussels Conference, which is not a pledging conference, seeks to enable the affected countries to share their experiences and post Ebola plans and help aid the EU and other bilateral and multilateral organizations to plan better for the post-Ebola period.  From Brussels, the Liberian leader returns to the United States, where she will participate in the 20th anniversary celebration of the Beijing Platform for Action at the UN Headquarters in New York.  President Sirleaf is accompanied to the U.S. by Legal Advisor, Cllr. Seward Cooper; Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh; Information Minister Lewis G. Brown; Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah; LBS Director General Ledgerhood Rennie; Executive Assistant Euphemia Brewer-Fasama, among others.  She will also be accompanied to Brussels by Montserrado County Representative Saah Joseph; Youth Advisor, Dr. Emmanuel Dolo; Assistant Health Minister for Preventive and Curative Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, Head of the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU), Dr. Clarence Moniba and his Deputy Amos Seibo, among others.  While President Sirleaf is away, Defense Minister Brownie Samukai will chair the Cabinet in consultation with Vice President, Joseph Nyumah Boakai. President Sirleaf is expected to return home on March 13.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GOL Denies ‘Lack of Political Will’ to Address Human Rights Violations

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that her administration does not lack the political will to address shortcomings enumerated in the 2014 Human Rights Report on Liberia released by the US State Department Bureau of Democracy and Human Rights.Speaking at the United States’ 239th Independence Anniversary at the Executive Pavilion in Monrovia yesterday, President Sirleaf requested the US Government for continual partnership and support to address those shortcomings.“I only wish, given the likelihood of the report that most of the comments in the report are based on local media reports, and taking into account comments in the report on the media, that the US will adopt a policy of reviewing and consultation before such reports are published,” President Sirleaf countered.She told the audience of US Embassy officials, officials of the Liberian government and guests that she had read the human rights report which contained many good things as well as several shortcomings of her government.The published reports among other things highlighted lack of political will by the Executive in handling cases of corruption, citing cases of former Commerce and Industry Minister, Miatta Beyslow and former LPRC Managing Director T. Nelson Williams, who were dismissed following allegations of corruption by the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC).The report also noted that Justice in Liberia was based on favor and bribes, and judges were giving justice to people who have money to pay, leaving the poor without justice.It also indicated that integrity institutions including the General Auditing Commission (GAC) and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) were not supported enough to be independent in their work.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sexual Violence and Justice in Liberia

first_imgOXFORD – Martha’s daughter was only 12 years old when a group of men raped her in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. The police arrested one of the attackers, but did not refer the case for prosecution – an outcome that, Martha believes, had a lot to do with her inability to pay the unauthorized “processing fee” that some police officers impose on rape victims and their families. Martha’s story is far from unique. In fact, most victims of rape and domestic violence in Liberia struggle to get justice. And with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) winding down, the situation may be about to get even worse.When UNMIL was initiated in 2003, Liberia had just emerged from a brutal 14-year civil war, during which physical and sexual violence against women was rampant. Over the last 13 years, the mission has played a key role in preserving peace, supporting reconstruction, and advancing critical social goals, including improving women’s access to justice. Support from UNMIL and other international partners enabled the Liberian government to establish several specialized criminal justice agencies, including the Women and Children Protection Section of the Liberian National Police (LNP) and a court dedicated to prosecuting sex crimes. But the continued prevalence of cases like that of Martha’s daughter shows that Liberia still has a long way to go. As it stands, victims of rape and domestic violence in the country are often blamed for the brutality they have endured, and face intense social pressure to settle cases, instead of pursuing them to trial. But even victims willing to defy convention face high barriers to prosecution. For one thing, police officers often lack the resources or incentive to do their jobs properly. Low salaries – about $160 per month – weaken motivation and encourage corruption; reports of officers colluding with rapists and other offenders for personal gain abound. Moreover, despite support from the UN and international donors, police officers often lack basic supplies, including vehicles to get to crime scenes and even notebooks to record complaints. And specialized units for handling rape cases have not been established throughout the country, meaning that for some victims, no such unit is accessible. Even when the police have investigated cases and referred them to the courts, prosecution has proceeded at a glacial pace or has not occurred at all. Again, a lack of sufficient resources bears much of the blame.Given the numerous barriers to justice that victims of rape and domestic violence continue to face, further progress in protecting girls and women should be a priority for Liberia’s government, which assumed full responsibility for the country’s security on June 30. But other security challenges – including the presence of mercenaries on the Liberian-Ivorian border, a rise in mob justice, and the potential for unrest tied to next year’s presidential election – risk overshadowing the issue. To ensure that it does not fall by the wayside, the Liberian government and its partners at the UN and other donor agencies must act now. The government should begin by establishing specialized criminal justice agencies in the areas where they do not currently exist. It must also improve conditions for the police, including by giving them the tools and equipment they need to do their jobs. The key to building more successful criminal justice institutions is local ownership. For the UN and Liberia’s other international partners, the imperative in this interim period is to increase support for agencies promoting justice for victims of rape and domestic violence. In particular, donors should focus on building the capacity of police officers and court officials, while supporting the government’s efforts to provide the infrastructure and equipment needed to enforce the law. They should also work to build the capacity of women’s organizations to hold the government to account by monitoring the LNP and the courts. Over the last 13 years, Liberia has made considerable progress, including in the protection of women’s rights. But, with the process far from complete, the country cannot afford to relax its efforts. Only with the strong commitment of the national government and its international partners, backed by genuine action, can girls and women in Liberia avoid the fate of Martha’s daughter. About the author: Peace A. Medie is a research fellow at the Legon Center for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD) at the University of Ghana and an Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Corentyne couple tied up, robbed at gunpoint

first_imgFifty-eight-year-old shop-owner Kamaldeo of Number 46 Village, Corentyne, East Berbice explained that he and his wife were in their shop on Thursday at about 13:30h when two men entered and told them not to move.He explained that one of the bandits was armed with a gun and the other with a knife. One of the men also wore a mask.He said the bandits tied up and robbed him and his 57-year-old wife. “They take a knife and hold it at me and tape me up. They tie up me hand and foot and wrap it around me head, and cover my mouth with tape so I can’t talk,” the man said. Kamaldeo said his wife was also tied up. The bandits then demanded money and jewellery.The shop where the robbery took placeAccording to Kamaldeo, one of the bandits sat on him and told him to remain still, while the other one searched the place and asked his wife for valuables. They were directed to a box which contained money from sales, which amounted to $33,000. His wife also handed over two finger rings she was hearing at the time. “And ah send them upstairs to a box on the wardrobe in the bedroom that had $10,000 and ah tell them that is all I get…so they get about $43,000.”He said he and his wife told the men to take cigarettes, phone cards and anything else that they wanted as the couple pleaded for their lives. The men opted to take a quantity of phone cards which amounted to $22,000.Kamaldeo said the men were not satisfied with the quantity of gold jewellery they got. “They say that we is Indians so we suppose to have more gold. Me wife tell them that she had some bangles but she take it and melt it and give them children,” the man said.With the couple still duct-taped lying on the floor, the bandits asked whether they lived alone. “When we tell them yes, them say we got to give dem more gold or we gon dead…they start cuss up,” he related.Guyana Times understands that the bandits left after a small boy ventured into the shop. It was the boy who was able to offer help by removing the duct tape.Police have since visited the scene and are investigating.last_img read more

Newcastle manager latest – Garde ‘definitely wants the job’, says man on Tyneside

first_imgFormer Lyon boss Remi Garde is desperate for the vacant head coach role at Newcastle, according to Newcastle Chronicle chief sports writer Lee Ryder.The 48-year-old is currently without a job having left the Ligue 1 side in June after three seasons in charge, but has been installed as an odds-on favourite by the bookmakers to be named Alan Pardew’s successor following his exit to Crystal Palace.It’s reported Garde has been in contact with Arsene Wenger, who he played under during a three-year stint at Arsenal, to seek advice over his potential move to England.However, current caretaker boss John Carver has also pleaded for the full-time appointment, saying following Saturday’s valiant 2-0 defeat to Chelsea that their dogged performance against the Premier League leaders proves the squad are on his side.And, while Ryder revealed to talkSPORT the club’s talks with former France defender Garde are still ongoing, he also admitted the Toon chiefs do have other candidates in mind.“From what I’m told the talks with Garde are very much ongoing but they still have a couple of other people they have in mind for the job,” he told Weekend Sports Breakfast.“So perhaps they are not as far ahead in negotiations as we’d like to think.“Garde is definitely a candidate who fits the bill and he definitely wants the job, that’s one thing we do know, he’s made it very clear to sources in France that he wants this job and he’s sought advice from Arsene Wenger.“But there are a few hoops for him to jump through before that happens, while there has been some talk that they may not make the appointment until the end of the season.“John is already on a long-term contract at Newcastle, so he will probably have a future at the club no matter what happens, but he said on Saturday he ‘100 per cent’ wants the job.“I thought he had the team really well organised in the first-half against Chelsea, they really gave Chelsea some problems and he actually got the best out of Remy Cabella, it’s the best I’ve seen him play in a Newcastle shirt.“I think John would be a steady hand on the tiller and he knows the club inside out, which is why the club might just take a little bit more time to get this decision right because we’ve made some mistakes in the past and they have to make sure they don’t make another one.”last_img read more

Manchester United transfer latest: Four Italian teams in battle for midfielder Marouane Fellaini

first_img1 Manchester United midfielder Maroune Fellaini There is now a four-way Italian chase on for Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini.According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, AC Milan’s interest has been matched by city rivals Inter as well as Juventus and Roma.Reports earlier this week had suggested that Milan had already enquired with United about a possible loan deal – but their approach was knocked back.But they are expected to return with a solid offer but will now face competition from three of their Serie A rivals.Fellaini, who became a star over six successful seasons with Everton, has never quite repeated the trick since moving to Old Trafford in September 2013.He has started just five Premier League games so far this term and could be open to a move with a place in Belgium’s Euro 2016 squad on the line.It has been suggested that the afro-headed 28-year-old would command a fee of around £18million but it is still unclear whether Louis van Gaal will let him leave.last_img read more

“Donegal are a serious side, but they lack strength from bench” – Darragh Ó Sé

first_imgCOUNTDOWN TO CROKER: Former Kerry star Darragh Ó Sé has labelled Donegal a ‘serious side’ but feels they lack the strength and depth in their squad that is needed to win an All-Ireland title. Rory Gallagher’s side face Cork this Saturday evening at Croke Park in an All-Ireland qualifier, with a place in the last eight up for grabs.It’s a chance for Donegal to kick-start their season again after the crushing disappointment of losing the Ulster SFC final a fortnight ago. Ó Sé thinks Donegal are a serious side, but points to the fact they had to take off Anthony Thompson and put him back on again as a sign they lack the strength and depth in their squad required for a sustained assault on winning the Sam Maguire Cup.In his column with The Irish Times, Ó Sé also said the fact referees were adding on five or six minutes of injury-time has added an x-factor to the championship – and it’s going to be more crucial and we move into the business end of the season.“This summer referees have been adding five or six minutes at the end of every game. It’s an x-factor to the championship that hasn’t really been talked about but it’s going to be more and more crucial as we get down to the serious stuff. “The difference between two minutes and six minutes is nothing at the start of a game. But at the end, when you already have 75 minutes played and your legs are sore and your shirt is drenched and you’re dying for the end to come, the difference between two and six minutes is huge.What it will mean, of course, is that the best teams with the deepest panels will be the ones who come through.“Donegal are a serious team but in the Ulster final, they had to bring Anthony Thompson back onto the pitch after taking him off. Would Dublin do that? Would Kerry? Tyrone?“Everybody has been dismissing Donegal and saying they’re gone but at the start of injury-time, they were leading 0-11 to 0-10. In other years, it might have been enough.“Donegal got a free 60 metres out. It was just about on the spot Michael Murphy had kicked a free from a few minutes earlier. As he was walking over to take it, the clock passed 73:00. Again, in other years, this would have been the last kick of the game. One kick to win it all, Michael. Let’s see if you have it.“But Murphy was done at that point. You could see it in him – he’d spent the game making every run, taking every hit and by now he was knackered. When it came down to it, he didn’t have the kick. Even Jesus only had so many miracles.” “Donegal are a serious side, but they lack strength from bench” – Darragh Ó Sé was last modified: July 28th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:all-irelandCorkDarragh Ó SéDepthdonegalGAAInjury-timeQualifierSquadStrengthlast_img read more