After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “Going down the stretch you’ve got to play tough and we didn’t do that,” Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We didn’t do what we’re supposed to do.”McCollum returned for the Blazers after missing the last game with a left ankle sprain. The Blazers won at home Thursday night against the struggling Phoenix Suns, who were without their two best players. The win snapped a three-game losing streak.The Timberwolves were coming off a 112-104 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night. Townes had 35 points and 12 rebounds.The two teams kept it close in the first half. Jake Layman’s dunk gave Portland a 34-27 lead early in the second quarter, but the Timberwolves kept the margin within single digits. Portland led by a slim 53-51 at the half, led by Nurkic with 14 points and eight rebounds.The Blazers outrebounded Minnesota 33-19 in the opening half, but they were hurt by 13 turnovers. Portland finished with 19 turnovers.Lillard’s 3-pointer and McCollum’s basket gave Portland a 66-57 lead early in the third quarter. The Blazers pushed the lead to as many as 10 points but the Timberwolves closed the gap again to 79-78 on Dario Saric’s 3-pointer and went ahead on Towns’ basket before the end of the period.Towns finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.“It was good to hit a couple of timely 3s after struggling most of the night with shooting, so that was a definite positive,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “I thought we played pretty solid defense for the entire night which kind of kept us in it. ”It was the third of four meetings between the two teams after splitting the first two.TIP INS MOST READ Lillard had been looking for enough space to put a clear shot up and he finally found it with 58.5 seconds left.“It was one of the first (looks) where the big wasn’t there, so I thought, ‘I’m taking this,’ and it went in,” Lillard said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLillard finished with 28 points and eight assists, while McCollum added 19 points. Jusuf Nurkic matched his season-high with 22 points and 11 rebounds.It was a close game for most of the night. Jeff Teague’s 3-pointer and a pair of Minnesota free throws put the Timberwolves up 102-96 with just under four minutes to go. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Braekhus, Shields win decisions on HBO’s last boxing show View comments Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, right, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard was waiting all night for just the right moment.Lillard and CJ McCollum each hit 3-pointers in the final minute to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 113-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Timberwolves: Started the season 0-8 on the road, but they won their last two going into Saturday’s game. They went into the game 0-7 against the Western Conference. … It was the start of a four-game trip. … Andrew Wiggins passed Wally Sczcerbiak (6,775 points) for fourth place on the Timberwolves’ all-time scoring list.Trail Blazers: Portland has won six straight home games against the Timberwolves. … A highlight was Nik Stauskas’ behind-the-back no-look pass to Jake Layman that made it 89-86 for Portland in the fourth.NURK’S LINE: In addition to his 22 points and 11 rebounds, Nurkic added four assists, three steals and four blocks. The Blazers said he was the first player in the league this season to hit all of those marks in a single game.QUOTABLE:“We let the game slip. I mean it’s that simple. All the guys that got good shots took them and when they don’t make them that’s something you can deal with but on defensive side we’ve just got to make it a little bit harder on their players,” said Derrick Rose, who finished with 18 points and nine assists.UP NEXTThe Timberwolves visit the Golden State Warriors on Monday.The Trail Blazers are at the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum McCollum’s 3-pointer pulled Portland within 102-101 and the Blazers took the lead on Lillard’s long jumper, but Karl-Anthony Towns hit a 3-pointer that put Minnesota back in front.Lillard buried another 3-pointer with 58 seconds left to give Portland a 108-105 lead. McCollum added his 3 with 24.9 seconds to go and Minnesota couldn’t catch up.Lillard passed to McCollum for the clutch 3.“I just saw CJ go out the other side by himself and nobody was near him, and I was like, ‘That’s as good a shot as you’re gonna get,’ and he knocked it down,” Lillard said.Andrew Wiggins had 22 points for Minnesota, which had won two straight and six of its last seven games. All five of the Timberwolves’ starters were in double figures.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
…says Williams himself retained counsels in private practiceThe Guyana Bar Association has called out Attorney General (AG) Basil Williams for his recent remarks that outlined concerns with lawyers in private practice who make representation for the State, deeming his position “unwarranted”.GBA President Kamal RamkarranTwo weeks ago, the AG, who is also Legal Affairs Minister, referred to the conduct of litigation by lawyers in private practice for the State and was reported to have stated that criminal action needed to be taken against lawyers conducting such litigation.In fact, he said that he “believes that [lawyers] need to start being charged now”. These comments did not sit well with the legal body, which observed that the statements do not consider the constitutional process in place.“These statements of the Attorney General, in addition to ignoring the fact that it is the Director of Public Prosecutions, a constitutional office-holder, whose duty it is to determine when and under what circumstances persons should face criminal charges, may give the incorrect impression to the public that there is something wrong, sinister or unlawful with lawyers in private practice conducting litigation for the State,” the Association stated on Wednesday.Attorney General Basil WilliamsThe Bar Association added that lawyers at the private Bar have always conducted litigation for the State in Guyana and throughout the Commonwealth, and continue to do so today.“This practice is entirely proper and is used where lawyers in private practice have such skills, experience or specialist knowledge of discrete areas of law to enable them to properly and successfully conduct litigation on behalf of the State,” the Bar said, pointing to the writings of then AG, Dr Mohammed Shahabudeen, who shared sentiments similar to that of the Association.Moreover, the Bar said that the fact that Williams has himself retained counsel in private practice from outside of Guyana to conduct litigation (SM Jaleel & Co Ltd and Guyana Beverages Inc v The Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Zulfikar Mustapha v Attorney General, and The Attorney General of Guyana v Cedric Richardson) indicated that the practice of the State retaining lawyers in private practice to conduct litigation was both well-established and continues today.“It is clear, therefore, that lawyers who conduct litigation for the State commit no criminal conduct whatsoever by the fact of their conducting that litigation. It is also clear that it is neither improper nor unusual for lawyers in private practice to conduct litigation for the State” said the Association.As such, the Bar Association says it views the comments made by the Attorney General as “an entirely unwarranted attack on the professionalism and the independence of the members of the legal profession, unbecoming of a member of the Inner Bar”. It is urging Williams to strengthen methods of record-keeping at the Attorney General’s Chambers if there were difficulties in that regard.The Association further said that it is calling on the Attorney General’s Chambers to “resolve issues concerning the conduct of litigation with those lawyers appearing for the State privately, with circumspection, and in a manner becoming of the standards of the profession.” It is of the view that such a course of action will avoid bringing the legal profession in Guyana into disrepute, which is “entirely undesirable from an office-holder who has traditionally been recognised in the Commonwealth with the unofficial and honorific title of Leader of the Bar”.
Denny Morrison is continuing to add to his trophy room. Morrison was in Heerenveen, Netherlands for the ISU Long Track Speed Skating World Single Distance Championships when on Friday he won a silver medal in the 1,500 metre race, and he added one more silver in the team pursuit event.Morrison’s silver in the 1,500 gave him his ninth individual medal at the World Single Distance Championships which ties him with Canadian skaters Jeremy Wotherspoon, and Kristina Groves.He clocked in at 1:45.08 in the event which was a staggering time in that it was almost a full second better than his previous best time this season.- Advertisement -In a release Morrison said, “The race went as planned. I started attacking in the second lap, and then I just trusted the plan and what my coaches told me, in that I was in good enough shape to hang on until the end and I did. I hung on quite well in the last lap.”In the team pursuit Morrison joined fellow Canadian skaters Ted-Jan Bloemen, and Jordan Belchos. The trio finished the race in 3:44.09.
0Shares0000Wenger waves to the crowd as he takes his seat for one of his final home games in charge of Arsenal. © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 22 – Arsene Wenger decided to bring his 22-year reign as manager to a close to unite the club’s frustrated fanbase, the Frenchman revealed after a 4-1 victory over West Ham was played out in a surprisingly subdued atmosphere at the Emirates on Sunday.Wenger, 68, had come under growing pressure to go by supporters prior to making his decision public on Friday. Arsenal have won three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups under Wenger, but haven’t won the league for 14 years.The Gunners are on course for their worst-ever finish of Wenger’s reign in the Premier League as they languish in sixth, six points behind Chelsea, despite goals from Nacho Monreal, Aaron Ramsey and two late strikes from Alexandre Lacazette ensuring a comfortable victory over West Ham.“The fans did not give me the image of unity I want all over the world and that was hurtful because I think the club is respected,” said Wenger.“Overall, the image we gave is not what it is and not what I like.”In his programme notes Wenger reiterated his plea for the fans to get behind the team for the rest of the season with Arsenal still in with a chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League via the Europa League.But there were only sporadic chants of “there’s only one Arsene Wenger” from the home support, whilst, continuing a trend in recent home games, empty seats could be seen around the Emirates.“I’m not resentful,” added Wenger. “I just feel if my personality is in the way of what I think our club needs, for me that is more important than me.”– Atletico await –Wenger can still sign off leaving the club in the Champions League by winning the Europa League, where Arsenal host Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their semi-final on Thursday.He named a strong side against West Ham with only Petr Cech, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil missing from the expected XI to face Atletico in midweek.However, amidst a surprisingly low-key atmosphere in the circumstances, the visitors’ greater need for the points shone through with a bright start.Marko Arnautovic was denied from a narrow angle by David Ospina before Cheikhou Kouyate’s looping header came back off the top of the crossbar.However, Arsenal appeared a different side after the break to the one that laboured in the first half and Monreal put them ahead on 51 minutes by guiding Granit Xhaka’s corner into the bottom corner to punish some awful West Ham marking.West Ham manager David Moyes reacted by sending on Manuel Lanzini and Javier Hernandez from the bench and was rewarded almost instantly as the former’s cute through ball was smashed home by Arnautovic.Joe Hart did his chances of making England’s World Cup squad no harm with stunning saves from Xhaka and Danny Welbeck.However, he was caught flat-footed when Declan Rice ducked out the way of Aaron Ramsey’s cross eight minutes from time and the ball floated into the far corner.“Up until 82 minutes we were looking well worthy of a point,” said Moyes.“The young player makes a really poor mistake on the second goal. I hope he learns from it because he’s got big potential, but I think it really flattened the team.”And Arsenal piled on more mistery for the Hammers as Lacazette twice fired home from close range in the final five minutes.Defeat leaves West Ham still seven points above the relegation zone, but their chances of survival were boosted as Stoke failed to beat Burnley in a 1-1 draw to remain four points off safety.Badou Ndiaye had given the hosts the lead in the Potteries, but Ashley Barnes’s leveller just after the hour mark means Paul Lambert’s men need to win at least two of their remaining three fixtures to have any chance of beating the drop.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Newcastle United flop Facundo Ferreyra is on the verge of a move to Genoa, according to the Serie A club’s president.Ferreyra joined Newcastle on loan in the summer from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, but he is still yet to make his debut for the Premier League club.As talkSPORT told you last month, Genoa have now offered the 23-year-old a route out of Newcastle but making a permanent move for the striker.And the Italian club’s president, Enrico Preziosi, has admitted that a deal for Ferreyra looks on the cards.“He’s a good player,” said Preziosi told Il Secolo XIX.“His story is similar to [Diego] Perotti’s, who also didn’t play for a long time. He could be an important signing, a player that my son really likes as does [Omar] Milanetto.“There’s a strong possibility that he will arrive at Genoa.” Newcastle United flop Facundo Ferreyra in action for Velez Sarsfield
Job Vacancy: Donegal Tractors are currently recruiting for an experienced Parts Person to join their team. Responsibilities include purchasing, sales, and stock control of parts for modern top class machinery brands.Some experience necessary and must have computer skills. On the job training can be provided.Working hours are 9am to 6pm Monday – Friday, may require Saturday mornings during peak season.Salary negotiable and bonus payable on performanceTo apply please forward a CV to Donegal Tractors, Unit 2A, John Crossan Business Park, Bonagee, Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland or Email: email@example.com Job Vacancy: Parts Person sought by Donegal Tractors was last modified: February 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:donegal jobsjobsTractors Donegal & Farm machinery
TWO Greencastle fishermen who landed tonnes of extra fish in Killybegs in 2004 without properly recording it have been given large fines today.Michael Cavanagh was fined €30,000 whilst co-accused Brendan Gill was fined €37,500.Michael Cavanagh – a tireless charity worker who raises money for good causes through his role as The Singing Skipper – pleaded guilty to one charge of landing mackerel and scad from his boat ‘The Father McKee’ without properly recording it in October 2004. Brendan Gill, the 64-year-old skipper of the Brendelen, also pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to properly record a catch in September 2004.It emerged in court today that both men had never hidden the extra tens of thousands of euro they earned from the catch from the Revenue Commissioners, declaring it in their tax returns.Cavanagh, 65, had earned an extra €24,580 from his failure to declare 123 tonnes of mackerel and an extra tonne of scad.Gill, a 64-year-old father of four, had earned an extra €33,251 from his failure to declare an extra 135 tonnes of scad and 50 tonnes of mackerel.Both men had originally faced two dozen charges each.Peter Nolan, barrister for Mr Cavanagh, launched a scathing attack on the justice system saying his client had been tortured by a system which took ten years to come to court.He said his client was not unlike a character from the Frank Kafka novel ‘The Trial’ who was “arrested and prosecuted by a remote inaccessible authority, without him ever being told the nature of the alleged crime or the charges”.He said the monitoring of the fishing industry at the time was “a comedy of errors” overseen by “Keystone cops”.Mr Nolan went on: “The fact is there would be no fishing industry at all if it were not for people like Mr Cavanagh.”He also said his client worked tirelessly for charity, raising €37,000 for them in recent years through sales of his ‘Singing Skipper’ CDs.Both skippers employed a dozen people on their boats, the court heard.Damian Crawford, barrister for Mr Gill, said his client had also had no previous criminal history, had worked hard all his life for his family and his crew.He also said that his client would face difficulties next year because quotas were being cut again.“The fishing season is now down to six months and there is no guarantee that when he and his crew go to sea that they will even return him with a catch,” said Mr Crawford.The maximum fine for the offences is €126,000.Judge Keenan Johnson said both accused men were clearly hard-working family men who contributed to society and to jobs.However he said he had to send a message out to the fishing industry that the courts would view very seriously any breaches of fishing quotas.Judge Johnson said it was clear from the evidence in the case that the system in place for measuring catches in 2004 was under-resourced.He said it was ‘pot luck’ whether or not a catch would be assessed by fisheries officers due to the lack of staff.This had now changed, he said.The judge said Ireland could now ‘hold its head up high’ in how it now dealt with regulations.€67,500 IN FINES FOR GREENCASTLE TRAWLER OWNERS OVER ILLEGAL CATCHES was last modified: October 16th, 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:Brendan GillfinedGreencastleMichael Cavanagh
1 Fulwell 73 Productions are reportedly keen on buying Sunderland A company reportedly behind a move to buy Sunderland was remaining tight-lipped as the saga surrounding the club took a fresh twist.Reports on Monday claimed a consortium headed by television executives Leo Pearlman, Gabe Turner and Ben Turner are preparing an offer with former Arsenal defender Tony Adams and one-time Chelsea business affairs director Paul Smith part of the package.Sunderland fans Pearlman and the Turners own Fulwell 73 Productions, which takes its name from one of the stands at the club’s former home, Roker Park, and the year of the Black Cats’ FA Cup final triumph over Leeds.The company co-produces The Late, Late Show with James Corden and was behind the sports documentary The Class of ’92.There was no comment from either Fulwell 73 or the club, which revealed last week it has held discussions with “parties who have expressed an interest in acquiring ownership of the club”, most notably a German consortium.Current owner Ellis Short is actively looking to sell the Black Cats, who slipped out of the Premier League at the end of last season, after ploughing in excess of £200million of his own money into the business during his tenure.Sunderland reported a loss after tax of £33million during the financial year to July 31, 2016 and have a net debt of £110.4million.Chief executive Martin Bain has been searching for a new manager since David Moyes’ departure last month, but saw number one target Derek McInnes turn the job down last week with the ownership situation creating further uncertainty.As a result, Short has put that mission on hold for the short-term – reports have suggested he will do so until the end of the month – in order to hold talks over a possible sale.However, the early indications are that initial talks have not seen potential buyers come anywhere near his asking price of around £90million and it remains to be seen whether or not he can be persuaded to do business within the relevant time-frame.The players are due to return for pre-season training on June 29 with coach Robbie Stockdale in line to take charge if no manager is in place when they do. The first friendly fixture is due to take place at Bury on July 7.Meanwhile, long-term absentees Paddy McNair and Duncan Watmore are already back in training as they step up their rehabilitation from knee ligament injuries in Portugal.
Kevin Cassidy has revealed he turned down an invitation by Jim McGuinness to re-join the Donegal panel earlier this year.Speaking on the eve of Sunday’s All-Ireland final the Gaoth Dobhair man recounts how McGuinness met him at his Letterkenny school at Easter.He revealed they had what Cassidy, 31, described as “a very civilised conversation, there were no heated moments”. It was the first time the pair had sat down together since Cassidy contributed to the This Is Our Year book, which resulted in McGuinness axing him from the panel, deeming it was a breach of their code of conduct.After clearing the air, McGuinness offered Cassidy the opportunity to come back but he later declined because he feared it would impact on the panel as well as his family.Cassidy told the Irish Examiner “The opportunity was there to go back but I said to him I didn’t want to go back and bring a whole mediacircus with me because these boys were about to go into their Championship season.“I don’t hold any grudges, I’ve never fallen out with anybody (about it) and I never will but you learn as you go on.” Cassidy informed McGuinness of his decision while on holidays a week later.In it, he expressed his gratitude towards McGuinness for everything that he had done for him last season.At the meeting, Cassidy stressed to McGuinness that he had not revealed any major secrets about Donegal.“I didn’t think I let him down and that’s where we had the conversation.”Cassidy said he has no regrets about passing up the chance at rejoining the panel which might have led to playing in Sunday’s All-Ireland medal. “You talk about your All-Irelands and your Ulsters or Connachts but at the end of the day it’s only a circle of a medal.“I’d appreciate more the people I have met. I’ve had fantastic appearances and it’s shaped me as a character.“If I wasn’t involved in the GAA I don’t think I’d be the person I am today and that’s what I take away from it.“There are a lot of people who weren’t lucky enough to play on good teams like we were able to and won stuff.” COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – CASSIDY REVEALS HE TURNED DOWN MCGUINNESS INVITE TO REJOIN SQUAD was last modified: September 21st, 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-IRELAND FINALCroke ParkKevin Cassidy
Odhran Mac Niallais fires home Donegal’s goal midway through the second-half.So here we go again – after the shadow boxing of the McKenna Cup, the football fare moved up a notch this weekend with competitive action getting underway beneath the lights of MacCumhaill Park. A local derby led to a bumper crowd coming through the turnstiles and the cracking atmosphere made for a fantastic’s night entertainment.by Cathal MacSuibhneIt’’s certainly a great boost getting off to a winning start and Rory Gallagher will be fairly pleased with how his new charges performed. Donegal’s recent Division One campaigns have been stop-start by their nature, culminating in two final day shoot outs – one going our way in 2012, the other resulting in relegation from the top tier the following year. A more consistent run this time around with no demotion threat would be on the new manager’s wishlist. There was a feeling of new era about last night with Rory donning his florescent Bainisiteoir bib although we were all transported into the past and back to last September after only a few minutes with Paul Durcan’s very first kick-out going straight to the opposition full forward. Thankfully there was no resulting goal but the collective intake of breath around the ground was one we could have done without. Durcan tried another short kick to Mark McHugh and both Rory and his assistant Jack Cooney went onto the field to speak to the big Four Masters netminder – we’re going long.Gallagher could be heard shouting ‘tight field’ to his wing backs and wing forwards as Durcan stood over his restarts; the idea being that they are to stay narrow and leave space on the wings before making what they will hope will be an unopposed run towards the ball.That wasn’t the only shout coming from the Donegal touchline and anyone who hadn’t seen the Belleek native’s management style in action up until now were given the full treatment last night. He is constantly onto his players, both encouraging and chastising but always wanting more. Gallagher has a presence about him on the sideline and appears to be totally focused on whats in front of him and very confident in his own abilities – a fascinating character to observe.Donegal’s performance initially was patchy to say the least, looking sluggish and lethargic in the second quarter. Whether there was a method to the madness it’s hard to know but Donegal were setup very conservatively in the first half and didn’t run at the Oakleaf defence too often. Patrick McBrearty was the lone attacker with Michael Murphy stationed at midfield. Hugh McFadden was a late change to the named line-up and he was perched between the full back line and midfield and carried a huge amount of ball in the opening period. A comfortable footballer with plenty of ability, the Kilybegs man doesn’t yet have the raw power in his legs and with Odhran MacNiallais struggling somewhat to get into the game in the first half, Donegal were stuck in second gear for spells. Derry on the other hand ran incessantly at their opponents’ rearguard and got plenty of joy in taking scores and drawing frees, with Mark Lynch punishing any misdemeanours. The visitors were deservedly in front at the change of ends and it was going to need a response from Donegal after the break to turn around a three-point deficit.The response duly came and the catalyst was Martin McElhinney; on his introduction he reduced the deficit almost immediately with a well taken point but it was his overall directness and the injection of pace he provided, in contrast to McFadden’s calm and languid style that turned the tide his team’s way. His Creeslough colleague in midfield, Christy Toye, came into the game much more and with MacNiallais and Neil Gallagher getting through trojan work around the middle, Donegal moved through the gears.Perhaps, similarly to last year’s championship, that will be the template; get parity or close to it around the middle sector to begin with before unleashing fresh runners in the second half and consequently redeploying Murphy to the edge of the square. Derry’s first half performance helped the script as they put so much effort in they appeared to have little left in the tank for the final quarter.With Derry on the rack and Donegal hitting the front, a goal would have ended the contest; the opportunity arrived with Murphy being tugged back by Niall Holly in the box. We were again brought back to a past All Ireland disappointment as Michael’s kick thundered off the crossbar, just like in Breffni Park almost five years ago. He followed that misfortune up with another a minute later, as an attempt at a point came back off the upright and you started to wonder if it was going to be one of those nights. The penalty was soft to a certain extent so maybe it was poetic justice although any logical thinking regards referring decisions has to be tempered with the fact that the man in the middle was our old friend from Sligo, Mr Marty Duffy.It was time for MacNiallais to put his mark on proceedings and when he was put in the clear by Toye he fired the ball low into the net, a strike that had a fair bit of frustration behind it. That made up for the spot kick miss and from then on Donegal hit for home. Despite an opening or two for Brian McIver’s side, they were unable to get within striking distance and scores from Martin Reilly and McBrearty put a seal on a hugely impressive second half display. McBrearty took home the man of the match award from Setanta television and it could, indeed should, be the start of a big year for the Kilcar man. Having been a teenage prodigy for so long, the time has come for Patrick to become one of Donegal’s main men. He has all the ability and while he is already a highly rated inter-county performer, he can get to another level. Some of his finishing last night was out of the top drawer while his ball-winning was excellent.The fine scores from distance that McBrearty, Reilly and Toye registered showed that Donegal are well able to score from distance but it is still a source of frustration for many that the team remains a bit shot-shy at times and this has been the case for a number of years. We’re used to seeing patient build-up with an emphasis on waiting for the right opportunity but at times last night players just had a go when they found a yard of space and the results was some wonderful point taking – let’s hope we see more of that.Whenever a new manager comes in, those players that were previously on the fringes often stake a claim for a more central role. Martin Reilly is a case in point and he did his chances no harm with an excellent shift of work last night and capped his display with two points from play. Reilly and late substitute Darach O’Connor are fast, nippy alternatives in the full forward line compared to the brute ball-winning power of McBrearty, Murphy and Colm McFadden; it will be interesting to see how Rory assimilates his forward line over the coming league games.Next up it’s The Dubs and a first return to Headquarters since that day of devastation in September. Our last meeting with the cosmopolitans of course brings to mind much more joyous memories and despite a defeat to Cork today, expect a tough battle this coming Saturday night. Dublin will surely include some more of their front line players than what took the field at Pairc Ui Rinn this afternoon and it has all the makings of another exciting encounter. RORY ROARS HIS CHARGES TO OPENING LEAGUE WIN – CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA DIARY was last modified: February 2nd, 2015 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)