Wales v Northern Ireland – five things we learned

first_imgBilled as another Battle of Britain, the game is more likely to be remembered as a war of attrition. After some superb performances in the group stage, Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern wasn’t forced to make a save until parrying away Gareth Bale’s free-kick on 58 minutes. That was his lone contribution to the match as there was nothing the Hamilton number one could do about Gareth McAuley’s own goal. Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey made two routine first-half stops, but he wasn’t unduly tested either.Bale delivers again Gareth Bale failed to score for the first time in four games at the European Championship in what was largely a frustrating 90 minutes. But the Real Madrid star played a pivotal role in sending Wales through to the last eight. Shackled by defenders for much of the afternoon Bale found a pocket of space when he was fed by Aaron Ramsey down the left and his devilish cross resulted in Gareth McAuley bundling into his own net on 75 minutes as Wales striker Hal Robson-Kanu lurked just behind. Bale had earlier come closest to breaking the deadlock when his dipping free-kick was batted away by Michael McGovern.Lonesome Lafferty Recalled Northern Ireland Kyle Lafferty striker cut a lonesome figure against Wales’ three-man central defence. Overlooked for the final two group games, Lafferty replaced Conor Washington in Paris but was made to toil against Ashley Williams — flanked by James Chester and Ben Davies — with little opportunity to add to his seven goals from the qualifiers. Washington was introduced on 69 minutes to provide extra support, but it was to no avail.‘Cup tie feeling’ Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill had predicted the clash would have a “cup tie feeling” and he wasn’t mistaken. With the prize of a quarter-final spot at stake, neither team was inclined to gamble and rue a costly mistake. Had the encounter gone to extra time and then possibly penalties and supported O’Neill’s initial instinct, it would not have been a surprise.Opportunity beckons Making their first major finals appearance since the 1958 World Cup, Wales have matched their quarter-final run from 58 years ago. With Belgium, a side Chris Coleman’s team took four points off during qualifying, or Hungary awaiting them in the last eight, Welsh fans can be forgiven for dreaming that the Euro 2016 can go on.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 3 Battle of attrition Paris, France | AFP |Wales beat Northern Ireland 1-0 to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 on Saturday. Here are five things we learned from the match.last_img read more

Florida man stole $1M yacht, crashed it and abandoned it

first_imgA Florida man stole a million-dollar yacht, then abandoned it after accidentally crashing it into some pilings, police say.Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies say Donnovan Russell Jester stole the 46-foot 2019 Jeanneau Leader with a value of $899,179 back in March.According to an arrest report, he cruised off, but slammed into four channel-marker pilings and quickly abandoned the boat, leaving it to drift into an oyster bed.Investigators found a left thumbprint on the cabin door that was matched to Jester.He was arrested and charged with grand theft of a vessel on Thursday.last_img read more

Everyone wins at Riviera Sports Day

first_imgSukanya Gale leads the Riviera Group team in the march past.Runners give it their all.The heart stopping finish to the relay.The Riviera Revue entertained the spectators during the opening ceremony.Ubonjitr Thamchop (Min), organiser extraordinaire, worked very hard to help make this one of the best sports days ever.The Tug-o-war separated the men from the boys.The Riviera football team celebrate winning the champion’s trophy.Winston Gale proudly holds onto the Champion’s Trophy.Sarah Osbourne James presents the silver medal to Austin Gale.Sarah Osbourne-James presented a prize to the winner. In second and third place were Austin and Toby Gale.Peter Malhotra (Pattaya Mail) presented medals to the winners of the men’s and women’s 3000 metres marathon.Winston presents a winner’s prize to the WSP team.Sukanya Gale (right) presents a raffle prize to the lucky winner.The women’s volleyball matches were fast and furious.The football match was exciting and fast paced.Time to party. Singing and dancing to the sounds of the live band.Everyone wins at The Riviera Group Sports Day. The Junior race saw a throng of young runners compete which was won by PB Ceiling, followed by young runners from the Riviera Group team.Other sports during the day included tug of war, a “centipede walk”, takraw, volleyball and track. Men’s and women’s 100-meter races were held along with a 4 x 100-meter relay.The day concluded with a football match between the Regents and Riviera teams. Riviera – which lost to the school last year – rebounded, winning 5-2 and capturing the 5,000 baht prize.Sukanya Gale wins the gold medal in the 3000-metre marathon.The Gales handed out the trophies and medals at the closing ceremony and conducted a lucky draw for charity. The 200-baht raffle tickets gave entrants the chance to win gold and jewelry with the proceeds going to Ban Kru Boonchu Foundation, (150,000 baht) Banglamung Hospital’s equipment fund (200,000) and Riviera’s own fund (150,000 baht) to help children stricken by cancer.Sports done, everyone then joined together for a lavish party and dancing to a live band. Everyone wins at Riviera Sports Day1 of 74 Results3000 meters Run (Male) Chang Suwan – gold medal, Riviera Group – silver medal, Chang Somchai – bronze medal.3000 meters Run (Female) Riviera Group – gold medal, Strong Agent – silver medal, Chang Boonteng – bronze medal.Junior Run 1st: P&B, 2nd: Riviera Group, 3rd: Riviera Group.Takraw (Male) 1st: Chang Witoon, 2nd: Chang Somchai.Volleyball (Female) Strong Agent – winner, Riviera Group – 1st runner-up.Individual Run (Male) Electricians – gold medal, P&B – silver medal, Chang Boonteng – bronze medal.Individual Run (Female) Strong Agent – gold medal, Riviera Group – silver medal, P&B – bronze medal.Relay race (Male) 4×100, Chang Suwan – gold medal, Thanasit – silver medal, Chang Witoon – bronze medal.Relay race (Female) 4×100, Riviera Group – gold medal, Peterson – silver medal, WSP – bronze medal.Tug of war: Riviera Group.Centipede Walk: Chang Sutee.Break and Run: WSP.Young man and lady with nice figure (Male): P&B.Young man and lady with nice figure (Female): Chang Suwan. Sarah Osbourne-James presents a donation of 25,000 baht to towards the Riviera charities, received by Winston Gale and witnessed by Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh (centre).500,000 baht raised for local charitiesThe Riviera Group, along with their suppliers and contractors traded work clothes for athletic gear for a day as the property developer hosted its fourth-annual Sports Day.Pattaya Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh and Riviera founders Winston and Sukanya Gale opened the Nov. 16 event at Regents International School with Principal Sarah Osborne-James.Winston Gale running towards a silver medal in the 3000-metre marathon.The day started with a grand opening ceremony for the 300 athletes and cheerleaders. Then the games commenced with a three-kilometer long-distance run for men, women and kids.The sports day kicked off with the grueling 3000 metres marathon. It was an exciting race with some runners dropping out after a few laps. The 3 top winners in the men’s division were, 1. Suwan Team 2. Riviera Group and 3. Somchai Team. In the women’s category the Riviera Group grabbed the Gold medal, followed by Strong Agents Team, Silver medal followed by Boonteung Team, Bronze medal.last_img read more

Small contingent of Leafs earn All Star status

first_imgOf course, Walton and Wiest were involved in that blockbuster trade last month between Castlegar and Fernie that saw the two star players switch teams mid season. Sookro leads the Hawks in scoring with 20 goals and 22 assists.There is one player each from Spokane Braves and Grand Forks Border Bruins.The Rebels have two players on the Kootenay Prospects Team. Forwards Jamie Vlanich and Diego Bartlett will make the trek along with Ryan Edwards and Dallas Calvin of Beaver Valley.Vlanich was also part of the Castlegar/Fernie deal that sent Walton to the Eddie Mountain powerhouse.Desert Dogs lead All Star selections with eightThe Osoyoos Coyotes have no less than eight players heading to Fernie. The expansion club, that looks more like a seasoned crew, leads the entire KIJHL with a 29-2-2 record.Defending KIJHL champion Revelstoke Grizzlies is second, three points behind the Desert Dogs. sports@thenelsondaily.com By The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s a rather small contingent of Nelson Leafs that heads to Fernie next month to attend the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League All Star weekend.Five players, including two veterans, made the grade to play in the All Star and Prospects games in January.Headlining the list is the Leafs’ leading scorer, Gavin Currie. Currie, 20, has been the most consistent player on the Green and White this season, leading Nelson in scoring with 16 goals and 26 assists for 42 points.Many of those points have come in the last few months before the Christmas break as the Abbotsford native has points in 15 of the last 19 games.It’s the second trip to the All Star contest for Currie.Taylor O’Neil also slated to play in the All Star Classic. The Kelowna native has been Mr. Rock Solid for the Leafs on the blueline. Nelson’s captain has played all 32 games for Nelson, amassing three goals and nine assists to go with 188 minutes in penalties.Three rookies earn the opportunity to play in the Prospects’ Game.Goalie Darren Hogg and forwards Cameron Dobransky and Connor Enright caught the eye of the All Star committee.Hogg has shared the crease with teammate Marcus Beesley and leads the Leafs with a solid 2.88 goals against average in 14 games. Nine of those games have been wins for the Penticton native.Dobransky and Enright have been key contributors to the Leaf success this season with 13 and 11 points, respectively.The KIJHL All Star weekend goes January 14-15 in Fernie.Friday is the Prospects Game while the All Star Classic is scheduled for Saturday. Prior to the All Star contest the players and coaches will be treated to a banquet.Five Riders play before home crowd in FernieThe Fernie Ghostriders lead the Kootenay Conference in selections to the All Star Game with five players.Netminders Andrew Walton and Fraser Abdallah join forwards Thomas Abenante, Scott Morriseau and Jeff Zmurchyk on the Kootenay Conference squad.Three players from the Castlegar Rebels — Darren Tarasoff, Mike Wiest and Taylor Anderson — join two from Beaver Valley — Nelson Minor Hockey grad Ryon Sookro and Derek Lashuk.last_img read more