League-leading Beermen hold off Bolts

first_imgShanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes San Miguel head coach Leo Austria was pleased with how his team played despite coming off a Christmas break. “The game we’ve shown tonight is the game we want to have,” said Austria whose Beermen are on a two-game win streak. “We want to be consistent and if we’re consistent we get good results, so I’m thankful to the players because they were focused.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliMeralco managed to keep three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo at bay with the big man putting up a pedestrian, by his standards, 11-point, 14-board double-double.It was San Miguel’s perimeter offensive that dealt Meralco the heavy blows with Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot providing the 1-2 punch as they put up 21 and 20 points, respectively, to lead the Beermen. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Serbian coach braces for tough 2017 season Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel ended its 2016 on a high after fending off Meralco, 101-86, to strengthen its hold of the top spot in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome.The Beermen improved to a league-best 5-1 while the Bolts are at a sorry 2-4 as they absorbed their third straight loss.ADVERTISEMENT Senators to proceed with review of VFA MOST READ Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Chris Newsome led the Bolts with 16 points and 12 rebounds but turned the ball over 11 times.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View commentslast_img read more

CBL Dedicates Rivercess’ First Bank

first_imgThe Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr. J. Mills Jones last Friday dedicated the first newly constructed, rural finance institution in Cestos City, Rivercess County.The establishment of the bank is a manifestation of CBL’s financial inclusion outreach to citizens residing in rural Liberia to make financial services as well as loans for market women more easily accessible.The new bank is under the management of the Afriland First Bank. The dedication program featured the presentation of certificates to 24 shareholders of that bank as well as the honoring of Dr. Jones by traditional leaders for his economic empowerment of Liberians.wPresenting the banking license to the chairman of the board of Rivercess Community Finance Institution (RCFI), the CBL Governor urged citizens to utilize the facility by banking their money and paying back money credited to enable others to benefit.Gov. Jones declared, “We have to make the lives of the people of Rivercess County better and simple economy says when you save you invest, adding “it is good to save your money for economic growth.'”The CBL Governor noted that the CBL and Afriland Bank have done it with the creation of the rural finance institution but it is the determination and hard work of the people that will bring growth and better their lives.For too long the people of Liberia have been poor and it is about time that something is done about this, said Gov. Jones. “We must do something for ourselves and get out of poverty and this can be done through hard work,” Gov. Jones told his audience.He further noted that poverty has been too long with the Liberian people that we cannot see it anymore because we are so used to it. “We must change this and if we have to move our country forward, you young people must learn the new trick because as the saying goes, ‘you cannot teach an old dog new tricks’, he stated.He said if Liberians continue to do things the same way, and things are not changing, then Liberians should do things the other way around for prompt transformation and results.The people of Rivercess County who turned out en mass from all corners of the county lauded Gov. Jones, the CBL and Afriland bank and promised to ensure that the institution remains a viable entity. They especially praised the CBL Governor for initiating the financial institution and extending the Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) initiative to their areas.Prior to the dedication, El-Tumu Trueh, head of microfinance and financial inclusion at the Central Bank of Liberia, said they are excited for the opportunity given them to work with Gov. Jones at the Central Bank where they have been challenged by him to do the right thing for the Liberian people.Mr. Trueh said he and his deputy were mainly challenged by the Governor to solve the many banking problems faced by the people of Rivercess.We at CBL believe that every Liberian should have access to banking services in the country, adding, the Governor told them it was not a matter of always identifying the problem but finding the solution to it and that was how the RCFI was built.According to him, the rural financial institution has two components; to bring banking services to the people, particularly in a county like Rivercess that has been denied banking services for a long period of time.“So, after being a territory and now a county, when you wake up Monday morning you will have a bank in Rivercess for the first time,” he declared.He said the bank is one hundred percent owned by the people of Rivercess County, especially for those who buy shares in it.Earlier, the president and CEO of the Afriland First Bank, Mr. Amadou Bayo told the people of the county that the establishment of the RCFI will solve most of their financial services there.    The Rivercess citizens especially noted that the opening of the RCFI would ease the problem of them having to go to distant areas such as Grand Bassa County or Monrovia to encash their salary checks and to utilize money transfer services such as Money-gram or Western Union.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

L’pool fans exonerated from Hillsborough disaster

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, September 12 – British Prime Minister David Cameron apologised Wednesday to the families of the 96 victims of the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster for the “double injustice” they suffered.Speaking after the release of thousands of documents, he told parliament the Liverpool supporters had suffered first from official failings that led to the deaths and then from police attempts to blame the victims of the crush. “On behalf of the government — and indeed our country — I am profoundly sorry for this double injustice that has been left uncorrected for so long,” a sombre Cameron said in a statement to lawmakers.He was speaking after the Hillsborough Independent Panel, a seven-member body led by the Bishop of Liverpool, published a report into Britain’s worst sporting disaster following a review of previously unseen files.The disaster was caused by massive overcrowding in the Leppings Lane End of Sheffield’s Hillsborough stadium at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.To ease overcrowding outside the Leppings Lane End, police opened an exit gate, allowing supporters to flood into the central pens. Fenced in, fans were crushed to death.Lawmakers gasped as Cameron said the panel found that police repeatedly tried to cover-up evidence of their own failings following the disaster in a bid to make it look as if fans were at fault, Cameron said.Police “significantly amended” 164 statements, including the removal of 116 negative comments about the leadership of the police, he said.He said there were also failings by the ambulance service, including that it may have been possible to revive some of the victims had they received treatment earlier.“With the weight of the new evidence in this report, it is right for me today as prime minister to make a proper apology to the families of the 96 for all they have suffered over the past 23 years,” Cameron said.“Indeed, the new evidence that we are presented with today makes clear that these families have suffered a double injustice.“The injustice of the appalling events — the failure of the state to protect their loved ones and the indefensible wait to get to the truth.“And the injustice of the denigration of the deceased — that they were somehow at fault for their own deaths.”Cameron said the attorney general would now review the “deeply distressing” report to decide whether to apply to the high court to quash an original, flawed inquest into the tragedy.The city of Liverpool will hold a two-minute silence from 3:06 pm (1406 GMT) — the time the match was called off — as a mark of respect to the victims, ahead of a candle-lit vigil.Cameron said the victims’ families had long believed that some of the authorities attempted to create a “completely unjust account of events that sought to blame the fans for what happened.“The families were right.”The report found that there had been police efforts “to develop and publicise a version of events that focused on… allegations of drunkenness, ticketlessness and violence.”Officers carried out police national computer checks on those who died in an attempt “to impugn the reputations of the deceased”, the report said, while the bodies of children were tested for blood alcohol levels.The ground failed to meet minimum safety standards, had inadequate turnstiles, the capacity was significantly over-calculated and the crush barriers failed to meet safety standards.Liverpool played Forest at Hillsborough in the previous year’s FA Cup semi-final when a crush occurred and the report “shows clearly that lessons had not been learnt”.A report by judiciary chief Peter Taylor, published in 1990, found that the main reason for the disaster was a failure of “police control”.Victims’ families say it is an injustice that no individual or organisation has been held fully accountable for the disaster.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Vin Di Bona to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

first_imgThe ceremony was scheduled in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of Di Bona’s return to Southern California from Boston. Di Bona received a master’s degree from UCLA in 1968, which led to a job producing and directing documentary specials and public affairs programming with WBZ-TV, then the NBC affiliate in Boston. “When I drove from UCLA back to Boston from my first job, when I crossed the state line I said, `I’ll be back.”‘ Di Bona said. “I really meant it. I wanted to make that promise true to myself.” Di Bona fulfilled the promise in 1977, when he was hired by KNXT-TV Channel 2 (now KCBS) to produce and direct public affairs programming. He received Emmys for “Zoot Suit: The Play and the Promise”; “Streets of Anger, Streets of Hope”; “Project Parenting” and “Down at the Dunbar,” which also won a Peabody Award. Di Bona turned to national television in 1981 as a producer of a then- new syndicated entertainment news magazine “Entertainment Tonight.” Di Bona recalled attending a corporate retreat at the La Costa resort during “Entertainment Tonight’s” first season, run by Barry Diller, then the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Paramount Pictures Corp., whose television syndication arm distributed the program. “I remember Barry Diller saying at that retreat, “Entertainment Tonight’ will run for as long as people want to watch news. If we keep a news bent on the show, albeit entertainment, it’s something people are going to want. This program is going to run forever.’ “He was about as right as right can be.” Di Bona moved to primetime television in 1984 as a producer during the first season of “MacGyver.” Other projects in the 1980s included “Papal Spacebridge `87,” documenting Pope John Paul II’s visit to the United States and his two-way satellite discussions with young adults, and the ABC Saturday morning series “Animal Crack-Ups.” Di Bona’s greatest triumph “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” premiered Jan. 14, 1990, and has remained on the air ever since. It is ABC’s longest running primetime entertainment series. “No matter what the age group or the socioeconomic structure of the group, it appeals to people’s base humor in wanting to laugh and moreover wanting to belly laugh,” Di Bona said when asked for the reason behind its longevity. “Little kids like to watch it because they know they fall down all day long and when they see their parents fall down or slip or slide or get a crotch hit, its makes them laugh. It makes it even more connectable to life.” Di Bona also recalled two letters from viewers “that were most important” to him. “Early on, a fellow wrote, `My wife and I were watching your show, she was nine months pregnant. We laughed so hard, her water broke,”‘ Di Bona said. “That was one benchmark. “Another benchmark was a family telling me they were in a hospital with their dad who was about to pass and they all watched the show on Sunday night. They had their laughs together and he passed that night. They remember that their last laughs together were watching `America’s Funniest Home Videos.’ It doesn’t get any better than that.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HOLLYWOOD – Vin Di Bona will be honored with the 2,346th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, honoring an eclectic career that has included producing local television documentaries, a papal special and “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” “America’s Funniest Home Videos” host Tom Bergeron and ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson will join Di Bona in speaking at the late-morning ceremony in front of the former TAV Studios where Di Bona began his national producing career with “Entertainment Tonight” in 1981. Di Bona anticipates today to be “very calming for me.” “It’s a day where I’m just going to sit back, relax, enjoy myself and not have to worry about ratings and not to have to worry where I’m going to pitch a show or what’s next on the agenda,” Di Bona told City News Service. “It’s kind of just a time to sit back and say, `This is a fun day.”‘ last_img

Bruins stay on their roll, blank Bears

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.USC 1, Stanford 1: Amy Rodriguez’s goal in the 84th minute helped the Trojans (11-1-2, 3-0-1 Pac-10) salvage a tie against the Cardinal and remain unbeaten in their past 10 games. Pepperdine 1, San Diego 1: Senior midfielder Mckenzie Hill scored tying goal in the 87th minute for the visiting Waves (3-6-6, 0-2-1 West Coast). Long Beach State 1, UC Riverside 0: Mariko Strickland scored in the 23rd minute as Long Beach State (11-5-0, 4-1-0 Big West) remained in first place after dominating visiting UC Riverside (8-7-1, 2-3-1 Big West). No. 9 Santa Clara 2, Loyola Marymount 1: Senior Jamie Bell scored her second goal in as many games to give the visiting Lions a short-lived lead and move into a tie for fourth on the LMU career goals list. Chico State, 3, Cal State Dominguez Hills 2: The host Toros (12-3-3, 7-3-2 CCAA) allowed multiple goals for only the second time this season. Corrie Hirokawa and Amy Livergood scored for CSDH. From news services Lauren Cheney scored her 15th and 16th goals of the season as the top-ranked UCLA women’s soccer team defeated No. 19 California, 2-0, Sunday to sweep its Northern California rivals on the road. The Bruins (11-1-2, 4-0 Pacific-10 Conference), coming off a 2-0 victory Friday against No. 2 Stanford, shut out their fourth straight foe. Cheney has recorded either a goal or an assist in 11 of 14games this season. She leads the Pac-10 in scoring with 38 points, including 16 goals. Junior Jake Kinne scored three goals and Long Beach State goalie Steve MacKenzie recorded a season-high 15 saves as sixth-ranked Long Beach State defeated No. 2 Stanford, 7-5, at Long Beach State. In the second game of the day, the 49ers dropped a nonconference affair to 10th-ranked UC Davis (17-5), 9-8. Long Beach is 14-8 on the season. Stanford fell to 8-5 and 1-2 in league play. Men’s water polo UCLA 16, Pacific 6: Junior Kyle Healy and sophomore Scott Davidson each scored three goals to lead the host Bruins (15-5, 2-2MPSF). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘I would take Ryan Giggs at Sunderland’, Black Cats legend tells talkSPORT

first_img1 Ryan Giggs was recently linked with taking over at Swansea Micky Gray has told talkSPORT Ryan Giggs would be the perfect fit as Sunderland manager.The Manchester United legend has been out of a job since leaving his coaching role at Old Trafford in the summer, following Jose Mourinho’s appointment as boss.Having spent three years honing his coaching skills with United, Giggs is apparently keen to begin his management career and was recently linked with taking over at struggling Swansea City.Recent reports even claimed he had an interview at the club to replace under-pressure manager Francesco Guidolin, but the Jacks instead opted to hire former USA boss Bob Bradley.It leaves Giggs still searching for his next role, and Sunderland legend Gray believes he could emulate former United team-mate Roy Keane and be a big hit at the Stadium of Light.Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, former defender Gray said: “I go back to the years when Roy Keane came in and he was the man who took Sunderland to the Premier League.“He may have had a little bit of a falling out with the players and fans towards the end, but I don’t think you can forget what Roy brought to Sunderland.“He was the one who got the club back into the Premier League and that was his first job – I think Ryan Giggs would have the same effect.“I’m not dissing David Moyes here, I’m not trying to get him out of the job.“All I’m saying is that if there was an opportunity to bring Ryan in, I would take him.”last_img read more

Goals, goals, goals! Best Premier League games between Liverpool and Arsenal

first_img 6 6 Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool (April 17, 2011) – click the arrow above, right, to relieve five more of the best Premier League meetings between Liverpool and Arsenal – Arsenal were closing the gap on Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table towards the end of the 2011/12 season and thought a 1-0 victory had been clinched through Robin van Persie’s penalty in the 98th minute. But there was more shock to come. Deep into injury time, as a result of an earlier head injury to Jamie Carragher, Emmanuel Eboue was adjudged to have felled Lucas in the box and Dirk Kuyt coolly stepped up to equalise from the spot with 102 minutes on the clock. Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool (August 14, 2016) – Opening games of the season don’t come better than this clash at the Emirates. Shortly after missing a penalty, Theo Walcott drew first blood, before Philippe Coutinho equalised with a sublime free kick seconds from half-time. But it was the second period that really saw proceedings come to life. Adam Lallana put Liverpool ahead soon after the break, Coutinho grabbed his brace and Sadio Mane scored his first goal for the club to make it 4-1. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, finishing off a superb solo run, and Calum Chambers helped the score line to a more respectable 4-3. The Reds, though, hung on for victory in a pulsating encounter. 6 Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal (January 13, 2016) – Joe Allen broke Arsenal hearts with a 90th-minute equaliser in a six-goal thriller at Anfield. The Gunners sat top of the Premier League, but the result saw eventual title winners Leicester City go level on 43 points. Just 19 minutes in and the score line stood at 2-1. Roberto Firmino twice gave the Reds the lead, but woeful defending from Jurgen Klopp’s players allowed Olivier Giroud to draw proceedings level, adding to the earlier finish from Aaron Ramsey. Giroud, who had missed an open goal, seemed to have sealed the three points for Arsenal but Allen was on hand to upset the travelling support. Tune into live commentary of Liverpool v Arsenal this Saturday 4 March, kick off 5:30pm, on talkSPORT.And to increase excitement even further, we’ve taken a trip down memory lane, looking at the very best Premier League meetings between the duo.Scroll through the gallery above to relive the most exciting meetings shared by the Reds and the Gunners. 6 Liverpool 4-4 (April 21, 2009) – Liverpool’s title hopes suffered a major blow, as four-goal star Andrey Arshavin stunned Anfield. The former Russia winger got the ball rolling in the 36th minute, but Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun turned the game in the Reds’ favour, with it 2-1 to the home side in the 56th minute. It was end to end stuff as Arshavin and Torres again got their names on the scoresheet, but the real drama was to come in the closing stages. The former looked to have won the contest in stoppage time, but Benayoun replied with the last kick of the contest to seal a point for the Reds. 6 Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal (February 8, 2014) – Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool made a laughing stock of top of the Premier League Arsenal. Despite confidence being high in the Gunners camp, the Reds stunned Arsene Wenger’s players, scoring four with no reply in the opening 20 minutes of the contest. And the score line could have been even worse. Within 10 minutes Martin Skrtel had a brace to his name, netting from two set pieces, before Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge heaped further misery on the visitors soon after. Early on in the second half, Sterling grabbed the Reds’ fifth. Mikel Arteta did later pull one back from the penalty spot, but it was humiliation for the visitors. 6 Arsenal 4-2 Liverpool (April 9, 2004) – Arsenal responded in style to a terrible week that saw the club drop out of the FA Cup and Champions League. The Gunners came from behind twice, thanks to Robert Pires and a Thierry Henry hat-trick, to seal a 4-2 victory and restore their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, during the ‘Invincibles’ campaign. Sami Hyypia put the Reds ahead with a fifth-minute header and Michael Owen later restored his side’s lead after Henry’s equaliser. But Arsene Wenger’s troops came racing out of the blocks in the second half. Pires made it 2-2 soon after the restart and Henry went on to complete his hat-trick, securing a vital win. last_img read more

Oppressive heat blankets eastern U.S.

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesBy midafternoon, the temperature in Chicago was 100, Baltimore reached 99 and Washington hit 97, though the humidity made it feel like 107. In New York, it was 95 in Central Park and 100 at LaGuardia Airport in Queens. The National Weather Service said the mercury could reach 104 today, and Thursday could be bad, too. “This is a very dangerous heat wave,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. “It’s more than just uncomfortable. It can seriously threaten your life.” Boston reached 93, and in Philadelphia the temperature was 97, with a heat index of 110. Atlanta sweltered at 95. In Washington, the city’s transit agency distributed bottles of water to thousands of commuters at three rail stations with limited escalator service. “We don’t want to create a health situation,” said agency spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. NEW YORK – Blistering heat settled over the eastern half of the nation Tuesday, sending man and beast in desperate search of relief: An air-conditioned subway car in New York City. A plunge into the Atlantic Ocean in New Jersey. And cold showers for suffering livestock in Ohio. The same heat wave that was blamed for as many as 164 deaths in California brought a fifth straight day of oppressive weather to Chicago and promised at least three days of brow-mopping temperatures in the New York metropolitan area. Residents on Chicago’s South Side were evacuated from buildings by the hundreds, one day after the power went out to 20,000 customers. Illinois officials blamed three deaths on the heat. The blistering temperatures also scorched Conyers, Ga., where a high school football player died one day after collapsing at practice. “I am pretty much dying,” said Grace Hartmann, a New York University student. “I’m from California, where it’s not this hot and not humid. To be honest, I can’t believe it’s going to be hotter” today. With a disastrous 10-day power outage in Queens still fresh in memory, New York City adopted energy conservation measures. Thermostats in city offices were set at 78, up from the usual 72, and large municipal installations such as the Rikers Island jail used backup generators. The New York skyline will reflect the cutbacks, with lights turned down on the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. The giant Pepsi-Cola sign on the Brooklyn waterfront was to be dimmed, as were the lights illuminating the George Washington Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge and other spans. Utilities in New York and Pennsylvania set records Tuesday for peak electricity demand. Erin O’Brien, a spokeswoman for the agency that oversees electricity usage in six New England states, said demand today could surpass the one-day record set just two weeks ago. Demand was just shy of the record Tuesday, she said. Ohio farmers used fans and cold showers to keep their cattle cool. Even with those efforts, the animals produced about 10 pounds less milk per day because of the heat, said farmer Clark Emmons of Fayette, Ohio. Colonial Downs, a horse track in New Kent County, Va., canceled racing because of the 100-degree heat. But gamblers still could take refuge in the air-conditioned simulcasting area, where they could watch and bet on races taking place elsewhere. In New Jersey, soaring temperatures were suspected in a huge fish kill at a Piscataway lake, and beachgoers were on the sand and in the water before most people had arrived at work. Diana Tredennick of East Brunswick, N.J., slathered herself with sunscreen before 8:30 a.m. “I’ll be in the water a lot,” promised Tredennick, who brought along a cooler filled with ice and water.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Two SoCal Edison contractors injured

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe incident has been reported to the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Daily News LA CRESCENTA An electrical discharge hospitalized a Southern California Edison contractor servicing an underground vault today and disrupted power for more than 2,100 customers, officials said. The discharge from a 16,000-volt circuit occurred about 10:30 a.m. near Pennsylvania Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, where a crew with Riverside-based Pouk & Steinle was repairing faulty transformers, said Tom Boyd, an Edison spokesman. The victim s identity was not immediately released, but he suffered first- and second-degree burns to the arms and face and was transported to Verdugo Hills Hospital, Boyd said. The wounds did not appear life-threatening. Boyd said 2,158 customers were affected, though power was restored to all but 103 by 11:20 a.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Donegal man among goals as Finn Harps fall to heavy defeat to Dundalk

first_imgDONEGAL MAN Georgie Kelly was on the mark as Dundalk swept aside ten-man Finn Harps at Oriel Park.Dundalk 5 Finn Harps 0By Chris McNulty at Oriel Park. Pictures by Joe Boland, North West News Pix The Tooban native scored Dundalk’s second as the Lilywhites extended their unbeaten run in domestic competitions to 17 games, maintaining a seven-point lead at the top of the table.Patrick McEleney’s brace and strikes from Daniel Kelly and Jamie McGrath were on the mark as Dundalk eased away from Harps, who had Mark Russell sent off late in the first half.With relegation rivals UCD hammered 10-1 by Bohemians at Dalymount Park, Harps stay six-points clear of the surely-demoralised Students.The night unravelled completely for Harps in the space of four first-half minutes. Daniel Kelly raced onto a misplaced Harry Ascroft pass in the 36th minute to give Dundalk the lead. Kelly could scarcely believe his good fortune as he latched onto the loose ball and steered home.Harps had managed to curb Dundalk’s threat for much of the way until then but, within four minutes, they were down to ten men.Russell, booked for an earlier incident involving Daniel Kelly, was booked a second time for a late challenge on the in-form Dundalk winger. As Graham Kelly, the referee, brandished red, Harps boss Ollie Horgan fumed at the decision.In front of 2,217 on the Carrick Road, Dundalk enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the early exchanges, but with little end product to work the Harps goalkeeper, Mark Anthony McGinley.Dundalk made six changes form their 3-1 loss to Slovan Bratislava on Tuesday night. Only Gary Rogers, Chris Shiels, Sean Murray, Dane Massey and Michael Duffy were retained from the reversal that ended Dundalk’s involvement in the Europa League. There was a start for Tooban man Georgie Kelly, whose goal last weekend fired the Lilywhites to an FAI Cup win over Cobh Ramblers.There still appeared a European hangover around Oriel for much of the opening half. Harps sensed danger when Harry Ascroft’s foul gave Sean Murray a crack at a free-kick just outside the box.Murray’s effort hit the top of the Harps wall but as Dundalk’s frustrations grew, Patrick McEleney sparked the place to life. The Derry man’s magnificent hit from the right-hand side beat McGinley only to hit the top of the crossbar.Murray slammed wide from Daniel Kelly’s pull-back as Dundalk began to warm to the evening. Soon, they were in front as Daniel Kelly steered home and it might have been two only Georgie Kelly couldn’t keep a header on target after McGinley did well to claw out Dane Massey’s header.McGinley was called into action two minutes into the second half and the Ards man was equal to Georgie Kelly’s drive.The Harps stopper went one better when he got down to save from McEleney’s blistering attempt from distance.Keith Cowan passed a fitness test after fears the Ramelton man would be unavailable. Cowan, Jacob Borg, Mikey Place and Nathan Boyle were all restored as Horgan made four switches to the Harps side that lost 1-0 to Shamrock Rovers in the Cup.The overworked McGinley kept Murray and Daniel Kelly at bay as Dundalk’s numerical advantage began to tell.Just after the hour, Georgie Kelly slid in to beat McGinley from close range as Harps’ pockets were picked again.With Harps still reeling, McEleney nipped in between a static Harps rearguard for a third before sub Jamie McGrath lashed in a fourth from ten yards.Sam Todd intervened to clear off the line from Pat Hoban and Hoban somehow drilled over after a sweeping Dundalk move ten minutes from the end.Daniel Kelly was inches wide of the far post as Dundalk kept in search of more with McGinley, at full-stretch, turning away from another McEleney tester.McEleney wasn’t to be denied again, though, as he scampered away to loft over McGinley and complete the scoring.Dundalk: Gary Rogers; Cameron Dummigan, Brian Gartland, Sean Hoare, Dane Massey; Sean Murray, Chris Shiels; Daniel Kelly, Patrick McEleney, Michael Duffy; Georgie Kelly. Subs: Jamie McGrath for Duffy (65), Patrick Hoban for G.KellY (71), John Mountney for Shiels (73).Finn Harps: Mark Anthony McGinley; Daniel O’Reilly, Keith Cowan, Sam Todd; Jacob Borg, Ruairi Harkin, Harry Ascroft, Gareth Harkin, Mark Russell; Mikey Place, Nathan Boyle. Subs: Joshua Smith for Place (half-time), Tony McNamee for R.Harkin (65), Raffaele Cretaro for Ascroft (78).Referee: Graham Kelly (Cork).Donegal man among goals as Finn Harps fall to heavy defeat to Dundalk was last modified: August 18th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more