February 10

More sports in brief

first_imgJamaica win at World TT ChampsJamaica’s Table Tennis team got off to the perfect start at the Perfect 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Malawati Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Sunday, defeating Morrocco 3-0 in their Group P Division Four match.Jamaica’s team of Michael Hyatt, Mark Phillips and Kane Watson easily brushed aside the Morrocans. Hyatt dismissed his opponent 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 to get the team off to a great start. Watson followed that up with a 13-11, 11-5, 11-7 win in the second match and Phillips wrapped up the victory with a 11-4, 1-10, 11-4 win in the final match.Team Jamaica was out of action during yesterday’s (Monday’s) second round of matches, but will return to action against Laos Republic today (Tuesday).The Caribbean team is competing in Group P in Division Four with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Laos and Morrocco.Easy victory for Red ForcePORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Rahkeem Cornwall’s half-century was in vain as Leeward Islands Hurricanes went down to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by nine wickets, on the final day of their eighth round contest here yesterday. Resuming the day in a dodgy position on 147 for five at the National Cricket Centre, Hurricanes rallied to 287 all out in their second innings, largely due to Cornwall’s bold 65. Orlando Peters stroked 39 while Jeremiah Louis hit a defiant unbeaten 32.Leg-spinner Imran Khan was the main wicket-taker with four for 80 and was supported by part-time off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine (2-44) and left-arm spinner Yannic Cariah (2-48).Set 107 for victory, Red Force wasted little time in racing to their target off 13.3 overs, with opener Evin Lewis smashing a quick-fire 56 off 41 deliveries, with nine fours and a six. He posted 97 for the first wicket with Barbadian Kyle Hope, who carved out an unbeaten 34 off 36 deliveries with four fours and a six.With the victory, Red Force picked up 18 points to move into third place in the standings on 74, while Hurricanes earned three points to remain bottom on 39.last_img read more

January 18

Back to drawing board for USA after Ryder Cup thumping

first_imgUS team captain Jim Furyk reacts after Europe won the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, south-west of Paris, on September 30, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEHeartbroken United States golf stars will go back to the drawing board in search of their first Ryder Cup win in Europe since 1993 after a resounding 17.5-10.5 defeat Sunday.The American squad, featuring 11 of the world’s 17 top-ranked players, dropped seven of the last eight singles matches at Le Golf National in their worst loss since 2006.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The US Ryder Cup task force assembled after a 2014 flop at Gleneagles, which helped the Americans win 17-11 at Hazeltine in 2016, will take lessons to produce a better result in 2020 on home soil at Whistling Straits.“I’ll work with the PGA of America and our Ryder Cup committee and I think we’ll keep improving. We’ll keep growing,” Furyk said. “We didn’t have the success we wanted, but I felt like we made some strides in areas this year, and I’ll help our captain in 2020 and I’ll help him get better as well.”A team with nine major champions who have won a combined 31 major titles, including 14-time major winner Tiger Woods, was humbled by a European side that has won nine of the past 12 events.“The European side played some exquisite golf,” 12-time US Ryder Cupper Phil Mickelson said. “It was some phenomenal golf, and they flat-out beat us.”Furyk took the heat for the loss, saying: “Thomas was a better captain and their team outplayed us. He put his guys in good position. He did a good job.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘We’re not making excuses’All but one US player competed in last week’s US PGA Tour Championship and six of the 12 US players had not seen Le Golf National before this week, but Furyk wasn’t taking fatigue or an unknown course as excuses.“We were prepared. I feel like we played our practice rounds and we understood the golf course. We got outplayed,” Furyk said.“Fatigue would be making an excuse, and we’re not making excuses.“I know everyone wishes they had played better and I wish I probably would have done some things differently as well, but at the end of the day we did the best we could and we all worked hard.”Captain’s pick Mickelson, whose 2014 post-mortem of defeat exposed a lack of player input into decisions by then-captain Tom Watson, praised Furyk’s “phenomenal leadership” and said his poor play motivated him to “not go out on this note” and try and make the 2020 squad.“The way he brought everybody in together on decisions — some of you might question some of the decisions, but everything was done with reason, input, thought through — it was up to us to execute and we just didn’t execute,” said the 48-year-old.“There have been two years, this year and 2006, where it breaks my heart a little bit more than others, because those two, we didn’t execute while we were given every opportunity to succeed.“We’ll continue to build on it, and improve in a couple of years.” MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aguero can beat Premier League goals record, says Bernardo Silva LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Now it will be 2022 in Rome before the US team can end its road drought.“Obviously there’s a sour taste in our mouth to come over here now for 27 years and not be able to win on foreign soil,” US captain Jim Furyk 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 Chriss“That’s the goal. We want to be successful in this event. We want to grow and we want to get better, but we want to do it here in Europe. That will be the goal four years from now.“We’ll regroup and I’ll definitely kind of go through some things in my head and we’ll move forward.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

January 18

Junior Dos Santos beats Derrick Lewis in main event at UFC Fight Night

first_imgMOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos submitted Curtis Millender in the first round.For the card’s co-main event, Zaleski dos Santos used his background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Tay to keep Millender on the ground, forcing him to submit.“I’m a capoeira fighter by nature,” Zaleski Dos Santos said. “I’m a complete fighter. With every fight, I’m showing more of my game. This fight, it just happened that there was a clear advantage for me.”“I took my time, found my moment and just ran with it.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Connect he did. In the second round of the bout, the Brazilian laid a combination of punches to Lewis, forcing him into the cage. As Lewis fell, Dos Santos lunged toward him and laid down the punches that got him the knockout win.At the beginning of that round, Lewis started off with a kick to Dos Santos’ head. It was the same form of kick that caused Dos Santos to bleed from his eye in the match’s first round. Lewis also laid a load of punches into Dos Santos throughout the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Kyrie Irving’s 30 propel Celtics past Lakers 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Junior Dos Santos. APWICHITA, Kan. — Junior Dos Santos stopped Derrick Lewis by technical knockout Saturday night in the main event at UFC Fight Night in Wichita.“I’m feeling very good,” the 35-year-old Dos Santos said after his 15th knockout. “I work on my combinations all of the time, so I knew at some point I was going to connect.”ADVERTISEMENT “He has really heavy hands,” Dos Santos said. “He connected well. I knew I had to avoid his power.”In the beginning of the main event, Dos Santos was warned as he poked Lewis in the eye. Dos Santos started bleeding around the eye due to Lewis’ kick, but responded by laying punches and a kick to the abdomen that put Lewis in obvious pay for the remainder of the round. The 246-pound Dos Santos (21-5) doesn’t care who he fights next in the octagon.“I want fights,” Dos Santos said. “I’m here to fight again and regain my belt.”With the loss, Lewis (21-7) has lost his second fight in a row by knockout. At UFC 230, Lewis was unable to defeat Daniel Cormier for the heavyweight belt.The rest of the fight card didn’t disappoint, either. Niko Price laid a massive right hook that knocked down Tim Means in one of the night’s final fights. Price pounced on top of Means, laying a barrage of punches that gave him the win by knockout“As soon as they told me Tim Means, I was ready for war,” Price said. “I just bit down and started throwing back. He stumbled me a bit. Once I hit the cage, I threw a right hand and he didn’t move his head.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

January 14

UBA-Liberia Partners with Lonestar MTN in Mobile Money Services

first_imgThe United Bank for Africa (UBA)-Liberia has announced a partnership deal with Lonestar Cell MTN to provide mobile based financial services (Mobile Money) to its customers. The head of marketing at UBA-Liberia, Mrs. Jefyne Togba, told journalists yesterday at the bank’s headquarters on Snapper Hill (Broad Street) that the launch of mobile money at UBA-Liberia is aimed at providing financial services to the “unbanked” population. She indicated that the banking sector is globally shifting towards digital banking and UBA prides itself in being the leader of digital/electronic banking in Liberia. “Adding mobile money into the bank’s portfolio of services is the next step in easing access to banking services and pushing Liberia forward in the digital banking sector globally,” Mrs. Togba said. “Mobile money transactions can now be processed at any UBA branch or cash center with ease.”Madam Joyce Maltaldi, 46, a UBA-Liberia customer, said it’s a welcoming initiative, while Mr. Dickson Jackson, 37, said he is happy with the bank’s services, including mobile money. Mobile Money was initially launched by Lonestar Cell MTN and Ecobank Liberia in 2012 as a financial service operated via mobile phones. Mobile Money customers are able to send and receive money, pay bills, buy airtime, and more through the service. It may be recalled that recently UBA launched the ATM Gallery to help make banking services easy in Liberia. The launch of the Gallery marked the introduction of the Liberian dollar ATM Visa cards, a unique program in the banking sector that brings a better way of doing business in Liberia, bank officials said.Madam Chioma Mang, CEO of UBA Liberia said: “What we have introduced to the market in Liberia is to show people a better way of doing banking. It shows that you can have access to your money even after banking hours. We are the first bank to bring ATM to Liberia and we are the only bank with Liberian dollar ATM card.”According to the UBA boss the bank’s decision to open the ATM Gallery is to serve customers at all times (24 hours). “People can come in any time to collect money without interfering with anybody. Today we are opening the ATM Gallery to serve the wonderful people of Liberia and make banking easy,” she said.The bank’s CEO disclosed that the bank also offers a Visa Debit Card that is linked to a UBA Account in US Dollar or Liberian Dollar denominations and can be used anywhere in the world where Visa card is accepted.The U-Direct program also gives customers access to their UBA accounts online to make transfers, view statements, order checks and many more, she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 14

Nyan Dokpa Wants Young Musicians to Fight Piracy

first_imgNyan Dokpa (right) with Music Makers guitarist and piano player, Jimmy Ray.One of Liberia’s oldest musicians, Nyan Dokpa, has called on young Liberian musicians to come together under one umbrella to make the music industry stronger.Dokpa spoke in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer recently in Ganta, Nimba County. He said in the absence of unity, there will not be anything to benefit musicians in the country in this digital age.Dokpa, who started an active music career in 1984 with the disbanded Nimba County-based group, ‘Music Makers,’ said before the coming of the digital age, music making was more lucrative and beneficial.He remembers how during those days, an upcoming musician was compelled to practice for long periods of time before going to the recording studio, thus making musicians proficient in the use of guitars and other musical instruments.“Digital is fast, but it’s uncontrollable. It allows anyone to steal your music, sell it and do anything they feel like doing,” he said.Dokpa said the increase in piracy in Liberia is due to the lack of unity among the musicians.“Once we come together as a union, we will be able to press on the government to stop piracy,” he said.“The young musicians are not willing to join the union, so people are taking advantage by exploiting us.“When I was playing with the Music Makers in the ’80s, we were hired daily to perform, where we sometimes received L$400 to L$500 for an occasion.”The Music Makers Band was very famous in the mid ’80s, until the death of its leader, the late Hallowanger Gbongbe, who was popularly known in 1988 as Nimba ‘Hallowanger.’Although the band produced several great songs, among its best hits was the songs entitled, ‘Touma and Corlor.’“We did our second recording of music along with the Rocafil Jazz of the late Prince Nico Mbaraga in Nigeria. We practiced with those guys for several weeks, before we could come up with our release,” he added.Dokpa explained that following Hallowanger’s death, the group disbanded; and worst of all, when the civil war started, all the members of the band fled to foreign countries for refuge.“I sang alongside other foreign musicians while in the Ivory Coast and the Republic of Guinea,” he said.The 51-year-old Nyan Dokpa is still active in music and continues to produce songs, adding, “Music is my life. I grew up singing until becoming an active musician.”“My mother was a folksinger and my father used to love music a lot, so it led me to develop interest in music, especially Congolese musics,” he said.Dokpa, who is touted as one of best guitarists in Liberia, said young musicians are not interested in learning musical instruments, “which makes it hard to find someone to play some of the instruments.”He was born in Zahn Banlah, Nimba County, and is married with nine children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 14

Government Urged to Make Agriculture a Priority

first_imgBy Chris F. Pewu (Intern)A former acting Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Isaac Flowers, wants President George Weah’s government to focus on agriculture to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign imports.Speaking recently at a day-long workshop organized by the National Fish Farmers Union of Liberia (NAFFUL), Flowers said if the government makes agriculture one of its pillars of development, the country will move into mechanized farming.He said Liberia has one of the most fertile soils in the world, and therefore the land is a garden that should be used to produce the country’s staple food, rice.Flowers wants the government to allow each county to produce food to contribute to the country’s fight against hunger.For instance, he said Lofa, Bong, and Nimba counties used to produce rice; and Lofa County was described as the country’s breadbasket. He said River Gee County is a lowland and therefore could be the biggest producer of lowland rice, and talked about Nimba County’s ability to produce plantain that could feed the country.He suggested that the government should identify soil structures in all of the counties, adding, “We want our country to export food to other countries to be able to earn foreign exchange.”The former Deputy Agriculture Minister made references to at-risk youth, described as zogos, as one of the government’s sources of manpower for any eventual agricultural revolution.Min. Flowers said proper farm to the market roads are some of the major embarrassments to farmers that the government should address with urgency for any future agricultural revolution to be successful.“If the Liberian government can empower farmers with some of the issues we have raised here to be able to produce food to feed the country then the government must urgently put more money in the sector,” he said.Other speakers included Benjamin Tarnue, who explained to the 30 participants the background of the project’s objectives and the activities of the workshop. He also discussed how to prevent conflicts that are associated with food insecurity.The theme of the seminar was ‘Enhancing conflict prevention and peace consolidation through increased food security in the fishery sector in support of UNMIL.”There were also remarks by representatives of UNMIL and the European Union in support of the effective management of conflict as it relates to food security.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 11

Pilot, daughter killed in crash into relative’s home

first_imgThat was about 45 minutes after the single-engine Cessna crashed into the residence of Eric Johnson’s former mother-in-law, Vivian Pace, Bursten said. “It is just gut-wrenching to think about what was happening to that child just prior to the crash,” Bursten said Monday night at a news conference in Indianapolis. Father and daughter had been on a trip together, but Beth Johnson expected the girl to be in school by Monday morning, Bursten said. “She had a feeling this morning something was wrong,” Pace told WISH-TV in Indianapolis. Authorities will not know for sure whether the crash was intentional until the National Transportation Safety Board completes its investigation, which could take up to a year, Bursten said. INDIANAPOLIS – A pilot took his 8-year-old daughter up in a small plane Monday and crashed it into his former mother-in-law’s house in southern Indiana, killing himself and the girl, authorities said. A preliminary crash investigation leads “us to believe that this was an intentional act,” Indiana State Police spokesman 1st Sgt. Dave Bursten said. The crash in Bedford, about 20 miles south of Bloomington, killed Eric Johnson, 47, of Bedford and his daughter, Emily, Bursten said. Emily did not go to school Monday, and Johnson’s ex-wife, Beth Johnson, went to Bedford police headquarters about 11:30 a.m. to say she believed he might have abducted the girl, Bursten said. Witnesses said the plane appeared to be trying to land when it veered sharply and went out of sight, the newspaper reported on its Web site. There were no reports of injuries on the ground.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

January 6

Thai elite mourn Leicester City owner Vichai at elaborate funeral

first_imgProminent figures in Thailand’s music and sporting scene were also in attendance to honour the odds-defying life of Vichai, 60, who along with four others died in a helicopter accident moments after they departed the football club’s pitch a week ago.The tragic ending stunned Thais who had followed Vichai’s fairytale-like success and the days since have been filled with heartfelt comments from admirers, footballers, friends and relatives.Mourners from Thailand’s elite arrive at the Wat Thepsirin Buddhist temple for the funeral ceremony © AFP / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA“He’s now the leader of Thai football and leader of world football because he changed a lot of things when he took the chairmanship of Leicester City,” Thai football legend Kiatisuk “Zico” Senamuang told AFP outside the ceremony, his tone sombre.“Because Leicester can show they could be champion of the Premier League, that’s why anything in Thailand can happen in the future.”Vichai rose from having a single store in Bangkok to owning the duty-free King Power empire, whose shops are ubiquitous in Thailand’s tourist-heavy airports.Using the profits from his monopoly, he bought Leicester City and helped turn them from an unremarkable English club into the surprise winners of the Premier League title in 2016.Despite his business smarts Vichai owed his ascent to canny navigation of Thailand’s unpredictable politics and powerbrokers.His links to the monarchy were reflected in the name of his company and the former king’s act of royally bestowing a surname that translates to “auspicious and prosperous light”.– ‘Honour his name’ –The private funeral at Wat Thepsirin has regal touches, with an octagonal urn among the items given by the king and court musicians playing drums and flutes.Buddhist monks lay tributes by a photograph of Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha outside the stadium in Leicester where his helicopter crashed moments after taking off from the pitch © AFP / Paul ELLISAfter the bathing rites Buddhist monks will recite prayers from religious texts and the body will then be kept for 100 days before cremation, though a date has not been set.Dressed in an official white uniform, Prawit, who is also the defence minister, could be seen in footage released later by King Power pouring water onto flowers at the ceremony. Members of the Leicester team including coach Claude Puel are due to fly to Thailand to pay their respects after what is likely to be an emotion-packed afternoon away match against Cardiff City Saturday.“We all spoke about … wanting to play, it’s what Vichai would’ve wanted and that’s what we are going to do,” striker Jamie Vardy told Sky Sports, adding that they would “honour his name” with their performance.Vardy, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and captain Wes Morgan, are expected to travel to Thailand along with Puel and senior staff.Vichai leaves behind a wife and four children, two sons and two daughters.The private funeral at Wat Thepsirin has regal touches, with an octagonal urn among the items given by the king and court musicians playing drums and flutes © AFP / Lillian SUWANRUMPHAAll five are on the executive board of King Power, which faces an uncertain future.Vichai’s youngest son Aiyawatt — better known by his nickname “Top” — said in an Instagram post this week that his father had “left me with a legacy to continue and I will do everything I can to carry on his big vision and dreams.”The four other crash victims were identified by British police as Nursara Suknamai — an actress and a runner-up in Miss Thailand Universe in 2005 — and Kaveporn Punpare, both members of Vichai’s staff, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The week-long ceremony at the Wat Thepsirin Buddhist temple begins with three days of royally-sponsored bathing rites © AFP / Lillian SUWANRUMPHABangkok, Thailand, Nov 3 – The elaborate funeral of Leicester City’s Thai owner and duty-free mogul Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha began at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok Saturday evening, as members of Thailand’s business and political elite came in mourning garb to pay tribute to the well-connected billionaire.The number two in Thailand’s junta Prawit Wongsuwan and CP group’s Dhanin Chearavanont, the richest man in the country, were seen arriving at the week-long ceremony, which begins with three days of royally-sponsored bathing rites.last_img read more

December 25

SO CLOSE BUT HISTORY-MAKER JASON DOES US PROUD WITH WORLD SILVER MEDAL

first_imgJASON Quigley has done Donegal and Ireland proud today – making history by taking a world championship silver medal.The Donegal boxer lost out to Zhanibek Alimkhanuly for the Middleweight World Title on his home turf in Kazaksthan in today’s final.Ballybofey’s Jason tried his best in front of the partisan crowd. But he can hold his head high after a stunning performance against a superb boxer.Jason was knocked to the ground half way through the first round and had to take a standing 8-second count.All three judges gave the first round to Alimkhanuly.Jason came storming out for the second round catching the Kazak with a great right to the head. Both fighters traded hard blows in a pulsating second round – and it continued into the third.The judges however gave the fight to the home town boy.Jason can hold his head high – he has done Donegal and Ireland proud today.Back home a huge crowd gathered at the Finn Valley centre to watch the fight.Everyone in Donegal is proud today of Jason. And there will be a celebration for his homecoming tomorrow night.SO CLOSE BUT HISTORY-MAKER JASON DOES US PROUD WITH WORLD SILVER MEDAL was last modified: October 26th, 2013 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:boxingJason Quigleylast_img read more

December 22

ST MICHAEL’S HOPING BONNER INFLUENCE CAN LEAD THEM TO FIRST EVER DONEGAL SFC TITLE

first_imgGAA: St Michael’s are hoping the experience and knowledge of Declan Bonner can give them the edge as they look to claim their first ever Donegal SFC title.Bonner was last week ratified as the new Donegal U21 manager having led the Donegal minors to the All-Ireland final last season.Bonner also guided Gaoth Dobhair to their last Donegal SFC success in 2006 and has had a decorated career as both a player and manager. He will assist the St Michael’s coaching staff for the remainder of the season as they look to finally get their hands on the elusive Donegal SFC title.Eddie Harkin’s side were narrowly defeated in the 2011 decider in a match in which they were the better side for large periods.A  stunning goal from Michael Murphy swung the gave in favour of Gary McDaid’s side and they took the title.While last season a late, late score from Conor Gibbons squeezed St Eunan’s into the final by the minimum in what was the described by many as the best game of the entire Donegal SFC last season. St Michael’s are desperate to land that Donegal SFC title and many feel they should have won a couple of titles at this stage given the quality in their ranks.Colm McFadden, Christy Toye, Martin McElhinney have all been massive players for Donegal in recent seasons.While Daniel McLaughlin, Peter Witherow and Mark Anthony McGinley have also featured for Donegal.Add in the experience and quality of Brian McLaughlin, Ciaran Gallagher, Michael Gallagher and Andrew Kelly and it’s easy to see why many feel this is the year St Michael’s can finally get over the line.St Michael’s blitzed their way past Cloughaneely and Four Masters and were convincing winners in both games. They struggled against a stubborn Glenfin side but having already secured qualification probably lacked the same intensity and hunger as the previous two games.They face Malin at O’Donnell Park on Sunday afternoon and it is a potential banana skin for Harkin’s charges.Malin produced a stunning win to defeat Gaoth Dobhair in Magheragallon and that result sent them into the last eight of the Donegal SFC.After a difficult start to the season Liam Bradley’s side have improved drastically and have earned some excellent wins in the league which have given themselves a fighting chance of avoiding relegation. But it was their win and performance against Gaoth Dobhair that really stood and Malin won’t fear anyone and will relish the underdog tag again this Sunday.They famously dumped St Eunan’s out of the Donegal SFC in 2013 at the quarter-final stage, a sensational performance seen them win by an incredible EIGHT points.Malin will be confident they can produce another shock win on Sunday, but St Michael’s are ravenously hungry for that elusive Donegal SFC title and should have too much quality for Liam Bradley’s side on Sunday.Verdict – ST MICHAEL’SST MICHAEL’S HOPING BONNER INFLUENCE CAN LEAD THEM TO FIRST EVER DONEGAL SFC TITLE was last modified: September 9th, 2015 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:Donegal SFCGAAnewsSportlast_img read more