Rookie Trae Young scores 35, Hawks rout Cavs

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Young made six of Atlanta’s 22 3-pointers while overshadowing Cleveland rookie guard Collin Sexton. Young missed four of his first five shots but finished 13 of 23 from the field. He struggled in his first two games, making just 12 of 32.Kevin Love scored 16 and added 17 rebounds for the Cavs, who could be in for a very long season as they adjust to life after LeBron.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 ChrissBut Cleveland’s issues appear to be far deeper than no longer having the game’s best player. The Cavs aren’t playing professional level defense and have given up 116, 131 and 133 points in their first three games.The Hawks led 92-86 after three and then put it away by making seven 3-pointers in the first seven minutes of the final period. Atlanta made 10 3s in the final period. CLEVELAND, OH – OCTOBER 21: Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks celebrates during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on October 21, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND — Trae Young had 35 points with 11 assists — the best line for a first-year player since Steph Curry in 2010 — and Kent Bazemore scored 23 as the Atlanta Hawks rolled to an easy 133-111 win on Sunday over the Cleveland, which lost its home opener and fell to 0-3 as it re-adjusts to life without LeBron James.The No. 5 overall pick in this year’s draft, Young shook off a slow start and showed why the Hawks believe he’s a future superstar. Young is the first rookie to reach at least 35 points and 10 assists since Curry in 2010.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil NBA suspends Ingram, Rondo, Paul in Lakers-Rockets dustup While wearing neon green sneakers, Young showed plenty of flash in his game.He made 6 of 7 shots and scored 18 points in the second quarter, helping the Hawks erase a 15-point lead and go up 64-60 at halftime. Young also knocked down three 3-pointers in the quarter, displaying the range that made him so difficult to defend in college.It’s a whole new ballgame in Cleveland without James, who carried the Cavs to four straight NBA Finals and a title in 2016 before leaving as a free agent — for the second time — in July for Los Angeles.The Cavs are starting over, but believe they can still be competitive in the Eastern Conference.Their pinning most of those hopes on Love, who signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension this summer. But he doesn’t have much help and it could be a while before Sexton is ready to contribute. He came off the bench and scored four points in 28 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Quicken Loans Arena was only half-filled for the opening tip as an unusual Sunday evening starting time, combined with a weak opponent, contributed to little energy inside the building.Cleveland’s theme this season is “Be The Fight.” The Cavs barely showed any.TIP-INSHawks: Atlanta has 10 players with two years or less NBA experience. The Hawks’ roster currently averages 3.64 years of experience, a number that drops to 2.63 with the exclusion of Vince Carter, a 20-year veteran.Cavaliers: Sexton was called for a Flagrant 1 foul in the second quarter for stepping under Bazemore, who was attempting a 3-pointer. … Cleveland had won its past three home openers.UP NEXTHawks: Host Dallas in their home opener on Wednesday.Cavaliers: Host Brooklyn on Wednesday. MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

Triple-double magic from Russell Westbrook leads Thunder past Grizzlies

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Westbrook finished with 15 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds. He now has the longest triple-double streak of his career and is one short of Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA record of nine straight set in 1968.Meanwhile, the Grizzlies were reeling from the news that Gasol was traded to the Toronto Raptors for three players. The Grizzlies also announced Thursday that they sent JaMychal Green and Garrett Temple to the Los Angeles Clippers for Avery Bradley, and Shelvin Mack to Atlanta for Tyler Dorsey.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe loss of Gasol hit the hardest. He had played his entire 11-year career with the Grizzlies.“You kind of try to prepare yourself as best you can, knowing that there’s a possibility that Marc might not be with us come the trade deadline,” Memphis point guard Mike Conley said. “You think you’ve kind of figured it out and you’re ready for it, but when it happens, it’s a completely different locker room. It’s a completely different feel. You get out there to play and you’re bringing the guys in the huddle and there’s no Marc.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots in front of Memphis Grizzlies forward Justin Holiday (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY— The Thunder got a familiar performance from Russell Westbrook while the Memphis Grizzlies struggled to get used to playing without Marc Gasol.Westbrook had his eighth straight triple-double, and Oklahoma City rolled past the trade-depleted Grizzlies 117-95 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James picks Kevin Durant first for NBA All-Star game Grizzlies: Host the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.Thunder: Visit the Houston Rockets on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the Grizzlies tried to pull themselves together and make the best of their situation.“I think we ran out of gas a little bit,” he said. “Give them (the Thunder) credit. Don’t take anything away from what they did. But they ramped it up. They understood coming into the game the situation that we were under. Our guys competed. They gave it what they had. At the end of the day, they were just too much for us tonight.”TIP-INSGrizzlies: Fell behind 7-0 to start the game. … C Ivan Rabb started for the second time this season. He had 15 points and nine rebounds. … Bickerstaff was called for a technical in the second quarter.Thunder: George and Westbrook will play together on Team Giannis at the All-Star Game. Westbrook was traded from Team LeBron for Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons. … G Alex Abrines missed the game for personal reasons. … Westbrook has 21 triple-doubles this season and 125 in his career. … Donte Grantham, a rookie forward from Clemson, got his first action with the Thunder. He missed one shot in 1:34.STAT LINESGeorge failed to score at least 30 points after doing it for five straight games. He still shot 6 for 13 from 3-point range and made all seven of his free-throw attempts.HE SAID ITThunder guard Terrance Ferguson on continuing to shoot 3-pointers after a rough first half: “Russ (Westbrook) told me he was going to beat me up if I stopped shooting, so I had to keep shooting.”UP NEXT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READcenter_img Paul George scored 27 points and Jerami Grant added 20 for Oklahoma City, which has won nine of 10.Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 27 points, Bruno Caboclo had 16 and Conley added 15 points and seven assists for Memphis.There were only 10 players in uniform for the Grizzlies, and eight played. Even with that, Memphis led 53-51 at halftime before the Thunder found their groove.Oklahoma City center Steven Adams stole the ball and drove nearly the length of the floor for a layup to put the Thunder ahead 57-55. Adams was scoreless in the first half, but he had nine points in the third quarter to help Oklahoma City take an 83-72 lead. The Thunder scored the first 11 points of the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.“I think we just got a hold of their personnel,” George said. “Outside of Conley and Jackson, it’s not many guys who can make plays.”ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Master Queen: Keeping Things Real

first_imgThe other day, many years ago, the average Liberian music lover could not and would not understand the Liberian entertainment industry for many relevant reasons. Many devoted music lovers then were in a transitioning point of trying to adjust back to the sound of music after not being able to listen to it during a decade of war and emotional silence.Meanwhile, a young lady, who has spent most of her better life lip singing all of her favorite songs and walking down pageant runways in hopes of becoming the next beautiful thing, had a promotional master plan in getting her fellow Liberians back to their musical roots.Gritty and raw with real talent behind the DJ booth over the last 8 years, DJ/MC Master Queen mustered up a drive, plan and dream to become the biggest Liberian entertainer one day, somehow.While Hip-Co music was being spoon-fed to a society that runs on “hear say”, artist and entertainers alike Master Queen were desperately doing anything to push its society to want to be entertained by their own artist in the Hip-Co vernacular.Hottfm 107.9 DJ/personality Master Queen, through challenges, hard work and international recognition has unmercifully fed her audience with the Hip-Co fever, and now everyone wants to know where to get a dose of Liberia’s biggest female artist promoter.LIB LIFE: Welcome Grace C. Weah, commonly known as Master Queen. Can we say that you are the master of promoting Liberian entertainment?Master Queen: I actually worked for what I’m earning right now. I worked for it and that’s why they say I’m the “Master Queen.”LIB LIFE: We have been hearing great things about you and now learn you have climbed the ladder further?Master Queen: Actually, I am presently at Hottfm 107.9 and seated very well. I host the Grace the occasion show, a 2-hour Liberian entertainment radio show sponsored by Cellcom. I’m also a promoter for Cellcom GSM Company. I’m the ambassador who promotes their products, activities and everything. Cellcom is actually here for the people and are also into the entertainment business.LIB LIFE: Nice! We know they manage artist and promote their company with the help of Mighty Blow, and its great to learn you are also a part of their team.Master Queen: Yes. You’ve done stories on their events and see that they have put themselves into entertainment and has artist. In fact, when they heard that I was doing strictly Liberian entertainment on air, they sponsored my show and I am so proud to be a part of Cellcom’s network.LIB LIFE: How did you graduate to that level in the industry and manage to break all the barriers that come with fame?Master Queen: Hard work is the key! Even if you are in training and not putting your all into it, you won’t benefit. I promote Liberian entertainment and everything surrounding it. I’ve been doing it for 8 years and still remember when I started the struggle.LIB LIFE: Struggle’s a strong word to use, was it really a struggle for you? Master Queen: When I say struggle that means I had to leave everything and say to myself “yes, I want to be that woman.”LIB LIFE: What did you have to leave or change to be what you wanted to be?Master Queen: I started off doing beauty pageants and won Ms. Sayton Town, Ms. Bushrod Island, Ms. Mamba Point and Ms. Central Monrovia. The only contest I have never won was Ms. Liberia; I never contested for MS. Liberia, that’s why. But I had the passion for entertainment and listened to music all day. So, my last year of high school I decided to attend a one-year journalism school called Jarah School of Journalism on Benson Street. Afterwards, I joined a big name, Melvin Bernie, who owned Crystal fm. I had a close friend and radio director Master Prince who worked with me. That’s how I started the radio business in 2008 and will repeat this for anyone anywhere” I started my career at Crystal Fm but passed through a lot”LIB LIFE: We hear about sexual exploitation in all environments, and you being an attractive lady, have you ever been a victim of that?Master Queen: Crystal Fm was like a training ground for radio personalities. I used to do anything possible to make it work at Crystals in order to present whatever there was for me to present. It was challenging because you know when you are young there’s a lot of men who love to abuse women. I had a lot of problems with a lot of men who were only around me because they knew I needed the money, transportation and a way to shine and get famous. Especially after winning Ms. Mamba Point, men who saw my potential and passion knew that I wanted fame. At that point I could have done anything for radio except letting men abuse me. After going through a lot of things, I started business to get that transportation fair that I needed. Through my older sister who used to go to Nigeria and bring goods for me to sell, I was able to manage to get transportation to work and also sustain myself.LIB LIFE: Thank Goodness God was on your side and you have beaten all odds. Thank you for sharing your time with us Queen and keep up the role as a positive role model to the girls in Liberia and all over the world.Master Queen: Thank God for my friends, fans and family. I’m the daughter of the Late Joseph C. Weah who was a medical doctor and passed away in 1992.I have 6 siblings and I being the youngest, we are a very united family. Joseph Weah, Liberia’s top actor is my older brother, and we are the only two who have ventured into the entertainment industry. You know what, I don’t want to only promote Liberian Entertainment on ground but all over the world. People know me globally and I want to see myself in the next year in other parts of the world like America, Nigeria and Ghana. Trust me, I am already working towards that and have received several invitations. I thank you so much LIB LIFE for being a great promoter as well behind our entertainment industry.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Knife touting husband fined

first_imgA father of five was on Wednesday fined when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with using threatening behaviour towards his reputed wife, Stacy Greenidge.Leon Nelson, 35, of 316 Middle Street, Cummingsburg, Georgetown, pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Leron Daly.It is alleged that on August 16, at North Cummingsburg, he used threatening behaviour towards the Virtual Complainant (VC).The prosecution contended that on the day in question, the defendant and Greenidge had an argument over a phone and the defendant picked up a knife threatening to kill her.However, the defendant told the court a very different story. He explained that on the day in question, he saw a text message on the VC’s phone and decided to call the sender of the message, which was answered by a male voice, that said “I could do with something tonight”.The defendant explained that in anger, he threw the phone away and confronted the woman, adding that he only picked up the knife to scare her but did not intend to hurt her.The defendant told the Magistrate that he is a hard worker and it upset him to see his reputed wife acting in such a manner.He told Magistrate Azore that he apologised to Greenidge on numerous occasions for his attitude; however, the VC said she never received an apology.The defendant was fined $10,000 or a default of three weeks in prison.last_img read more

Van Gaal keen to end Man United’s hunt for FA Cup trophy

first_imgLouis van Gaal wants to cap his debut season as Manchester United manager with FA Cup glory after his side secured their place in the fourth round on Sunday.The Reds Devils laboured to a 2-0 victory over League One Yeovil to seal their progression, with the Premier League giants needing a late goal from substitute Angel di Maria to seal the win late on in Somerset.After being humbled by a 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the League Cup earlier in the season, it was a much-needed result for the Dutch boss, who said he wants to go all the way after tasting his first triumph in football’s oldest competition.“I want to win a title and the players also,” Van Gaal said following the win.“I have been told by my fantastic assistant manager [Ryan Giggs] that Man United have not won the FA Cup for ten years, so maybe we can do that this year.“But it’s a very long way and the priority is also the Premier League.”Van Gaal declared himself happy with his side’s run of results over a tricky festive period that have seen the side consolidate third place in the Premier League, with the victory over Yeovil extending their unbeaten run to 11 games in all competitions.“I’m very happy we have won and I’m very happy we have survived this festive period because I don’t have a big selection,” added the Dutchman.“I have a lot of injuries so I could not change much and, in spite of that, we have regained ground to Chelsea by one point and we are in the fourth round of the FA Cup.“What can a manager wish more?” Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal 1last_img read more

Balotelli gets Italy recall from new coach Mancini

first_img0Shares0000Mario Balotelli has rediscovered his best form since joining Nice in 2016 © AFP/File / Boris HORVATTURIN, Italy, May 19 – New Italy coach Roberto Mancini on Saturday recalled Nice striker Mario Balotelli for three friendlies against Saudi Arabia, France and the Netherlands.The 27-year-old Balotelli has scored 13 goals in 33 appearances for the Azzurri but has not played international football since Italy’s humiliating group-stage exit from the 2014 World Cup. Balotelli was last called up by coach Antonio Conte in November 2014 but did not play because of injury.He has now been given another chance by Mancini, who coached him at both Inter Milan and Manchester City.Balotelli has resurrected his career since joining Nice in 2016 after less successful spells with AC Milan and Liverpool, scoring 26 goals from 37 appearances in all competitions this season.As a youngster, Balotelli was part of the Inter side coached by Jose Mourinho, now of Manchester United, that won the Champions League in 2010.He also won three Serie A titles with Inter before switching to Manchester City and helping them claim the Premier League crown in 2012.Mancini was appointed last Monday, six months after Gian Piero Ventura was sacked following the four-time world champions’ failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.Mancini takes charge of his first game against the Saudis in St Gallen, Switzerland on May 28.The Italians will play further friendlies against France in Nice on June 1 and the Netherlands, who also failed to reach the World Cup, three days later in Turin.Mancini named an initial 30-man squad that will meet for the first time at the Italian national team’s training camp at Coverciano near Florence on May 23.Five players have been given a first call-up — Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri, Torino midfielder Daniele Baselli, Crotone midfielder Rolando Mandragora, Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi and Atalanta defender Mattia Caldara.Italy squadGoalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino);Defenders: Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan), Mattia Caldara (Atalanta), Domenico Criscito (Zenit St Petersburg/RUS), Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter Milan), Mattia De Sciglio (Juventus), Emerson Palmieri Dos Santos (Chelsea/ENG), Alessio Romagnoli (AC Milan), Daniele Rugani (Juventus), Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea/ENG)Midfielders: Daniele Baselli (Torino), Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan), Bryan Cristante (Atalanta), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Jorginho (Napoli), Rolando Mandragora (Crotone), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma)Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Nice/FRA), Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Matteo Politano (Sassuolo), Simone Verdi (Bologna), Simone Zaza (Valencia/ESP)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Insider Trading: Man City to rival Spanish giants for Pogba, and Liverpool flop heading back to Italy?

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, rounds up all the latest transfer rumours and gossip.He brings us the latest on Manchester City’s pursuit of Europe’s hottest property: Paul Pogba. Can they tempt the Juventus star away from Real Madrid and Barcelona?According to some reports, the Premier League runners-up made an enquiry over the weekend with a view to an £83m bid for the Frenchman. The futures of two City strikers – Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko – are also uncertain, with the former reportedly being lined up by Inter Milan.And will Mario Balotelli be offered a route out of his Liverpool nightmare by Serie A side Sampdoria?Here’s some of the top transfer rumours from talkSPORT.com:Barcelona to fight Chelsea and Manchester City to land £5million Brazilian wonderkidMan City and Bayern Munich to move for Liverpool and Tottenham target Marc BartraManchester United target Roberto Firmino IS moving to England, confirms Hoffenheim star’s agentZlatan Ibrahimovic to hold PSG talks as Arsenal linked with stunning swoopTottenham set to miss out on transfer target Imbula as Inter Milan close on £15m dealEverton open talks with Augsburg defender Ragnar KlavanInter Milan ready bid for Manchester City forward Stevan JoveticSerie A side Sampdoria considering move for Liverpool star Mario BalotelliDanish star set to rule out Liverpool or West Ham move with £7m switch to TurkeyPaul Pogba latest: Juventus boss admits Man City target for sale at the right priceLiverpool transfer news: Tevez to sign? Plus deal for brilliant midfielder and defender latestReal Madrid enter battle for Chelsea and Man City target Mauro Icardilast_img read more

Boeing finalizes 787 deal

first_imgBoeing Co. said Thursday it finalized a deal with British Airways, notching 790 orders for its long-awaited 787 Dreamliner plane during the past three years. British Airways’ order for 24 Dreamliners gives the plane one of the industry’s most successful launches ever – even though the airliner has yet to take flight. Boeing, which produces the C-17 military transport in Long Beach, is the city’s largest private-sector employer. The Chicago-based aerospace company expects to fly the first 787 around the end of the first quarter of 2008 and begin deliveries in late November or December. It expects to deliver 109 airplanes in 2009. The 787, Boeing’s first newly designed jet since the 777 in 1995, will be the world’s first large commercial airplane made mostly of light, durable less-corrosive carbon-fiber composites. Boeing says it will be cheaper to maintain and offer better fuel efficiency and more passenger comforts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson 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

ONE LUCKY PUNTER WINS ROLLOVER €13.8M LOTTO JACKPOT

first_imgOne lucky punter has won the massive €13.8 million rollover lottery jackpot.The winning numbers were 10,12, 13, 19, 43,45 and the bonus number was 5.The winning pot has snowballed following two months of rollovers and November 14 was the last time someone scooped the jackpot which was worth €3.9million. The winning ticket was bought…….in the West (start ringing those relatives in Galway and Mayo!)ONE LUCKY PUNTER WINS ROLLOVER €13.8M LOTTO JACKPOT was last modified: January 24th, 2016 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:jackpotlottorolloverlast_img read more

HARPS FINALLY GET OFF MARK THANKS TO ‘LUCKY’ GOAL AGAINST ATHLONE

first_imgFinn Harps have about as much chance of challenging for a place in the Premier League next season as Ivor Callely has of becoming the next President.But the Balybofey side’s season eventually kicked off last night when they won their first league game at the 12th attempt against Athlone Town.A solitary Kevin McHugh goal after 20 minutes in very fortunate circumstances for the home team was the only real difference between the sides. It wasn’t Christmas but the Donegal side’s goal was the biggest gift they’re likely to receive this season.The Midlanders’ Niall Scullion and goalkeeper Michael Schlingermann got their lines of communication all wrong from a Paddy McLaughlin’s delivery.Scullion headed the ball blindly to where he presumably anticipated where he thought Schlingermann would be but he wasn’t and McHugh stole in to score from all of three yards with an open net at his mercy.Inside as little as six minutes McHugh passed up a decent opportunity when Scullion failed to cut out an optimistic ball forward from McLaughlin, which left McHugh in the clear. But the Harps skipper opted for the early shot from 20 yards and his effort curled over the crossbar. After the gift-wrapped opener, Harps continued to dominate and Packie Mailey’s header from Marc Brolly’s corner flew wide as Bonner and Garbhan Friel also drew saves from the Athlone number one. Substitute Ronan Stack then diverted a shot from Mailey away as the half drew to a close.Manager Peter Hutton and director of football Felix Healy should have been content with the first half showing and Harps played the ball around well with Mark Forker and Aaron McAlwee particularly impressive.However, with eight straight defeats going into the game, confidence was understandably fragile and there were a few restless moments after the interval.Athlone, who offered nothing in the first half with Alex Gardner isolated up front, restructured after the interval and Tommy Barrett was pushed forwards for a more orthodox 4-4-2 formation and he brought the first save of the evening from Ciaran Gallagher on 54 minutes.Then, two minutes later Paul Danagher should’ve levelled matters when he missed a header from inside the six-yard box following a corner from Kevin Williamson. Another corner from the Athlone skipper saw Gallagher fortunate to escape with a flap as the balance of power seemed to be shifting. Monaghan then trailed a shot just wide of the Harps’ upright. Danagher then saw a header land on the roof of the net following as the hosts began to get overrun in midfield. Referee Dave McKeon then waved his head after what appeared to be a clear-cut penalty award when McHugh was bundled over by Darren Young and although Athlone did threaten more and more, Harps work rate was commendable and they laterally created a few opportunities themselves.Friel was within inches of a drilled Forker delivery and McHugh uncharacteristically missed a one-on-one when set away by substitute Ciaran Coll and Bonner should’ve made it two when Forker was against the architect. In the end, though, the scantly populated home support were more than happy with the single goal and the long-awaited first win.Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher;Paddy McLaughlin, Keith Cowan, Packie Mailey, Gareth Harkin; Mark Forker, Aaron McAlwee, Thomas Bonner, Marc Brolly (Ciaran Coll 77); Garbhan Friel, Kevin McHugh.Athlone Town: Michael Schlingermann; Niall Scullion, Tommy Barrett, Paul Danaher, Jamie Carr; Kevin Williamson, Darren Young (Roy King 80); Stephen Relihan, Kevin Horan (Ronan Stack 19), Eoin Monaghan; Alex Gardner (Bobby Tier 63). Referee: Dave McKeon.HARPS FINALLY GET OFF MARK THANKS TO ‘LUCKY’ GOAL AGAINST ATHLONE was last modified: May 27th, 2011 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)last_img read more