Maloney magic wins it for Scotland

first_img In the 34th minute Mulgrew bulleted a header from a Maloney cross past the post from six yards as Scotland turned the screw and the home fans at last found their voice. Four minutes from the break Fletcher failed to get on the end of a Maloney cross after the former Celt delightfully pulled a Russell Martin pass out of the air, and another opportunity for Scotland was lost. O’Neill’s side came out for the second-half in a more purposeful mode and in the 50th minute, from a fine McGeady cross, Hanley did well to challenge Walters and concede a corner which came to nothing. Moments later, from another Irish corner, Walters’ flick was helped on by Long from close-range with the home fans palpably relieved to see Marshall make the save. Fletcher was replaced by Chris Martin but Marshall again came to Scotland’s rescue by pushing an angled-drive by McGeady past the far post for another James McClean corner, which he confidently plucked out the air. In the 65th minute, with the game tantalisingly balanced and not for those of a nervous disposition, Martin screwed a Steven Naismith pass inches past Forde’s left-hand post from eight yards out. Long and Darron Gibson were soon replaced by Robbie Brady and Stephen Quinn in a double substitution but to no avail. From a whipped-in free-kick from Mulgrew, Walters headed the ball against the top of his own crossbar but the luck of the Irish immediately went missing. Maloney took a short corner to skipper Scott Brown, took the clever return pass and curled the ball from 16 yards past Forde and into the far corner and Parkhead erupted. O’Neill threw on Keane for Hendrick and the Scots were forced into some desperate defending but saw out four additional minutes – in which the ball came off their bar in a last-ditch Irish attack – to the cheers of the home fans who may already have the scent of France in their nostrils. Scotland go level on seven points with Ireland and Germany, with Poland Group D leaders with 10, but there are surely twists and turns still to come before the two automatic qualifying spots and the play-off place is secured. There had been plenty of guess work about personnel in an intense build-up to the game and the Scotland team sheet showed that Strachan, back at his former club, made three changes with left-back Andy Robertson, stopper Grant Hanley and midfielder Charlie Mulgrew returning as Steven Whittaker moved to right-back. Irish manager Martin O’Neill, another ex-Celtic boss, lost midfielders Glenn Whelan and James McCarthy to injury but the shock news was that skipper and top scorer Robbie Keane had been dropped to the bench. Republic fans had been officially allocated around 3,200 tickets but there were a few thousand more Irish accents in the ground at kick-off time, helping create quite a din, albeit it took quite a while for the stadium to fill up to almost its 60,000 capacity. Amid a cracking atmosphere the question of whether Republic of Ireland’s Scots-born winger Aiden McGeady would get booed on his return to his old ground was answered in the affirmative by the Tartan Army, who never let up. However, there was more for them to focus on in a frantic opening as Scotland keeper David Marshall was tested by Jon Walters before Scots striker Steven Fletcher headed a Maloney corner over the bar. A tetchiness then enveloped the match. In the 12th minute Hanley was booked by Serbian referee Milorad Mazic for a desperate tackle on Shane Long and then McGeady and Jeff Hendrick were shown yellows for fouls on Fletcher and Whittaker respectively. Gordon Strachan’s side had the best of a tense, frenetic first-half at Celtic Park but passed up a couple of good chances to take the lead. The visitors came out rejuvenated after the break however Scotland regained control with Wigan forward Maloney, back on his old stomping ground, curling the ball past David Forde in the 75th minute with technique fit to win any game. Scotland confirmed their 2016 European Championship qualifying credentials with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Republic of Ireland thanks to a wonderful second-half strike by Shaun Maloney Press Associationlast_img read more

Football Training Centre in Zenica to be expanded

first_imgBosnia and Herzegovina’s Football Training Centre is located on Kamberovića Plain (another name of the site is Crkvičko Brdo) in Zenica. It currently covers an area of 30,000 m². Two football pitches measuring 105×68 m have already been built on this site, one with natural grass and the other with artificial turf, as well as one covered pitch with tent construction and artificial turf measuring 20×40 meters.The facility on this location also has a grandstand and hotel facilities. The grandstand has a capacity of 1500 seats. Within the facility, there are 24 double rooms, a kitchen with a restaurant, seminar and meeting room, 2 large and 4 smaller dressing rooms, a medical room, an anti-doping room, a fitness room, a room with 12 baths for water massage, a laundry room, a storage room and other rooms.The Training Centre is registered with UEFA as a category 2 stadium, with official matches being played by the U-21 team, the women’s “A” national team and all other national teams’ lower-age categories.The Training Centre started operating in the spring of 2014 and has been increasing capacity utilization every year. It is used for gatherings of all the FF BH national teams, for holding seminars, coach education, as well as for playing official and training matches.In 2018, the capacity utilization of the Centre was 79%, and in 2019 it is planned 82%.These are the current limits, because, due to limited accommodation and only two large pitches, it is not possible to achieve maximum (100%) utilization of this facility.Since December 2018, the FF BH has been leading activities on the project of expanding the Training Centre in Zenica, together with the City of Zenica.A session of the City Council of the City of Zenica was held yesterday, with the decision on determining the public interest for expanding the capacity of the Training Centre of the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Zenica. This created the preconditions for the preparation of project documentation for expanding the Training Centre.The FF BH Executive Board has already made the appropriate decisions that foresee the sources of funding for the project of expanding and, after drafting the project documentation, will be able to submit applications to UEFA and FIFA.The extension of TC Zenica would include two new football pitches of standard dimensions 68.0×105.0 meters, both with natural grass.Accommodation will also be expanded.The length of the new building is 32.70 m, its width is 16.90 m, and the floor is B + GF + 2 + M. The new building will be located in the continuation of the existing one, in the area where the parking lot is currently located.In the basement of the building there will be a swimming pool with fitness room, sauna, diagnostic centre, pool equipment area and storage.last_img read more

Dacres makes discus history … again

first_imgLast week, Fedrick Dacres won Jamaica’s first ever Pan-American Games gold medal in the discus throw. His coach, Julian Robinson, says Dacres, who is also Jamaica’s first World Youth and World Junior discus winner, has been through a lot to earn his latest success. The lanky thrower came close to his coach’s distancetarget at the Games in Toronto and is building towards next month’s World Championships.Referring to injuries Dacres has suffered in the last fewseasons, Robinson said, “To see him come and win now, it really warms my heart, and I was happy for him because he has had disappointments.”The gold medal in Toronto came with a winning throw measured at 64.80 metres. That was just short of the 65 metres mark Robinson thinks is required of throwers who seek World Championships medals.mid-season injury”At the World Championships, you’re going to have a qualifying round, and typically, people who advance to the top 12 will have to throw in the region of 65m,” he postulated.”I reason that for him to get a medal he will need to produce at least two 65 metres throws,” he said.Dacres produced two 64m efforts in Toronto, his winning throw and another effort of 64.40m. Prior to a mid-season biceps injury, Dacres produced throws measured at 66.40m and 66.30m. Since his return tocompetition, he took top spot in last month’s National Senior Championships.He will continue to build strength, power and technique as the World Championships approach.”I think that in the 30-odd days that remain, we can do some more work so that we’re in a better position going into the World Championships,” said coach Robinson.Robinson had high praise for Odayne Richards, who won Jamaica’s first Pan-Am gold in the shot with a national and Games record of 21.69m. The success of both throwers led the coach to make a recommendation to his colleagues.”Our human resource is such that we can produce jumpers, sprinters, throwers and middle distance people,” he essayed, “and I would hope that our coaches would not limit the young talent to sprinting alone but would consider other disciplines.”last_img read more

Men’s Soccer Has Five Student-Athletes Earn MVC Honors

first_imgSeniors Mueng Sunday (Coralville, Iowa) and James Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) were named to the All-MVC First Team while junior Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.) and redshirt senior Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario) garnered All-MVC Honorable Mention accolades. Rounding out the award winners is freshman Antonio Sanchez (Coralville, Iowa) who was picked to the MVC All-Freshman team. SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Five student-athletes from the Drake University men’s soccer team collected Missouri Valley Conference honors Thursday night at the 2016 MVC men’s soccer awards banquet in Springfield, Mo. This is Wypych’s third-consecutive All-MVC First Team award. The forward, who transferred to Drake from New Mexico prior to the 2014 season, scored a team-leading eight goals, handed out a team-high five assists and tallied a team-best 21 points this season. Wypych scored 20 goals and recorded 10 assists in 57 career matches for the Bulldogs. Sanchez had an outstanding first season as a Bulldog at the forward and midfielder positions. He played in 17 matches and finished second on the team in assists with four. Sanchez scored Drake’s goal in the quarterfinals match against Evansville Wednesday. Sunday, a midfielder, earned first team honors for the second-straight year after he started 18-of-19 matches and scored two goals and handed one assist. He was named to the prestigious MAC Hermann watch list prior to the season. Sunday earned all-MVC honorable mention honors as a sophomore and was named to the second team as a freshman.center_img It is also the first career all-MVC honor for MacLeod, a goalkeeper, who is the all-time leader in program history in games (76), minutes (6940:22), saves (308), shutouts (19) and wins (33). This is the first all-MVC accolade for Enna, who played in 16 matches and was second on the team in goals scored with five. A forward, Enna, added one assist and finished with 11 points, which ranked second on the squad. The Bulldogs’ 2016 season ended Wednesday in the MVC quarterfinals in a 2-1 loss to Evansville. Drake finished with a 6-12-1 overall record. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more