Man City beaten by Lyon in CL opener

first_imgMaxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir fired Lyon into a 2-0 half-time lead and despite Bernardo Silva pulling a goal back, City slumped to their first defeat of the season.A decade into their stewardship, winning the Champions League for the first time may remain the holy grail for City’s Abu Dhabi owners.But it seems City’s fans still need to be convinced with plenty of empty seats dotted around the Etihad and the Champions League anthem again booed before kick-off.That flat atmosphere transferred into City’s first-half display as Guardiola could only sit and watch a performance riddled with uncharacteristic basic errors from the Premier League champions.Lyon have won just two of their opening five Ligue 1 matches of the season, but pounced on City’s sloppiness.Cornet thought he had opened the scoring when he rounded Ederson and slotted into an empty net only to be marginally flagged offside midway through the first half.Moments later there was no flag to rescue City from some calamitous defending.Fekir’s low cross should have been easily cut out by Fabian Delph at the back post. However, the England international swiped at fresh air and Cornet gratefully slotted into the far corner.Conceding at least sparked City into life and they also had the ball in the net only to be called back for offside when Raheem Sterling’s cross was converted by Ilkay Gundogan, before Gabriel Jesus had claims for a penalty waived away.Assistant manager Mikel Arteta took charge of Manchester City in place of the suspended Pep Guardiola© AFP Paul ELLISGuardiola’s ban meant he wasn’t even allowed into the dressing room at half-time, and Arteta’s team talk got an awfully lot tougher two minutes before the break when long-time Liverpool target Fekir drilled a shot from 25 yards into the bottom corner.Arteta surprisingly resisted the temptation to make changes at the break despite having a cavalry of Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Riyad Mahrez on the bench.Anthony Lopes made a smart stop low to his right to deny Jesus, but it wasn’t until Sane and Aguero were summoned before the hour mark that City started to threaten.By that point, it should have been too late as former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay hit the post with just Ederson to beat on another threatening Lyon counter-attack.Sane’s introduction moved Bernardo Silva into the central role where he has shone in recent weeks in the absence of Kevin De Bruyne and the two combined to get the hosts back into the game 23 minutes from time.The German got to the by-line and his cut-back was swept into the far corner by the Portuguese international.Sane scored on his first start of the season against Fulham on Saturday and seemed determined to ride to City’s rescue as a fleet-footed run set up a low effort from Aguero that Lopes did well to stop.Aguero and Sane fired off target when well-placed in stoppage time, but Lyon held out to leave City with plenty of work to do in Group F to progress.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Maxwel Cornet scored the opening goal for Lyon against Manchester City© AFP Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 19 – Pep Guardiola had to watch on in horror from the stands as Manchester City’s Champions League campaign got off to the worst possible start in a 2-1 home defeat by Lyon on Wednesday.Guardiola was serving a touchline ban for being sent-off in last season’s quarter-final exit to Liverpool and the competition favourites failed to live up their billing.last_img read more

Over 200 women sign up for topless swim at secret location for cancer fundraiser

first_imgPlans for a topless swim by Donegal women as part of a cancer fundraiser have caught the imagination with more than 200 brave souls already signed up.The swim, which will take place at a secret location in Inishowen, will take place in August.When Greencastle woman Mary McLaughlin contacted her friend Katrina Doherty about organising a female only topless swim to raise money for breast cancer services, a light bulb went off in her head. “It was just the right time for me,” said Moville mum Katrina.Having survived breast cancer herself after being diagnosed four years ago, Katrina had previously signed up for a full ‘Strip and Dip’ in County Wicklow but had backed out at the last minute.“I wasn’t in the right place for doing it but when Mary rang me and suggested us doing a ‘half strip and dip’ it just clicked and everything fell into place,” explained Katrina.The ‘Half Strip and Dip’ will see local women bravely strip off, from the waist up only, and take a quick dip at a beach in an extremely secret location within Inishowen later this month, all in a bid to raise money for breast cancer services in the county. Mary said she felt the ‘Half Strip and Dip’ might make women feel more comfortable going topless rather than a full strip.Donegal Hospice nurse Mary explained that she got inspiration for the fundraiser through her friend Sharon, who also works in the Donegal Hospice and was diagnosed with breast cancer.“We were all so shocked when Sharon was diagnosed – she didn’t have any of the usual symptoms and is a young mum of four,” said Mary.“She has had her treatment and a double mastectomy and is back at work. In Hospice we are surrounded by sickness and death but there is life after cancer and it can be very hard to settle back in.”With that in mind, Mary and Katrina have targeted three different groups to back with their fundraising. The Breast Cancer Centre in Letterkenny, Cancer Care West – which provides support to cancer survivors and the Breast Cancer Ireland Schools Outreach Programme.“Cancer Care West is so important – five, ten or twenty years after having cancer you can call into them and they will be there to talk. You might just want to talk or have some reflexology – but they are there,” said Mary.“My friend Sharon said it was nearly as hard getting on with life after finishing her treatment as it was going through the treatment.”‘Go and live your life’ Katrina explained the after care with cancer patients is vital.“In 2015 when I was diagnosed there was no Cancer Care West. When I was diagnosed in September 2015 I immediately had a team around me telling me what to do and what would happen, but after it’s just like ‘go on live your life’. They just have to get on with the next patient.“Letterkenny are very good at looking after the physical side of your health and I receive check ups and mammograms every six months, but there is a lack of support. You would never think it would be hard to go back to normal or go back to how things were before cancer but you can’t,” she said.“You are totally different after having cancer – you don’t stress about the trivial things and the simple things can feel overwhelming at times. Life will never be the same again.”Scoil Mhuire teacher Katrina said she returned to work just eight months after her diagnosis.“I received my diagnosis in September 2015 and went back to work the following May just a couple of days at the end of the term but I went back full-time in September 2016 and that was really really tough,” explained Katrina.“I didn’t have chemo, I had a lumpectomy and radiation in St. Luke’s in Dublin but I’m still on medication that essentially blocks my hormones. I have a lot of side effects – some people don’t but I do – it’s essentially like the menopause. It can be challenging.“After going back to work full-time I changed and did job share for two years but I intend to go back full-time in September so we’ll see how it goes.”Back to schoolHowever teacher Katrina has a great relationship with her colleagues and the students in the Buncrana secondary school.“When I went back the principal asked me if I wanted to tell the students or talk to them and I was so happy to that. The students all know I had cancer and I would talk to them openly about it. I’m always there too if they need to talk, or if a family member is going through something similar,” she said.And it was Katrina’s positive experience at school that encouraged the ladies to donate some of the hard earned fundraising money to a the Breast Cancer Ireland Schools Outreach Programme.“I had never heard of this, but after I went back, one of the other teachers Denise Dowds, asked me about bringing these people in. We did the talk with all the girls in TY, 5th and 6th year. The co-ordinator was great. She had been diagnosed herself four years ago and was able to tell the girls what to look out for and taught them how to check themselves and be breast aware.“There was also a practical demonstration with a dummy so that was great – Rachel the co-ordinator was able to show them the difference between a lump and a dimple. It is a great programme so we knew we wanted to support them in whatever way we could.”Mary says Moville Community College and Carn Community School also now plan to run similar programmes for the young ladies in their schools.“We think education is key, teaching young women and encouraging them to be breast aware is so important,” she added.“Even to raise awareness that programmes like this exist for young people is great. We just want to raise as much money as possible doing this.” Up to 200 women signed up alreadyBoth Mary and Katrina have been overwhelmed with the amount of support they have received for the ‘Half Strip and Dip’ but with it not taking place until August there is plenty of time for other women to join them.“We have almost 200 fundraising cards out already so we’re hoping that maybe we’ll have a few more. This is literally for everyone, well as long as you are over 18,” said Mary.“My mum is 70 and she is doing it and she can’t understand why more older women aren’t taking part- I am so proud of her – she even said it to people at the bingo.“This will literally be as quick or as long as a dip as you want it to be and I think everyone will be focussed on themselves to look around them so hopefully more women sign up. Cancer is everywhere, it touches everyone – we all have our reasons for doing it – I’m doing it for friend Sharon and Katrina is doing it because she had cancer.But for Katrina she knows it will be an emotional affair.“I just know I’ll start crying. I think when you go through something that you have no control over this will allow to take back control – it will be empowering. But for me it will definitely be emotional.”With women coming from Carn, Buncrana, Ramelton, Moville, Greencastle, Letterkenny and further a field, friends Katrina and Mary hope the ‘Strip and Dip’ can act as a support group for people with cancer or survivors.“There used to be a support group in Inishowen but that’s gone now. Maybe when we are all together we can use this as opportunity to meet people and start our own form of a support group.”Fundraising cards are currently with the women who are taking part in the ‘Half Strip and Dip’ and each line costs €10. Separate fundraising cards and buckets are available locally in shops in Moville and in the 17 Healthwise stores across the county.For further information or to take part you can contact Katrina on 087-207-7939 or Mary on 086 -393-1043.Over 200 women sign up for topless swim at secret location for cancer fundraiser was last modified: August 1st, 2019 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)Tags:cancercharityInishowentoplesslast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE REPORTSOld Orchard Inn Saturday Division OneFintown Harps AFC 2 Mulroy Celtic 1 In great playing conditions at Pairc Acla in Fintown both teams put in a lot of effort in the first half. John Molloy and Stephen Boyle came very close to putting the home side in front. Mulroy created some quality scoring opportunities but both teams were unable to get a score in the first half of this competitive game. The start of the second half was much the same with Aaron Thompson coming close on the 10th minute from a through ball by Paddy McFadden. Stephen Molloy slammed the top left hand corner of the posts from 25 yards out on the 14th minute. Then in the 18th minute Eoin Wade put his name on the scoreboard, converting a great cross by Stephen Molloy to put the Harps in front. In the 28th minute Fintown furthered their lead when Brian Delaney’s shot went into the top right hand corner of the net. Just when Fintown thought it was all going their way Mulroy edged one back when Mark Griffin scored a penalty. Mulroy pushed hard in the last minutes of the game trying to get an equaliser but it wasn’t to be. Team performances by both teams. Referee: John Mc ConigleyGweedore Celtic Reserves 2 Erne Wanderers 3This game played at the Screaban in a bitterly cold afternoon. The visitors opened the scoring on twelve minutes when Barry Mulligan scored from the edge of the area. The same player made it two-nil on twenty minutes. The home side scored their opening goal on twenty three minutes when John Walsh took the ball from his own half and crossed into the box where Shaun Doherty scored from three yards. Erne Wanders made it three one on thirty minutes when Mickey Ward beat the off side trap In the second half Gweedore played the better football and created numerous chances and got their reward on fifty five minutes when Shamack put a ball through to Ciaran McGinley who scored from an acute angle. Gweedore then when looking for the equalizer through Joe Bonner and Garth Kerrigan but were denied by a solid defence from Erne Wanders.Referee: Barry HunterBest for Gweedore John Walsh, Paul Duggan and Willie McBrideTeam performance by Erne WandersGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoDeele Harps 4 Milford United Reserves 0 Deele continued their 100% league record with their eighth straight league victory against Milford at The Athletic Grounds. Deele were made to work hard for the victory as Milford really put it up to the home side in the first half. Despite Deele’s slow start to the game, Conor Catterson scored the opener with a fierce strike after 25 minutes. Milford responded well and but for Christy Roulstone in the Deele goals could easily have scored on two occasions. The young netminder first tipped a Milford free onto the bar before a superb double save in the 40th minute which maintained Deele’s advantage. The league leaders then upped their game and extended their lead on the stroke of half time when Aidy Gallagher cut in from the left and finished well following good running from Shane Gallagher. The second half was again a tight battle with Christy Roulstone being called into action on a couple of occasions. While Milford were pushing hard Deele were creating chances of their own and Gavin Gallagher’s work rate paid off when he started a move in midfield which the Tober man finished himself after Aidy Gallagher’s pass. Deele added the fourth goal in the 80th minute when centre back Dermot Shiels scored for the second week running, a trademark header from Gary Wilson-Mc Girr’s corner. Best for Deele was Christy Roulstone who ensured another clean sheet. A team performance from Milford United. Referee: Barry HunterDonegal Town Reserves 5 Downtown United 0Donegal solidified their place in second position with a convincing performance, which resulted in the end in a comfortable victory. Despite Downtown starting the better, once David Bustard put the home side in front on twenty minutes, the result was never in doubt. Kevin Devaney played a pinpoint through ball which Bustard controlled well and chipped the advancing keeper. Ridha Abdullah made it 2-0 shortly after, working the space well to head in at the front post from a corner. JP Byrne made it three just before half time when he headed home at the back post from a well struck Sean Boyle corner. With the home side three up at half time, the first goal in the second half was always going to be crucial. Despite some good pressure early on from Downtown, Stephen Curneen was on hand to tap the ball home after Ciaran O’Reilly’s shot came back off the keeper. The victory was sealed when David Bustard got his head to an O’Reilly cross after good work out wide from Gary Ward. A rather one sided contest although played in an honest spirit by both teams. JP Byrne and Bustard were best for Donegal. Team performance from the visitors.Gweedore United Reserves 2 Cranford United Reserves 3 This game played at Carrickboyle under the floodlights on Friday night saw an entertaining encounter with Cranford coming out on top at the end. The game started with the home side having most of the possession and two minutes in Ciaran Gillespie scored into the top corner of Brian Hegarty’s net from 20 yards. As the match progressed both sides played good football with chances at both ends. In the 44th minute Cranford equalised when a good cross from Conor Shields was tapped home from close range by Chris Molloy to make it 1-1 at half time. In the second half the visitors got off to the best possible start when John Mc Bride drove past Johnny Gallagher into the bottom corner from 18 yards to make it 1-2 in the 46th minute. In the 77th minute the Carrickboyle men got back on level terms when good work by Aodh O’ Donnell and Sean Paul Mc Mahon was well finished off by Stephen O’ Donnell after the ball was parried by Hegarty in the Cranford net. Both sides again went in search of the winner with good open play. United had numerous chances, however it was Cranford who scored the 3rd and final goal in the 84th minute when Patrick Mc Gruddy beat the off side trap, rounding Johnny Gallagher and tapping in to ensure a good three points for Cranford. Aodh O’ Donnell and Hugh Martin Curran played well for United with James Lee excelling for Cranford.Referee: Paul DohertyBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionGweedore Celtic 0 Castlefin Celtic 0It was honours even at An Screaban on a cold day but a good day for football. Gweedore short a number of their regulars did well to hold on for a draw. The first half was a fairly even affair with Castlefin creating a few chances. On five minutes the ball was headed over in front of the home goal, another shot was blasted over the bar when it seemed easier to score. It was more even in the second half. A break from half way allowed Fionan Diver through but Keeper Mc Menamin did well to block the shot. Five minutes later Fionan’s shot was tipped against the bar and Ownie Mc Garvey scooped the rebound over. In the last five minutes Gweedore had a lucky escape with a scramble in the goalmouth but eventually the ball was cleared.Best for Gweedore : Fionan DiverFor Castlefin Keeper Simon Mc Menamin was outstandingReferee: Kevin LogueLagan Harps A v A Rathmullan CelticNo Report, Abandoned at half time due to poor visibilityWatson Hire Division OneBallybofey United P v P Arranmore UnitedPostponed due to fog prior to kick-offCurragh Athletic 10 Raphoe Town 2Curragh Athletic completely over ran a Raphoe Town outfit to record an emphatic ten goals to two victory in Killygordon. Fresh from their previous somewhat disappointing draw with Ballybofey United the previous week, Curragh made no mistake this time out with Ryan Carlin (8, 25, 44) and Dan O Brien (11, 30, 56) grabbing themselves hat-tricks in the process. Shane Barclay also managed to get in on the scoring act with a brace, his first on fifty five and a second on seventy four minutes. Other scorers for Curragh were Michael and Patrick Oliver on thirty seven and eighty five minutes respectively. Reece Laird managed to score twice for the away side making the score seven goals to one on fifty minutes and also by rounded off the scoring on eighty six minutes. This was a very strong performance from the Curragh Athletic team who turned in a perfect team effort with Carlin and O Brien outstanding. Raphoe had Laird showing some good skills for them. Referee: Paddy Duffy.CT Ball Division TwoDrumbar United 2 Letterbarrow Celtic 0This was a closely contested derby with Drumbar coming out on top in the end. The first half was a ding dong affair with both sides creating half chances. The second half saw the visitors get more into the game but they were lacking in the final third. Drumbar’s frustration continued in front of goal with a few more near misses until the ball fell to Ray Ballagon who tucked it into the bottom corner with 10 minutes left. He then scored again with just 2 minutes left to seal the home side’s victory. Barry Griffin and Dale Duncan were best for the visitors.Dunlewy Celtic 3 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 2With only three games in the CT Ball Division, this was a top of table clash with both teams on good runs. The game wasn’t a minute old when the Kerry keel men struck. The centre was taken and a quick ball was placed into Johnny Friel who made a darting run from deep, his effort was cleared out to the right flank were Mark Friel whipped in a shot which rocketed into the top corner of the net. The home side were rocked by this and it took the side 20 minutes to settle. Dunlewy got back on level terms when James McMullen picked up a loose ball in midfield and took a pop from outside the box which nestled itself into the corner of the net. The home side took the lead going into the break when Lorcan Gallagher rose highest from a Brendan Mc Geady corner to power home a strong header.The second half was a tense affair and again it was the visitors who took the game to the home side and put the home defence under severe pressure. Johnny Friel then broke the offside trap and scored to leave the game on a knife edge. The turning point came when a Liam McMullen pass spilt the visitors defence and John Cannon got there first but was brought down by the keeper. The resulting penalty was coolly slotted home by Christy Cannon. In a tense 15 minutes the home side held strong with last ditch defending and had chances to increase their lead when they attacked on the break but in the end the home side took all three points.A strong performance from both teams at Glentornan ParkWhitestrand United 2 Convoy Arsenal 1Whitestrand built on last weeks impressive victory over Kerrykeel with a hard fought victory over Convoy . Strand took the lead in the first half with Michael Sweeney finishing superbly . The strand added to the lead when co manager Paul Lynch fired home clinically after a scramble in the penalty area . Malley should have put the game to bed before half time but a mixture of poor finishing and bad luck left the score at 2-0. Convoy performed much better after half time and pulled a goal back with 15minutes left, converting a fine free kick . Convoy should have equalised in the dying moments but Benny Friel pulled of a wonder save to see the game finish 2-1. Best for strand Lynch and Gallagher. Best for Convoy Eunan KellyUlster Junior CupBonagee United 1 Drumkill Rovers 3Nigel Lynch for the visitors came close on twelve minutes when he headed just wide from a corner kick. Darren Coyle and Kevin Doran had efforts on goal for the home team on twenty and twenty five minutes but Dwayne Rooney in the Drumkill goal was in good form and saved well. Drumkill took the lead on forty three minutes when a cross from the left was palmed away by the Bonagee keeper only for the ball to strike Drumkill’s Kevin Brennan on the knee and rebound into the net. Bonagee started the second half on top and should have levelled the game on fifty five minutes when Kevin Doran broke down the left cut inside the defender but his effort came off the post and the ball fell to Paddy Mc Laughlin just inside the box but his shot was well saved by Rooney. Shane Kelly did level the game on Sixty two minutes when he played a great one two with Darren Coyle outside the box and his shot found the bottom corner of the goal. Drumkill went ahead on seventy eight minutes when Damien Larkin broke down the right and his shot from the edge of the box beat Toner in the Bonagee goal. Drumkill got their third on eighty four minutes when Brian Mc Quaid beat the offside trap and he lobbed the ball over the keeper from twenty yards. Team efforts by both sides. Referee: Joe Mc Hugh.Milford United 3 Drumoghill F.C. 0Milford United advanced to the next round of the Ulster Junior Cup with a comprehensive victory over Drumoghill in a foggy Moyle View Park. Milford started the game at a high tempo and took the lead on 20minutes when Karol Duggan slotted home from 10 yards. Duggan had two great chances to extend the lead but his shots went narrowly wide. A good move on the left by PJ Hagan and David Curley found “Ciaran McGinley who rounded the keeper for a fine finish. Milford controlled most of the game but a hard working Drumoghill team were a constant threat and kept Milford’s back four busy the whole afternoon. Milford had many chances to finish the game off through, Ciaran McGinley, Peter Doherty, Joey Cullen, Mark Flood and Padraic Ferry but all failed to hit the net. Milford got their third when Caolan Mc Gettigan’s long ball was won by Joey Cullen who set up Peter Doherty who scored from an acute angle. Good team performance by both sides, best for Milford were Paul Shields and Paddy Peoples in the centre of defence. Referee: Vincent McLaughlin.FAI Junior CupAileach F.C. 1 Cappry Rovers 2Killylough F.C. 2 Glenea United 3Kilmacrennan Celtic 2 Keadue Rovers 5Keadue Rovers advance into the next round of the cup following a convincing win over Kilmacrennan Celtic.Although the visitors started the best, Kilmac took the lead after good work from Timmy Burke found an unmarked Ryan Shields. The young midfielder played a lovely ball behind the Keadue defence for the inrushing Eddie Doherty who coolly chipped Chris Mc Ginn, the Keadue netminder with twenty minutes played. The premier outfit looked to be in control and created numerous chances but failed to capitalise on them. Kilmac paid the price for this on the stroke of half time when a Damien Hanlon free kick from the half way line caused confusion amongst the Kilmac side and veteran Dolty Boyle made no mistake from close range.Keadue dominated the first twenty minutes of the second half and deservedly scored two goals through Damien Hanlon and Shaun Boyle. Kilmac introduced Cathal Gallagher and Gavin Gorman in an attempt to get back into the game. The change in formation did make the home side more of a threat, but Keadue stood firm and defended well. With fifteen minutes remaining Keadue broke quickly and Shaun Bonner scored from close range after good work from Dolty Boyle. Kilmac responded quickly through Eddie Doherty from a Aidan Friel cross. There was still time for another goal from Keadue when Damien Hanlon’s shot from eighteen yards reflected off a Kilmac defender and into the back of the net.Team effort from Kilmac while Shaun Bonner and Damien Hanlon were best for Keadue.TOTAL SOCCER: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE COMPLETE MATCH REPORTS was last modified: November 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:TOTAL SOCCER: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE COMPLETE MATCH REPORTSlast_img read more