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Denmark wins a Eurocup for which they did not qualify

first_imgAnd then came the script twist. That moment as unexpected as necessary in the middle of the films that make the viewer stay hooked on the story. In France I played the current Golden Ball Jean-Pierre Papin, along with other world-class stars like Cantona, Blanc and Deschamps, among others, and were led by the great French myth, Michel Platini. And even so, Denmark, which had not scored a single goal in the previous two games, won (2-1). England fell to Sweden so the Danes passed as group seconds: Holland of Gullit, Van Basten, Rijkaard, Koeman, Bergkamp and company, champion of the previous Eurocup, waited in the semifinals. “It has to be a joke”, were the first words of Peter SchmeicheHe, goalkeeper of that team and considered one of the best in history, when he was announced that his team would go to the Euro Cup. The goalkeeper, like the rest of his teammates, was on vacation when the Danish federation informed them that they would play in the continental tournament. “Get out and not make the ridiculous” were the words the coach told them Richard Nielsen their players before starting each of the three group stage matches against England, Sweden and France.Don’t make the ridiculous. That was the motto. Nobody was betting a hard one because Denmark passed the group stage of the tournament and less without Michael Laudrup, the best Danish player of all time, who had left the team a few months earlier due to disagreements with Nielsen. In the opening match, against England, the result was better than expected (0-0) but evidenced the lack of rhythm of the Nordic team, which hardly disturbed the goal of Woods. The second match was against Sweden, the host, and in it all the omens were confirmed: the Swedes won 1-0 and Denmark still did not approach the rivals with danger. Brian Laudrup, Michael’s brother, was the center-forward of the national team and was not optimistic: “We were already thinking about continuing with the holidays, because beating France in those conditions was impossible.” The goal of not making a fool of himself was accomplished. Going through the phase was a real merit and falling to one of the best teams of the moment in the semifinals was something that was logical. Holland believed themselves superior and looked in the final and left the game extremely relaxed. Denmark took advantage of it. Larsen He was the great Danish star with his two goals and the Netherlands slipped the whole game, tied thanks to goals from Bergkamp and Rijkaard. The penalty shootout was seen as a duel between two of the great goalkeepers of the moment: Van Breukelen, who had already given PSV a European Cup in the set, and Schmeichel, who many considered the best goalkeeper in the world. The Danish was victorious after stopping a Van Basten shot, no less, and put the Nielsen team in the final of a Euro Cup for which he had not qualified.In the final they ran into the Germany’s first team reunited after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Things of destiny. Denmark had participated in the Euro Cup because a country was breaking and the title was played against one that had just been restructured. This time, unlike the movies, there was no heart attack ending. Denmark won 2-0 without going through too much trouble thanks to goals from Jensen and Vilfort and gave a unique ending to that historic Eurocup. “Without a doubt, the fact that nobody trusted us, not even ourselves, was what allowed us to become champions,” was the conclusion Schmeichel drew after the tournament. Live to believe.center_img The history of the selection of Denmark in the summer of ’92 it seems to be taken from the script of movies like Wimbledon or Rocky. In them, a hero protagonist, for reasons foreign to him, is invited to participate in the biggest sporting event of the moment and has just conquered the hearts of all fans. He even wins (in Rocky’s case, spoiler alert, the second time). The story of the Danes is a tracing. Denmark, which had not qualified for the European Championship in Sweden that year, was invited to replace Yugoslavia, whose country was immersed in the tragic and terrible Balkan War, and ended up winning the tournament against all odds. Pure Hollywood.last_img read more

NCAA: Arellano recovers from San Beda loss, rallies to beat Perpetual

first_imgThe Chiefs found the will to bounce back from the 98-79 clobbering they got from San Beda last Friday, but needed a fierce second turnaround to snatch their fourth win against five defeats.From a 17-34 disadvantage in the second quarter, Arellano slowly chipped away at the lead and tied the game at 70 before making crucial stops in the end game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Coming from that big 50-point game by Bolick, we were really down and hurt,” said coach Jerry Codinera. “Way to bounce back with this down-to-the-wire finish.”The last time the Chiefs took the floor, they let Robert Bolick drop 50 points—37 in the second half-on them in a career-best performance for the Red Lions. Asian Games: The billionaire bridge player who holds all the cards Arellano came storming back from 17 points down to defeat Perpetual Help, 76-72, and end the first round on a high note in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs The Altas, meanwhile, absorbed their second straight loss as they were unable to stop Kraniel Villoria and Maui Sera Josef from rallying the Chiefs. Villoria and Josef combined for 29 points.Perpetual Help dropped to 5-4 at the fifth spot with Arellano trailing behind.center_img LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

DeMarcus Cousins fouls out of Warriors debut in win over Clippers

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Cousins shot 5 for 11 from the floor and finished with six rebounds and three assists during his first game since Jan. 26, 2018, when he ruptured his left Achilles tendon playing for New Orleans. He missed the rest of last season, including nine playoff games for the Pelicans. The Warriors signed him last July.With Cousins finally in the lineup, Golden State became the first team in 42 years to start five All-Stars from the previous season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsInstead of his usual scowl, Cousins left the court after his sixth foul at 8:51 of the fourth smiling and high-fiving his new teammates. Curry and Kevin Durant, who scored 24 points, looked happy, too.Cousins went out with a bang. He got his fifth foul just 30 seconds into the fourth and then made two consecutive 3-pointers — holding up three fingers — that extended the Warriors’ lead to 87-72. Curry scored 14 of Golden State’s 29 points in the third, including their final eight for an 81-72 lead.Tobias Harris led the short-handed Clippers with 28 points. Rookie guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander tied his career high with 24 in their season-worst fifth straight loss. They played without injured Lou Williams, and Danilo Gallinari left with lower back spasms.Cousins picked up his third foul 32 seconds into the second quarter. Then he hit a 3-pointer for the Warriors’ first basket of the period, bringing loud cheers from their many fans at Staples Center.Cousins missed his first shot but came right back with a one-handed slam off Durant’s bounce pass for the Warriors’ first basket. Cousins was called for two fouls in the first three minutes and sat down.The Warriors took their first double-digit lead in the first four minutes of the third when the Clippers missed their initial six shots. Golden State opened on a 14-2 run with five different players scoring, including a basket by Cousins before getting his fourth foul, to go up 66-53.ADVERTISEMENT 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Draymond Green got two technical fouls in the second quarter, the second one for swinging from the basket after a high-flying dunk that sent the Warriors into halftime leading 52-51.Neither team led by more than six in the first half.TIP-INSWarriors: They’re in LA for five days. “I unpacked my bag for the first time ever on a road trip,” said coach Steve Kerr, who plans to catch up with friends from San Diego during the down time. … Durant got a technical in the third. … They’ve had 10 turnovers in each of their last four games. … Lead the season series 2-1. … G Shaun Livingston, drafted fourth overall by the Clippers in 2004, visited retiring Clippers play-by-play announcer Ralph Lawler before the game. … Golden State’s longest win streak of the season is eight games from Oct. 22 to Nov. 5.Clippers: Had just 11 assists. … Gallinari scored one point in eight minutes. … Williams has a sore right hamstring. He’s the NBA’s leading bench scorer at 18.7 points per game. He missed four games last month with a sore left hamstring. … Clippers coach Doc Rivers got a technical for the second straight game. … Patrick Beverley earned a technical while on the bench. … The teams’ last regular-season meeting is April 7. … Coolio performed at halftime. Emma Stone, Jennifer Garner (who sat with team owner Steve Ballmer), Ellen Pompeo and Billy Crystal attended.UP NEXTWarriors: Play at the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday before heading East for the rest of a five-game trip.Clippers: At the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday to begin a four-game trip. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Kyrie Irving stays hot with 38 points, leads Celtics to close win over Grizzlies Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins, center, dunks as Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, left, and Warriors forward Draymond Green watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Stephen Curry scored 28 points, DeMarcus Cousins added 14 before fouling out of his Warriors debut after being sidelined for nearly a year, and Golden State pulled away in the third quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-94 on Friday night for its seventh straight victory and sixth in a row on the road.The Warriors shot just 9 of 37 on 3-pointers on a night when Curry made only three from long range. Fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson missed all four of his 3-point attempts.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more

Where is the vision to lead our country forward?

first_imgDear Editor,Agriculture Minister Noel Holder’s unbelievably frank admission of ignorance made in the media on September 26, 2018, may have shocked many “…so they have now apparently secured some $30 billion bond, which the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) management has not seen, which the Agriculture Minister has not seen, and frankly speaking doesn’t really want to see” but not those who have been paying attention to the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) maladministration of our country.Editor, our nation expends enormous amounts of money and energy to elect an Executive President and his/her Administration; in 2015 we elected Head of State David Granger to serve in this Executive capacity, his first act was to establish a Ministry of the Presidency to handle all the Executive parts of his job. Granger undertook no sector of our economy, social aspect of life or other area as his personal responsibility, he created new Vice Presidents, new Ministries, new Ministers within old Ministries, new departments and chose to chair Cabinet without holding any portfolio.President Granger has effectively assigned himself the role of ‘ceremonial President”; he had tea with the Queen of England, attends heads of anything conferences and of late, is available to cut ribbons locally. The Head ofState also held his third annual press conference where it emerged that he had not read the ExxonMobil Production Sharing Agreement contract as of August 2018, he was “awaiting a briefing next month” – the single most important document to ever affect our nation since independence in 1966 and our President had not read it. Quo Vadis?Editor, the old adage of ‘actions have consequences’ is being borne out three years plus into this maladministration. Ministers ignorant of critical matters under their portfolio is the new norm; the action of hiring a crony to a top position and then hiring an expert to do the crony’s job has now duplicated itself at many Ministries and departments, most recently in the Department of Energy. How much longer can we, the taxpayers, carry this as our burden? This type of bureaucracy come with a hefty price tag, over 60 billion in new revenue collected by the GRA per annum and yet we cannot pay our teachers a much deserved increase in salary or our hard working GuySuCo employees their lawful severance.Editor, President Granger’s only meaningful actions have been his unilateral appointment of a chair for GECOM; his signing of the Cybercrime Bill of 2018 with clause 18.1 intact into law; his selective, costly and mostly unnecessary Commission of Inquiries (CoI); his refusal to hold a necessary CoI into the mysterious operation that led to the death of Guyana Defence Force Officer Pyle, as he chased People’s Progressive Party MP Charles Ramson Jr’s terrified wife through the streets of Georgetown and his policy suggestion that the ‘Carter Formula’ has outlived its usefulness and calling it a “recipe for disaster” – all of these actions point to a care for retention of political power.Editor, I must ask where is the vision to lead our country forward? Where are the policy documents, statements, speeches, indications?When asked about plans for GuySuCo, Minister Holder referred to a State paper presented in Parliament. Editor, this paper is long on rhetoric and bereft of detail, sadly it is a characteristic of all APNU/AFC Ministries and departments. This is no way to run a country.For I would much rather ‘Quo Vadis’ apply to comrade Granger than to our dear land of Guyana.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

A Division hosts career day fair for Police’s youth clubs

first_imgPolice youth clubs from across the country assembled at the Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary, Georgetown, on Saturday for what will now become the annual A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) career fair.The inaugural fair was an all day event, held under the theme “Transforming the Mind, Developing the Nation through Motivation and Inspiration”. It kicked off with performances from children across the country. There were skits, dances, recitals and even charges from Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine who declared the event open.Delivering brief remarks, Dr Roopnaraine commended the efforts of the Guyana Police Force, more specifically the Divisional Commander, Officers and ranks of A Division and other stakeholders for staging of the event. He noted that the theme of the fair strikes at the core of education in Guyana.Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine touring the Guyana Police Force booth as Top Cop Seelall Persaud looks onDr Roopnaraine stated that he was impressed with the emphasis placed on local activities and local products observed in the exhibition booths and expressed the view that they will generate high interest in the youths.The Education Minister also noted that many of the children attending the career fair were at an important stage of their lives where decisions will influence the kind of persons they become, and urged that they pay close attention to their parents, teachers and those who give them guidance in order that they may be able to make a contribution towards the building of Guyana.On the other hand, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud noted that the career day fair held three important values.  Firstly, to the children of the youth clubs, many of whom are completing secondary education and may be entering the labour force, and therefore need to seize the opportunity to explore the diversity of the work environment. Secondly, to the exhibitors who have the opportunity to recruit labour, and thirdly to Police Force itself which has transformed over the years from a para-military organisation into a service oriented and social problem-solving Police Force.Among the agencies which participated in the career fair and engaged young persons were the Disciplined Forces; the Ministries of Education, Public Health and Agriculture; media entities; E R Burrowes School of Art; the Museum of African Heritage, and new kid on the block call centre – Teleperformance.Meanwhile, scores of children and teenagers attended the fair throughout the day and interacted with the exhibitors. Most of the younger ones were dressed as their professions, such as police officers, doctors and nurses, and lawyers, displaying their aspiring career paths.The students seemed enthused as they moved from one booth to another, exploring. Guyana Times managed to get the reaction of a few on the career fair.One of student from Richard Ishmael Secondary School indicated that the fair proved to be educational, mentioning in particular, a device developed by the Hydrometrological Office to test water.Another student related that her interest was captured by the various career paths available with the Guyana Defence Force. “I didn’t know they had so much opportunity, to be honest. A lot of people think that Police and Army is just that but they offer much more, it’s very interesting,” she stated.Speaking with this newspaper, A Division Commander, Clifton Hicken, was pleased with the turnout, noting that the event is part of a calendar year of activities planned for Guyanese youths. He noted that events such as these seek to develop and mould youths to become leaders of the future.According to Hicken, the fair also provides a forum for children across the country to interact and form a network with each other. “In A Division, we are continuing with these types of programmes in the hopes that the children will walk away with brochures, walk away with new information, walk away with the understanding that if you want to become a professional as part of a professional organisation, then there is a road you need to walk and education is the key to getting there,” he stated.Hicken is encouraging his fellow Divisional Commanders to host similar initiatives that would see the Police Force strengthening and rebuilding its relationship with the public.last_img read more

DDTV: CHARLIE COLLINS TALKING SPORT WITH FORMER DONEGAL MANAGER JOHN JOE DOHERTY

first_imgDDTV: Voice of Sport Charlie Collins interviews former Donegal manager John Joe Doherty in the latest of his interviews.John Joe says that Jim McGuinness and Rory Gallagher would have felt very lonely, especially during the second half defeat to Mayo.Click to play and hear the full interview.  DDTV: CHARLIE COLLINS TALKING SPORT WITH FORMER DONEGAL MANAGER JOHN JOE DOHERTY was last modified: August 8th, 2013 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:Charlie CollinsDonegal MayoJim McGuinnessJohn Joe DohertyRory Gallagherlast_img read more

BACK TO SCHOOL: NEW TERM, NEW LUNCH BOX IDEAS

first_imgENOUGH OF THE HAM SANDWICHES, PLEASE – NEW TERM, NEW LUNCH BOX IDEASWe’ve all been guilty of filling lunch boxes with the same things week in week out because it’s easier and the kids will at least have eaten something during the day.But a little bit of planning will save you time and offer some healthy alternatives. An all-island study (2005) looking at the nutritional balance of over 2,500 school children’s packed lunches found that 9 out of every 10 (92%) contained foods high in fat and sugar.Variety is the key to a healthier lunch box.Bright and colourful foods with different tastes and textures should be encouraged.Fruit and vegetables do this naturally. Bite-size pieces of fruit and sandwiches cut into manageable sizes helps – if it looks good, there’s a better chance that children will want to try it.It’s blackberry season and smoothies offer a good way of including more fruit in the diet and can be made in advance. It helps if the children have picked the berries.Blackberry and Grape125g frozen blackberries300mls purple grape juice 3 tablespoons low fat fromage frais1 teaspoon honeySafefood has published a really good lunchbox leaflet giving lots of ideas and a five day planner to help with alternative lunchbox options.Include a wide variety of foods – starchy foods, protein, dairy, and fruit and vegetables Try to offer different foods every day – no one wants to be eating a ham sandwich five days a week!Vary the types of bread e.g. pitta bread, bagels, wholemeal rolls – keep a stock in the freezerCook extra rice/pasta in the evening – these can make interesting saladsTheme your lunchbox on a different country, e.g. Italian – try a pasta salad, Mexican fill flour tortillasHome-made soup (in a Thermos flask) is great for cold days, while salads are light and refreshing for warmer weather. Both are packed with essential vitamins and mineralsFluids are important for children – up to 6 cups of fluid should be encouraged daily. Milk and water are the best options. Straws and brightly coloured drinks bottles can make rehydrating more interesting!http://www.safefood.eu/SafeFood/media/SafeFoodLibrary/Documents/Publications/Consumer/Healthier_Lunchbox_Planner.pdf BACK TO SCHOOL: NEW TERM, NEW LUNCH BOX IDEAS was last modified: August 27th, 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:healthy lunch box ideaslast_img read more

AT LAST! SUMMER HEAT ON THE WAY, SAY FORECASTERS

first_imgDONEGAL is set for a brilliant blast of summer, forecasters said today.Temperatures of up to 22C or 23C will hit the county early next week – with long range forecasts saying it will last for at least five days.This image from UK forecasters shows a high pressure over Ireland next Monday. And Donegal will be at the centre of it.It follows another warm day today across the county, although it has been mainly cloudy.Irish Weather Online forecaster Peter O’Donnell says we may see a bit more cloud and mist over the next day or so.“But after that it is looking very pleasant indeed,” he added. Met Eireann forecasters agree.This is their forecast for the next few days.A mix of cloud and hazy sunshine this weekend with isolated showers. Settled conditions for next week and warm with temperatures reaching into the low twenties.Showers will die out on Friday evening and it will be mainly dry Friday night with some clear spells. It will stay mild with lowest temperatures around 12 or 13 degrees in a light northerly breeze with mist or fog patches forming.Saturday will be mostly dry with hazy sunshine, but scattered light showers will occur. Top temperatures of 18 to 21 degrees in light northerly breezes with onshore sea breezes developing along coasts. Sunday will be mostly dry with just the odd light shower and some hazy sunshine. Top temperatures 20 to 22 degrees generally, but 17 to 19 degrees in the north in the northerly breeze.The early days of next week will see settled conditions with a lot of dry weather, good sunny spells and temperatures reaching into the high teens to low twenties. Winds will be light mainly northerly, but with sea breezes developing during the afternoons along coasts.AT LAST! SUMMER HEAT ON THE WAY, SAY FORECASTERS was last modified: June 12th, 2014 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:donegalDonegal Dailyheatheat wavesunny weatherlast_img read more

Dangerous as ever

first_imgThe good news, according to President George W. Bush, is that in the four years since 9-11, America and its allies have thwarted 10 separate al-Qaida plots in the U.S. and abroad. And that is good news. Those 10 plots include one against the Library Tower in Los Angeles. There are also five other cases in which the government reports stopping terrorists from casing potential targets or infiltrating operatives into the country. But when the subject is terror, even the best of news contains plenty of bad. Ten thwarted terrorist attacks means that, on at least 10 occasions since 9-11, terrorists have plotted major strikes that could have resulted in massive casualties. The country’s enemies haven’t slowed down, and it only takes one “successful” strike for them to wreak major damage. Then there are the attacks that no one was able to stop: Madrid, London, Bali (twice), plus smaller strikes elsewhere around the globe. Foiled terrorist plots – which may or may not include last week’s scare over the New York City subway – have a dangerous way of lulling us into a false sense of security. But the frequency of these missions ought to be a powerful reminder that we cannot afford to let down our guard even for a minute. The atrocities of 9-11 might seem like long ago, but the need for vigilance is as great as ever. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 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

ULSTER SFC COUNTDOWN: MURPHY – “PAIN OF ALL-IRELAND FINAL DEFEAT WILL NEVER LEAVE ME”

first_imgMICHAEL MURPHY has revealed ahead of Donegal’s Ulster SFC clash with neighbours Tyrone that the pain of last year’s All-Ireland Final defeat to Kerry will never leave him.Michael Murphy has admitted the pain of last years All-Ireland Final defeat will never leave him.Donegal were narrowly defeated by the Kingdom and it was a game Murphy feels they were capable of winning but didn’t match the intensity levels they had reached in their epic win over Dublin in the semi-finals.However, Murphy believes the pain of that defeat is driving everyone of the squad on to make amends this year. Murphy told The Irish Sun, “I’m sure every team uses past defeats as an extra incentive.“For us, it’s a bit more of a motivation and you would be lying to think that the hurt of last year’s final – even though it’s come and gone – is not going to be there.“It’s always going to be there and you will always have it.“The positives from last year isn’t going to cut it. You need to build on them and add in something new and different. Murphy can’t wait for Sunday’s clash and says the Ulster Championship is a prestigious and special competition in which the team put  a lot of emphasis on.Murphy said, “We put a lot of emphasis on Ulster and look at it as a very prestigious competition. To get any win in that is a big one.“They are all huge games and I’d say this Tyrone one will be no different.“They are a formidable side and they are going to come in off the back of their own last league game and they might feel they have something to prove.“As a player it’s where you want to be, playing in a game with the stakes this high in front of a packed house, it’s a serious test and that’s what you want. Hopefully come Sunday, Murphy and Donegal will be celebrating their fifteenth win in Ulster since 2011.ULSTER SFC COUNTDOWN: MURPHY – “PAIN OF ALL-IRELAND FINAL DEFEAT WILL NEVER LEAVE ME” was last modified: May 12th, 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:donegalGAAMichael MurphynewsSportTyroneUlster SFClast_img read more