DORRIAN CONFIDENT HIS SIDE CAN MAKE AN IMPACT IN OSCAR TRAYNOR COMPETITION

first_imgBrian ‘Dinky’ Dorrian is hoping his side can get off to a winning start on Sunday when they play Cavan/Monaghan select team at Ballyare.Brian ‘Dinky’ Dorrian is confident the squad he has assembled is good enough to get his Donegal League select side into the knockout stages of the Oscar Traynor competition. The former Sligo Rovers reserve and U20 manager, is the current boss at St Catherine’s, and has established himself as one of the top coaches in Donegal over the last decade.He unearthed the likes of Shaun Kelly (Derry City) and Seamus Coleman (Everton) during his time as manager of the underage sides at the Killybegs club. His focus now however, is to prepare the Donegal League side for their forthcoming Oscar Traynor campaign, which gets underway this Sunday.Dorrian’s side face a Cavan/Monaghan select side, who have returned to the competition after a number of years out of it and are something of an unknown entity.However, Dorrian has used his extensive contacts in the game to find out as much as he possibly can about the side he’s facing on Sunday.In the lead up to the match this Sunday, Dorrian spoke to Donegal Daily about his side’s prospects in the competition. Dorrian said, “We’ve assembled a good side, and we’ve a good mixture of experience and quality.“We’ve got both Matthew Crossan and Gary Crossan in the side, and those two have a wealth of experience at a very high level.“Shane O’Rourke who played in the League Of Ireland with Salthill is on-board, and Benny McLaughlin is also involved, so we’ve got a lot of quality and experience in the side.Dorrian admits his side need to give a good account of themselves in this year’s competition after a number of disappointing years in the competition in the last while.Dorrian has adopted an ultra professional approach to the competition, and his side have been preparing for the competition for over six weeks now, he’s hoping their approach pays dividends. “We’ve approached it as professionally as we can, and the players have responded to that really well.“They realise it’s an honour to represent your county at any level, and they’re looking forward to the competition.“We’ve played a number of matches, and we’ve performed well in them, we’ve met up collectively twice-a-week and the commitment the players have given so far has been top class.“We want to give a good account of ourselves, as players and as a management set-up, so we’re leaving no stone unturned in our preparation for the match. Dorrian admitted that neighbours and bitter rivals Inishowen are the benchmark his team are aiming to match.Inishowen reached the final of the competition two years ago, and made a semi-final appearance last year.“They’re a quality outfit, and they’ve shown that over the last number of years, they’ve raised the bar, and we need to get to that level.“But as I’ve said, I’m more than happy with the squad I have, and I believe we can have a good run in the competition.“Our aim is to get out of the group, and then see where that takes us, it’s going to be difficult, but we’re up for the challenge as a group, and are really looking forward to it.First up for Dorrian is that tricky assignment against Cavan/Monaghan on Sunday in Ballyare, kick-off is at 2.30pm.DORRIAN CONFIDENT HIS SIDE CAN MAKE AN IMPACT IN OSCAR TRAYNOR COMPETITION was last modified: October 17th, 2014 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:Brian ‘Dinky’ DorrianDonegal LeagueHome-page SportnewsOscar Traynor Teamlast_img read more

Curry bucks ankle tweak to lead Warriors past Hawks

first_imgKevin Durant also had 28 points for the Warriors, who are unbeaten since the All-Star break.Atlanta’s Dennis Schroder, who had 27 points, sank three free throws with 19 seconds remaining to cut Golden State’s lead to 111-109. Durant made only one of two free throws to push the lead to three points, but Andre Iguodala’s steal from Kent Bazemore and layup clinched the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBazemore led the Hawks with 29 points.Curry hurt his ankle when he stepped on teammate Zaza Pachulia’s foot with about 1:30 remaining in the first period. Curry went to the locker room after the quarter, walking without assistance. He returned to the game with 7:18 remaining in the first half and showed no sign of the injury, scoring the Warriors’ next 11 points — including two 3-pointers and a three-point play. Curry closed the half with a left-handed layup, giving him 25 points in 18 minutes.Curry started the second half, added a fourth 3-pointer, and left the game for good midway through the third period. He returned to the locker room.Schroder closed the third quarter by making a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from near the halfcourt line. It was a good night for improbable shots. A Hawks fan wearing a Kyle Korver jersey sank a halfcourt shot during a timeout.Atlanta, in contention for the league’s worst record, stayed close with Golden State, which began the night a half-game behind Houston in the race for the league’s best record.Schroder’s long 3 cut Golden State’s lead to 90-84 entering the final period. Atlanta’s Mike Muscala added another 3 early in the final period, leaving the Warriors with a 92-87 lead. Golden State scored the next nine points but couldn’t keep the lead in double figures.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry reacts after making a three-point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)ATLANTA — Stephen Curry scored 28 points, including 15 in the final seven minutes of the first half after returning from an ankle injury, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-109 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.Curry turned his right ankle and left the game in the first quarter. He returned for his high-scoring second period before returning to the locker room for good in the third. The Warriors said a “tweaked right ankle” was the reason Curry would not return.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ View comments Warriors: Golden State improved to 22-3 against Eastern Conference teams. The Warriors’ 13-1 road record against the East is the best for a Western Conference team since the 2006-07 Suns were 14-1. … The Warriors had 33 assists on 42 field goals.Hawks: Atlanta shot 60 percent (12 of 20) from the field in the first period and still trailed 33-31. The Hawks made 15 3-pointers, including five for Taurean Prince, who had 15 points, and Bazemore. … John Collins had 16 points.MILESTONE 3Curry sank his 200th 3-point field goal of the season in the first quarter. He is the first player in NBA history with at least 200 3s in six seasons. He has reached the mark in every season since 2012-13.UP NEXTWarriors: After ending a three-game road trip, Golden State hosts the Nets on Tuesday.Hawks: Hosts Phoenix on Sunday in the last of four straight home games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gordon, Magic stop 7-game skid, overcome Pistons in OT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Nextlast_img read more

India vs England, 2nd Test Day 1: India lose openers early on a green top at Lord’s

first_imgIndia’s Shikhar Dhawan leaves the field after being dismissed during the second test cricket match against England at Lord’s cricket ground in London on July 17, 2014. Reuters India lost both openers early to reach 73 for two in their first innings at lunch on the first day of the second cricket Test against England at Lord’s in London on Thursday.Cheteshwar Pujara (11 not out) and Virat Kohli (20 not out) were at the crease when lunch was called after a tough first session on a green track at Lord’s.Winning the toss, England captain Alastair Cook didn’t blink an eyelid before asking India to bat on a surface that was tailor-made to benefit the English bowlers.The ball swung right from the word go troubling the India openers Shikhar Dhawan (7) and Murali Vijay (24). Pacer James Anderson (1/11) and Liam Plunkett (1/20) were the two wicket-takers for the hosts.Anderson, who is staring at a two-match ban for allegedly ‘pushing and abusing’ India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, looked as if he was ready to have his bowling do all the talking.The pace spearhead provided England the first breakthrough with an outstanding delivery that pitched outside leg, forcing Dhawan to play at it and the southpaw nicked it through to third slip, a low catch taken by Gary Ballance.In the next over, Vijay also got a reprieve as he was dropped off Stuart Broad even before he could open his account. Keeper Matt Prior made a valiant dive to his right and got his glove before putting down what was a tough chance.advertisementVijay and Pujara then added 37 runs for the second wicket to stabilise the innings. But just when it looked that Vijay, who struck four fours, was growing in confidence the batsman edged Plunkett to Ballance for his second catch of the morning at third slip.last_img read more