Posts Tagged ‘ Lithuania ’

King’s Under 21’s Seek To Make History After Euro Draw

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REPUBLIC of Ireland U21 Head Coach  Noel King today gave his reaction to the UEFA U21 Championships 2017 Qualifying Round draw which has grouped his side with Italy, Serbia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Andorra.

Group Two top seeds Italy have won this competition more often than any other nation – five times – while second seeds Serbia were champions once previously and won the UEFA U19 Championships in 2013 with the squad who will compete in this qualifying round. Continue reading

Sligo Rovers Held In Lithuania

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Sligo Rovers were left frustrated by a 0-0 draw with FK Banga in the first round first leg tie in the Gargždai Stadium.

Rovers were the better side against the Lithuanian outfit but failed to convert openings with Danny North -and Seamus Conneely missing good excellent chances in the second to take a lead back to Sligo for next week’s return game.
Banga were restricted to opportunities on the break with Evaldus Grigaitis the most influential player for the home side and he squandered their best moment, controlling and volleying over the crossbar in the 83rd minute.

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Basketball : National Cup Finals Fail To Disappoint

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Friday night saw one of the greatest if not the greatest Womens Cup final of all time as UL Huskies were defeated in overtime by Team Montenotte Hotel Cork. A sold out crowd at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght saw defending champions UL defeated as Irish coach James Weldon squared off against another Irish coach in Paul Kelleher. UL were chasing their third straight National Cup but it wasn’t to be although the girls from Limerick have to be praised for their spirited fight back having looked dead and buried at half time in this one.

The Men’s final was never going to outplay the Women’s fixture as UCC Demons comfortably got the better of shock cup finalists Dublin Inter. Inter , who are made up mainly of Lithuanian players , shot well from behind the three point line but after keeping in touch with their Cork counterparts for much of the first quarter they fell away as the game progressed. The game marked a fantastic achievement from Demons captain Shane Coughlin as he collected his fifth National Cup winners medal. Continue reading

The Globalisation Of The NBA

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Brooklyn Nets kicked off the first global game of 2014 with a resounding 127-110 win over the Atlanta Hawks at London’s 02 Arena last Thursday.

Over the past 35 years the NBA have played 147 games globally, visiting 20 different countries including China, Germany, Italy and Russia amongst others.

Yet the globalisation of the NBA has extended far beyond bringing the game cross continent.  Continue reading

Love/Hate : An Alternative Look

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The penultimate series of Love/Hate finished last night with fans somewhat aggrieved that only two mid card characters met a gruesome death.

Here we take a look back at the hit show to date, explaining all amidst the backdrop of the Irish government.

Nigel “Nidge” Delaney – The Taoiseach

So starting at the top of the food chain, we have Nidge. The replacement to former Taoiseach, John-Boy, R.I.P. , who did not get to retire with a state pension. Nidge acts like a boss simply cause he is the boss. As well as the post of Taoiseach he also doubles up as the Minister for Finance. Nidge is a busy boy, agitated constantly from his sheer work load he keeps everything going, allocates finance where necessary and watches the budget with hawk eyes. He, like all bosses , has had to make some big and hurtful decisions so far in his career. He has had to let staff go with a bang to ensure that the State stays afloat. He has had to be ruthless to repel any ideas of him being overturned. He is not a big fan of democracy, he would rather be a dictator. What you wouldn’t say to Nidge, ‘Did you have Darren clipped?’. Continue reading

News in Brief – Mourners Upset As Travellers Brawl At Cemetery

fightIt’s that time again, for our weekly round-up of all the mad crap that goes on in this country.

Without wanting to upset anyone NIB starts with some terrible, terrible news. Louis Walsh is going to leave the X Factor. Noooooooooo. Anyway on with this week’s news. Continue reading

Saints Aim To Preserve Impressive Euro Record

St Patrick’s Athletic will be in buoyant mood tonight as they prepare to face VMFD Žalgiris aiming to progress to the second qualifying round of the Europa League against their Lithuanian opponents.

The League Of Ireland leaders go into the tie on the back of a 2-2 draw in Vilnius last week which saw Liam Buckley’s side fight back after the Lithuanian league leaders had twice taken the lead. The Lithuanians were very impressed with the style of the Dublin side and know they will do well to combat it once again. Continue reading

Rovers Return To European Action

Shamrock Rovers return to European action on Tuesday night when they take on FK Ekranas in the Champions League, second qualifying round.

The Hoops created history last season when they became the first Irish club to make it to the Group Stages of a European competition. The club have been buoyed by the return of Belgrade hero Pat Sullivan, who returned to the club following a brief period in Australia.

Stephen Kenny’s squad will be looking to kick-off this year’s campaign with a win against Lithuania champions, Ekranas in the game which kicks-off at 8pm at Tallaght Stadium.

Aaron Greene (knee) and Ciaran Kilduff will not be available for the tie, while there are slight doubts over Ken Oman who suffered a dead leg after Friday night’ league game against Dundalk.

Commenting on the game, Hoops boss, Stephen Kenny said: “We are very proud to be the league and the country’s representatives in the Champions League – the top club competition in football.

“Ekranas have won their league four years in a row, and they’ll have no fear coming here. But we have done well at home this season, and our aim is to continue that tomorrow night.

“The players gained a lot of experience in last year’s campaign and that should stand to us over the two legs. Our results haven’t been consistent lately, but we have every belief in what we are doing, and we have confidence going into the game.”