Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In the memo, obtained by The Associated Press, Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum suggested teams use their opening games “to demonstrate your commitment to the NBA’s core values of equality, diversity, inclusion and serve as a unifying force in the community.”He recommended an address by a player or coach to fans before the anthem, or a video featuring players or community leaders speaking about important issues and showing photos from past community events.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe league’s preseason schedule begins Saturday with two games, including the NBA champion Golden State Warriors hosting Denver.Tatum said the league supports and encourages players to express their views on matters that are important to them, while reminding of the rule that players, coaches and trainers stand respectfully for the anthem. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 St. Benilde records first win in final game in PVL The Golden State Warriors line up during the national anthem prior to Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The NBA is recommending teams address fans or show videos expressing themes of unity before their first home games, while reminding them of the rule that players must stand for the national anthem.A memo was sent to teams Friday, a day after Commissioner Adam Silver said he expected players would stand for the anthem .ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The league office will determine how to deal with any possible instance in which a player, coach or trainer does not stand for the anthem. (Teams do not have the discretion to waive this rule),” the memo says.The memo builds on discussions held by the NBA’s Board of Governors this week, and follows up on one Silver and players association executive director Michele Roberts sent to players recently.It recommends that teams organize internal discussions to hear the players’ perspectives, if they haven’t already, and to start or expand programs within their communities.“The players have embraced their roles in those efforts and we are proud of the work they do in our communities,” Tatum wrote.The memo was first reported by ESPN.com.ADVERTISEMENT
The administrator of the only Government Referral hospital in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County,, Aaron B. Massaley, is calling on the government and other partners to help provide an ambulance and other medical supplies for the hospital.Speaking to newsmen last Wednesday at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare office in Sinje, Grand Cape Mount County, Mr. Massaley said the St. Timothy hospital has been without an ambulance for the past three years, and this had created serious problems for the center.According to him, the hospital cannot run effectively without an ambulance, especially with the national health crisis currently facing the country. “Any critical case that the hospital cannot handle would create a serious problem, leading even to death.“If we have a case that needs quick medical response in Monrovia, the hospital cannot provide the service for its people and that would amount to a failure on our part.”Mr. Massaley further disclosed that, the St. Timothy Government Hospital was currently out of basic supplies, including fuel and personal protective equipment (PPEs). Moreover, the health workers are requesting risk benefits from the government.He explained that, “For some reason now, the majority of health workers, such as nurses and physicians, have left the hospital and are demanding risk benefits and other emoluments before they can return. The hospital has run out of fuel and more than 70 percent of its staff have not been showing up for work.”He also called on the lawmakers of the county and other concerned citizens to help provide some services for the hospital, especially in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.Mr. Massaley at the same time expressed thanks and appreciation to the government for its initial support, including personal protective equipment, adding that, “We need more to effectively cope with the Ebola crisis in the county.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Mohabir Mookoorchand Persaud Foundation for Excellence (MMP) has made a huge impact on the lives of students attending secondary schools along the central Corentyne Coast.On Tuesday, a total of 28 students received new school bags stocked with some of the essentials they will need in the classroom during the new school term.Additionally, the Foundation issued travel vouchers to 10 students and Internet allowances to another three for the next year.Speaking at the simple handing over ceremony, Secretary of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Dave Budhu explained the Foundation was established in October 2016 with the aim of providing financial support to students facing dire circumstances which consequently affect their ability to continue theirSome of the recipients with members of the Foundation on Tuesdayeducation.Those students who received the donations on Tuesday were chosen after consultations were done with the schools. The students had to have an excellent attendance record and also had to record high grades.Meanwhile, Budhu noted that many of those who are diligent in their pursuit of academic excellence would often face challenges.“The sad reality is that a lot of students who have the ability to succeed at the secondary level are forced to drop out because they do not have the resources needed, however limited. We want to play our part to reduce school drop outs in the Corentyne area and eventually countywide,” the Foundation’s Secretary said.Explaining what the MMP Foundation has been doing over the past three years, Budhu said in 2016, it started with JC Chandisingh by paying the Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC) fees for 10 students and rehabilitating the female washroom as well as the head teacher’s office.He noted that the first recipient of the Foundation’s scholarship was Mahendra Phagwah, who recently wrote 13 subjects at the CSEC examinations.“In 2017, we have expanded our educational programme and would have paid the CSEC fees for 41 students to ensure they sit the 2018 exams While 19 students were provided with backpacks and other school supplies, three students were provided with travel allowances and Internet bill for one year. We also handed over a bicycle to one student to make his commute to and from school easier.”The organisation, this year, will be paying the fees for 100 students sitting CSEC in 2019.“Over the past two years, the MMP was the proud sponsor of feeding programmes at several schools. These included JC Chandisingh, Port Mourant Secondary, Lower Corentyne Secondary among others; also there was the MMP debating competition for secondary schools in Berbice,” the Secretary said on Tuesday.
The Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc (GSCL), organisers of the second edition of the Prime Ministers T20 Softball Cup, are reminding interested teams that the deadline for registration is Sunday, September 30.Wellman and champions Regal Masters will resume their rivalry in the PM T20 Cup 2The inaugural tournament in 2017 attracted a staggering 20 teams, with 12 in the Masters’ Over-45 category and the remaining eight in the All-Star category. The overall number of teams in 2018 is expected to increase significantly, with interest being shown by teams from as far away as Canada, New York and Florida, besides the interest being generated by the best local talents from across the country.The GSCL is also reminding teams that no registration fee is required, but lots are up for grabs, with more than $2 million being at stake. The prize money in each category has increased from 2017, with the All Stars champions set to take home $700,000, while the Masters champions will pocket $600,000. What’s more, the Most Valuable Player in each category will win a Hero Motorcycle and a 55-inch smart television set respectively.Speed Boat All-Stars are the defending Open champions, and Regal Masters are the holders of the Masters’ title. The tournament will run from October 19 to 21, with games scheduled to be played across Georgetown.The tournament has so far attracted local and international sponsors, including Banks Beer, Hero Motor Cycle, Regal Stationery and Computer Centre, Encore Consulting Corporation of South Florida, Atlantic Southern Trade, and Rica Juice.Teams are urged to call the GSCL on 225-4802 or 610-7902 for more information and registration details.
0Shares0000Frank Lampard returned to Stamford Bridge to see his Derby side take on Chelsea in the League Cup © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 1 – Chelsea dumped Frank Lampard’s Derby out of the League Cup on Wednesday despite a valiant effort by the Championship side to battle back from a defensive Halloween horror show.Maurizio Sarri’s much-changed side eventually emerged 3-2 winners, with all five goals coming in a helter-skelter first half, on a night when there were also fourth-round victories for Arsenal, Tottenham and Middlesbrough. Two astonishing early defensive errors at Stamford Bridge from Fikayo Tomori — on loan from Chelsea — and Richard Keogh either side of a Jack Marriott equaliser gave the home side a 2-1 lead.Undaunted, Lampard’s side levelled shortly before the half-hour through Martyn Waghorn before Cesc Fabregas restored order for the Premier League high-flyers.Lampard, one of Chelsea’s greatest-ever players, felt his side deserved a draw on chances created but said he was a “lucky man” to be able to enjoy such an occasion.“The difference between the sides was they scored three… actually we scored four didn’t we? I joke because I’m proud,” he told Sky Sports. “Talking to their staff, they’re saying we’re playing well.“I respect this club, I don’t have to talk about this club. I’m proud of my players.”The 40-year-old former England midfielder received a rapturous reception on his first return to Stamford Bridge as a manager, soaking up the atmosphere before kick-off.Buoyed by his side’s win on penalties at Old Trafford against his former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho in the previous round, he was dismayed to witness the errors from his side, which made their task all the harder.Timori sliced into his own net in the fifth minute, miscuing a clearance when attempting to deal with an innocuous-looking Davide Zappacosta cross.Midway through the half, lightning struck twice when Keogh failed to deal with another Zappacosta delivery, haplessly steering the ball into his own net.But the visitors played a full role in a frantic first half, looking sharp as they came forward and were back on level terms before Fabregas scored what turned out to be the decisive goal.– Late Derby pressure –Keogh had a late chance to make amends for his earlier howler but Willy Caballero saved at close range and David Nugent hit the post in the 89th minute, leaving Lampard holding his head in his hands in frustration.As former Chelsea and Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri looked on from the stands, there was a minute’s applause before kick-off in tribute to Leicester’s late Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday.Ten-man Arsenal were made to sweat by League One Blackpool before eventually emerging 2-1 winners, with goals from Stefan Lichtsteiner and Emile Smith-Rowe.Two goals from Son Heung-min and a strike from Fernando Llorente gave Tottenham a 3-1 win against West Ham while Championship side Middlesbrough upset Premier league outfit Crystal Palace 1-0.On Tuesday, Burton Albion and Bournemouth booked their places in the quarter-finals while Premier League leaders Manchester City play Fulham on Thursday.The quarter-final draw pits Arsenal against Spurs, while Chelsea take on Bournemouth and Middlesbrough play Burton. Leicester or Southampton will play Manchester City or Fulham.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Marcel Dionne took in the kid, his 19-year-old rookie teammate. Gave him a place to live in Los Angeles, a spare room in his house, and imparted some hockey wisdom along the way. It worked out pretty well. Twenty years have passed since then, but Luc Robitaille felt like a kid again Thursday night. With a hat trick in the Kings’ 8-6 victory over Atlanta at Staples Cener, Robitaille caught and passed Dionne, his former mentor, to become the most prolific scorer in Kings history, with 552 career goals. Robitaille equaled Dionne’s mark with a goal four minutes, 20 seconds into the game and exceeded it 4:56 into the third period on a breakaway, sending the announced sellout crowd of 18,118 into a frenzy. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “What a moment,” said Robitaille, who was mobbed on ice by his teammates and received a lengthy standing ovation as the celebration delayed the game five minutes. “I didn’t expect that from the crowd. It was overwhelming for a few moments. It’s something that I will cherish forever.” Robitaille capped the hat trick with 3.9 seconds left, when he fired a shot from the opposite faceoff circle, approximately 175 feet away, and into an empty Atlanta net. That goal came after Jeff Giuliano scored the game-winner, with 4:58 left, for his second goal of the game. Kings defenseman Mattias Norstrom also had a career game, with one goal and four assists. But the night belonged to Robitaille. Robitaille, the top-scoring left winger in NHL history with 663 goals – including stints with Pittsburgh, the Rangers and Detroit – turns 40 next month and is in his 19th and perhaps most challenging season. In November, Robitaille missed nine game with a leg injury and last month was benched for three other games because coach Andy Murray was unhappy with his play. But those were distant memories Thursday. Robitaille tied the record in the first period, when he put a nifty move on Atlanta goalie Mike Dunham in front of the net and gave the Kings a 1-0 lead. By the time Robitaille scored again, the game had taken several wild turns and was tied 6-6. Mike Weaver fed a perfect pass to the neutral zone to Robitaille, who often is self-effacing about his lack of speed. But Robitaille skated in alone and beat Dunham with a wrist shot for goal No. 551. Robitaille’s parents had planned to visit Los Angeles after the All-Star break and watch his pursuit of the record, but Robitaille got the job done early. “My kids have been rooting for me the last few weeks, so this is really special,” Robitaille said. Rich Hammond, (818) 713-3611 firstname.lastname@example.org LEADING MAN With a hat trick Thursday, Luc Robitaille moved atop the Kings’ all-time goal-scoring list. The top six: Player, Goals Luc Robitaille 552 Marcel Dionne 550 Dave Taylor 431 Bernie Nicholls 327 Butch Goring 275 Wayne Gretzky 246 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Housing must be affordable or companies will move out of California to places where their workers can afford to live, said Janet Huston, the spokeswoman for the DHCD. “If, as a state, we can’t provide that, then we threaten our economic competitiveness. We (face) an increasingly disparate society of haves and have-nots,” she said. Burbank and Glendale are “old-growth” suburbs with little room to expand and skyrocketing housing prices for single-family homes. Glendale is more densely populated than Burbank because many neighborhoods south of the Ventura Freeway were rebuilt in the 1970s and 1980s by developers taking advantage of permissive zoning rules, turning blocks of single-family houses into multistory apartments. Glendale officials reacted by “downzoning,” or reducing the number of units developers could build on each parcel. That was meant to protect the quality of life in residential areas and keep the city’s streets, sewers and other infrastructure from getting overburdened. But the state has continued to demand Glendale create more housing. Its latest target required Glendale to enable developers, through zoning and other measures, to build 6,100 new units between 1998 and 2005. Less than 1,000 units have been built, but Glendale met the goal on paper because its zoning would have allowed the 6,100 units to be built. Glendale officials contend it is up to developers to build new units, if the market can bear it. But in August 2005, the state sent Glendale a letter stating “housing production in Glendale is significantly lagging behind” need. The letter urged Glendale to create incentives for affordable housing, monitor how much new housing is being created and encourage more development if housing creation slows down. Glendale officials have complained about the state directives. “Glendale frankly doesn’t like a lot of growth,” said Glendale City Councilman Ara Najarian. “And to slap us with a number that we’ve got to build in X number of years I think is an injustice.” Burbank has also downzoned substantially, reducing density by about a third to give residents “more elbow space,” Vander Borght said. “It’s a tight-wire act, trying constantly to appease the state while recognizing that we cannot fit more people into our community.” Today, Burbank has a total of 43,338 housing units – 19,935 of them are single-family; the remaining 23,403 are condos, townhomes and apartments. Since 2000, that is an increase of 40 houses and 451 condos, townhomes and apartments. The state set a target for Burbank to enable developers to build roughly 2,500 new units over the next five years or so, officials said. City officials project that Burbank will add an average of 400 new units per year through 2020, most of them multifamily units, according to the city’s Housing Element of its General Plan adopted in 2001. Vander Borght said Burbank relies on state grants to do housing and street improvements. “If we lose state grants, we would find ourselves unable to build improvements that are badly needed,” Vander Borght said. “We have not lost out on these grants because we are in compliance with state requirements. But our risk to be out of compliance is rapidly increasing. That’s the threat.” Most of the growth in the state’s population is coming from new babies being born, Huston said. “Communities should be responsible of taking care of their own population increases, and the population increases that are generated by job growth,” she said. Cities also face opposition from residents who decry crowded neighborhoods. Jose Chavez, 50, a Glendale sales executive, recently joined dozens of residents to call on the Glendale City Council to change the zoning on his neighborhood to keep it from getting built up. “It’s still a good city to live in,” Chavez said. “But there’s still a lot of concerns in terms of traffic, in terms of over-development. We don’t want that.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 email@example.com A CLOSER LOOK New mixed-use projects considered, approved, or recently completed in Burbank and Glendale: GLENDALE 338 units at the Americana at Brand, Brand Boulevard and Colorado Street. Construction scheduled to begin soon. 240 units at Central Avenue near the Ventura Freeway. Project designs given preliminary approval. 162 units at Wilson Avenue and Orange Street. Project designs given preliminary approval. BURBANK “The Collection at Downtown Burbank,” 118 units bounded by Palm Avenue, San Fernando Boulevard, Orange Grove Avenue and First Street. Officials expect to break ground in March. Expected to be complete by summer 2008. Burbank Village Walk, 140 units, bounded by Olive and Angeleno avenues, Third Street, and San Fernando Boulevard. Recently completed. Senior Artists Colony, 141 units for people over age 55 at 240 E. Verdugo Ave. Recently completed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Still, Glendale officials worry they may be falling short of the state’s housing goals, and if they do, they could lose out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants for neighborhood improvements, officials said. Glendale officials plan to meet with state officials in coming weeks, in part to work out how Glendale’s “mixed-use” projects of condos over shops fit into the state’s overall housing goals. Burbank officials expressed similar concerns as they are working to update the housing element of the city general plan – Burbank’s basic master plan for development. “The pressure for housing is enormous,” said Burbank Mayor Jef Vander Borght. “There’s millions of people coming into the state, and thousands of houses being built. The gap is huge. We’re not going to solve the housing crisis ever. There’s just too many people. The reality is: cities will become denser.” The state’s Department of Housing and Community Development, which works with cities and counties to create housing, estimates California needs 220,000 new housing units a year to keep up with demand. But the last year that many homes were built was 1989. Burbank and Glendale officials are hoping the way to solve Southern California’s housing crunch while preserving suburban charm is the latest urban planning craze – neighborhood centers with condos over shops, within walking distance of public transportation. But as city planners draw up blueprints for years of future growth, state officials are pushing for even more housing because of a deepening housing crisis. The pressure is forcing local officials to do a balancing act to avoid state penalties while also trying to protect the quiet neighborhoods residents prize. Several multistory condominium projects have either been recently completed or approved in Glendale and Burbank. City officials have been careful to keep the projects as far away as possible from single-family residential neighborhoods, and close to shops and transportation. “What we are trying to say to the state is, ‘Look we’re not 2-year-olds,”‘ said Glendale City Councilman Bob Yousefian. “We don’t need to have our hands held and be told exactly how many units need to be built.”
Veronica and her fabulous choir.Daniel O’Donnell has snapped up Britain’s Got Talent star Veronica McCarron and her choir for his Christmas shows.The Donegal singer was so impressed with Ballyshannon choir conductor Ronnie and Kilkenny’s Presentation Choir that he has invited them to sing with him.The hugely popular outfit, who made it to the last 40 from 20,000 contestants on the hit TV show, will support Daniel at shows at Dublin’s Convention Centre on December 10th and 11th. Daniel said if the choir were good enough for Simon Cowell, then they were good enough for him.He gushed “I am so looking forward to having them on the Christmas show, which is my first in three years.“It’s lovely to do the Christmas songs and carols at that time of the year and it will be extra special having this wonderful choir join me throughout the performance.”DANIEL SNAPS UP ‘RONNIE’ FROM BENEATH SIMON COWELL’S NOSE was last modified: June 13th, 2016 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:daniel o’donnelldonegalKilkennyVeronica McCarron
DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE REPORTSSATURDAYDowntown Cup Arranmore United 5 Erne Wanderers 0The visitors started this game well as Arran took time to settle. Erne Wanderers’ number 8 came close early on with a strike from 20 yards. Erne also had chances from two corners but failed to take advantage.Arranmore took the lead after some neat interplay between John Greene and Danny Rodgers down the left. Danny found the inrushing Gavin Mc Glanaghey at the back post with a great cross and he scored to put Arran one up. It stayed like this until the end of the half with the midfield becoming congested.Arran sprung out of the traps after the break and found themselves two up when Chris Mc Glanaghey found Daniel O’Donnell on the right wing. He beat his man and crossed to the back post for Gavin to score his second. The third goal followed minutes later as a bullet like header from Gavin found its way to the net. Erne came close after this on a few occasions but Michael McHugh and Danny Rodgers did well to break up the attacks. On 75 minutes Arranmore’s 4th goal arrived when Mark Ward beat his man down the line and crossed for Chris Mc Glanaghey to tap home. The 5th and final goal came in the 85th minute after Daniel O’Donnell put in a great cross for Michael McHugh to drill home.Team performance from Erne Wanderers with Martin Proctor and Gavin Mc Glanaghey best from Arranmore.Glenea United Reserves 1 Donegal Town Reserves 1Glenea got their Downtown Cup programme underway with this draw. The home side started brightly and created a couple of chances which they failed to take. Donegal came more into the game as the half progressed and took the lead on 30 minutes when Brian Feighan reacted quickest to a left wing cross to head home. Glenea equalized 5 minutes later from the penalty spot, which Declan Mc Garvey converted. At the start of the 2nd half Glenea started strongly and were unlucky not to take the lead through efforts from Dean Gallagher and Michael Mc Clafferty with both hitting the woodwork. As the game progressed both sides were finding it difficult to create any chances with Donegal’s best effort coming from a well struck free-kick that Shaun Mc Clafferty tipped over the bar. The home side had a late chance when Dean Gallagher got onto a loose ball in the box but saw his effort clear the bar. Best for Glenea were Shane Penrose, Kevin McFadden and Dean Gallagher while Declan Browne was best for Donegal Town. Referee: Paul Doherty.Curragh Athletic Reserves 0 Milford United Reserves 0 Curragh Athletic started this game brightly with good work from Gary Quinn setting up Dan O’ Brien for a shot in the 12th minute. Milford created more chances as the half progressed. Micheal Dullaghan pulled of two great saves from the Milford forwards. Curragh took control of the match in the second half with Dan O’ Brien hitting the post after good work from Gary Heaney. O’ Brien then sent in a corner but Justin Mc Bride’s header went inches wide. Curragh should have won this game when a great header from Sean Maxwell just missed the target. Best for Curragh was Micheal Dullaghan. Team effort from Milford.Glencar Celtic 3 Tullyvinney Rovers 0This game was played in perfect conditions at the flagpole field Rathmullan. Glencar started brightly with some early possession. Tullyvinney found their feet mid-way through the first half. However shortly afterwards they were undone by a great ball in behind their defence from Chris Malseed. Paddy Collins latched onto it and squared back to Shane Hilley who tapped into the empty net to give the home side the advantage. Shortly afterwards Glencar gave away a cheap freekick on the edge of their area. Froggy stepped up only to strike over the bar. The second half had much the same pattern as the first with both sides having spells of possession with no real goal threat from either team. It was only when Tullyvinney pushed for an equaliser that Glencar took full advantage and scored two goals in the last ten minutes. The first, a fine ball from Michael Molloy which found Martin Brogan who beat two men to finish calmly into the corner. The second saw excellent work from Shane Hilley down the right before he floated a ball under the crossbar for the simplest of tap-in’s for Michael Molloy. Best for Glencar: Raymond Quinn, good team performance from Tullyvinney Rovers.Keadue Rovers Reserves 0 Glenree United Reserves 2 Glenree went away from Central Park with a good victory from this cup game. It was a good day for football and the home side started well but had a goal disallowed on six minutes for offside. Keadue’s good opening continued and they looked dangerous especially from set pieces. Glenree had a good spell mid-way through the opening half and took the lead on twenty five minutes when Damien Nelis’s effort from the edge of the box went in off the post. Keadue responded well, creating a coupled of openings before Glenree took full control of the game on thirty four minutes. Damien Nelis again provided the finish for the visitors. Keadue had a good chance on forty two minutes, David McCarron shooting wide. Into the second half and after a scrappy start Glenree had an effort just wide of the post. Keadue went all out in an effort to gain something from the game. Adrian Hanlon set up Corey Gallagher’s who’s shot was saved. Donal Rodgers then shot over as Keadue kept up the pressure. Further chances fell to home sides way with Corey Gallagher and Donal Rodgers both hitting the woodwork. Best for Glenree were John Mc Clafferty and Damien Nelis while Conor Greene and David McCarron were best for the home side. Referee: Martin Coll.Gweedore United Reserves 1 Orchard F.C. 1This game got off to a lively start with both sides looking for the early goal. The home side probably edged the possession in the opening half with good chances falling to Sean Paul Mc Mahon and Eoin De Barra however Tommy Mc Laughlin in the Orchard nets was excellent on each occasion. The visitors had a number of half chances through Niall Bonner however the United defence stood firm. Orchard took the lead in the 41st minute when the ball was handled in the United eighteen yard box and the referee had no option but to award a penalty. Sean Sweeney stepped up and converted the spot kick to give the visitors a goal advantage at the interval. In the early stages of the second half United began to press in search of an equaliser however the Orchard defence and Mc Laughlin in nets were difficult to break down. The home side finally got the breakthrough in the 55th minute when Sean Gallagher scored from close range following a goal mouth scramble. There were chances at both ends with Stephen O’ Donnell and Hugh Martin Curran going close for the home side and Niall Bonner and Warren Mc Ginley going close for the visitors however this game ended in a 1-1 draw, which was probably a fair result on the day. Eoin De Barra, Sean Gallagher and Hugh Martin Curran played well for United with Niall Bonner and Tommy Mc Laughlin excelling for Orchard on the day. Referee: Michael MulhernSt. Catherines Reserves 0 Cranford United Reserves 0Both teams played well in the first half but cancelled each other out with very few chances created by either side. The second half saw ‘The Saints’ start the brighter with chances falling to Luke Kelly and Owen O’ Donnell but neither converted their opportunity. Dale Mc Fadden and Connor Shields showed impressive glimpses for Cranford. The Saints pressed hard but couldn’t break down a tough Cranford defence. Team performance from Cranford. Paul Cunningham best for St Catherines. Referee: Andrew MullanStrand Rovers 1 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 3Downtown Cup action came to Maghery on Saturday for the first time. The game started at a high tempo with Strand enjoying the best off it. Neither side could find an opening goal in the first half. The second half kicked off with Strand again enjoying good periods of possession. The visitors somehow took the lead and scored two quick goals, Keith Nelis and Brian Doohan doing the damage. Nelis then got his second to kill the match as a contest. With little to play for Strand kept going until the end and grabbed a consolation goal when Darragh Hanlon scored. Good team performance from Castlefin with Paddy Glackin and Brendan Brennan best for Strand Rovers.Old Orchard Saturday Division OneMulroy Celtic 1 Fintown Harps AFC 1The home side went into this game on the back of six straight defeats but they played throughout as a team in confidence. Both teams created chances as the game settled. Darragh Gallagher broke the deadlock when he picked up a loose ball and drove at the home defence and rifledhome. Mulroy got back on level terms when the excellent Packie Mc Elwaine beat the offside trap, controlled the ball and fired into the bottom corner. Michael Mc Grory then failed to convert from the penalty spot. Both teams could’ve snatched it but it finished level. Paul Coyle and Packie were best for Mulroy while Darragh Gallagher impressed for Fintown.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTSSUNDAYFAI Junior CupCappry Rovers 3 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 5A hat-trick in the final ten minutes turned this FAI Junior Cup match on it’s head as Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. progressed to the next round. Cappry Rovers took the lead as early as the second minute when Dylan Ramsey converted Kyle Lafferty’s cross. Marty Mc Ateer levelled the scores before the interval when he scored direct from a free kick.Cappry again went in front when Kieran Gallagher scored from close range following a corner on sixty two minutes. Alan Patton doubled the home side’s advantage on sixty eight minutes when he ran through and shot under the outrushing keeper. Three minutes later Davitt Walsh headed a free-kick to the Cappry net to reduce the deficit. It was level again on seventy four minutes when Johnny Friel beat the off-side trap to get the first of his hat-trick. On eighty two minutes he put the Rab’s Park men in front for the first time in the match when he headed past O’ Meara. Two minutes later he completed his hat-trick and by doing so wrote the name of Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. into the draw for the next round of the FAI Junior Cup. A good team effort from Cappry Rovers with Seamie ‘Coshie’ Friel, Mark and Johnny Friel best for Kerrykeel. Referee: Paddy MartinLifford Celtic 1 Aileach F.C. 4Aileach started brightest keeping Lifford on the back foot for the early part of the first half without troubling Paul Given in the Lifford goal. Ross Porter had Lifford’s best chance of the half on the half hour mark but could only find the side netting. The Game looked like remaining a stalemate as half time approached until Aileach finished during a goalmouth scramble following a corner. The second half began with Aileach on the back foot as Lifford pressed more men forward. This proved to be Lifford’s downfall as they were caught on the counter-attack and Anthony Doherty finished from 18 yards. Lifford got back in the game immediately when Johnny Robb converted a penalty. Lifford looked like equalising as the game neared the eighty minute mark only to again to get caught on the counter-attack when Doherty grabbed his second. Aileach finished the game off when they grabbed their fourth following a late corner. Good team performances from both sides.Ulster Junior CupBallybofey United 0 Redcastle F.C. 1A goal two minutes from time was enough to send Redcastle F.C. through to the next round of the Ulster Junior Cup at the expense of Ballybofey United. The Twin Towns men put their off field difficulties aside as they attempted to progress to the next round of this competition. As the match unfolded their ambitions looked to have substance as they gave as good as they got against the “Foyle Park” men from Inishowen’s top flight.Chris Darby and Niall Mc Closkey were the first to try their luck albeit from distance. Redcastle then had the best chance of the match when Colm Mc Laughlin went through one on one with Chris Patton in the Ballybofey net. With only the keeper to beat Mc Laughlin pulled his shot wide of the post. Mc Closkey then sent Darby clear on the left-wing but his attempted cross was cut out by Redcastle’s Aidan Cunningham. Darren Kelly and Darragh Redmond were also playing well for the home side with the experienced John Gregg commanding around the centre of the field. Patton made sure it would remain scoreless at the interval as he saved well from Mc Laughlin who looked the most likely avenue for a Redcastle goal.At the start of the second half Darren Kelly had a shot saved by Michael Mc Cole after he had been set up by Redmond. Mc Laughlin then got in behind the Ballybofey defence and was taken down by Bonar. James Curran stepped up to send the spot kick high over the crossbar. Ballybofey later had a strong penalty claim of their own waved away by match official Packie Coll when Darragh Redmond was the subject of a two man avalanche just inside the Redcastle area. Mikey Grant replaced Gregg and with him went Ballybofey’s midfield experience. Redcastle took control and in the eighty eighth minute found the winner when Cunningham fed Mc Laughlin who had plenty to do as he stretched out his leg to get his toe to the ball with Patton rushing off his line in an effort to prevent the strike. It was enough to send the Inishowen men through to the next round of this season’s competition. Best for Ballybofey United: Patton, Gregg, Darby and Hannigan. Best for Redcastle: Curran, Breslin and Mc Laughlin. Referee: Packie CollBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionGweedore Celtic 1 Rathmullan Celtic 5Rathmullan had a convincing victory over the home side at the Screaban. Gweedore had the first chance of the match on fifteen minutes with Colin Ferry heading against the crossbar. Midway through the first half the visitors fired home two goals.A cross from the right wasn’t dealt with by the Gweedore defence and Oisin McMenamin stroked it in at the far post. Three minutes later the lead was doubled, a good build up from Rathmullan was finished by Dara Patton. Ten minutes into the second half the game was finished as a contest after Eamonn Sheridan fired home. Two more goals from Rathmullan had the game well and truly sown up on seventy minutes. Thomas Diver scored a consolation goal ten minutes from time. A good performance by Rathmullan. Referee: Ed MooreKilmacrennan Celtic 0 Glenea United 2Kilmacrennan found themselves under strength for this encounter, most notably Timmy Burke who was injured and Steve Mc Elwaine who had attended a function the previous night. Kilmacrennan started the brighter but found themselves one down when Ryan McFadden finished off a swift counter attack with a header. Both teams made chances but Glenea went two up on the hour mark when Donal Coll scored after a goalmouth scramble. John Sandilands could have got one back but inadvertently fired wide from 5 yards. Glenea closed out the game to take the three points.Milford United 1 Cranford United 2Milford lost their local derby against Cranford at Moyle View Park. Milford started brightly and were well in control and went one up through Gary Merritt on 30 minutes. Cranford began to grow in confidence and got one back when a Kyle Black shot was deflected off Mark Flood. Lee Burke had a golden opportunity on the stroke of half time when keeper Shaun Gallagher’s miss hit clearance hit Burke but his lob from the edge of the box went wide with the keeper beat. In the second half Cranford began strongest and showed more hunger and focus. Cranford’s winner came twenty minutes from time when Arthur Lynch headed home from a free kick. In the 89 minute Milford, Cranford and everyone in the ground thought Milford had snatched an equaliser when Mark Flood powered the ball home from a corner only for the referee to blow for a foul for climbing in the crowded box. Best for Cranford were Arthur Lynch and Sean Mc Elwaine with Kyle Black best for Milford.Referee: Mick Langan.St. Catherines 4 Curragh Athletic 1The Saints played host to Curragh and it was the home side that started the brighter controlling the game for large spells. Curragh however took the lead on thirty eight minutes when Ryan Carlin latched onto a free kick from Neil Lloyd. The Saints came out for the second half and had patience as they tried to level the score, Jason Noctor equalised for the home side on fifty one minutes when he tapped home a Brendan Mc Guire cross. Noctor got his second on fifty four minutes when he scored after a scramble in the box. Curragh pressed for the equaliser with chances from Carlin and Oliver just missing the target. The Saints pounced again on seventy minutes when Gareth Concarr broke and calmly slotted past the Curragh keeper. Cormac Cannon made it four for The Saints on eighty minutes when his shot across the keeper found the Curragh net. Team performances both sides. Referee: Marty Mc GarrigleWatson Hire Division OneKeadue Rovers 7 Lagan Harps 1Keadue Rovers kept up their recent good form with this big win over Lagan at Central Park. The home side started brightly and went ahead on four minutes when the Lagan keeper parried a shot and Sean Boyle followed up shooting to the net. On nine minutes they went two up when good work from Corey Gallagher was finished at the near post by Sean Boyle. However Lagan were getting more into the game and on eleven minutes Declan Sweeney headed well to the net from a free kick. On thirty eight minutes Sean Boyle headed home at the near post for his hat-trick. Keadue created more chances closer to half time and could well have been further ahead. Into the second half and it was Lagan who started the brighter. Drew Connolly dragged a shot wide on fifty three minutes. Keadue got their fourth on fifty eight minutes when Sean Boyle scored his fourth with a fine lob over the keeper from the edge of the area. Drew Connolly again shot wide on sixty two minutes for Lagan. Following some good combination work up front Corey Gallagher made it five for Keadue, finishing low to the corner. In the closing stages of the game Adam Neely’s header was fumbled over the line by the Lagan keeper and in the final minute Martin Redmond made it seven with the final kick of the game. Best for Lagan were Drew Connolly and Declan Sweeney while best for Keadue were Sean Boyle, Adam Neely and Martin Redmond. Referee: Ronan Floyd.Bonagee United 3 Dunkineely Celtic 4Gweedore United 5 Eany Celtic 0This game started with both sides giving very little away. United saw good chances fall to Niall Friel, Darren Ferry and Michael Connolly however Cathal Gallagher in the Eany nets was excellent on each occasion and throughout. As the game went on the home side began to settle and got the breakthrough in the 29th minute when Niall Friel finished from close range following a corner. The home side double their advantage in the 41st minute when Darren Ferry’s pass was well finished by Eugene Noel Ferry to make it 2-0. The visitors saw half chances fall to Mark Ward and Barry Rose however both went just wide. In the second half the visitors came out looking to pull one back and had good possession for the first 10 minutes. However it was the home side who got the next goal in the 68th minute with an excellent finish from Michael Connolly into United began to dominate the play and got their 4th in the 70th minute, and another good finish from Eugene Noel Ferry. Eany had chances through Fiachra Mac Ginley and Mark Ward however Liam Mc Fadden did well on each occasion. The home side made it 5-0 in the 83rd minute with another excellent finish from Michael Connolly following a good pass from Hugh Martin Curran. It was a good team effort from Eany with Eddie Gallagher and Cathal Gallagher in nets excellent on the day. United seen good performances from Niall Friel, Darren Ferry and Eugene Noel Ferry, however debutants James Boyle and Gary Mc Fadden were excellent on the day.Referee: Marty QuinnCT Ball Division TwoDeele Harps 7 Drumbar F.C. 0Before the game a minutes silence was held in memory of Danny Mc Gavigan who passed away on Saturday, may he rest in peace. The game itself was a one sided affair as Deele manager Willie Curran rang the changes following a run of bad results. The tone of the game was set early on as Cathal McGowan thundered in on a number of tackles. Deele didn’t let the away side into the game at all and opened the scoring early on when Conor Catterson fired home from inside the box. Shortly after Deele striker supreme Shane Gallagher opened his account for the day as he finished following good work from Aidy Gallagher. Aidy Gallagher himself created and finished another fine goal on the half hour. Conor Catterson added his second in the 35th minute, a sweet strike from 25 yards. Shane Gallagher added his second on the stroke of half time with a neat finish. Deele took the foot off the pedal in the second half but still added a further two goals with Shane Gallagher grabbing his 3rd and 4th goals. Referee: Gerry Gallagher.Copany Rovers 4 Dunlewy Celtic 3Copany Rovers ran into a 2-0 lead with two goals from Pauric Rooney in the 3rd and 17th minutes. Dunlewey pulled one back on the 23rd minute when they were awarded a penalty which was scored by Michael Roarty. Copany restored the two goal advantage in the 25th minute after a corner from David Graham was headed in by Thomas Given. On the 28th minute Dunlewey struck again after a long range shot from John Cannon was deflected past the keeper. Dunlewey made it all square when a corner from the right was scored by Hugh Cannon. It remained like this until half time. The second half started with few chances for either side as both sides cancelled each other out. In the 90th minute substitute Paul Clarke scored the winner for Copany following a corner. Dunlewey had two men sent off in the dying minutes of the game and Copany were also reduced to ten men. Best for Copany were Pauric Rooney and Rodger Leonard. Good team performance from Dunlewey.Glenree United 0 Raphoe Town 1A hard working and determined Raphoe took the spoils on a calm day in Glenree Park.Shots from distance from Damien Coyle and Marty Gallagher were the best Glenree could muster and Raphoe took the upper hand when Emmet Kelly rose highest from a corner to give Raphoe the lead in the 30th minute. John Cunningham in nets for Glenree kept the scores level going in at half time. Glenree had more bite in the second half but shots from Dan Mc Groddy and Damien Nelis were well saved. With Emmet Kelly playing a blinder for Raphoe Glenree could not get a foothold on the game and Raphoe almost doubled their lead before the end. A well deserved win for Raphoe with Emmet Kelly man of the match.Whitestrand United 2 Letterbarrow Celtic 0Fresh from their victory over Dunlewey Celtic last week Letterbarrow Celtic came to Whitestrand Park today and started brightly causing the home team some concern in the opening exchanges. However on 12 minutes Whitestrand got the opening goal through Paul Lynch. Good defensive play from Eamon Martin sent James Gallagher down the left wing, Gallagher neatly skipped past two defenders and delivered an inch perfect cross for the in-rushing Lynch who headed past the visitor’s keeper. Letterbarrow had an opportunity to get back on level terms on 20 minutes but their effort was well saved by Benny Friel. The home side had further attempts on goal on the 21st minute with a Sean Gallagher effort and again in the 35th minute when Paul Lynch headed wide. However the Strand got the vital second goal on the stroke of half time through Sean Gallagher. Gallagher picked up the ball in the middle of the park and unleashed a stunning drive, with his un-favoured left foot, which flew into the top left hand corner of the net past the helpless Letterbarrow keeper. At this early stage, Gallagher’s strike must be a strong candidate for goal of the season. The half time score was 2-0 to the home team.The second half proved to be a very evenly contested affair with both teams canceling each other out. With the visitors pushing for a goal to get them back into the match Whitestrand broke on several occasions in pursuit of their third goal but the final pass was often lacking. Letterbarrow’s best effort of the half came in the 80th minute but the Strand defence held firm. Eddie Blake squared the ball to Jerome Burke who somehow fired over the bar when it seemed easier to score should have wrapped up the game in the 85th minute. The final whistle sounded with the home team taking all three points on a score line of 2-0. Best for Whitestrand were Paul Lynch, Sean Barrett and Jerome Burke, who worked tirelessly up front all day. Best for Letterbarrow were Cathal Lowther and Pearse Mc Groary.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAYDowntown CupArranmore United 5 v 0 Erne WanderersGlenea United Reserves 1 v 1 Donegal Town ReservesCurragh Athletic Reserves 0 v 0 Milford United ReservesGlencar Celtic 3 v 0 Tullyvinney RoversKeadue Rovers Reserves 0 v 2 Glenree United ReservesGweedore United Reserves 1 v 1 Orchard F.C.St. Catherines Reserves 0 v 0 Cranford United ReservesStrand Rovers 1 v 3 Castlefin Celtic ReservesOld Orchard Saturday Division OneMulroy Celtic 1 v 1 Fintown Harps AFCSUNDAYFAI Junior CupCappry Rovers 3 v 5 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Lifford Celtic 1 v 4 Aileach F.C.Moville Celtic 2 v 1 Drumoghill F.C.Quigleys Point Swifts 3 v 0 Castlefin CelticUlster Junior CupBallybofey United 0 v 1 Redcastle F.C.Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionGweedore Celtic 1 v 5 Rathmullan CelticKilmacrennan Celtic 0 v 2 Glenea UnitedMilford United 1 v 2 Cranford UnitedSt. Catherines 4 v 1 Curragh AthleticWatson Hire Division OneKeadue Rovers 7 v 1 Lagan HarpsBonagee United 3 v 4 Dunkineely CelticGweedore United 5 v 0 Eany CelticCT Ball Division TwoDeele Harps 7 v 0 Drumbar F.C.Copany Rovers 4 v 3 Dunlewy CelticGlenree United 0 v 1 Raphoe TownWhitestrand United 2 v 0 Letterbarrow CelticDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 30-11-2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Downtown CupTullyvinney Rovers v Arranmore United (K.O. 1 p.m.)Donegal Town Reserves v Fintown Harps AFCMilford United Reserves v Glenea United ReservesRamelton Mariners v Glencar CelticGlenree United Reserves v Mulroy CelticOrchard F.C. v Keadue Rovers ReservesCranford United Reserves v Strand RoversCastlefin Celtic Reserves v St. Catherines ReservesSUNDAY 01-12-2013 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Ulster Junior CupErne Wanderers v Aileach F.C. (K.O. 1.30 p.m.)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionDonegal Town v Lifford CelticRathmullan Celtic v Kilmacrennan CelticGweedore Celtic v St. CatherinesGlenea United v Curragh AthleticWatson Hire Division OneCastlefin Celtic v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Drumoghill F.C. v Gweedore UnitedDunkineely Celtic v Keadue RoversCappry Rovers v Lagan HarpsCT Ball Division TwoDeele Harps v Whitestrand UnitedBallybofey United v Convoy ArsenalLeague table for Brian McCormick Sports Premier LeagueTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsMilford United FC 6 3 1 2 18 9 9 11Gweedore Celtic 6 3 1 2 10 5 5 11Glenea United 5 3 1 1 9 3 6 10Rathmullan Celtic 5 3 1 1 10 6 4 10St Catherines FC 6 2 2 2 11 19 -8 8Kilmacrennan Celtic FC 5 2 2 1 11 13 -2 7Lifford Celtic FC 3 2 1 0 3 2 1 6Cranford FC 6 1 2 3 8 10 -2 6Donegal Town FC 7 1 4 2 13 18 -5 5Curragh Athletic FC 5 0 5 0 6 14 -8 0League table for Watson Hire Sunday Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsCastlefin Celtic 6 4 1 1 18 10 8 13Drumoghill FC 5 4 1 0 15 4 11 12Kerrykeel 71 FC 6 3 2 1 22 16 6 10Gweedore United FC 6 3 2 1 14 9 5 10Cappry Rovers 4 2 0 2 11 6 5 8Lagan Harps FC 6 2 2 2 15 15 0 8Keadue Rovers FC 6 2 3 1 11 13 -2 7Bonagee United FC 7 2 4 1 10 13 -3 7Dunkineely Celtic FC 5 2 3 0 15 18 -3 6Eany Celtic FC 7 0 6 1 9 36 -27 1League table for CT Ball Sunday Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsConvoy Arsenal FC 7 5 2 0 11 9 2 15Copany Rovers FC 7 4 1 2 10 7 3 14Whitestrand United FC 5 4 0 1 16 3 13 13Glenree United FC 7 4 2 1 11 11 0 13Dunlewey Celtic 6 3 2 1 12 7 5 10Deele Harps FC 5 2 2 1 5 6 -1 7Letterbarrow Celtic FC 7 2 4 1 12 17 -5 7Ballybofey United FC 6 2 4 0 11 15 -4 6Raphoe Town 7 1 5 1 11 16 -5 4Drumbar FC 7 0 5 2 5 13 -8 2League table for Old Orchard Saturday Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsGlencar Celtic 7 6 1 0 23 6 17 18Erne Wanderers FC 7 5 2 0 18 8 10 15Fintown Harps AFC 6 4 1 1 14 7 7 13St Catherines FC 7 4 2 1 14 14 0 13Castlefin Celtic Res 7 3 3 1 16 19 -3 10Glenea United 7 3 4 0 14 15 -1 9Orchard FC 7 2 4 1 11 18 -7 7Ramelton Mariners FC 7 1 6 0 9 19 -10 3Mulroy Celtic 7 1 6 0 7 20 -13 3League table for Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsArranmore United 9 8 1 0 21 6 15 24Gweedore United FC Res 9 7 2 0 29 16 13 21Donegal Town FC Res 9 5 1 3 23 17 6 18Glenree United FC Res 9 4 3 2 25 25 0 14Keadue Rovers FC 8 4 3 1 27 20 7 13Tullyvinney Rovers 8 3 3 2 14 15 -1 11Curragh Athletic FC 9 2 4 3 16 25 -9 9Cranford FC 9 1 5 3 18 24 -6 6Milford United FC Res 9 1 6 2 10 27 -17 5Strand Rovers FC 9 0 7 2 9 17 -8 2DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE RESULTS, REPORTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: November 24th, 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:Donegal LeaguereportsResults
Nicholson, meanwhile, spearheaded a Drake defensive unit that allowed just five goals in league play as the Bulldogs won their first regular-season title since 2006. Dennis, meanwhile, led the league in conference games with 45 saves and a .900 save percentage, with two shutouts. She became the first-ever Drake goalie to win the league’s top goalkeeper honor. Senior Rebecca Rodgers was the 2015 MVC Player of the Year, and she’s joined by fellow seniors Sarah Grace Nicholson — the 2015 MVC Defensive Player of the Year — and Brooke Dennis — the 2015 MVC Goalkeeper of the Year. All three were selected to the 15-player 2016 MVC preseason unit. FARGO, N.D. – The Drake University women’s soccer team opens the 2016 season at North Dakota State Friday night at 7 p.m. Drake continues the 2016 season on the road next weekend with matches at UIC and Wisconsin on Aug. 26 and Aug. 28, respectively. The Bulldogs open their home slate on Sept. 2 against South Dakota. Print Friendly Version Drake is the defending Missouri Valley Conference regular season champions while North Dakota State is the defending Summit League regular season champion. The two schools have played eight matches all-time with the Bulldogs owning a 5-2-1 advantage in the series. Drake has been tabbed the MVC’s top preseason team as the team brings back eight starters from last season, including three that claimed the league’s top three individual awards. In her career, Rodgers is a three-time all-MVC pick, and she led the conference with 10 goals and 23 total points in 2015. Last season, her three game-winning goals tied for second-best in the MVC. Senior Kayla Armstrong also represents the Bulldogs on the pre-season team in 2016 as an honorable mention. Armstrong scored three goals and handed out a team-high four assists in 2015. Also returning are sophomores Alyssa Brand and Linda Fiorito, who were each picked to the MVC All-Freshman team after outstanding first seasons.