Lennon shocker! … Underdogs beat Cornwall College for spot in Ben Francis KO final

first_img They then turned on the skill, with Christopher Randall, Kwesi Watts and Morrison putting their respective skill set on open display, as the half ended in a 0-0 scoreline with little effort from the highly-rated Cornwall College unit. Then in the 61st, Watts won a penalty, after he was pulled down while on the attack for the referee to point to the spot. Up stepped the big defender Cummings to fire home for the lead, leaving the Cornwall team dejected. They would respond with a series of raids with only the goals being the missing component, as Lennon will meet a familiar foe in Friday’s title match, which is promising to be a real humdinger in waiting. “It is a very good feeling; I think we deserve the win. We came into the match not worried about our opponents, who are a quality bunch, but we played like how we planned and that’s all that matters in giving us this important victory. Now it’s onto meeting STETHS,” stated Gordon. Western Bureau Lennon’s head coach, Merron Gordon said his team showed class and a strong determination to reach the final of the 2016 ISSA/FLOW Ben Francis Cup Knockout competition, after tagging Cornwall College 1-0 in their semi-final clash in Santa Cruz yesterday. They will now meet the defending champions St. Elizabeth Technical in Friday’s final to be played at the Manchester High School field. Fitzroy Cummings, the Lennon captain fired home the lone goal of a rather dull contest from the penalty spot in the 61st minute, after he was brought down inside the area by Cornwall College’s Dwayne Harding. “I told my players to enjoy the match, and you saw that in this match. We were bouncing about with our passes, while keeping Cornwall’s danger players in check. Tactically, it was a great match for us to make the final from,” said Gordon. Cornwall College, it seemed, were still suffering from last Saturday’s loss in the final of the Flow Super Cup, and their coach Dr. Dean Weatherly put it all down to fatigue, as a result of the long travels in recent days. “We weren’t pouncing today. We lacked the punch you normally see from us,” said Dr. Weatherly, “I think it has to do with the travelling, which took a lot out of our players against a team like Lennon.” Fatigue, or not, Lennon never gave them any real look at goal, except late in the second half, when their goalkeeper Tyrone Mullings was twice forced into superb saves to keep his team in front, both off corner kicks from Jourdaine Fletcher. His strike partner Peter-Lee Vassell had little to no impact on the game and that in fact summed up their afternoon, as the two are arguably the best front two in schoolboy football. Ryan Morrison should have scored for Lennon in the 20th minute, when the Cornwall goalkeeper Jamario Hines let the ball slip from his grasp, but the follow-up effort slid wide of the goal. LITTLE EFFORTlast_img read more

Leading fundraiser calls on Good and New charity to return his donation

first_imgA well-known charity fundraiser has demanded the Good and New cancer charity return more than €3,000 which he donated to them.Jimmy Carroll, a well-known fundraiser in Creeslough, has demanded the money be returned over ‘issues of transparency’ at the charity.He has demanded that the cancer charity return funding in excess of €3,000 donated three years ago on behalf of the Creeslough group as a matter of urgency. Mr Carroll’s claims to the Tirconail Tribune that he has not been given a receipt for the cheque donation has been denied by Good and New.A statement issued by the cancer charity on Wednesday said the fundraiser had received a letter from them.“Mr. Carroll was issued with a letter of acknowledgement for the donation of €3022.74 on the 21st May 2015. In addition our accountants have a record of this amount being received on the 18th May and lodged in the bank account on the 26th May 2015.”However, Mr. Carroll said his comment about not getting a receipt has been ignored in the response. Jimmy Carroll and members involved with the local Massinass Hall in Creeslough presented Good and New with a cheque for €3,022 in May 2015 and he now says he regrets raising funds for this charity and wants his donation returned.Mr. Carroll was reacting after it was confirmed that the Charities Regulator had visited the Good and New premises and said the charity is not in compliance with its legal obligation to keep proper books of account.
Mr Carroll who is involved in a number of voluntary projects called on the Good and New cancer charity to refund his donation immediatelyHe said: “I was misled into believing that the cancer bus was urgently in need of funding or else it would have to be taken off the road.”He added “If only I’d known about the issues of transparency I’d have stayed a mile away from the place. I am ashamed that I ever had any contact with Good and New. “I am angry, disgusted and gutted and feel that my integrity and those who assisted me have also been compromised. Funds raised for Good and New should now be refunded if only to restore the credibility of the groups involved who raised so much money.“These funds should go to more worthy causes that urgently need resources and with no great way of raising them. 

I was already planning to raise more funds to keep the bus on the road as the story broke in the Sunday Times.“
In order to restore my credibility I want to put it on record that I really believed that the cancer bus was so strapped for cash that it was six weeks away from stopping the run to Galway…“I’m shocked to learn that the charity had over €400,000 in the bank and had purchased a new building. I want to make it clear that I did not set out to raise money for any buildings or to add to the Good and New bank balance when there were at least a dozen other groups who could have used the monies we raised,” he added. Mr. Carroll has also raised substantial funding for the Irish Heart Foundation: The Donegal Hospice: the Defibrillator in Creeslough: the Creeslough Day Centre and last year alone contributed a cheque for €10,000 to Brother Kevin’s Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin.“I feel that my good name has been tarnished with being involved with Good and New when they had so much money in the bank.
 I am now asking that all monies that our group here in Creeslough raised be returned immediately so that we can distribute it to more charitable causes locally and here in Donegal.“I am deeply shocked that I went around doors  begging and ‘cadging’ donations for a charity that was already so wealthy, I feel a sense of shame about the manner in which I’ve been misled,”
Mr. Carroll continued: “I went out of my way to raise and donate a cheque for more than €3,022 to Good and New. The funding was raised at a number of events and I visited family homes begging people for their support.
 But it was not until the accounts of Good and New appeared in the Sunday Times last November that I became aware that this company was cash rich and as a consequence I was misled into an urgent campaign to help out and keep the cancer bus on the road for the well-being of Donegal people having treatment in Galway.”At the moment Jimmy is considering another fundraiser for Brother Kevin Crowley who is well remembered for his time at Ards Friary.The Tribune also forwarded a query to the PR company representing the Good and New charity.The spokesperson was asked “You informed us on January 18th “As far as we are aware, the organisation has complied with all the regulator’s requirements.”
 Given your clarification to us on January 18th why would the involvement of officers from the Charities Regulator’s Compliance Office impose ‘intermediate sanction’s on Good and New with Monday March 26th the final date for compliance?”A response from the public relations company said “The volunteers are working hard to implement the compliance requirements, which the Regulator has requested, within the time period specified and this at an advanced stage. Everyone involved is keen to ensure these changes are in place as soon as possible so that The Good and New Charity can focus on continuing to do good work for those who depend on their services in Donegal and this is our focus at the moment.”Leading fundraiser calls on Good and New charity to return his donation was last modified: February 24th, 2018 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:cancercharityCreesloughdonationGood and NewJimmy Carrolllast_img read more

Remembering the Nawab of Pataudi on his 4th death anniversary

first_imgAt 21,  Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi led the Indian Test team. The 53-year-old record has still not been broken and Pataudi remains the youngest man from the country to lead a Test side.Pataudi was promoted as captain in March 1962, when the sitting captain Nari Contractor was ruled out of the fourth Test in Barbados against the West Indies due to an injury.To put it this way, it’s defensible to say injuries have always helped Pataudi. In 1961, Pataudi lost his right eye in a car accident in England. A broken glass piece from the windscreen penetrated into his eye, damaging it permanently. But hi resolve was too strong that he went back to the nets to practice playing with the one he had.Skip a year, and it was January 1962 when he went on to score his maiden century against England in Madras. His 103 runs came in just 162 minutes. The innings included 16 boundaries and two sixes. Pataudi had always wanted to score freely, and he did so on most occasions, which earned him the reputation of a busy charismatic player.Cricket writer V Ramnarayan in his article for Firstpost , recalls what Mansur Ali Khan said at a presser after he scored his maiden hundred in Madras. British journalist had asked him about when, after the loss of one eye, he started believing that he would play Test cricket again.Pataudi’s reply was, “When I saw the English bowling.”Pataudi went on to score five more centuries and 16 more half-centuries in his career, of which his double century in Delhi against England stands out. He scored 203 runs in the second innings before which India trailed England’s first innings total by 107 runs.  He helped India remain even at 0-0 in the five match Test series.advertisementPataudi, who finished his career with 2793 runs at an average of 34.91 was not only known for his batting exploits, but for setting high fielding standards. Pataudi, before the accident, was a brilliant cover fielder. He loved catching at slips and set a high standard for himself. Pataudi wanted his teammates to be active on the field. Under his tenure as captain, team India’s fielding standard improved.Only on rare occasions,  Pataudi said he could have done much better in the game if he had not lost the eye. Nonetheless, with an average of around 35 he was among the top Indian players of his time.Pataudi was equally celebrated for his off-field showing as he was for his on-field records. Most people were swept away by Pataudi’s grace and charisma. For instance, there were millions who wanted to emulate Pataudi’s open stance. Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar was no exception.Almost every budding cricketer in the 60s would try and copy his walking style and aspired to have a stance like him, Gavaskar had said.”I don’t think there was a single budding teenage cricketer in the country who did not try to walk like him or have a stance like him,” Gavaskar had said after Pataudi’s funeral in 2011.”The open stance was unique since he had lost one eye and so opened his stance to get a better look at the bowler with his one good eye. We all tried to copy that but kept getting out bowled or leg before playing across the line,” Gavaskar, who first saw Pataudi before the Indian team’s departure for a tour to West Indies in 1961, said.last_img read more