CCR Cup winner called up from U20s to Munster senior squad

first_imgMeanwhile, a disciplinary panel has cleared Munster centre Francis Saili to play this weekend. He had been cited for an alleged dangerous tackle in the Reds’ win over the Ospreys. But the panel have found that while it was a foul, it didn’t merit a red card. The second row was expected to be named in the U20s side to play France this weekend but has been withdrawn for the province’s Pro12 game against Scarlets instead.Munster academy out-half Bill Johnston is in for the first time since the Junior World Cup last summer, as one of 5 changes in Nigal Carolan’s side.Munster wing Calvin Nash Captains.last_img

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Twist in Premier League relegation battle

first_imgBurnley and West Brom finished all square, as did Bournemouth and Stoke.Champions Leicester are mathematically safe after a 3-nil win over Watford.Next Swansea will be hoping to capitalise on Hull’s slip-up when they host Everton – that game has just kicked off.Earlier Manchester City moved up to third in the table.They’ve moved level on points with Liverpool after easing to a 5-0 victory at home to Crystal Palace.City boss Pep Guardiola says they’ve played just as well and not won this season. There’s been another twist in the battle to avoid relegation in the Premier League.Hull City have fallen to a shock 2-nil defeat against Sunderland, ending their impressive recent record at the K-Com Stadium.There were two 2-all draws in the league also today.last_img

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Brazil’s Marta Recalls Her World Cup Most Memorable Goals

first_imgSo, which strikes are Marta’s most memorable at the last four global finals? “It’s difficult to choose one because I’ve scored so many,” Marta told FIFA TV yesterday before bursting out laughing.Nonetheless, the Brazilian runs the rule over her World Cup goals and gives us her top three – all of which come against the same opponent.Samba skills and sublime strikes ensured that Marta lit up China 2007 and emerged with a Golden Ball and Golden Boot double. Of the seven Marta scored at that tournament two stand out in particular: her brace against titans USA in the semi-final.When asked to choose her top three goals, Marta replied: “I’d say my two goals against USA in the 2007 in China. For the first one, I dribbled past at the defender outside of the box and then shot in low.“Even though the goalkeeper got a touch, it went in. That was my first goal in that game.Marta’s second – and Brazil’s fourth – in that semi-final was a goal of sheer brilliance. The No10 left USA players in her wake with her fabulous flashes of skill and tantalising technique before firing past goalkeeper Briana Scurry.“I was facing away from goal with someone marking me and I received a pass,” she recalled. “I slightly touched the ball one side and turned to the other side, got the ball and dribbled past two players and shot with my right foot.”.One of the FIFA Women’s World Cup’s all-time thrillers, Brazil and USA were reunited at the global finals in the quarter-finals of Germany 2011. Just as A Seleção looked like they were advancing to their second successive semi-final, Abby Wambach’s thumping header took the game to a penalty shoot-out.Marta, who netted a brace on that occasion, includes her first from that quarter-final among her top three Women’s World Cup goals.Recalling that clash against the Americans, the Brazilian star said: “There was a long ball, I was inside the box and I hit it on the volley with my left foot. That made it 2-1 but we lost the game on penalties.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AHEAD FRANCE 2019Marta certainly knows how to find the back of the net at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Indeed, the Brazilian hot-shot goes into France 2019 as the tournament’s all-time leading scorer.The Canarinhas legend has found the net a staggering 15 times at the global finals since making her debut as a 17-year-old at USA 2003, before going on to pick up the top scorer accolade four years later at China 2007.last_img read more

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Man Utd Inflict Biggest Old Trafford Massacre on Lampard’s Chelsea

first_imgPREMIER LEAGUEManchester United on Sunday evening recorded their biggest Old Trafford win over Chelsea since 1965 to condemn Frank Lampard to a miserable 4-0 start as a Premier League manager.Marcus Rashford scored twice, either side of a close-range effort from Anthony Martial, who had been given the number nine shirt back following the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan. Substitute Daniel James completed the scoring with a goal on his debut nine minutes from time.The final scoreline was harsh on the visitors, who were the better side before the break and hit the frame of the goal through Tammy Abraham and Emerson.But the ecstatic home supporters did not care about that at the end as the negativity of a difficult summer was swept away by their best result against Chelsea since the 1994 FA Cup final.United had to pay Leicester £80m – and make Harry Maguire the most expensive defender ever – to land manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one summer transfer target.Maguire’s England team-mate Rashford may grab the plaudits with his brace but the Yorkshire man’s authoritative performance underlined why his new boss wanted him above getting the big name midfield or striking reinforcements so many United fans have demanded on social media.His calmness under pressure helped ensure that when the home side looked shaky in the first half they did not add to their concerns with self-inflicted mistakes.Maguire was happy to keep it simple in possession and push the ball on to Paul Pogba when he could, and had the awareness to spot team-mates in trouble, something former United boss Jose Mourinho rather churlishly said on TV might be frequently needed in the case of Luke Shaw.The game was still in the balance when Maguire stepped up to challenge Abraham on the edge of the United box. Maguire calmly took possession, leaving Abraham on the floor in the process, and strode away, setting in motion the attack that ended with Martial bundling home.Lampard went for an early morning run around Old Trafford to prepare for his Premier League debut as Chelsea manager.The Blues’ record goal-scorer has made some bold decisions already, despite being barely a month into his new job.He has picked seven home-grown players in his squad: the four in action against United – Abraham, Mason Mount, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori – the currently injured duo of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi, and promising defender Reece James.It is an unprecedented number for the Roman Abramovich era. But, while it is the philosophy of promoting youth from within that Chelsea’s fans have wanted, it comes with risk.For every powerful fourth-minute shot from Abraham that thunders off the inside of a post, there is the moment Mount had when, presented with a shooting opportunity from an angle on the right of the United box, the 20-year-old elected for a cut-back, which ran disappointingly through for new United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.Given that investment in youth, this summer’s transfer ban and the departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, Lampard took a brave decision to sell David Luiz to Arsenal on deadline day.The Brazilian may not be the most reliable defender but his experience is valuable and Luiz’s replacement on Sunday, Kurt Zouma, struggled badly.He not only conceded the penalty but was also caught out of position and gave away possession, both expensive mistakes in an era when top teams routinely build from the back.Chelsea’s inability to stem the flow of goals in the second half will be a major concern for Lampard, whose name was still being sung heartily by the visiting fans at the end.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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