TABLE-TOPPERS HARPS MAKE LONG TRIP TO IN-FORM COBH RAMBLERS

first_imgTwo of the in-form sides in the First Division go head to head at St. Colman’s Park on Saturday evening, as top of the table Finn Harps look to extend their unbeaten start to the league campaign to eleven games.Only Wexford Youths have a better record in their last six games than these two sides who meet for the second time this season on Saturday evening.And it is a vastly improved Cobh Ramblers side that Harps will face at the weekend from the one they met at Finn Park in March. In the build-up to that match, Martin Cambridge had left his post as Manager of the Ramblers and Anthony Wolfe was in care-taker charge as Harps ran out 2-0 winners with Wilfried Tagbo and Kevin McHugh on the scoresheet for the home side.Since then though, Stephen Henderson – who led Ramblers to the First Division title in 2007 – has returned to the club and brought an upturn in fortunes. In his six league games back in charge at St. Colman’s Park, Henderson has watched his side lose just once – that coming last weekend when they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Ferrycarrig Park against Wexford Youths.“Cobh is always a hugely difficult place to go,” said Harps boss Ollie Horgan ahead of his sides 900km round trip on Saturday.“Now with Stephen Henderson taking over it will be even tougher,” he said. “They have serious quality in Shane O’Connor, Kevin Mulcahy and Rob Waters added to very talented young players in Ryan Goldsmith, Stephen Kenny and Darren Murphy to mention just a few,” said Horgan. Harps will go into the game with their first sign of an injury crisis in this campaign. Packie Mailey has yet to kick a ball in anger this season and Horgan said that the big defender is still a number of weeks away from forcing himself into the squad. Brian McGrory, who has missed the recent games against Cabinteely and Waterford, remains sidelined.More worryingly, Keith Cowan, who had played every minute of every game so far this season, limped off with a torn hamstring in the 65th minute of last weeks victory over Waterford United meaning he will be on the sidelines for the foreseeable future.Harps stretched their unbeaten start to the campaign last weekend with a nervy 3-2 victory over Waterford United at Finn Park. Harps were 2-0 up within six minutes through Michael Funston and Wilfried Tagbo and should have been further ahead before Shaun Corcoran pulled one back before the half-hour. From there until Ross Fitzpatrick equalised in the 73rd minute, Waterford were the better side. However, Ruairi Keating slotted home after his initial shot hit the post with just two minutes to go to give Harps the points and keep up their 100% home record in 2015.“We started the game very well on Friday and could have been three up relatively early on,” said Horgan as he looked back on the game.“Waterford scored what was then a little against the run of play which changed the game. From there on Waterford were excellent and put in a performance that Tommy Griffin would be very proud of. They deservedly equalised and had chances to win the game but ran out of luck at the end,” he said. Horgan shrugged off suggestions that his team thought the hard work was done after the two early goals.“I don’t think anyone thought it was going to be easy,” he said. “It was the manner in which Waterford kept trying to play that got them back into the game with great character. I suppose we showed a little bit of character ourselves at the end also but it was harsh on Waterford.”TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: None.Injured: Packie Mailey, Brian McGroary, Keith Cowan.FORM GUIDE (last six league games)Finn Harps: D-W-W-W-D-D (12 pts)Cobh Ramblers: W-D-W-D-W-L (11 pts) RECORD AGAINST COBH RAMBLERS (All competitions)Friday’s game will be the 63rd meeting of the two clubs, and the 33rd to be played at St. Colman’s Park.Total Games: 62 (32 at St. Colman’s Park)Harps Wins: 24 (10 at St. Colman’s Park)Cobh Wins: 20 (15 at St. Colman’s Park)Draws: 18 (7 at St. Colman’s Park)Harps Goals: 82 (37 at St. Colman’s Park)Cobh Goals: 67 (43 at St. Colman’s Park)LAST 10 GAMES v COBH RAMBLERS04-May-13 Cobh Ramblers 2-2 Finn Harps (First Division)05-Jul-13 Finn Harps 2-2 Cobh Ramblers (First Division)23-Aug-13 Finn Harps 1-1 Cobh Ramblers (FAI Cup)26-Aug-13 Cobh Ramblers 0-4 Finn Harps (FAI Cup)31-Aug-13 Cobh Ramblers 3-2 Finn Harps (First Division)21-Mar-14 Finn Harps 5-0 Cobh Ramblers (First Division)10-May-14 Cobh Ramblers 0-2 Finn Harps (First Division)11-Jul-14 Finn Harps 0-0 Cobh Ramblers (First Division)06-Sep-14 Cobh Ramblers 1-0 Finn Harps (First Division)27-Mar-15 Finn Harps 2-0 Cobh Ramblers (First DivisionTABLE-TOPPERS HARPS MAKE LONG TRIP TO IN-FORM COBH RAMBLERS was last modified: May 14th, 2015 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:Cobh Ramblersfinn harpslast_img read more

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CAF Champions League: KCCA FC confirms squad for Petro de Luanda first leg

first_img Tags: CAF Champions LeagueKCCA FCPetro de LuandaSimon Sserunkumatop KCCA FC defeated African Stars in the preliminary round. (PHOTOS/KCCA FC)CAF Champions League – First RoundPetro de Luanda vs KCCA FCEstadio 11 de Novembro, LuandaSaturday, 14-09-2019 @6pmUganda Premier League defending champions KCCA FC have announced a squad of 17 players ahead of their CAF Champions League first-round qualifier away to Angolan side Petro de Luanda.The two sides will clash on Saturday, September 14th at the Estadio 11 de Novembro in Luanda.There three major exclusions in the squad that was announced on Thursday morning.New signings John Revita, Keziron Kizito and Erisa Ssekisambu have all be left out. The reason for their exclusion has not been mentioned.However, fellow summer recruit Simon Sserunkuma has been included and is in line to make his continental debut.Sserunkuma may be handed his continental debut on Saturday.Charles Lukwago and Jamil Malyamungu are the two goalkeepers that will be heading to Angola.Youngstar Eric Ssenjobe is one of four defenders that have been chosen to represent KCCA FC in the first leg while the likes of Allan Okello, Muzamir Mutyaba and Mike Mutyaba are also part of the team.KCCA FC will be hoping to get a positive result on the road before a return leg in Kampala in two weeks’ time.Last season, they had a disappointing continental campaign, failing to reach the group stages of the confederations cup.Having received a bye in the preliminary stages, Mike Mutebi’s side took care of Tanzania’s Mtibwa Sugar 5-1 on aggregate to reach the playoff round.In the playoffs, KCCA would fall to Congo’s Otoho Doyo. Having lost 3-0 in the first leg, Mutebi’s side won the second 2-0, losing 3-2 on aggregate in the end.In the Champions League, KCCA FC’s last appearance came in 2018 when they reached the lucrative group stages of the competition.In the initial stages, they eliminated CNaPS and Kedus Giorgis in the preliminary and first-round respectively.However, they were overpowered by Al Ahly and Esperance in Group A, finishing third and bowing out.KCCA FC eliminated Namibia’s African Stars to reach this stage while Luanda beat Lesotho’s Matlama 4-0 on aggregate.Winner at this stage, will book a ticket to the group stage while the loser will fall to the CAF Confederation qualifiers.The full list of players traveling to AngolaGoal KeepersCharles Lukwago (Captain) and Jamil MalyamunguDefendersSamuel Kato, Peter Magambo, Hassan Musana, Mustafa Kizza, Filbert Obenchan, Eric SsenjobeMidfieldersMuzamiru Mutyaba, Gift Ali Abubakar, Allan Okello, Herbert Achai, Simon Serunkuma, Steven SserwaddaStrikersSadat Anaku, Mike Mutyaba, Jackson Nunda.Comments last_img read more

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Amphibious Assault Against Gradualism

first_imgA State of the Salamander Address was printed in PNAS recently.1  An international group of scientists looked for evolutionary ancestry and “Global patterns of diversification in the history of modern amphibians.”  It would seem Mr. Darwin has a bit of frog in his throat:The fossil record of modern amphibians (frogs, salamanders, and caecilians) provides no evidence for major extinction or radiation episodes throughout most of the Mesozoic and early Tertiary.  However, long-term gradual diversification is difficult to reconcile with the sensitivity of present-day amphibian faunas to rapid ecological changes and the incidence of similar environmental perturbations in the past that have been associated with high turnover rates in other land vertebrates.  To provide a comprehensive overview of the history of amphibian diversification, we constructed a phylogenetic timetree based on a multigene data set of 3.75 kb for 171 species.  Our analyses reveal several episodes of accelerated amphibian diversification, which do not fit models of gradual lineage accumulation.  Global turning points in the phylogenetic and ecological diversification occurred after the end-Permian mass extinction and in the late Cretaceous….   Approximately 86% of modern frog species and >81% of salamander species descended from only five ancestral lineages that produced major radiations in the late Cretaceous and early Tertiary.  This proportionally late accumulation of extant lineage diversity contrasts with the long evolutionary history of amphibians but is in line with the Tertiary increase in fossil abundance toward the present.Note: “accelerated diversification” can be considered a synonym for “abrupt appearance” for all practical purposes.  “Because of its incompleteness, the fossil record of amphibians sheds little light on the time and rate at which modern taxa attained their current diversity,” they said; “…the timing and intensity of important macroevolutionary trends are obscured by fossil scarcity.”    Molecular evidence, however, failed to rescue Darwinian gradualism.  Their charts show no clear upward trend in diversity over time, but peaks and valleys and a sudden burst of diversification in the most recent epoch.  “Our results, inferred from extant taxa,” they said in conclusion, “provide evidence for substantial fluctuations in the history of amphibian net diversification and reject the hypothesis of gradual lineage accumulation.”  See also the report on New Scientist and its discussion of “exploding frogs.”1Roelants et al, “Global patterns of diversification in the history of modern amphibians,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0608378104c, published online before print January 9, 2007.OK, another research project has falsified Darwin’s prediction.  Keep up the good work.(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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