first_imgRovers v United at Leckview4 Lanterns USL Results & Reports 26.05.13RESULTS: Kildrum Tigers 6 0 Fanad UtdBonagee Utd. 2 4 Derry City Res. Cockhill Celtic 2 1 Swilly RoversLetterkenny Rovers 0 1 Drumkeen Utd.Drumkeen Top Table After Last Gasp Winner Letterkenny Rovers 0Drumkeen Utd. 1Drumkeen United maintained their winning start to the season with a last gasp goal to grab all three points against Letterkenny Rovers.With the game deep in injury time in the 94th minute, an in-swinging corner was flicked on by Eunan Kelly before taking a deflection off a Rovers defender and into the net to secure a dramatic win.The home side were left to rue their missed chances in what was a hard fought encounter at Leckview Park. Drumkeen came into the game in excellent form having opened their season with back to back wins while Rovers – without a game in two weeks due to their postponed fixture against Bonagee United last week – had started their league campaign with a victory at home to Finn Harps.Both sides looked at near full strength and the best chance of the first half fell the way of Rovers striker Davitt Walsh who latched onto a precise through pass from Aaron Scanlon only to blaze his effort over the crossbar. The visitors applied pressure from a few set piece situations but the Rovers rearguard held firm. In the second half, Drumkeen tried their luck from long range with Richie Moore and Mark Marley both missing the target while at the other end substitute Steve Okapu steered a close range effort wide.In the final minute, the visitors forced two corners and from the second the home defence was found wanting as Kelly’s faint effort did enough to beat Shane O’Gara and seal the win.LETTERKENNY ROVERS – Shane O’Gara, Dale Gorman, Dan O’Donnell, Kieran Gorman, Jonathan Minnock, Chris Malseed, Kevin McGrath, Glen Gallagher, Davitt Walsh, Darren McElwaine, Aaron Scanlon. Subs – Oisin Grant for Gorman on 28 mins, Steve Okapu for Walsh on 79 mins, Keith Malseed for McElwaine on 80 mins.DRUMKEEN UNITED – Paul McCauley, Ryan Gildea, Benny Bonner, Seamie Friel, Chris Kyle, Gavin Reilly, David Craig, Philip Whyte, Eunan Kelly, Richard Moore, Mark Marley. Subs – Jamie Gallagher for Bonner on 20 mins, Ryan McCullagh for Craig on 69 mins. REFEREE – Mr. Con McLaughlinCockhill Keep Up The PressureCockhill Celtic 2Swilly Rovers 1Played in perfect conditions at the Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds on Friday night, Cockhill claimed a vital come-from-behind win against a gallant and well organised Swilly team.Cockhill started the brighter with Derek Doherty especially prominent on the right hand side. However they couldn’t convert this possession into clear chances with Doherty’s crosses being well defended or cut out by Swilly keeper Gareth Wade. Swilly settled and looked dangerous on the counter attack, their first chance coming on 17mins when Kyle Black’s volley from the edge of the box went straight at Gavin Cullen. Swilly took the lead on 19mins when good interplay on the right hand side released Ronan Curtis. His cross finding the unmarked Michael McHugh who headed home at the back post. Cockhill equalised on 23mins when a headed back pass was intercepted by James Bradley who held off a defender before slotting low past Wade from 8 yards. The remainder of the half was an even affair. Swilly almost regained the lead on 25mins when Laurence Toland’s corner found McHugh, whose near post header clipped the bar on its way over. On 29mins, Derek Doherty’s cross found Garbhan Friel, but he was unable to direct his header on target. On 35mins, Friel blocked down a clearance and broke through but Wade made a fine smothering save to deny him. The last chance of the half fell to Swilly. Declan Curtis’ free kick was parried by Cullen. From the resultant corner, Cullen’s punch was volleyed goal wards by Ronan Curtis but he was denied by a brilliant low save from Cullen.The second half began in a similar vein with Cockhill pressing with Swilly dangerous on the counter. Cockhill were reduced to shots from distance, the most notable of which was Liam O’Donnell’s deflected effort forcing a fine low save from Wade. Swilly had 2 chances to regain the lead mid-half. On 70mins, Michael McHugh’s cross found Declan Curtis. His effort beat Cullen but Conor Keddy was on hand with a fantastic goal-line clearance. On 74mins, a long ball found McHugh in the clear but his attempted lob was straight at Cullen. Swilly were made to rue these missed opportunities on 75mins when Wade misjudged a James Bradley free kick. William O’Connor’s anticipation allowed him to head back across goal for Aidan O’Donnell to bundle home from close range. Swilly’s task was made harder when they were reduced to 10 men on 78mins, when defender Laurence Toland was red-carded for foul and abusive language. Cockhill continued to press for a third goal but efforts from Gerard McLaughlin and Aidan O’Donnell failed to find the target. Swilly, to their credit, competed to the end but any long balls were capably dealt with by Cullen.Champions Get WinBonagee Utd. 2Derry City Res. 4Bonagee UnitedThree goals in the final ten minutes from the reigning champions, Derry City, ensured they left Bonagee with all three points and inflicted defeat on a home side that have conceded late goals in their first two league outings this season. Bonagee got off to the best possible start when they scored as early as the 6th minute. An Anthony Appiah corner was not fully dealt with by Derry City, and Darren Ashmore was on hand to bundle the ball home from six yards through a swarm of people. Derry equalised in the 19th minute, when a corner was swung to the back post to Paul Ramsey, and he somehow managed to head the ball back into the danger area where George Kelly smashed the ball to the roof of the net to make the score one apiece. The home side regained their lead on the stroke of half time, when defender Glenn Rainey sidefooted home at the second attempt following a good cross from Appiah. The visitors began the second forty five well but were finding a resolute Bonagee defence difficult to break through. They managed to draw level in the 80th minute, a goal they certainly were worthy of. The excellent Josh Treacy raced into the area and his pull back was slotted home by Conor Harkin. City were definitely in the ascendency at this point of the game and they managed to score their third with two minutes to go. Treacy again was the provider, this time his cross was powered home by Raymond Foy. The fourth was scored in the 94th minute by substitute Kyle Curran after a mix-up in the Bonagee defence.Bonagee: Smyth, Rainey, Doran, Frankowski, O’Loan, Appiah, Russell, Lynagh, Ashmore, McLaughlin & McGeeDerry City: Houghton, O’Brien, Curran, Barrett, Barr, Foy, McElhinney, Ramsey, Kelly, Harkin, TreacyFixturesThursday, May 31st at 7:30pm4 Lanterns USLSwilly Rovers v Fanad Utd. Ref. T. McAreeSunday, June 2nd at 2pm4 Lanterns USLFinn Harps Res v Cockhill Celtic Ref. P. CollKildrum Tigers v Letterkenny Rovers Ref. C. McLaughlinWednesday, June 5th at 7:30pmDonegal News League Cup Group ABonagee Utd. v Finn Harps Res. Ref. V. McLoughlinThursday, June 6th at 7:30pm4 Lanterns USLDrumkeen Utd. v Derry City Res. Ref. P. Duddy4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: WINS FOR TIGERS, CITY, COCKHILL AND DRUMKEEN was last modified: May 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: WINS FOR TIGERSCITYCOCKHILL AND DRUMKEENCockhill CelticDerry City Reservesdrumkeen unitedkildrum tigersLetterkenny Roverslast_img read more

first_imgJoar Leifseth Ulsom at the 2016 Iditarod ceremonial start in Anchorage. (Photo by Emily Schwing/KNOM)Red, white and blue flags flew high at this year’s Iditarod start line, but they weren’t the flags one might expect at an American race.These flags bear the Scandinavian cross and they were flown by fans who came out to cheer on more than ten percent of the race field.There are more Scandinavians in this year’s Iditarod than ever before.Iditarod – Day 1Two Anchorage-based Team Norway fans at the 2016 Iditarod starting line in Willow. (Photo by Ben Matheson)“Ve elskar deg.” It’s one of the cheers a group of fans threw out as a dog teams surged down the trail out of Willow.Dan Lien appears to be the group’s ring leader.“We are proud members of the sons of Norway in Anchorage and so we bring our flags and yell a few phrases at ‘em,” Lien said.Lien says they come every year, but this one is special because there are eight mushers from Norway – and one Swede.“We yelled at him down the trail, we said we don’t have any Swedish flags, and he said close enough,” Lien said.It comes as no surprise that a region packed with wilderness, mountains and a winter season on par with Alaska’s is home to mushers, like Robert Sorlie. He brought a dog team from Norway for a sixth shot at a top finish.“It’s the biggest and the most powerful race in the world so everybody wants to do this race, you know,” Sorlie said.Musher Robert Sorlie at the 2016 Iditarod ceremonial start in Anchorage. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/KSKA)In 2003 and 2005, Sorlie drove his team to victory. He’s the only champion that isn’t American. He’s also been known to sing to his dogs.“Yeah I think I will sing some songs for them, but I will not sing it for you, because when … I’m not ready to sing it on the radio, no,” he said.Sorlie’s competitor, Sigrid Ekran also brought a team from Norway. She says she doesn’t have big expectations for her fourth Iditarod, but she could be a worthy competitor, having won three European world championships in the last five years.She’s claimed victory in both of Norway’s largest and longest sled dog races: the Femondsløpet once and the Finnmarksløpet twice.“Scandinavia is definitely a good place to run dogs and there’s a lot of good dog mushers there now,” Ekran said. “I think everyone that runs long distance ahs a dream of running the Iditarod. The Iditarod is like the Olympics of long distance, you know.”“Yeah, that’s true. Absolutely,” Mats Pettersson said. He is this Iditarod’s lone Swede. “When you’ve done this one time, you want to be here.”“It’s the number one race, but I hope also more people from the U.S. can come over to Scandinavia in the long run and we could have more races.  That would be the best I think.”Race officials from the Finnmarksløpet reportedly visited with Iditarod Trail Committee officials earlier this winter to discuss future cooperation, but the outcome of that meeting is unclear.In the meantime, Pettersson will shoot for a top-ten finish in this his third run to Nome. He says the most competitive among the Norwegian teams don’t intimidate him.Pettersson: “I get along with all these Norwegians and we are really friends out on the trail.”Schwing: “So, there’s no Swedish-Norwegian rivalry?”Pettersson:  “No, only in skiing – the Norwegians are better in that, but we are better in ice hockey!”There’s one Scandinavian whose race plan stands out more than any other – Ketil Reitan.“I’m going to do a long camping trip after the race,” he said.Sigrid Ekran. (Photo by Ben Matheson)It’s been 21 years since Reitan has driven a team on the Iditarod trail.From Nome, he says he’ll mush back to his home in Kaktovik, more than twice the distance of the actual race.“There’s no trail and no trail markers,” Reitan said. “So we are looking forward to that and we are going to stop in the villages and visit and meet lots of people, so we are looking forward to that.”Reitan says the seeming Scandinavian Iditarod invasion is really nothing new.“Ten percent is nothing,” he said. “In the earlier races in Nome, a hundred years ago, almost half the mushers were Norwegian, so 10 percent is nothing.”But a hundred years ago, Alaska was only a U.S. territory and the famous Serum Run to Nome hadn’t even taken place.last_img read more