first_imgAn opportunistic second-half brace from Shane Duggan catapulted Cork City back into joint-second in the Airtricity League First Division table after they ended Finn Harps’ two-game winning streak in Ballybofey last night.The result comes as a big blow for Harps after their recent revival which would’ve really ignited with any sort of a result against the Turner’s Cross outfit. Instead, the margin on the teams above them is slightly extended once more, following the unravelling of Friday night’s results.Aaron McElwee and Paddy McLaughlin both returned to the Harps line-up, having missed out on last week’s game due to suspension, while Ciaran Coll got the nod ahead of Gareth Harkin to start at left-back. The home side would’ve felt content going in at the break all-square after seeing their opponents pass up a number of golden opportunities, none more so than a penalty awarded on eighteen minutes.Cork striker Vinny Sullivan powered his way into the box and after being put off balance from Paddy McLaughlin, tumbled into the onrushing Ciaran Gallagher, who picked up the yellow card, strangely, instead of his team-mate.Graham Cummins then stepped up and hammered the spot-kick off Gallagher’s left-hand post, as Harps were let off the hook.Moments beforehand and Cork nearly had another penalty after Keith Cowan upended Cummins right on the edge of the area, with the Harps defender walking away scot-free and Gallagher saving the subsequent free-kick from Davin O’Neill. The visitors, without a defeat from any of their eight away games to date, continued to test their hosts, with Mark Forker perfectly positioned to steer a Stephen Mulcahy header off the line, following a teasing corner from Gearóid Morrissey.Harps, despite playing some wonderfully composed football in the first half, scarcely tested Mark McNulty, as Kevin McHugh and Blaine Curtis worried the Cork back-four but never frightened them.The home side’s best chance of an opener came on thirteen minutes when McHugh bust a gut to get to the byline before pulling square for Curtis, who was denied by the backtracking McNulty just as the striker was about to pull the trigger.The Leesider’s looked like they might finally grab the breakthrough two minutes before the break when Sullivan robbed Aaron O’Hagan before rounding Ciaran Gallagher. And despite been forced wide, Sullivan picked out O’Neill, who somehow managed to blaze wide from six yards out, with the goal at his mercy.Curtis, industrious and sharp throughout, twice went close in the early stages of the second half, the first a wonderfully improvised flick from a Brolly cross and the second, a fifteen yard effort that McNulty collected, following a beautifully threaded-ball from Aaron McElwee. The away side, however, nudged ahead just after the hour mark when Shane Duggan tucked home after a nice cutback from Cummins, who managed to shrug off the attentions of the previously impenetrable Keith Cowan. Duggan then bagged his and his side’s second goal of the night after Paddy McLaughlin gifted the visitor’s possession in the middle of the park. The stylish midfielder galloped onto the loose ball and after Cowan failed with an attempted block, Duggan kept his composure to curl home from twenty yards past Gallagher.Cummins might have made it three for the away side in the dying stages but was hauled down by Cowan on the edge of the area, an incident the Harps defender somehow managed to escape with just a yellow card.Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; Paddy McLaughlin, Keith Cowan, Aaron O’Hagan, Ciaran Coll; Mark Forker, Aaron McElwee, Tommy Bonnar, Marc Brolly; Blaine Curtis, Kevin McHugh. Subs: Gareth Harkin (Brolly, 52 mins), Gary Merritt (McLaughlin, 78 mins).Cork City: Mark McNulty; Neal Horgan, Stephen Mulcahy, Kalen Spillane, Danny Murphy; Gearóid Morrissey, Greg O’Halloran, Shane Duggan, Derek O’Brien; Graham Cummins, Vinny Sullivan. Sub: Davin O’Neill (O’Brien, 3 mins). HARPS BROUGHT BACK DOWN TO EARTH BY CORK was last modified: July 3rd, 2011 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:Cork Cityfinn harpslast_img read more

first_imgHaryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday said the government has decided to discourage paddy crop sowing as the State was staring at a water crisis due to depleting groundwater level.He said a pilot project will be launched in seven blocks of Yamunanagar, Ambala, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind and Sonipat districts, where sowing of maize and ‘tur’ pulses would be promoted by giving incentives to farmers.“The scheme has been formulated keeping in mind the interest of farmers and water conservation. By diversifying the area of non-basmati paddy into maize under this scheme, the total saving of water is expected to be 0.71 crore cm (1 cm = 1 lakh litres of water),” he said, adding that water depletion has led to 60 dark zones in the State, including 21 critical ones in 10 districts.Saves water, powerMr. Khattar said crop diversification is need of the day for the State as it saves water, electricity and improves soil health. “During the 1970s, maize and pulses were major crops in Haryana, but they have been replaced by water-guzzling crops such as paddy and wheat. To revive the old maize or pulses area, immediate crop diversification of paddy by maize and pulses is our priority,” he said.“Under the new scheme, the identified farmers will be provided seeds free of cost. Apart from this, a financial assistance of ₹2,000 per acre will be provided in two parts. The maize crop insurance premium of ₹766 per hectare will also be borne by the government under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. Also, the maize produce will be procured by government agencies such as HAFED, Food, and Supply Department at Minimum Support Price. Likewise, ‘tur’ seeds will also be provided free of cost to the farmers along with financial incentive,” he said.The Chief Minister also attacked the Delhi government, saying that arrears of ₹100 crore were outstanding against it for the supply of surplus water through the Yamuna river.last_img read more

first_imgWith less than two days until the Australian Touch Football Teams hit the fields for the start of the 2015 World Cup in Coffs Harbour, the Australian Open and Senior teams have ventured out into the community to give the locals some world class skills, tips and strategies.Australian Teams conducted skills and drills clinics at Boambee Primary School, Coffs Harbour Public School, Karangi Public School and Orara High School.  Players and coaching staff enlightened the staff and students on what it is like to play for their country. All participants were thrilled to have the Australian Teams at their schools and be able to participate in drills and skills sessions with such talented athletes.Australian teams also conducted visits of a different kind, making an appearance at Park Beach Plaza, swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Marine Magic, visits to the Coffs Harbour Disability Support Services and Coffs Harbour Legacy Nursing Home, as well as a visit to the staff and animals at the RSPCA Animal Shelter. The patients, nurses and doctors at the Coffs Harbour Hospital’s Children’s Ward got a huge surprise when Australian Mixed players Kylie Hilder, Dean Springfield, Daniel Barton, Patricia Michaelopoulos and Manager Mat Gilbertson brought the children some special Touch Football Australia gift packs.For all the photos from this morning, check out our album on Facebook – Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 Touch World Cup:Website – – – (#TWC2015)Instagram – LinksAussie Visitslast_img read more