Date Published: 06-Jun-2011
Salthill Devon 1
Sheriff VC 2
A home tie against non-League opposition is exactly the kind of FAI Cup draw every team craves, but while Salthill Devon entered Drom with all the conditions being favourable they were still caught out by a Sheriff YC outfit who caused a mild surprise in the Third Round of the FAI Cup on Friday night.
Salthill’s failure to build on a reasonably decent start was ultimately the reason Sheriff took a League of Ireland scalp as the locals were repeatedly vexed at set piece situations. Sheriff were everything you would have expected them to be: tough, honest, and energetic, and their passion ensured the latest tale of woe in Salthill’s season was scripted.
Having shown traces of improvement under Paul ‘Ski’ McGee, Salthill were completely aware that a win would nudge them into the last 16 of the competition, and the possibility of another enticing tie there could leave them close to a quarter final place. It wasn’t to be as Sheriff celebrated one of their finest ever occasions, leaving Salthill in that miserable and familiar position of reflecting on what might have been.
The early evidence suggested that this was an eminently winnable tie for Salthill, who settled quickly with James Whelan providing a solid anchor in a new midfield role. Whelan was showing a willingness to venture forward too when the opportunity arose and Salthill clipped the ball around on a typically neat surface.
Still for all Salthill’s distribution, there was a lack of urgency in the final where Ciprian Struat offered the occasional flicker of skill without ever posing serious questions of the visitors. Indeed all Salthill mustered when they were on top was a long range Gearoid O’Leidhinn effort which drifted wide, while Lee Murphy gathered a Victor Collins shot at the second attempt.
Unsurprisingly as the first half evolved and Sheriff became more competitive and crisp in the tackle McGee’s promptings from the technical area were getting clearer and more audible. McGee has repeatedly stressed the need for patience, and while the club’s First Division results have improved, this was a sobering reality check because Salthill really should be claiming victories in this kind of environment. Confidence is certainly an issue and Salthill’s failure to be clinical early on proved costly as Sheriff’s physicality emerged as a key issue either side of the interval.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.