first_imgGAA: Naomh Conaill have defeated St Eunan’s in a thrilling Donegal SFC final at Mac Cumhaill Park this evening.It wasn’t pleasant viewing for the purists with scores at a premium especially in the second-half. The turning point for Naomh Conaill was when Eoghan McGettigan was introduced as a substitute.McGettigan got involved in a melee – and he was shown a straight red card by referee Andrew Mullan.That seemed to spark life into fourteen-men Naomh Conaill – and they were the better team after that incident.After eighteen minutes of the second-half there had only been two scores – with both coming from frees. Naomh Conaill levelled the game through Leo McLoone – and then back-to-back scores from Dermot Molloy and Aaron Thompson were critical.Cillian Morrison was introduced for St Eunan’s – but he was black carded almost immediately after body checking one of the Naomh Conaill players.St Eunan’s battled gamely to get back into it and Rory Carr gave them hope with a free late on.They had a late chance through Conal Dunne but he was unable to send his effort over.Andrew Mullan blew the final whistle, and that sparked euphoric scenes amongst the players and supporters of Naomh Conaill.It’s their first Donegal SFC title since 2010 after their maiden win in 2005. It’s revenge for Naomh Conaill who lost finals to St Eunan’s in 2009 and 2012.EUPHORIA FOR NAOMH CONAILL AS THEY WIN THRILLING DONEGAL SFC FINAL was last modified: October 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Home-page NewsHome-page Sportlast_img read more

Rugby Cranes thrashed in Windhoek

first_imgNamibia (in blue) took charge of the game from start to finishAfrica Rugby Gold Cup 2018Namibia 55-06 UgandaHage Geingob Windhoek, NamibiaSaturday, 16-06-2018.On Saturday, The Uganda Rugby Cranes faced of with African giants Namibia in the first game of the 2018 Rugby African Gold Cup, which also acts as a qualifier for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.The Cranes struggled to find gather any momentum throughout the game and ended up losing by a stunning 55-6 to the four time past winners of the Cup, Namibia at the Hage Geingob stadium in Windhoek.It only took seven minutes for the Namibian team to put points on the scoreboard after brilliant play from the right wing to the left found right flanker Janco Venter who scored their opening try and Cliven Loubser made no mistake from the spot.Namibia struck once again in the 12th minute through Johann Greyling who was too strong and fast for the Ugandan’s struggling defance. Venter converted from the spot.Uganda had a chance of bringing themselves back into the game when the referee awarded them a penalty in the 16th minute but a poor taken penalty by their scrum half Aaron Ofoyrwoth kept the score line the same.Uganda did not score a single try against Namibia on SaturdayIn the 18th minute the Welwitschias scored their third try of the match from a lineout after a brilliant driving maun saw their hooker Orbet Nortje add to their score once more with Loubser scoring the conversion to make the score 21-0.Before the half time break Namibia’s team captain Johan Deysel score one more try for his team in the 27th minute but Loubser miss from the spot.Uganda were once more given a penalty in the 34th minutes and James Ijongat made no mistake as he added his team’s first points on the scoreboard.The half time score was 26-3 in favour of the home team.In the second half it was still a one-way affair as the Namibians ran in five more tries compared to their opponents who only scored a penalty.Namibia’s tries in the second half were scored by hooker, Louis van der Westhuizen who scored two , left flanker Wian Conradie scored one, Greyling scored his second try of the match, while full back Chrysander Botha who made his 50th cap on the day also added to the score board with his try in the 66th minute of the match.Ijongat scored his second penalty for the Rubgy Cranes while Ofoyrwoth missed a penalty once more in the second half.Out of the five tries that were scored by Namibia in the second half only two were converted. Loubser converted once while substitute Pieter Steenkamp converted the other.Uganda looked out of sorts for the entire 80 minutes as the defence struggled to cope with the athleticism of their Namibian counter-parts.The kicking also left a lot to be desired but with Philip Wakorach coming back in the next fixture, it will be a huge boost for John Duncan’s men.Wokorach was rested for the game on Saturday after allegedly accumulated fatigue during the just concluded Dubai sevens.The Cranes will next travel to Kenya on 7th-July before hosting Tunisia at the start of August in their first home game of the competition.The last two fixtures will also be at home and will see Uganda host Morocco and Zimbabwe on 11th and 18th of August respectively.The top side in the Gold cup advances to the 2019 Rugby World cup while the runners up advances to a repechage tournament for a final chance to attain qualification.Comments Tags: john duncanRugby Cranestoplast_img read more