Monk looking to continue progress

first_img The Swans have made an impressive start to the new campaign, with draws against Chelsea and Sunderland sandwiching a comfortable home victory over Newcastle. And while Monk can be expected to make wholesale changes for York’s Liberty Stadium visit – the Minstermen are 80 league places below Swansea – it is another important game ahead of next Sunday’s appointment with Manchester United. “There is a lot of work to do with the group, but we are progressing nicely,” Monk told “The squad is good. The way we are playing and the commitment they show every day is what I want. I am excited by this group – I’m excited working with them and producing football like we’ve been doing since the start of the season. “Hopefully, we can continue that and improve it throughout the season. “It’s important to get the points on the board as soon as possible. We are a little disappointed not to have three from Sunderland, but it’s one point and it’s better than none and we are going in the right way. “We want to keep the momentum going. Our focus is on progressing, keeping the club growing, the squad growing and the quality of the football growing.” York have not beaten top-flight opposition since they knocked Everton out of the League Cup in 1996, but manager Russ Wilcox is undaunted by the challenge that awaits his players in south Wales. “Shocks do happen, and I’ve experienced both sides. We will go there with no fear, and the surroundings should inspire us,” Wilcox told “I am really looking forward to standing in the technical area at a Premier League ground and everybody expects us to get turned over, so we will be under no pressure. But there are always one or two upsets, so let’s make sure it is York’s turn.” Swansea manager Garry Monk says he wants to keep the momentum going when his unbeaten team host League Two opponents York City in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Murray‘s century pilots Devonshire Castle to victory in T20 tournament

first_imgA COMMANDING unbeaten even hundred from Vishnu Murray highlighted the latest round of the Motielall, Jailall and Praboo Memorial T20 cricket tournament which wa played in North Essequibo last Sunday.At the Walton Hall ground, Devonshire Castle continued their winning streak with a convincing 55-run finish over Young Achievers.Batting first after winning the toss, Devonshire Castle amassed 245-2 from their allotted 20 overs, as Vishnu Murray’s brilliant 100 from 43 balls, which included 12 fours and 4 sixes, Navin Hurrel 79 (7×4, 3×6) along with Anthony Persaud’s 30 (3×6) contributed to the home team’s challenging total.In reply, solid half-centuries from Shamesh Bridgemohan 70 (5×4, 4×6) and Tamesh Dhanpaul 54 (6×4, 3×6) kept the youngsters in the hunt for most of their innings.Their dismissals, however, saw them collapse and end on 189-9 in 20 overs.Controlled medium pace from captain Dinesh Chattergoon with 3-40 from 4 overs ensured that his team kept the ascendancy and a place in the last eight.In the other game at the same venue, Gunners failed to fire against Walton Hall and lost by 5 wickets. Batting first, Gunners managed only 108 all-out in 15 overs, to which Walton Hall replied with 110-5 in 13 overs.Meanwhile, at the Imam Bacchus ground in Affiance, Sparwin gained a walkover from Lima United while Imam Bacchus Sports Club easily disposed of Charity by 92 runs.Imam Bacchus reached 236-4 in 20 overs batting first, with former National Under-19 opener Yogeshwar Lall stroking 67 (8×4) and Navindra Persaud contributing 45 (5×4). Charity SC then reached 140 for 5 in their 20 overs with Ryan Tang hitting 35 (4×4).The preliminary matches have been completed, paving the way for the quarter-finals involving the eight top teams based on the point standings.The annual tournament is sponsored by businessman Daramdeo Lall and played in memory of his three uncles who were former cricketers from the village of Walton Hall. (Elroy Sephney)last_img read more

WBB : SU doomed by foul trouble, poor shooting in loss to West Virginia in Big East tournament

first_img Published on March 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Iasia Hemingway sat with a towel around her neck and a blank stare on her face. As the final minute of the first half ticked away, the Syracuse forward, already saddled, could only watch from the bench.The Orange was plagued by foul trouble against West Virginia on Saturday and never found its offensive rhythm. In addition to Hemingway, centers Kayla Alexander and Shakeya Leary spent extended periods on the bench, derailing SU’s inside game.‘It’s tough when you don’t have either one of your post players in the game to score the basketball,’ SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said in a phone interview. ‘It’s tough to play that way. That’s not how we play.’With its offensive game plan taken away, Syracuse (18-14) struggled to adapt and fell 63-48 to West Virginia (22-8) in the second round of the Big East tournament on Saturday. The Orange shot just 30.2 percent from the field against the Mountaineers and never threatened the Mountaineers’ lead in the second half. And the foul trouble led to 33 free-throw attempts for WVU compared to just 10 for Syracuse.The Orange seem destined to play in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament for the fourth consecutive year with the loss.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Mountaineers finished the day shooting 35.3 percent from the field, but they knocked down 24 of their free throws to keep a comfortable lead over SU. For Hillsman, the difference in production at the foul line was too much to overcome.‘We got more shots than West Virginia, we got more offensive rebounds than West Virginia. I thought we kept our turnovers down reasonable,’ Hillsman said. ‘We kept them to 30 percent shooting.‘We just didn’t get to the foul line. They made 17 more free throws than we made and it’s tough to win that way.’Hillsman said it was also tough to stick with WVU without its top scoring options on the floor.With Hemingway, Alexander and Leary stuck on the bench much of the game — playing 22, 21 and 10 minutes, respectively, the offense depended on its backcourt to make plays. Elashier Hall went 5-of-19 from the field for 11 points and Carmen Tyson-Thomas made just six of her 15 attempts for 15 points.Hemingway finished with nine points on 2-of-8 shooting and committed four fouls. Alexander had three fouls and scored just four points on four shot attempts. Finally, Leary was held scoreless and fouled out of the game. The struggles were a stark contrast to the team’s first-round victory over Providence on Friday when the trio combined for 42 of SU’s 57 points.‘We play through our post and throw the ball inside and it’s tough when you don’t have have a (center) inside to score the basketball,’ Hillsman said.Hillsman felt his players attacked the basket with the same aggression as West Virginia, but they didn’t get the calls.Still, the head coach knows the Orange needed to capitalize on its opportunities on offense if it wanted to pull the upset.‘It was one of those things where maybe they were just powering up to the basket and we were doing the same thing on our end and the whistle didn’t go our way,’ Hillsman said. ‘But I thought at the end of the day, it’s a situation where we got to make shots in the lane and we can’t afford to leave points on the board.’rjgery@syr.edulast_img read more

Former Tipp footballer calls on team to deliver on promise shown in recent years

first_imgPeter Creedon’s side take on Louth on Saturday in the first game of a triple header in Semple Stadium.The team has made significant progress in recent years but O’Dwyer says the time has now come for the team to get to the next level.The Upperchurch Drombane clubman says it’s vital they take this opportunity on Saturday. Louth have named an unchanged side from that which saw off Leitrim in the first round of the qualifiers with Tipp set to name their starting 15 this evening.The game throws-in at 2.45 and will be broadcast live here on Tipp FM in association with Connolly Man Menswear, Clonmel.last_img