Tennent’s Irish Cup final: Cliftonville 1 Coleraine 3 ORAN Kearney lost “five or six seconds” of Saturday’s dramatic Irish Cup final triumph over Cliftonville. It happened as soon as Eoin ‘Skinner’ Bradley broke clear and dinked the ball over Reds ‘keeper Brian Neeson in stoppage-time to secure the silverware. As the ball rolled into the unguarded net to make it 3-1 - virtually the last kick of the game - the Coleraine manager was already charging down the touchline to embrace ‘Skinner’ in front of the club’s delirious supporters. If you’d asked Kearney right then, he would have adopted the ageless Coleraine striker. Kearney’s mad charge towards the corner flag was reminiscent of Jose Mourinho’s crazy sideline dash when his Porto side knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League. Second-half goals from Darren McCauley, Aaron Burns and Bradley saw Coleraine take the Irish Cup home to the North West … [Read more...] about Coleraine edge Irish Cup final as Cliftonville’s famine goes on
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Valletta were crowned Malta champions for the 24th time in their history, winning the title in a dramatic finish, beating Gzira and outgoing champions Hibernians shattering Balzan’s dreams of winning their first ever title. Valletta and Balzan started Saturday’s matches equal on the 55 point mark, and a decider was in the offing. But in the last ninety minutes Valletta managed to beat third placed Gzira by the odd goal in three, and Hibernians played an outstanding match to beat Balzan, who for the second year running just failed to make it. Valletta are new champions as they wrest title on final day VALLETTA 2GZIRA UNITED 1 Gzira U: A. Curmi, R. Briffa (C. Sammut), A. Neto (L. Brincat), K. Thackray (D. Mambouana), C. Gatt Baldacchino, Z. Scerri, N. Muscat, H. Garba, A. Cohen, J. Corbolan, K. Pulo Valletta: H. Bonello, S. Borg, R. Camilleri (A. Prosa), S. Malano (J. Borg), M. Piciollo, J. Zerafa, E. Beltre', R. Saleh, R. Muscat, K. Nwoko, M. Alba … [Read more...] about It’s Valletta’s 24th Premier League title as Hibernians shatter Balzan’s dreams
THE new Ford Focus has been revealed - and it's cheaper than ever. The fourth generation starts from £17,930, more than £2,000 less than the outgoing model. The new family car promises to be a big hit with almost two million sold in the UK since the original launched 20 years ago. It's one of the UK's biggest selling cars and the new model gets an estate, crossover version and a posh Vignale option. Buyers ordering now can expect deliveries to start in September as Ford takes the fight to the Volkswagen Golf. The 2018 Focus gets a completely new design that's sportier and sleeker with a lower roofline and longer body. Despite the new model undercutting the outgoing car by £2,300 it's packed with latest gadgets. Stop&Go, speed sign recognition and lane assistance technology will help on your morning commute. The car can park itself at the push of a button and can even help you get out of tight spots with its "Park-out Assist". The Focus is also the first Ford in … [Read more...] about The new Ford Focus is here – and Britain’s favourite family car is now cheaper than ever
The Ospreys remain firmly in the hunt for a place among Europe’s elite once again next season after producing one of the best performances of their Guinness PRO14 campaign to claim a 32-18 bonus-point win over Leinster at the Liberty Stadium. The victory lifts the four-times champions above Connacht into fifth place in the Conference A standings, a position that puts them in an end-of-season play-off for a place in the Champions Cup. It has been a tough league campaign for the Liberty faithful, but the Ospreys, with man of the match Justin Tipuric leading the way, were fully deserving of the win — only their second in the last 12 meetings between the sides and the first time in four years that they have downed the men from Dublin. The Ospreys dominated for long periods and had the bonus point in the bag before the hour mark. And with a game in hand on their rivals in the table, their season remains very much alive. Victory for Conference B leaders Leinster would have … [Read more...] about Tipuric shines in bonus-point Ospreys win over Leinster
Sign up to our daily Brexit email, join our Facebook group and follow @Brexit on Twitter.We’re heading into the final stretch. There will be a transition period after Brexit day, but on March 29, 2019, the United Kingdom will formally cease to be a member of the European Union. It’s what 52 percent of those who voted in June 2016 wanted.But what does it mean for the country? How are businesses and industries preparing for life after Brexit? And how is the U.K. economy faring? Bloomberg tracks all of this, all the time: Our custom-built Brexit Barometer takes a daily reading of the health of the British economy, and our teams of specialist reporters follow the latest developments as they happen. With a year to go until Brexit, we’re taking stock this week and attempting to work out what has happened so far and what to look out for in the year ahead, and beyond. —Adam BlenfordAn Economic BurdenAfter initially shrugging off the … [Read more...] about There’s a Year Until Brexit. How Is The U.K. Doing?