Jordan Bowery admitted he felt like his first Dons goal would never come before he lashed home their fifth against St Neots on Tuesday night. Bowery, a summer signing after his release from Crewe, blasted home Jack Davies' cross seven minutes after coming on at the break, adding to goals from Baily Cargill, Hiram Boateng, Kieran Agard and Callum Brittain - who went on to bag a brace in the 6-0 win.The 28-year-old netted eight goals for Crewe in League 2 last year, but after going goal-less against Brackley Town, Welwyn Garden City, Hemel Hempstead Town and Northampton Town, Bowery said he was relieved to get his first against St Neots."It was nice to get off the mark - I didn't think it was ever going to come," he said. "It came from some good build-up play down the left, Jack (Davies) played a great cross in, I've got in front of my man, it's hit me in the chest and I've been able to volley it in. The keeper thought 'there's nothing I can do!' so I stuck it in the net!"I'm match fit … [Read more...] about Bowery wanted more pre-season goals in Dons colours
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The bottom line is that authors have to manage their own workload, with no one around to chat to at the water cooler or give a thumbs-up across the room when you've finished a task. This is why so many writers love social media, especially Twitter, where hashtags mean that finding your tribe is a doddle. It's a virtual support network, and the sense of companionship when people respond is as bracing as a cheerful wave from a colleague. Not only that, but your network knows no boundaries. It literally stretches across the world. Its randomness is part of its pleasure. Just now, I logged on for no more than a couple of minutes, liked the cover of a friend's new novel, discovered that 'quafftide' was an 18th-century word for 'time for a drink', and found that someone had shared a clip of a speech made by the Speaker of the House of Commons, to which someone else had added a Gilbert & Sullivan music track. And you can build up a remarkably diverse set of friends. Between writing … [Read more...] about How Ireland’s only Skype book club
On a sunny Good Friday at a table in a rooftop bar, Paul Mannion stirs his coffee and settles in to talk about whatever you want to talk about. We can talk football or we can talk real life or we can do both or we can do neither. So let’s do neither, for a minute. Let’s talk about Twitter. It’s obviously wrong to say you can tell a lot about a person by their Twitter account. But then again, let’s not pretend some clues aren’t hiding in plain sight. Who you follow, what you like, where you go when you want to plug into the world. Scroll through the list of 189 accounts Mannion follows and you’ll get around halfway down before coming across anyone connected to the GAA. Or to any sport, in fact. Instead, you’ll find climate change activists, politicians, podcasters, journalists, academics. Everyone from Carole Cadwalladr to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, from Greta Thunberg to Steven Pinker. The LedByDonkeys lads are in there, so are Politifact, … [Read more...] about The Paul Mannion Mantra: Think it. Talk it. Do it. Be it.
After a demoralising year of failing one audition after another, Co Antrim man Adam Gillian felt he had no choice but to give up on his dream of becoming an actor. But just as he was starting to establish himself in a new career as a musician in London, life threw Adam a curve ball when out of the blue he was offered his first big break on TV. Now set to star in a new BBC NI drama Counsel, the 26-year-old from Lisburn will launch his career in style as a leading character in the powerful new production. Sure to set pulses racing, the handsome newcomer proved a natural in the role of 18-year-old Gareth Fleming, playing alongside co-star Valene Kane. Valene, best-known for her appearances in The Fall, Thirteen and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, plays Olivia, a senior barrister specialising in family law who appears to have it all. As well as enjoying a powerful career, Olivia's husband Malcolm, played by Declan Conlon, is in the running for Lord Chief Justice. But Olivia is growing tried … [Read more...] about Counsel star Adam Gillian: ‘I was 15 when my parents split up and acting was an escape’
We may well be witnessing the countdown to the end of Eden Hazard’s Chelsea career, but it appears the forward wants to give Stamford Bridge a few more memories to cherish before he waves a fond farewell. Real Madrid may not thank Hazard for pushing his price up with a goal of stunning quality against West Ham United, but the Spaniards were given another reminder of why he is worth every penny Chelsea demand – even with only a year remaining on his contract. It was not just the opening goal, which he later added to with a second, but also Hazard’s general performance that marked him out from every other player on the pitch on Monday night. He’s a special talent that English football, not just the Blues, will miss. Hazard has now equalled his Chelsea best of 19 goals in all competitions this season and, in this kind of form, is good enough to make sure he helps Maurizio Sarri’s side qualify for the Champions League before heading for the exit. This result … [Read more...] about Eden Hazard scores sensational solo goal with brace against West Ham