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Moore equaliser frustrates Canaries

first_img Substitute Norwich forward Grant Holt was lucky to escape punishment for a nasty challenge on Chico Flores that saw him stamp down on the defender’s shin. Goalkeeper Mark Bunn, back for the home side after serving a one-match ban, lasted only 15 minutes after appearing to injure his groin during a clearance, so Lee Camp stepped off the bench. Only a fine diving save from Michel Vorm denied Turner from close range, but had the shot been struck just a little harder the ball would have evaded the Holland keeper. Touches of class from Jonathan de Guzman and Michu saw the visitors take a deserved lead in the 35th minute. De Guzman weaved a path to the byline and then squeezed a pass between two Norwich defenders to the feet of Michu who rifled the ball into the roof of the net with his first touch. Nathan Dyer could have made it 2-0 a moment later and Swansea lamented the miss in the 40th minute when Norwich equalised. The visitors were caught on the counter with Elliott Bennett delivering a pinpoint cross to the far post where Snodgrass produced a successful diving header. Norwich had grown in confidence since Snodgrass’ equaliser and with a little help from some weak defending they took the lead 15 minutes after the interval. A free-kick was despatched to Turner at the far post and the defender, who was unmarked after being allowed to roam free, had the time and space to drive the ball home. With both teams struggling in defence, it was only a matter of time before the next goal arrived and this time it was delivered by Swansea. Angel Rangel’s cross was headed into the path of an unmarked Moore, who buried the chance to grab the point and deny the home side of a much-needed win. Norwich failed to distance themselves from the Barclays Premier League relegation battle after Luke Moore rescued a 2-2 draw for Swansea at Carrow Road. Suicidal defending at both ends contributed to an entertaining afternoon that could have seen either team finish winners, with the most frenzied action unfolding during a roller-coaster second half. Norwich pegged back Michu’s opener with goals from Robert Snodgrass and Michael Turner that appeared to have secured three important points, but Moore had the final say 15 minutes from time, denying the Canaries only their third Premier League victory since December. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Wijnaldum to bring fighting spirit

first_img The 24-year-old Netherlands international midfielder has become Steve McClaren’s first signing as Newcastle boss for a fee understood to be in the region of 20 million euros, around £14.4million. Wijnaldum, who has signed a five-year deal at St James’ Park, is the third most expensive player in Newcastle history after Michael Owen and Alan Shearer and plans to show that his transfer from Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven represents value for money. “I’m feeling great because when I came to the club everyone was really kind, beautiful people and I’m already feeling at home,” Wijnaldum told Press Association Sport. “I have a lot of confidence that I can make the fans happy and that’s what I want to do. “I think I can bring goals and passion also, as I work hard and always want to do my best. “Even if it looks like we’re not going to win I always try to find a solution to win games. I’m a fighter.” Everton were also keen on the former Feyenoord player who has won 19 caps for his country and impressed as the Netherlands finished third at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. But Wijnaldum said that his mind was made up as Newcastle expressed their interest in him at an early stage and he even admitted to picking up on the local lingo already. “Newcastle showed very early they were interested in me,” Wijnaldum said. “In the negotiations they showed good things and that’s why I chose them. Georginio Wijnaldum has promised Newcastle fans he is a “fighter” after completing his move to Tyneside. “I’ve spoken to someone who speaks a little bit of Geordie – but I must learn more!” Wijnaldum said McClaren had tried to sign him when he was the coach of Twente in the Dutch Eredivise between 2008 and 2010 and the former England manager feels the Dutchman’s versatility will suit Newcastle down to the ground. “It’s difficult coming to the Premier League from any other league, you have to get used to the tempo and the physicality,” McClaren said. “But Georginio has got physique, he’s played football at the highest level and he’s played in the Champions League so he should adapt quickly. “When I first came across him at Feyenoord he was a number 10 who scored goals. At PSV he’s moved further back to a six but he’s a box-to-box player. “He’s got the capacity for that. He can play in all positions and he can create and score, so I think Georginio will add quality to the squad and is the perfect midfield player for us.” Newcastle head out to the United States on Sunday for fixtures against Club Atlas, Sacramento Republic and the Portland Timbers and McClaren hopes Wijnaldum is the first of a series of signings as he seeks to bolster a squad which struggled to retain its Barclays Premier League status last season. Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is a serious target with efforts to land QPR’s Charlie Austin having so far come to nothing, while Wolfsburg frontman Bas Dost has also been in their sights for some time. “We like to think there will be more signings,” McClaren said. “We can’t say when but getting the first one through the door is always the best. “We’ve done it this time and we’re working behind the scenes now in anticipation that more will come through the door.” Press Associationlast_img read more

NASHVILLE STAR COLLEEN SET FOR MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL GIG

first_imgSHE’S a star in the home of country Nashville – now Colleen Lloy is coming to County Donegal.She’s coming back to the Emerald Isle as part of a European tour – and will be on stage at the Mount Errigal Hotel on August 20.Lloy was in Ireland in June and has booked a show at the Mount Errigal Hotel as part of The Gathering Celebration and to trace her family roots. Colleen’s recent tour included stops in Italy, Austria, Ireland, and England but she was so fond of Ireland that she booked a show for August 20th at the Mount Errigal Hotel.Colleen Lloy has shared the stage with music greats like George Jones, BB King, Tanya Tucker, Billy Ray Cyrus, John Anderson, Paul Overstreet, John Berry, Lee Greenwood and most recently Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac.Said Lloy: “I am so excited to be playing the Mount Errigal Hotel Ballroom and to be coming back to Ireland again!“I love the people of Ireland and the scenery in Donegal is just incredible.” She has local recording artist, Paul Tully opening the show for her.Paul is a local from Strabane who returned after briefly living in Australia while pursuing his music. Paul fronts the successful rock band Pontius Pilots and has an EP coming out in September. When Lloy heard his voice she had to have him open the show. “He has a golden voice and is definitely a star on the rise.”Tickets at €12 can be purchased at the Mount Errigal Hotel lobby or by calling 353 (0) 7491 22700 or you can get more information on the website at http://www.mounterrigal.com. You can also purchase tickets at Mahon Engineering on Dock Street in Strabane priced £10.The doors open at 8:00 pm and the show starts at 8:30 pmVisit http://www.colleenlloy.com for more information about Colleen Lloy and her complete tour schedule. NASHVILLE STAR COLLEEN SET FOR MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL GIG was last modified: August 9th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Colleen LloyletterkennyMount Errigal Hotellast_img read more