Ray Stubbs was joined by Tony Evans and Matt Hughes to cast their eyes over the main sporting stories.They look over the latest Premier League action as Leicester City go five points clear at the top of the table following Tottenham and Arsenal’s 2-2 draw in the north London derby at White Hart Lane.
MAN OF THE MATCH SEAMUS COLEMANIRELAND defender Seamus Coleman was very disappointed following his Ireland’s 1-0 friendly defeat to Greece at the Aviva.The Killybegs man insisted Ireland should have won the game, and expressed his frustration at having a strong penalty claim turned down when Konstantinos Stafylidis appeared to handle in the area.“I thought we played very well, I thought we deserved to win the game. We passed the ball very well at times and we’re just disappointed to get nothing from it,” said the Everton player. “I thought we definitely had a penalty claim in the first minute of the game. I thought it was a stonewall penalty but I thought we played all right. Just disappointed to get nothing from it.”Jose Holebas 29th minute goal condemned Giovanni Trapattoni’s side to defeat in what was their final fixture of 2012.Coleman said Ireland can be pleased with the past year, despite the results.“We qualified for a European Championship for the first time in 25 years,” he said, “we can move on from here and remain positive.” Captain John O’Shea praised Coleman’s performance and also felt Ireland deserved a victory.The Sunderland defender said: “It’s a step forward but we’re obviously disappointed. For the goal I should have done better, I let him come off just too easy but I think we should have been a couple of goals up by then.“We had the penalty shout early on and the way we started the game we probably deserved to be ahead but credit to Greece.“They haven’t been beaten in a few games and they’ve put in a determined, defensive performance.“In the second half we probably could have done things a little better quicker and better in the final third to create more clear cut chances but we had the confidence to knock it about and anytime we got Seamus on the ball down the flanks, we looked very dangerous.” MAN OF THE MATCH COLEMAN: ‘WE DESERVED TO BEAT GREECE’ was last modified: November 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:MAN OF THE MATCH COLEMAN: ‘WE DESERVED TO BEAT GREECE’
In this forth article on the Donegal great outdoors, hidden gem series Ian Miller visited Umphin, a little known and rarely visited uninhabited island living far off the Gweedore coastline in Western Donegal.Umphin Island FilmLiving a shade over 3 kilometres out into the Atlantic Ocean from mainland Donegal and 1.5 kilometres from the seaward side of Inismeaine, Umphin Island sits in a very exposed nautical location just to the north of the much larger and better known, Gola Island. Umphin Island is approx. 250 square meters in size and 42 meters high above sea level at its highest point, running though the eastern flank of the island is a deep tidal channel.This channel separates Umphin mainland from the smaller outlaying Tornacolpagh Island.This tidal channel provides the only sheltered landing spot on the island at the superb raised shingle beach on the Umphin side of the sea way.Getting to the island is by far best savoured by sea kayak with Port Arthur providing the nearest public slip and easiest launch point. Sea conditions need to be uber calm with minimal westerly motion as the mass of Umphin Island is not large enough to provide enough lee for a safe sea passage.Another excellent and perhaps safer way for the less nautically minded to visit the island is by RiB (Rigid inflatable Boat) with Selkie Sailings providing island tours by RiB during the summer months.Landing on Umphin and simply walking to its highest point is like making a visit to the land time forgot.With no human inhabitants and with the western side of the island a carpet of over 1000 ground nesting sea birds it is a truly surreal experience to be in the company of such a rare glimpse of remaining wilderness.A walk around the cliff tops on the seaward side of the island takes you around, over and through many of the islands sea sculptured blowholes, sea caves, cliffs and stacks. The western side of the island is sheer with a continual band of 20 meter high granite sea cliffs protecting the rest of the island from the huge winter westerly seas.It is on the tops of these sea cliffs that the hardier Guillemots and Gannets have made their homes.Perhaps one of the more unusual sea birds calling the island home is the common Fulmar, get too close to its nest and it will spit a huge amount of semi-digested fish at you as its form of defence.With this in mind it is probably not the best time to visit the Island during the nesting season. STUNNING PICTURE SPECIAL: IAN MILLER’S GREAT OUTDOORS: UMPHIN ISLAND was last modified: November 26th, 2014 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:FeaturesGreat OutdoorsIan Millernews