Lennon claim historic Ben Francis title – Dethrone six-time winners STETHS 4-2 on penalty kicks

first_img Tavis Grant, Christopher Randall, Kwesi Watts and Jason Johnson all scored for Lennon and when Dixon missed, sending his kick high over the crossbar, it was time for the massive Lennon support to storm the field in wild celebration. It was the second successive match that STETHS have taken to penalty kicks, after their thrilling contest in the semi-final against Clarendon, which was decided on sudden death penalty kicks. But Lennon, starved of a schoolboy title and having come close on a few occasion, were determined not to let this one slip and when they grabbed the early lead, outplaying STETHS in midfield, it seemed they were well on their way. STETHS responded as they normally do, with Dixon the driving force once again. The midfielder found James on the flank and the forward drifted inside and unleashed a wicked shot but found Mullings too good to beat. The Lennon keeper was at full-stretch to palm the ball over the crossbar in acrobatic fashion to deny James. As fate would have it, Mullings could do nothing about the resulting corner kick, and James found just enough space to nod home. Dethroned after six-successive lien on the Ben Francis knockout crown, STETHS will now turn their attention to the defense of their daCosta Cup title, according to technical director Wendell Downswell, after the disappointing loss. “We are disappointed, but it was a beautiful game. Lennon really ran at us, and while we responded with that late goal, it’s always a lottery when it comes to a penalty shootout,” said Downswell. “We will be ready for them again in the daCosta Cup semi-final. We want our revenge for this defeat, but congratulations to them for a great game,” he added. WESTERN BUREAU: Lennon High School’s long wait for a schoolboy football title is over. The Mocho-based institution, spurred on by their superb goalkeeper, Tyrone Mullings, surprised St Elizabeth Technical 4-2 in a penalty shootout for an historic lien on the ISSA/FLOW Ben Francis KO title, after ended regulation and extra time locked at 1-1 at Manchester High. Tavis Grant gave Lennon a deserved lead in the 16th minute with a torrid strike that caught the STETHS custodian Kenroy Wallace off guard. He had little time to react, as the ball cannoned off the underside of the cross bar and over the line for a 1-0. It took STETHS the entire second half to find the equaliser, again coming late in an important match, when Demar James headed home from close range in the 93rd minute, sending the match into extra time. “This is huge; this is everything to the school and the Lennon community. There will be massive celebrations come Monday,” said Lennon head coach Merron Gordon. Huge it was, as STETHS, who would have made it seven-straight knockout titles had they won it, wilted in the shootout, with Alex Thompson and the usually dependable Chris-Andrew Dixon missing badly. Nicholas Gayle and central defender Clifton Woodbine scored STETHS’ first two kicks from the spot. WILD CELEBRATIONlast_img read more


first_imgThe Reconciliation through the Riverine Project had its official launch yesterday at an event jointly hosted by Strabane District Council, Donegal County Council and the Riverine Forum in the Alley Theatre, Strabane. The project, which is funded by the International Fund for Ireland, seeks to address the impact of the conflict on the Lifford/Strabane area and their surrounding towns and villages by regenerating the border riverside area.Announcing the launch of the project Paddy Harte said the Reconciliation through the Riverine Project will provide opportunities to develop cross community and cross border relationships in the Strabane Lifford and wider hinterland areas through a dedicated programme of reconciliation.“The project will also seek to consolidate the work undertaken over the last 15 years in terms of building peace and reconciliation and leave a lasting legacy through the regeneration of the border riverside area by creating an iconic shared space for all.”Funding of one million euro was announced as part of the project and will be used to deliver a youth participation and a community participation programme. This is integral to the overall development of the shared space to ensure ownership of the space and to strengthen relationships as a means to addressing the legacy of the conflict and providing opportunities to work together so as to embrace the many cultures and traditions of the area.Speaking at the launch, Cllr. Noel McBride, Mayor of Donegal stated that this project is a great example of cross border collaboration both at council and community level.He paid tribute to the voluntary members of the Riverine Forum who have been instrumental in ensuring that funding is secured for this type of work. He stated that without their commitment and engagement, we would not have been in a position to secure this funding.Cllr. Karina Carlin of Strabane District Council reiterated these comments and acknowledged the role of the International Fund for Ireland in terms of investing not only in this project but in the very many projects that they have supported in the Strabane Lifford area over the last 20 years. She stated that “the International Fund for Ireland has been a great friend to this area for many years, taking a risk for peace when it was a much more difficult thing to do and through this investment we are now in a place where it is possible to achieve greater reconciliation through a unique, innovative and iconic project such as the Riverine.”Speaking on behalf of the International Fund for Ireland, Winston Patterson stated, “This major project to develop a shared space for the people of Strabane and Lifford, on a site that has been for so long associated with division, will be a lasting legacy to the peace process and, in a way, a tribute to all those who have worked over the years to bring us to this stage. The Fund is delighted therefore to be involved in the project and to be providing €1 million in funding for strands two and three of the project.”Patricia Hegarty, Co-chair of the Riverine Forum, which was set up to provide a platform to facilitate contact, dialogue and reconciliation amongst the diverse range of communities that live in this area, welcomed the launch of this project. She stated that this project is a culmination of years of work both at Council and community level and she encouraged any community or youth group interested in becoming involved in the project or with any ideas that the project can help support, to contact the project team at their office in Lifford at 00 353 74 91 72212.  RIVERINE PROJECT AIMS TO BREATH NEW LIFE INTO LIFFORD AND STRABANE was last modified: April 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare 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:iIffordRiverine Projectstrabanelast_img read more