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Future Eagles Finish Third, Back in Nigeria Tuesday

first_imgFlying Eagles at training session in Poland. INTERNATIONAL DREAM CUPNigeria’s U-15 boys yesterday lost their final game of the 2019 International Dream Cup to their European counterparts Romania 2-1 at the Yurtec Stadium in Miyagi.The game which was played on Sunday morning saw the Future Eagles bag a second consecutive defeat at the U- 16 tournament in Japan. Nigeria started the tournament with a 3-1 win over Mexico on 12th June, but lost against the host country Japan on 14th June and against Romania on the last day of the tournament on 16th June.Future Eagles Head Coach, Haruna Ilerika made two changes into the line-up against Mexico. Sulaimon Lawal started his first game of the tournament with the team captain, Oluwatobi Adeleke rested, while Ejiofor Chidera started ahead of Damilola Adeyeye.Nigeria dominated the first half with beautiful build-up play from the back, but lacked the right decisions in the final third with the trio of Egesionu Sopuruchukwu, Opeyemi Qudus and Evbuomwan Gift finding it difficult to crack down the compact Romania defence.Robert Todol scored in both halves for Romania while Sopuruchukwu scored a late consolation for the Future Eagles. Todol scored his first goal of the game late in the first half after a defensive mix-up by the Nigerian boys.Romania resumed the second half as the better side, and Todol completed his brace of the match two minutes into the second half.It was a late improved performance for the Future Eagles as they dominated the last 15 minutes in the second half chasing for goals. Sopuruchukwu reduced the deficit in the 90th minute for Nigeria, his beautiful header beating Romania goalkeeper Robert Popa after connecting with John Mark’s pull-out from the right. Nigeria were close to getting the equalizer in the additional minute but team captain Adeleke headed wide from close range despite connecting well with Kelvin Agho’s cross from the left.Team Captain Oluwatobi Adeleke said after the game: “We appreciate the Nigeria Football Federation for this great opportunity. The exposure and the platform will make us better.“We came to Japan to learn and compete with three other continents. Actually, we had our target to finish as the best team in the tournament, but we could not in spite of winning our first game. The exposure is important for us and we have learnt so much at this tournament.”Nigeria finished third with three points from a possible nine, scoring five goals. The Future Eagles scored in all their three games.The contingent is expected back in Abuja, Nigeria on Tuesday afternoon according to the Team Administrator, Adewale Adeyinka.However, Japan emerged champions of the U-16 International Dream Cup after defeating Mexico 5-0 in their final game on Sunday.Japan finished top with nine points, while Romania finished second. Nigeria were third with three points and Mexico finished bottom of the championship with only one point.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

My Donegal – with photographer and businessman Adam Rory Porter

first_imgAdam Rory Porter is well-known across Inishowen and Donegal for a variety of reasons. He is probably best-known as a local landscape photographer (check out his pictures of the Northern Lights) and businessman. This is Adam’s My Donegal.Where is your favourite place in Donegal and why?That is an impossible question to answer as we have so many amazing places in Donegal.But some of my favourites include Fort Dunree, Grianan of Aileach, Stragill,, Aranmore, Tory, Urris, Glencolmcille, the Isle of Doagh, Glenveagh, the Wee House of Malin, Swan Park, the amazing galleries, studios and museums we have and so many more. The list really could go on and on! Where in Donegal do you call home?The beautiful town of Buncrana in Inishowen.Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?I have to say again there are so many. But my wife Angela MacLochlainn is a constant source of inspiration, guidance and support. She’s the Queen of our household and keeps our three princesses and I motivated and cared for. Also, my dad, brother, sister, cousins and our extended families are always there for each other and to help one another. I’m so lucky to be part of such a close family. What do you think is Donegal’s best tourist attraction?Another impossible question but my favourite must be Grianan of Aileach.Do you prefer Donegal summers or Donegal winters?I love them both, and springs, but Donegal autumns are my absolute favourites.What would you do on your ideal day out in Donegal? Set off early with a big picnic packed, a leisurely drive to that days’ destination of choice. Often we have Granny and Granda MacLochlainn in the back of the 7-Seater and we’re seeking a site of historical or archaeological significance to visit as we love our Donegal heritage. After our day spent exploring we’ll often stop for fish and chips in a town on the way back. When we get home, we often review our photos and videos of the day all gathered around the big TV.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Football Special is a classic obviously but in every café and restaurant and shop, you find beautifully created locally sourced Donegal-made dishes. The Artists and Crafters of Donegal create the most stunning products also.Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? Again we have so many! But a few of note would be historically Saint Colmcille and recently Brian McDermott for his winning the world’s best cookery book.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Again with so many great business people in mind, I’d have to give Donagh Kelly of KN Networks and Pat Doherty of Harcourt, Artist Sharon McDaid from the Silver Birch Gallery in Carndonagh and Una Tynan of Blank Canvas Cosmetics. Proud Donegal people striving in business locally and internationally.Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?So many again! Honourable mentions will have to be Packie Bonner, Ray Houghton (we’re claiming him!) Nora Stapleton, Irish Rugby legend and of course Michael Murphy who is and will be one of Donegal’s greatest sportspersons.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Yous really aren’t making this easy 😉 My home town of Buncrana has so many fabulous restaurants from The Red Door, the Firebox Grill, The Harbour Inn, The Inishowen Gateway, Drift Inn, The Lake of Shadows, Sherpa, Primavera, and the Ubiquitous restaurant. Always fabulous food in them all. Further afield we’ve had fabulous meals in The Seaview Tavern in Malin, the Butterbean in Carndonagh, The Boathouse in Redcastle, the Redcastle Hotel, all the hotels in Ballyliffin and Nancy’s Barn, The Point Inn, the Town Clock in Moville and The Cosy Cottage.Away from Inishowen The olde Glen bar in Glen, in Downings, The Singing Pub and The Beach Hotel. The Kitchen in Letterkenny, The Lobsterpot in Burtonport, Kitty Kellys in Kill, An Club on Tory Island and many more!If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?The return of the railways.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?Dún na nGall Abú!What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?Keeping our environment as beautiful and clean as it deserves to be.What is your favourite Donegal food?Angela my wife grows the most beautiful spuds in the back garden 😊Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?We’re often a self-deprecating bunch of people and we shouldn’t be because we have so much to be proud of.Do you have a favourite local band?Too many to choose from again! Don’t Fear the Natives, 2 shíte dj’s, the Pox men, Rory Gallagher to name a few.If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?I would put the money towards the preservation of our archaeological sites as the amount of devastation in the last 100 years is eroding many of these away.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Couldn’t choose between the two legends.Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?Its people are the most friendly and welcoming in the world and our love of the Irish language here.My Donegal – with photographer and businessman Adam Rory Porter was last modified: August 1st, 2019 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:adam rory porterbuncranaMY DONEGALlast_img read more