IRELAND finished the job at Lansdowne Road tonight to qualify for next year’s European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine – with a former manager saying Donegal’s Shay Given can play through to Brazil World Cup in 2014!Eoin Hand, the manager who gave another Donegal great Packie Bonner his debut, said the Lifford man is an evergreen player who can continue to represent Ireland beyond next year.Ireland drew 1-1 with Estonia in Dublin – winning the play-off 5-1 on aggregate. Stephen Ward fired home the opener in the first half after keeper Pavel Londak failed to hold on to a header from Kevin Doyle.Konstanin Vassailijev equalised with a long-range strike that Shay Given could only push into the net just before the hour.Ever the professional Shay – the world’s most capped goalie ever – was disappointed with conceding the goal.But it was quickly forgotten by everyone as the team celebrated qualification for their first major tournament in ten years. Said Eoin Hand: “There’s a lot of talk about some of the senior experienced players bowing out after the Euros but I think certainly that Shay may well be 34 but he can play on and on for Ireland, there’s no doubt about that.”Giovanni Trapattoni apologised for not winning the match – and wasn’t too bothered about conceding a goal.“I am delighted for the fans and for the players. It is a good night,” he said after the game.“We have a good squad now with many second options without changing the structures. This is very important.”Asked about staying on as manager, he added: “We will speak to the FAI about our future.” Former player Liam Brady said Ireland had a great defensive performance throughout the competition and said: “I feel guilty saying that two of the goals we did concede was down to Shay.”Gaoth Dobhair’s Aidan McGeady was a second half substitute tonight and showed some silky skills to boot.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyPOLAND/UKRAINE 2012: SHAY CAN PLAY ON AND ON, SAYS HAND was last modified: November 15th, 2011 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:estoniaeuro 2012IrelandShay Given
Tommy Fleetwood cites a moment when others raised eyebrows as being typical of an approach he will not change. The Englishman took dead aim at the pin on the famous 17th at Sawgrass as the Players Championship rumbled towards its conclusion last month but the bold move, as he sought to reel in Rory McIlroy, failed; Fleetwood’s ball found water. Yet as he prepares for his latest tilt at a major championship, this time the 83rd Masters, he made it clear he would never alter his style. Share on LinkedIn Read more Topics Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger The Masters … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Thank you. features Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Golf Reuse this content A quirk of the world ranking system means Justin Rose returned to No 1 on Monday without having played in last week’s Texas Open. Rose is seeking to break with convention; the top-ranked player at the start of the Masters has won the Green Jacket only four times. On two of those occasions the person in question was Tiger Woods, the last of them in 2002. History, then, does not particularly favour Rose. “I feel like I haven’t had my run yet where I’ve sort of separated myself as the No 1 player in the world,” said Rose. “That’s a goal of mine, still.”Woods and Couples partnered Justin Thomas for practice holes on Monday. Afterwards Thomas suggested the four-time winner’s competitive edge remains as formidable as ever when it comes to imparting wisdom about Augusta. “Tiger probably isn’t as – I mean I’m not trying to be mean – but isn’t as helpful I would say as Freddie,” Thomas said. “At this point he doesn’t quite give as much information. I’ve picked Tiger’s brain enough around this place that he’s probably told me everything he’s going to tell me.” US sports Share via Email “I didn’t think anything of it really,” Fleetwood said. “I was two behind with two to play and there was only one way I was ever going to get close. That was to go for it. It didn’t come off but I didn’t really think anything of it. People’s reaction was great really. I don’t know why people would expect me to play for the middle of the green if I had a chance of catching Rory.“Maybe that’s my difference [from] some other people but I’m always going to play to win. Not that golf will ever define me as a person but I’m never going to look back on my career and say: ‘Oh, I finished third at the Players, that was a good week,’ or: ‘Oh, I finished top five at the Masters, I made a couple of nice pars to finish top five.’ That’s probably something I’ll never say to my kids or grandkids. That’s not something to be that proud of.“Winning is what it’s all about, not for anything than to win tournaments and big tournaments. I want to win them, not from a financial standpoint of anything. It would just be nice to have on my résumé. Second or sixth or seventh makes a difference to your bank account but it won’t make a difference to how you see anything else.”Fleetwood missed the cut here when making his debut in 2017. A share of 17th a year ago, plus continually impressive performances on both sides of the Atlantic, means he is widely tipped to feature come the closing stages on Sunday. “Overall, everything’s in really good shape,” the 28-year-old from Southport said. “I feel great being here this week. You really get a sense of the difference in how you feel from year one to year two to year three.“Year one, it’s all so new, there’s so much to take in and it’s your first time here. Year two, you’ve been here already so you’re more comfortable with it and it just kind of progresses to the point where, I’m not at the Freddie Couples stage or anything like that but I’m getting a better understanding and feeling of the tournament and the course and what that involves.” Share on Twitter Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Jordan Spieth must seize chance to arrest an alarming slide at Augusta Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp European Tour PGA Tour
Noida (UP): Around 250 cartons of illicit liquor, estimated to be worth about Rs 50 lakh, has been seized by police in Greater Noida, officials said on Tuesday. The liquor, which was marked for sale in Arunachal Pradesh, was being transported in a canter truck which was intercepted near the NTPC-cut in Badalpur area late on Monday night, they said. “The Delhi-registered truck was intercepted for checking by a police team on patrol duty. About 250 cartons of illicit liquor were recovered from it and the driver was unable to explain the situation,” a police official said. “While the checking was underway, the driver fled the spot,” the official added. The driver has been identified as Dharamveer, a resident of Rohtak in Haryana, and hunt is on to nab him, the police said, adding that a case has been registered under the Excise Act.