Charlie McGeever’s minors suffered defeat at the hands of Kerry in the Munster final and will hope to bounce back against the Connaught champions.Former Tipperary manager Tom McGlinchy says the Tipp management team will have their side well prepared for the test next weekend.He believes it will be a keen contest but feels Tipp are capable of giving Galway “a good rattle”.
The draw for the 2018 World Cup Final was made last Friday in Moscow. Eight groups from A to H were selected. Each group consists of four teams each, a total of 32 teams. Each time will play each other in each group from the field of 32 teams 2 will advance from each group to the quarter finals; eight rom the quarter finals to the semi-finals, four to the semi-finals, and eventually the two finalists.The respective groups and teams, and the teams currently touted by experts to emerge to the quarter finals are:Group A – Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UruguayQualifiers – Uruguay and EgyptGroup B – Portugal, Spain, Morocco, IranQualifiers – Spain and PortugalGroup C – France, Australia, Peru, DenmarkQualifiers – France and DenmarkGroup D – Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, NigeriaQualifiers – Argentina and CroatiaGroup E – Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, SerbiaQualifiers – Brazil and SwitzerlandGroup F – Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South KoreaQualifiers – Germany and MexicoGroup G – Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, EnglandQualifiers – Belgium and EnglandGroup H – Poland, Senegal, Colombia, JapanQualifiers – Poland, ColombiaThe first match of the World Cup will involve hosts Russia against Saudi Arabia on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which will also be the venue for the finals.That will be the only game on the opening day, but after that there will be three or four games played per day for the duration of the group stage.The 2018 World Cup tournament ends on Sunday, July 15. The third-place play-off is a day earlier, and the two semi-finals will take place on July 10 and 11.All of the final four matches of the World Cup will be played at either the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow or the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. read more
Matchday 28 brought Hearts into the drop zone, Kotoko needed a big rally and there was generally drama at the centers.There were 6 home wins, 2 draws, no away wins.Here’s the summary.Kotoko 4-2 BA UnitedKotoko produced a late renaissance to defeat relegated B.A. United in a dramatic encounter at the Baba Yara Stadium.Amos Frimpong shot Kotoko into the lead in the 22nd minute and Obed Owusu doubled it in the 31st minute to leave the score 3:0 at the break. BA United, however, produced a remarkable pul back all two goals. First, Karim Jabia pulled one back in the 63rd minute before Abdul Wahab equalized in the 75th minute to set up a tense ending.With eight minutes to go, Richard Mpong hit a late brace to hand Kotoko victory. He scored to give Kotoko the lead in the 82nd minute before sealing the victory five minutes from time.The defending League Champions have now moved to 3rd on the league table while BA United remain bottom on the table.–Medeama 0-0 Hearts Accra Hearts of Oak have dropped back to the relegation zone after a 0-0 draw with medeama in Tarkwa.Hearts of Oak’s draw, coupled with other results not favouring them means the Phobians have slipped down after their recent improved results. Bechem United, Heart of Lions. Great Olympics and New Edubiase all picked up crucial wins at home. Hearts are now 15th on the league table, a point behind Bechem United, Heart of Lions and Great Olympics, who are 14th 13th and 12th respectively.– Chelsea 0-0 AshGoldAshGold snatched a vital draw in their push for the 2014/15 FCPPL title away at Berekum Chelsea on Saturday. The league leaders drew first blood as early as the 8th minute of the match day 28 opening fixture via a penalty converted by striker Yakubu Mohammed. It was his eleventh goal of the campaign. But diminutive forward Kofi Owusu equalized for Chelsea with a nice header from Justice Anane’s cross on 35 minutes. Chelsea gathered momentum and probed the AshGold defence but were denied by goalkeeper Robert Dabuo who pulled three good saves towards half time. Latif Salifu came on as a second half substitute and his impact was rightly felt. In the 66th minute, the experienced forward found himself at the right place and capitalized on a mis-communication between Joshua Tijani and goalkeeper Robert Dabuo to give Chelsea a 2-1 lead. Coach Bashir Hayford, going for the broke threw in more forwards with Didier Kore and Bashiru Osman but it was Emmanuel Osei who will emerge the hero for his side. The striker skilfully weaved past the Chelsea backline only to be hacked down in the penalty area by defender Nicholas Opoku. A clear penalty offence and referee Desmond Abbey wasted no time in pointing to the penalty spot after his whistle. Osei elected himself and planted the ball in the net – the goal which ensured the Miners will go home with a point from the Golden City Park. Striker Kofi Owusu who scored Chelsea’s first goal and took his tally to 15, was voted man-of-the-match and was also presented the award for the FCPPL’s Player of the month for July. – Lions 1-0 AduanaTitle contenders, Aduana Stars have lost further grounds on leaders Ashantigold after going down 1-0 to Heart of Lions in Kpando.Prince Acquah converted an 18th minute penalty to give Lions all the valuable three points, which also kept their dreams of avoiding relegation alive.With Ashantigold stretching their lead on Saturday after earning a vital point away at Berekum Chelsea, Aduana needed to win to keep up the pressure on the miners.However, their defeat has now left them four points behind and Ashantigold will be crowned champions if theu win their next game at home. The match was equally important for the home side, who are also involved in the battle to avoid relegation. With so many clubs in contention to avoid the drop, defeat would have spelt doom for Lions, especially on a day their other relegation contenders recorded vital points.Olympics 2-0 WAFAGreat Olympics’ bid to avoid relegation was boosted after Godwin Attram scored twice to hand them a massive 2-0 victory against WAFA at the Accra Stadium. Attram gave Olympics the lead in the 50th minute and scored the second in the 78th minute; three minutes after missing a penalty.The win has lifted Olympics up to 12th on the league table, a point and a place above their city rivals Accra Hearts of Oak, who were held by Medeama. The wonder club next face relegation rivals, Heart of Lions at Kpando in a crucial encounter before welcoming Ashantigold in Accra in their final match of the season.The tableWeek 28 StatisticsGoals Scored: 18Number of Scorers : 16Week 28 has 4 new ScorersAverage goals per match 2.25Wins: 6Draw :2Home win : 6Away win : 0Total Statistics After week 28Total Goals scored : 472Total Matches played: 224Average : 2.1 per matchTotal Goals scored (home) : 331Total Goals scored (Away) : 141Total number of 1st Half Goals – 230Total number of 2nd half goals – 242Total Wins : 170 (75.46%)Total Draw : 54 (24.54%%)Total Home wins : 145Total Away wins: 24Top Scoring Club: Berekum Chelsea (39 Goals)Total Number of scorers : 169NB:Prince Acquah of Heart of Lions is credited with the league’s 460th Goal with his penalty goal against Aduana Stars.ssTOP SCORERS18 – Nathaniel Asamoah (Medeama sc)15 – Kofi Owusu,(Berekum Chelsea)12 – Stephen Baffour Asare (Berekum Chelsea) 11 – Nuhu Fuseini (New Edubiase) Ahmed Toure(Asante Kotoko) Kennedy Ashia (Liberty Professionals) Yakubu Mohammed (Ashantigold)10 – Noah Martey (Bechem United) –Compiled from Ghana FAFollow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. 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