COOL CRUES' EARLY FORM IS SIZZLING; Davison's Frudles NIWFA.SAMMY SAMMY Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year MARTIN
AN opening chastening chas·ten
tr.v. chas·tened, chas·ten·ing, chas·tens
1. To correct by punishment or reproof; take to task.
2. To restrain; subdue: chasten a proud spirit.
3. by Crusaders Strikers gave Loughgall Lakers an insight of what to expect in the fast lane of ladies football.
They may have had it their own way in last year's Championship, alongside titlewinning Fermanagh Mallards, but they are on a different planet now. Will the step-up in class be one too far? Their first dip into dip into
1. to draw upon: he dipped into his savings
2. to read passages at random from (a book or journal)
Verb 1. the elite section of the Davison's Frudles League was a smarting experience as the champions swiftly warmed to the fresh challenges of the new season.
Granted, they were rather unlucky to be pitted against Crusaders before they could find their feet against lesser opposition. The champs hit the ground running, a 7-0 wipeout breaking Loughgall hearts and reminding all-comers that they are the same formidable force, totally focused, determined to retain their crown and add more trophies.
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland: see Ireland, Northern.
Part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland occupying the northeastern portion of the island of Ireland. Area: 5,461 sq mi (14,144 sq km). Population (2001): 1,685,267. international Helen McKenna shone in the sun, claiming a hattrick that dampened the early enthusiasm of the travellers. Danielle McDowell was another to find the net and there were opening-day strikes for Nicola McWilliams, Nadine Murphy and Lynsey Patterson. It was a stylish performance by the champions and with their first meeting with Glentoran Belfast United, the one team with the potential and clout to rob them of their title, looming at Billy Neill Park; this was the perfect warm-up for Billy Wylie's outfit.
The Glens though were far from the finished article as they struggled to contain a resilient and adventurous Fermanagh Mallards pack at Ballinamallard. A squeaky squeak·y
adj. squeak·i·er, squeak·i·est
1. Characterized by squeaking tones: a squeaky voice.
2. Tending to squeak: squeaky shoes. 1-0 win over last season's Championship winners suggests they may be an Arsenal to a Manchester United! Whilst Crusaders were confirming their status as top billing, the Glens snatched a victory thanks to a solitary Kelly Baillie goal, thus tagging Strikers as match favourites for this week's showdown.
New Mallards boss Shane O'Brien Shane O'Brien (born August 9, 1983) is a Canadian defenceman for Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. He was born in Port Hope, Ontario. Career statistics
- June 22, 2003 - Drafted by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 8th round, 250th overall.
Linfield made a positive start to their campaign with a 4-0 stroll over Mid Ulster Mid Ulster can refer to:
- Central Ulster
- Mid Ulster (Assembly constituency)
- Mid Ulster (UK Parliament constituency)
Linfield were shaken though when they lost winger Nesbitt who was taken to hospital with a neck injury following a collision and both teams wish her a speedy recovery. Ironically she was replaced by Michelle Crawford who was to make a huge impact. Mid Ulster, too, lost a player of quality when Stewart trudged off injured.
Mid Ulster had their moments. Adele Gillespie went close after good work from the NIWFA Player of the Year, Simone Magill, and Lisa Richardson. Ruth Brown was narrowly off target following superb work by Hayley O'Donnell.
Shortly into the second half however Mid Ulster's bid to gain something from the contest was flattened as Linfield sub Crawford took over. First she fired a rocket to the net and within two minutes cracked in another bemusing shot that 'keeper Deborah Rankin did well to block but couldn't hold and McGuinness nipped in to grab her second and lift the score to 3-1. Crawford then stole the show with a Beckham free that boomeranged around the wall and into the top left hand corner of the net for a brilliant fourth Linfield goal.
Ballymena, too, have something to prove as they seek to kick-start their season. They tumbled to a 2-1 defeat by Newbridge Predators at The Showgrounds
- ''Showgrounds are also a venue where agricultural shows are held.
- For the stadium in Ballsbridge, Dublin, see RDS Showgrounds
Division Four also kicked off and there were wins for Newry and Dromara. Moya Feenan slammed in four as Newry crushed Craigavon 6-0. Taja McIlroy notched two. Meanwhile two goals from Nicola Coburn and one apiece from Nicola Greer, Lisa Lennon and Elena Dascalu saw Dromara destroy Banbridge Rangers 5-1, Donna Donnell scoring for the losers. Ballyvange and Moneyslane shared a 3-3 draw with the Vange goals coming from Lisa Dempster (2) and Mary McGrady. Gemma Morton (2) and Naomi Ardis were on target for the Slane.