GREAT ESCAPE TOUGH MATCHES LEICESTER, England (AP): After a fourth successive 1-0 victory sent Leicester into a seven-point lead, some giddy fans started to unfurl Premier League “champions” scarves in the King Power Stadium. Although there are still six games remaining after yesterday’s gritty win over Southampton, celebrations are already under way in this unassuming central England town. When you’ve experienced the roller-coaster of emotions endured by followers of Leicester, it is little wonder they can’t wait for the unlikeliest of Premier League title parties next month. Exactly a year ago, Leicester braced for relegation while stranded seven points from safety at the bottom of the Premier League. The standings yesterday showed Leicester seven points clear at the right end, looking down on north London teams Tottenham and Arsenal, and Manchester rivals City and United. “We must stay with our feet on the ground because … all the matches are very, very tough, very difficult,” said the former Chelsea manager, whose target for the season was simply avoiding relegation. “We believe in what we’re doing. We believe it’s a magical season. We believe next season it will not be the same.” For now Ranieri is focused on securing Champions League qualification with a top-four finish. That seems a certainty for the first time in Leicester history with Manchester City 15 points behind in fourth place and 21 points to play for. Manchester United, English football’s most successful club with 20 championship crowns, remains 16 points adrift of Leicester in fifth place after beating Everton 1-0 in yesterday’s other game. After a 10th goalless first half in 15 league matches at Old Trafford, Anthony Martial lifted the atmosphere by scoring from United’s first shot on target in the 54th minute. The France forward turned in Tim Fosu-Mensah’s cross from close range. “Today was not our best form because I think we were not fresh enough,” United manager Louis van Gaal said. It was a day to forget for Everton, which remains 12th and was booed off by their own fans. “We are a club that there has been a bit of a change of generation,” Everton manager Roberto Martinez said. “A lot of players have come in, but incredible young talent needs know-how and lessons and to develop. “The frustration we all have is we can see the quality we have in our squad and we can’t really gain some sort of momentum.” – AP Leicester captain Wes Morgan secured yesterday’s victory with his first goal of the season on the eve of the first anniversary of the start of the great escape. It was the April 4, 2015 triumph over West Ham that sparked a startling resurgence. Six of the final nine games of last season were won as Leicester not only beat the drop, but gained the confidence that has been carried into this season. April 4 is also the birthday of the Thai retail tycoon who has owned Leicester for six years and will surely be the first chairman in the club’s 132-year history to lift the English top-flight trophy in May. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was serenaded by his players yesterday with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” greeting his pre-match arrival in the dressing room. Outside the stadium, fans were treated to free beer and doughnuts by him – adding to the joyful atmosphere. But like so often in recent weeks it was a nervy 90 minutes on the pitch as Leicester ground out another slender win and top-scorer Jamie Vardy went a sixth game for his club without scoring. Leicester defender Danny Simpson had a lucky escape when his raised right arm blocked a shot in the penalty area and no spot kick was awarded. Compounding the grievances for Southampton, the seventh-place team fell behind in the 38th minute when Morgan met Christian Fuchs’ cross to net with a powerful header. “I’ve been getting a lot of stick because I haven’t scored all season,” said the defender, who battled through a cold to play. “The boys, to keep them quiet, to shush them up is fantastic.” The mission for manager Claudio Ranieri now is to quieten all the title-talk.
JAILBREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL students raising money for charity have journeyed more than 7,200kms – all the way to Seattle.Student Daire McMullin from Stranorlar, a student in Trinity College Dublin and pal Paul McDonagh-Forde, made it to America’s Pacific coast this evening.And they made the journey without spending a single cent! All the money they raised along the way goes to St Vincent de Paul and Amnesty International.The winning due out of the 50 pairs of students actually made it to Sydney!Said Daire: “We’d like to Digital Fone Communications Buncrana and Filan’s Centra for help in getting to New York and we’d also like to thank Marian Murphy of Special Olympics Ireland (who we met on a whim at Dublin Airport), the Castlecourt Hotel in Westport, the Oranmore Inn in Collooney, Co.Sligo (we’ll have to have a few drinks there sometime!) and finally to the fantastic Cathal Jackson and Darren Power of Ireland’s top nightclub, Copper Face Jacks, who gave us a massive €1000 towards flights.“It’s all been worth it for a great cause.” You can still make a donation to the lads here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paul-and-Daire-TCD-Jailbreak-2014-Team-5/224282254425447?ref=settingsand herehttp://www.sponsor.ie/jailbreak-14-1/event/jailbreak14/ JAILBREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL LADS ARRIVE IN SEATTLE IN EPIC CHARITY JOURNEY was last modified: February 24th, 2014 by John2Share 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:charityDaire McMullinjailbreak14Trinity College Dublin