Wexford continue on their remarkable run
WEXFORD YOUTHS’ 1-0 victory over Peamount United in last Sunday’s women’s FAI Cup final was the latest triumph for a remarkable team. In the past five seasons Wexford have won four league titles, two cups and two doubles.
It seems fitting that the winning goal resulted from a combination between Rianna Jarrett and Katrina Parrock. Jarrett must be one of the most resilient individuals in Irish sport. The talented 24-year-old has suffered three anterior cruciate ligament injuries but keeps on bouncing back and was the league’s top scorer with 27 goals.
Having recently suffered a broken toe, Jarrett was expected to miss the final but not for the first time she defied the odds to make a significant contribution. Goalscorer Parrock, a three-time All-Ireland camogie winner with Wexford and All Star in 2010 and 2011, has been something of a cup specialist with the winner in the semi-final against UCD and two against Cork City in the quarters.
IT’S hard to begrudge Red Star Belgrade their 2-0 victory over Liverpool. The Serbian League which Red Star represent is ranked 28th in Europe, between those of Bulgaria and Kazakhstan, and they entered the competition in the first qualifying round all the way back in June.
The 2-0 win over two legs against Latvian champs Spartaks Jurmala hardly promised great things, but Red Star kept chugging along, beating Slovakia’s Sparta Trnava after extra-time and qualifying for the group stages proper with an away goals defeat of Red Bull Salzburg.
Their defeat of Liverpool is about as seismic a shock as you can get not least because, despite all the expensive attacking talent the visitors had at their disposal, the two goals came from Milan Pavkov who cost €300,000 and has yet to be capped for Serbia. Score one for the little guys.
I’M no fan of Jose Mourinho but the furore over his cupped ear gesture to the Juventus fans on Wednesday is ludicrous. As he pointed out himself, the home crowd had been taunting him all through the 90 minutes and can hardly get the hump if the opposition manager has a small go back. That Mourinho would have had an almighty crib if someone had done the same on his home turf doesn’t make the hoo-hah any less daft.
It’s interesting to compare this synthetic outrage storm with the apparent lack of concern being shown about the revelations by the German magazine Der Spiegel of how Manchester City systematically cheated UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations. By rights City should be thrown out of European competition yet there seems to be a reluctance to face up to their particular brand of skulduggery.
Far better to bang on about Mourinho offending against some non-existent code of sportsmanship. Displacement activity they call it.