Time Out - June 6: Sporting greats, Dates and a Quick Quiz Blitz to kick-start your day
On This Day - Sunday June 6 2010: Taken Apart: Monaghan leave Armagh in Casement basement
Ulster Senior Football Championship first round: Armagh 0-9 Monaghan 1-18
DARREN Hughes played an unexpected central role in yesterday's terrific tale of underdog triumph.
Monaghan's storming 12-point win left Armagh shell-shocked and contained a surprise twist, with Hughes a makeshift choice in goal.
The 23-year-old was due to line out at full-back.
But, as manager Seamus McEnaney explained, with Monaghan's regular 'keeper Shane Duffy failing to recover from a quad muscle injury, he put in an SOS call to Hughes on Saturday night.
A dramatic sub-plot to this Ulster Championship quarter-final, the decision to switch the defender to nets also led to the overlooked reserve goalkeeper refusing to be part of the squad.
The rumour mill was spinning at full speed in the half-hour leading up to throw-in time.
Hughes, who played a season in goal when in minors, denied raiding wing half-back Paul Duffy a goal in the 52nd minute, tipping the ball over the crossbar.
Under testing high punts, he also excelled with numerous fisted clearances.
“We had to make a tough decision. It was the most difficult decision I ever had to make in my life,'' said McEnaney of the goalkeeping choice.
The start of the second quarter produced the best football witnessed in this year's Ulster Championship, and after a quick flurry of fabulous scores, Monaghan had moved onto level terms.
Having dragged themselves off the canvas, Monaghan then pummelled their opponents in the second quarter.
Monaghan: D Hughes; D Mone, JP Mone, C Walsh; D Freeman (0-1), V Corey (0-1), G McQuaid; D Clerkin (0-2), E Lennon; S Gollogly, P Finlay (0-7, 0-2 frees, 0-1 '45, 0-1 sideline), K Hughes; C Hanratty (0-1), C McManus (0-1 free), T Freeman (1-4).
Subs: R Woods for S Gollogly (21), D McArdle forDMone (25), H McElroy for C Hanratty (51); F Caulfield for K Hughes (57); N McAdam for D Freeman (67).
Blood sub: H McElroy (0-1) for R Woods (35)
Yellow cards: S Gollogly (3); JP Mone (12); C Walsh (15); T Freeman (20); D Clerkin (48); K Hughes (57).
Armagh: P Hearty; A Mallon, B Donaghy, V Martin; P Duffy (0-1), C McKeever, F Moriarty; C Vernon, K Toner; M Mackin, A Kernan (0-1 free), G Swift (0-1); B Mallon, S McDonnell (0-4), J Clarke (0-2).
Subs: K Dyas for V Martin (h-t); J Lavery for M Mackin (h-t).
Yellow cards: S McDonnell (31); A Kernan (40); K Toner (49).
Red card: B Mallon (34)
Referee: Martin Sludden (Tyrone) Attendance: 11,875
GRAEME McDowell sent out a loud and clear message to Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie with a simply brilliant victory in the Wales Open at Celtic Manor.
Playing on the course where he hopes to earn his second cap against the Americans in October – quite possibly as Rory McIlroy's partner – the 30-year-old Portrush man was forced to pull out all the stops to grab his fifth European Tour title.
In-form Welshman Rhys Davies was the man to put the heat on with a stunning course record 62 that saw him cover the middle 12 holes in 10 under par.
But McDowell matched the 25-year-old's front nine 30, started for home with two more birdies and, with a three-stroke lead once Davies had bogeyed the difficult 16th, did not let the opportunity slip.
A closing 63 for a 15 under par total of 269 gave McDowell, winless since the 2008 Scottish Open, the £300,000 first prize by three and left Davies a runner-up for the second week running.
“I think it's the best final round I've ever played to win a tournament,” he said.
“The first 11 holes was dream golf and I am ecstatic. I feel like I'm in the form of my life right now and I really feel I have a big event in me.”
1. Which English National League side plays its home games at Meadow Lane?
2. And which Northern Irish goalkeeper, best known for spells at Wigan and Manchester United, played for them between 2014 and 2016?
3. What is the furthest pool-based swimming race at the Olympics?
4. Where will the 2022 Commonwealth Games be held?
5. Who held the 100m men's world record before Usain Bolt?
6. The first Charity Shield match saw Manchester United take on QPR, who won?
7. And in what year did the game take place? a) 1900 b) 1904 c) 1908
8. How many Olympic gold medals has Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won?
9. What is the ringname of southpaw boxer Andy Lee?
10. What does WR stand for in America's National Football League?
(See quiz answers at bottom)
Willie John McBride (rugby union) - former Ireland and British and Irish Lions international, born 1940.
Bjorn Borg (tennis) - Swede who won Wimbledon men's singles title five times in succession, born 1956.
Mike Gatting (cricket) - former Middlesex and England captain, born 1957.
Tony Yeboah (soccer) - former Leeds and Ghana striker, born 1966.
Albert Ferrer (soccer) - former Spain, Barcelona and Chelsea right-back, born 1970.
Sebastian Larsson (soccer) - Former Birmingham, Sunderland and Sweden midfielder, born 1985.
Israel Dagg (rugby union) - New Zealand full-back, born 1988.
ON THIS DAY
1727: James Figg beat Ned Sutton in what is believed to be the first bare-knuckle boxing contest to have a title at stake.
1908: The first international football match between a British team and foreign opposition took place in Vienna, with England beating Austria 6-1.
2004: Argentina's Gaston Gaudio won the men's singles title at the French Open, beating compatriot Guillermo Coria in five sets.
2008: Leicester sacked head coach Marcelo Loffreda after only one season in charge at the Premiership club.
2010: Rafael Nadal won the French Open for a fifth time, beating Robin Soderling in straight sets.
2015: Serena Williams won her 20th grand slam title, beating Lucie Safarova in three sets in the French Open final.
2016: Ukraine's security agency (SBU) arrested a French citizen it claimed was planning a series of terror attacks during the European Football Championships in France.
2017: Arsenal announced the signing of Sead Kolasinac from Schalke.
2018: England defender Danny Rose told several national newspapers: "I was diagnosed with depression", sparked by a lengthy injury lay-off and a death in the family last year.
2019: England lost 3-1 to Holland after extra-time in their Nations League semi-final in Guimaraes.
ON THIS DAY IN 1999
A NEW Irish 4 x 400 metres record couldn't save Ireland's men's team from relegation in the European cup division one meeting in Finland yesterday.
The Irish men finished an agonising four points short of the 7th position which would have maintained their Division One status.
However the performance of the 4 x 4 squad which included Ulstermen Paul McKee and Brian Forbes lifted Irish spirits.
Belfast man McKee ran a magnificent final leg of 45.7 seconds to bring Ireland home in 3.05.41 which was over 1.5 seconds inside the previous mark set at the 1987 world championships in Rome.
Ireland finished third in the race behind Sweden and Holland with McKee only being over hauled in the closing 30 metres.
Anchorman Forbes ran a fine opening leg of 47.5 while the splits Tom Coman and Tom McGuirk were 45.8 and 46.1 respectively
QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Notts County; 2. Roy Carroll; 3. 1500m; 4. Birmingham; 5. Asafa Powell; 6. Manchester United, after a replay; 7. C; 8. Two; 9. Irish; 10. Wide receiver