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FINN HARPS’ CUP DREAM ENDS IN A 6-1 NIGHTMARE

first_imgThe FAI Cup dream is over for Finn Harps after a memorable cup run.A rollercoaster afternoon for hundreds of traveling Finn Harps fans ended in disappointment as opponents St Patrick’s Athletic easily came out on top 6-1 winners.When Packie Mailey cancelled out the Dublin team’s opening goal, there was a feeling that perhaps Finn Harps could cause a huge upset. But those dreams were snuffed out as early as half-time as Pats grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and went in 3-1 at the interval.Harps battled hard throughout the game but superior football from the likes of Cillian Brennan, Keith Fahey and Sean Hoare saw the Donegal side chase shadows for almost the entire of the second half.Despite the home side starting the stronger, Harps stuck to their gameplan and tried to keep their shape.That plan was unlocked in the 18th minute by St Pats when Cillian Brennan scored a spectacular free kick after Josh Mailey fouled Forrester. Brennan’s stunning kick was placed beautifully in the top left corner past the outstretched Conor Wynn.But instead of putting the heads down, Harps battled hard and Keven McHugh forced a corner in the 28th minute.From the corner Convoy man Packie Mailey rose highest at the back post to head home to make it 1-1.Harps piled on all the pressure and should have got a penalty in the 35th minute when Kenny Brown upended Pat McCann on the edge of the St Pats box.But just when it looked like Harps were getting the upper hand, Pats went ahead again. Sean Hoare, with his first goal for the Inchicore side, rose highest in the area to head home into the bottom left of Wynn’s net to make it 2-1.How Harps were wishing the half-time whistle would come as Pats pressed further up the field.It didn’t quite come in time to stop Pats getting a third and taking complete control of the game, however.Conan Byrne was slipped through by Christy Fagan who lifted the ball over Wynn who may have went down to early in the 42nd minute to make it 3-1. Pats have finished the first half stronger as they pushed the play up the field.The premier division side look to be getting stronger as Harps becoming increasingly more frustrated.Ollie Horgan was doubtless trying to tell his side to keep the pats attack at bay and hope to snatch a goal which would have them in this game.But lying deep and inviting Pats on to them was like feeding sharks – eventually someone was going to get hurt.And they did – on three more occasions.Cillian Brennan, who was later named man of the Match, grabbed his second from the right wing past a disappointing Wynn while Conan Byrne also made little of the big Harps goalkeeper a short time later.Gareth Harkin, probably Harps best player along with goalscorer Packie Mailey, was unlucky to see himself red-carded as he lunged in at the Pats defense.If Harkin was unlucky, sub Sean McCarron can consider himself extremely lucky to remain on the pitch after his brutal tackle on Pats sub Sam Verdon saw him receive only a yellow card as Verdon had to be carried off the pitch.Ollie Horgan was sent to the stand as the referee lost control of the game for a time.Harps can have no qualms about losing to Liam Buckley’s highly-organised and talented team who could well lift the FAI Cup for the first time in their history judging by this performance.FINN HARPS’ CUP DREAM ENDS IN A 6-1 NIGHTMARE was last modified: October 5th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:dublinfai cupfinn harpsST PATRICKS ATHLETIClast_img read more

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Pribilof scientists work to bring back decimated blue king crab population

first_imgThe restrictions put in place to protect blue king crab also make it difficult to do research on the species. (Photo by Celeste Leroux/Alaska Sea Grant)The last commercial harvest of Pribilof Island blue king crab was in 1999. Extremely low population numbers have kept that fishery closed.Listen Now“They’re almost like unicorns in the trawl survey now,” Lauren Divine said. Divine is the co-director of St. Paul’s Environmental Conservation Office. “There are very, very, very few being found. When you find one it’s kind of unreal. It’s kind of surreal.”As the blue king crab population goes down, fishermen on St. Paul Island face more restrictions to reduce bycatch. When those crab are caught accidentally, that can lower fishing quotas even more. Those precautions are intended to protect crab and help the species rebound.One idea Divine thinks could help the species recover is outstocking. That’s when female crab are plucked from the wild, flown to a hatchery where their eggs are raised until the young crab are dime-sized, and then they’re all returned to the ocean.That method is being tested in Kodiak on red king crab and Divine said they’re seeing positive results.“That gives us a lot of hope to say if it worked with red king crab, we could do this outstocking,” Divine said. “We could put these babies in the wild somewhere where we could go back and check. We could actually track survival, see them molt, and see the success of these crabs surviving.”But the restrictions in place to protect the crab also make it difficult to do research on the species. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game would have to issue a permit to allow Divine to remove crab from the water. That permitting process takes a long time, but Divine thinks it’s time to try.“In the 16 years that we’ve been looking at this species and have been trying to rebuild this species, nothing else has worked,” Divine said. “There is nothing to suggest that simply not touching them is going to do anything for the population in the future.”At this point, Divine said scientists have exhausted other ideas. There’s only so much you can take from one population and apply to another.Divine dreams of the day St. Paul’s fishermen will be able to fish without being limited by blue king crab bycatch.last_img read more