Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester: Bacuna moment of magic downs Foxes in FA Cup

first_img1 Tim Sherwood received a boost for his task ahead as Aston Villa manager as he watched from the stands to see his new side beat Leicester City 2-1 to progress to the FA Cup quarter-finals.The former Tottenham boss was installed as successor to axed boss Paul Lambert this week, and this was a tie which proved he has a job on his hands to rescue the Villans from the clutches of Premier League relegation.It was a poor game which lacked any sense of attacking verve from either team until the late stages, and it took a moment of magic from Villa’s Leandro Bacuna to inject any sort of class into the proceedings.The Dutchman cut inside from the left to curl a wonderful strike beyond Mark Schwarzer and into the back of the net to give Villa what was a deserved 68th minute lead.The hosts seemed to have wrapped up the win with a second goal in quick succession, but Andreas Weimann’s finish at the back-post was ruled out for offside.Villa looked to have settled it after all when a Schwarzer blunder saw a tame Scott Sinclair effort trickle in on the stroke of the full-time whistle, and while Leicester pulled one back seconds later through a superb header from record signing Andrej Kramaric, it was too little too late to mount a late comeback.The game was mostly played in midfield as the sides struggled for control throughout and frequently exchanged possession, though the odd attack did result in some crucial saves from both goalkeepers.Shay Given’s magnificent fingertip stop from Matty James’ well-hit strike was the highlight of a drab first-half, while Schwarzer rushed out of goal to block a volley from an unmarked Christian Benteke.Foxes centre-back Marcin Wasilewski also went close from a corner, flicking on a header which just grazed the outside of the post, and Benteke had a goal rightly disallowed for offside in the first-half.With cameras picking up Sherwood leaving his seat some time before the half-time whistle, there were suggestions he was preparing a rousing team talk for his new side.And, whether true or not, the Villans certainly looked improved after the break, with an immediate attack resulting in Fabian Delph seeing his header loop up onto the roof of the net.Such was the lack of quality from both sides that spectators were perhaps sat in disbelief when Bacuna finally opened the scoring with a fine goal out of nothing, and the 23-year-old’s effort suddenly sparked the game to life.Villa, sensing they could add to their tally, ploughed forward and soon nabbed their second with help from Schwarzer, who got a hand to Sinclair’s low drive but couldn’t keep in under control, with the ball bouncing off the Australian and into the net.Leicester star Kramaric, who arrived at the club for £9million last month, mustered a moment of joy for travelling fans with a brilliant header in stoppage-time, rising high in the box to steer a magnificent effort past Given, but Schwarzer’s error proved pivotal as the Villans go marching on. Aston Villa’s Leandro Bacuna celebrates his goal against Leicester last_img read more

Donegal teacher’s angry open letter to TUI on eve of school strikes

first_imgOn the eve of tomorrow’s school strikes, a disgruntled Donegal teacher has slammed the Teachers Union of Ireland for the stance they have taken.The teacher, who asked not to be named, has written an open letter to TUI President and Donegal native Joanne Irwin.In the letter, the teacher explains that he no longer feels his union represents his interests. This is his letter.Donegal Daily welcomes responses from all interested parties.Dear Ms Irwin,“I would like to convey my disgust at the recent comments you have made in relation to the current situation regarding the ASTI strike. “As a member of the TUI in Donegal, I am ashamed at the stance that my union is taking, by criticising a union that has the nerve to stand up to a government that has broken promise after promise. Having spoken to other teachers in the past few weeks about their reasons for voting yes in the last election, it is clear that they voted based on the TUI recommendation and now regret their choice.“I heard you last summer talking about Croke Park hours and despite the poor effort that you made to illustrate what they were, I noticed that you were staunchly opposed to them. However, upon your election you seemed to have forgotten your opposition and gave in to the Government’s demands without a fight. By recommending a ‘yes’ vote, you showed the government that the TUI are pushovers and that the government can get what they want through threatening teachers.“As it stands, the TUI have accepted Landsdowne and it has accepted the new Junior Cert, which is beyond a joke, with teachers correcting the work and it being meaningless to the students, who have put so much effort into their project work. The ASTI are still refusing to accept a flawed system and are refusing to accept the broken promises of a weak government. If I had a choice, I know which union I would prefer to be a member of.“Back to Landsdowne. Your selling point last year was on two points. One, a threat that FEMPI would be implemented, which it hasn’t and two, that we would receive payment for substitution and supervision, which amounts to little or nothing in the grand scheme of things.“Ask teachers what really matters and they will tell you that it is the thirty-three hours unpaid work that is the biggest problem in terms of our work. That and the inequality that exists in relation to new entrants, not to mention the fact that the TUI have stood by and watched the casualisation of teaching jobs, with many teachers waiting almost a decade to get a full-time job. “For you to come out and criticise the ASTI is unfathomable. Is it because they are showing what weak negotiators you and your team are? Or are you really on the side of Richard Bruton and the government because in my eyes, you either stand with the ASTI or you keep quiet. Cheerleading for Landsdowne is a despicable act and it has enraged ordinary teachers on the ground.“It is becoming abundantly clear that the TUI no longer represents the voice of teachers. The ASTI are teachers, the TUI is made up of FETAC instructors, teachers and lecturers. How can FETAC instructors and lecturers vote on issues affecting teachers, when they are not cognisant of the finer details of what teaching is about?“As a paying member of a union that I feel no longer represents my interests, but that of an executive eager to please its masters, I will be re-evaluating my membership of the organisation and also urging others to do likewise. We are not paying for you to be a mouthpiece for the government, to cheerlead for Richard Bruton in the hope you might get a pat on the head for a job well done.“We are paying you to fight for us as teachers, this is something you seem to have forgotten, but you will start to remember when union fees are no longer paid. I can only urge you for the rest of strike campaign to stay quiet, to say nothing because nothing will deflect from the lack of courage shown by the TUI and when it is contrasted with the ASTI, is all the more clear. “As a teacher who has still not got CID (full-time job), I will have to send this anonymously, as I am aware that a dissenting voice would not be welcome.”Donegal teacher’s angry open letter to TUI on eve of school strikes was last modified: October 26th, 2016 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)last_img read more