first_img Trapattoni added: “I also like to play with two strikers because if you play with only one striker, the opposition may think you fear them. Hoolahan, we have seen many times and I have said many times to Marco, it’s a pity. “But maybe we have overlooked him because in every game we have seen him play for his club, he has played very well in this position. In the future, we will consider this. International football is not the same as club football, it’s not easy, but he is a good option.” Asked about Sammon, the Italian said: “He is a good option for Sweden because he is strong physically and Sweden are a technically good team. You have to consider the psychological side of football as well and he is a good option for this next game.” Trapattoni’s men spent much of the first half defending for their lives as Poland, and striker Robert Lewandowski in particular, threatened to run riot. But for 33-year-old goalkeeper David Forde they might have done, with the Millwall man pulling off a series of vital saves, one of them one-on-one with the dangerous Lewandowski. However, it was Ireland who took the lead 10 minutes before half-time when, after his initial header from a corner had been saved by keeper Artur Boruc, Ciaran Clark drilled the loose ball into the bottom corner for his first senior international goal. Half-time substitute Wojciech Szczesny had to make a fine fingertip save to deny McCarthy a second goal three minutes after the restart. However, the Arsenal keeper was powerless to keep out Hoolahan’s 76th-minute strike as Ireland grew in confidence and finished the game on top. Poland boss Waldemar Fornalik was philosophical in defeat. He said: “Football is a game where really what counts is the goals that a team can score. Ireland scored two goals and we would like to congratulate them on their victory.” Manager Giovanni Trapattoni was delighted with the pair’s contribution as Derby striker Sammon added a physical presence on his senior debut, while 30-year-old Hoolahan came off the bench to score the second goal from the ‘number 10’ position in which he plays for club Norwich. Asked if the pair had given themselves a chance of featuring in next month’s qualifier in Sweden, Trapattoni said: “In the past, I have been asked many questions about Hoolahan and I said we knew him very well. He is not old, but we wanted to look at the new players, young players like James McCarthy.” Wes Hoolahan and Conor Sammon played their way into World Cup qualifier contention as Ireland beat Poland 2-0.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgARSENAL are reportedly considering making an offer for non-league striker Tyger Smalls to join their academy.The forward, still only 17, used to be on the books at Tottenham but left the set-up and came through the ranks in youth football elsewhere.1 Arsenal are considering offering an academy place to Tyger Smalls, who used to be with TottenhamCredit: https://www.instagram.com/tysmalls9/But as he smashes in the goals in the senior game this season, The Telegraph believe the Gunners are thinking about bringing him in.Smalls recently signed with International Agency TMG Football and would initially join the Gunners’ youngsters at Hale End where Per Mertesacker is now in charge.But after the success stories with the likes of Bukayo Saka, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and others, the young striker would see the potential of a pathway to the first team.Smalls joined Norwich aged nine, just a year after kicking a football for the first time with Brandon Lads in Suffolk.And after switching to Spurs, he had almost 300 goals within three seasons.ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Gunners newsBut forced to leave the club along with his siblings Mydas and Magic for non-footballing reasons, the forward worked his way up through non-league clubs.Smalls – who impressed David Beckham with his free-kick quality and whose grandfather Harry Parr played alongside Sir Stanley Matthews – enjoyed spells with Red Lodge, Mundford, Whitton United, Felixstowe & Walton United, Billericay, Stowmarket Town and Needham Market.He then made the move into men’s football with Haverhill Rovers who play in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division – the ninth tier in the English football pyramid.After 12 goals in 24 appearances by December, he signed for Essex side Saffron Walden Town, who sit top of the Essex Senior League, although he is yet to bag in his four appearances thus far. View this post on Instagram ⚽️✅ A post shared by TYGER SMALLS (@tysmalls9) on Jan 24, 2020 at 10:36am PSTBut it was Smalls’ goal in August against Thetford Town that really put him back in the spotlight.After flicking the ball over his defender, he lashed home an emphatic volley and the video went viral.Smalls told the Newmarket Journal: “There was nothing else on really. When I flicked it over the defender’s head it felt like I had so much time.”When I saw the video on Twitter in the morning, I kept reloading it and the hits just kept going up and up. It was pretty surreal and I got a lot of messages. It was a crazy time.”It has been hard at times with all of the interest and not being able to go through with it, but I also would not change the route I have gone down. “It has worked out for the best. I could see myself getting bored going down the academy route and not enjoying it, whereas I have experienced a lot. In a way, players in academies are rivals going for the same thing but I have played with team-mates where winning cups and leagues has been important.”I wanted to move into men’s football at 16 to push myself. I felt comfortable in the Under-18s and needed to continue my development. Physically it has been a wake-up call. I get kicked a lot but I try to react in the right way and not let it affect me. I have matured a lot in men’s football already.”I have been aware people have been coming to watch me all season but I do not get nervous. I am confident and do what I can whenever the ball comes my way.Wow what a moment from the young @HaverhillRovers 16 year old Tyger Small, the winning goal from last nights 2-1 victory against @ThetfordTownFC last night @Culina_Group Hub @TheNewCroft pic.twitter.com/7dISSlu9fm— Haverhill Rovers (@HaverhillRovers) August 14, 2019 Latest Arsenal newsLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’HOMECOMINGDavid Luiz confirms Benfica talks with Arsenal contract set to expire in JuneGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plans”I am now looking at a wide range of options, and not just in England. Whatever happens, though, I know there is a lot of hard work to do and a more professional structure will help me to improve.”I recently played in a friendly game against Crystal Palace Under-23s and felt comfortable against players that have professional contracts. Hopefully my performance carried some weight because of who the opposition was.”I felt comfortable because of my past experiences and the hard work I have put in. Leaving a professional club does not have to be the end.”Darren Gough argues over whether Arsenal’s Aubameyang can be considered World Classlast_img read more

first_imgPlan to take the edge off a hot summer day with a dip in the pool? How about indulging in an unforgettable mini-vacation, that brings to you the finest adventure activities coupled with an overwhelming assortment of all things good?We have the perfect suggestion: Oysters Beach Park nestled in the entertainment district of Gurgaon. A destination that doesn’t just cater to your need for adrenaline-pumping water rides, but provides an incredibly electrifying experience for that otherwise mundane buzz of life.We bring you a low-down on why you must plan a visit to this well-maintained beach park in the scorching weather. Thrilling rides: If you wish to do something challenging, these rides will be your best friends. The Skyfall and OMG (Oh My Gurgaon) shall surely make you skip a beat. The other rides like Rapid Racer, Lazy & Crazy River, Typhoon Tunnel, Float Slides and Pirate Station make for a perfect family outing. Why miss the fun at any age, we say? A flavour for every taste bud: The hunger pangs come on easy when there is so much of physical engagement. No sweat, because Oysters has a wide array of cuisines in the offing. The Food Court, which has 4 multi-speciality restaurants like Southern Bay, Aroma Coast, Tidal Tadka and Langkawi Bay offer South Indian, Italian, North Indian and Oriental Cuisines respectively. If you are still looking for something more, they have a Low Tide restaurant serving World Cuisine and a High Tide bar that lets you enjoy a glass of chilled beer under the open sky.advertisement A beach lookalike: One can relax in the artificial sea waves designed specifically to give you a feel of a real beach and the Wave Pool does that perfectly.  A melange of joy: Apart from the regular doze of wellness, Oysters Beach Park has interesting weekend games to keep you entertained. If Friday starts with families competing with each other in sports like beach Volley Ball, Zor Ball, Tug of War, Saturday is dedicated to foodies with a Food Fiesta special in the offering. Sundays, however are even bigger and better with live Celebrity Artist performances. Enthralling music shall set the stage at this ideal outdoor venue making sure there is something to delight young and old beach goers alike.  Cabanas for stay: The concept of Gampling or Glamourous camping is relatively new to Indian amusement/water parks, but Oysters Beach Park is a step ahead. The park has meticulously incorporated a personal space that looks after your needs of privacy. You could chill, play or even take a nap in a space to yourself while watching the massive park from a strategic location.  Soothe your body and mind: Apart from a plethora of activities, the place also boasts of a rejuvenation centre where you could head for a spa and relax in peace.A Sporty Sojourn: If the delectable cuisines have you feeling bloated, you could rev up your energy with outdoor sports like Volley Ball, Soccer, Frisbee, Sand castles and Tug of War. Gaming Arcade: We bet you have your hands full by now, but in case there are the gaming enthusiasts, there is room for more excitement. Pull up your socks and satiate your gaming desires with the 9-D play zone. Easy to locate: Tucked in an area right in the heart of the concrete city of Gurgaon and behind the HUDA City Metro Station, the beach park promises to be a blessing for those who do not wish to travel long distances. The easy option of getting on to a metro that drops you at a walking distance from the park is major plus point.   Does not burn a hole in your pocket: The beach remains open from 11 am to 7 pm on all days with a ticket price of Rs 599 for senior citizens and children below 4 feet of height, and Rs 1,000 on weekdays and Rs 1,200 on weekends for guests above 4 feet of height. With so many activities taken care of, the beach is worth every penny you spend.   By all accounts, there simply is nothing else like this unique, multi-faceted haven in Delhi-NCR, serving you every bit of a pleasurable time. So, what’s stopping you?last_img read more