Harry Kane brace keeps West Ham in the mire

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham striker Harry Kane (C) scores his second goal past West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart during the English Premier League match at The London Stadium, in east London on September 9, 2017 © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 23 – Harry Kane struck twice as 10-man Tottenham Hotspur survived a late scare to maintain their perfect away record with a 3-2 victory at West Ham United on Saturday.Kane’s double, taking his tally to six in four games, and a third from Christian Eriksen gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side a three-goal lead on the hour before Javier Hernandez started the Hammers fightback. The home side were helped by the 70th-minute dismissal of Serge Aurier for a second yellow card and were given further hope when Cheikhou Kouyate headed home from Arthur Masuaku’s 87th-minute cross.But Spurs held on to claim a third win in three away games, a record that eases the pressure over their continuing problems in their temporary home at Wembley, where they have yet to win in the league.Tottenham manager Pochettino had taken a 49-strong group of players and club staff out for a mid-week meal at a London steak restaurant to strengthen the bond within the squad.His side needed to draw on all of that team spirit to stand firm when it looked as though they might squander the chance to close the gap on the Premier League leaders.West Ham may have been unable to match Tottenham’s progress in recent years, but they have had the edge over their London rivals on home turf.Twice in the last two seasons, a 1-0 home win for West Ham has brought an end to Spurs’ title challenge.For the opening half hour at London Stadium it looked as though the home side would be capable of once again upsetting Pochettino’s men.The warning signs, though, were there for West Ham in the 24th minute when Aurier was sent clear on the right by Moussa Sissoko.His low cross would have brought the opening goal had Kane not mistimed his forward run.– ‘Sacked in the morning’ –While Tottenham were beginning to assert themselves, West Ham were forced into a reshuffle in the 27th minute when Michail Antonio limped off with a groin problem to be replaced by Andy Carroll.Carroll made an entrance he would prefer to forget, giving the ball away near halfway and allowing Eriksen to start the move that led to Kane’s 34th-minute opener.The Denmark international placed the ball into the path of Dele Alli on the right flank and the midfielder whipped in a cross that allowed Kane to send a glancing header past goalkeeper Joe Hart.Four minutes later, Carroll once again conceded possession near halfway.This time it was Jan Vertonghen who picked out Alli’s run into the box and when Hart saved the England midfielder’s initial shot, Kane was on hand to turn in the rebound.It was all too easy for Pochettino’s team, who continued to apply intense pressure after the break.They extended their lead on the hour when Eriksen stroked in the third after Kane had struck the post from a free-kick.The Tottenham supporters began to chant ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning!’ at Slaven Bilic and things could have looked even bleaker for the West Ham manager had Kane not hit the woodwork for a second time.But West Ham were handed a lifeline in the 65th minute when Hernandez headed in a reply after Jose Fonte had flicked on Aaron Cresswell’s corner.Home hopes were further strengthened when Aurier clattered into the back of Carroll to pick up his second caution in six minutes, leaving Spurs with 10 men for the final 20 minutes.Kouyate’s thumping header set things up for a grandstand finish, but Spurs survived a fractious period of stoppage time to complete victory.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Ó DOMHNAILL LASHES EU OVER FISHERIES POLICY

first_imgFianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has told the Seanad that the review of the Common Fisheries Policy has so far completely failed to address the needs of Irish fishermen and coastal communities.Speaking during a Seanad debate on the issue today Senator Ó Domhnaill heavily criticised the proposals announced last week by the European Commission,  which he said would damage growth in the Irish fishing industry.Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “The introduction of mandatory transferable quotas rights for all member States would be detrimental to the Irish fishing industry. It could see large buyers hoover up the majority of quotas, which means it would be only a matter of time before this key sector would be handed over to large EU companies. Essentially, an ill-conceived measure like this could wipe out Ireland’s fishing industry. “In addition to this, the much anticipated greater regionalisation of the CFP has been totally diluted. We must fight against a one size fits all approach that fail smaller operators, instead of a localised management structure which could benefit all.“I welcome the outline for a unique regime for small scale fisheries, however the proposals in their current form will exclude a large proportion of the Irish fleet. All boats under 15 metres must be included under these provisions, as more than 80% of the Irish fishing fleet falls under this category.“It is feared that mackerel, one of the most important fisheries in European waters, will probably lose its Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Sustainable Fisheries Certification because of the actions of the Faroe Islands and Iceland. The MSC accreditation was hard-won by Irish fishermen and their organisations, following years of good conservation and management. Now, because of the actions of the Faroe Islands and Iceland unilaterally seizing over 150,000 tonnes each of the mackerel stock this year, the scientific guidelines for safe maximum catch of this stock will be totally breached and the MSC will have little option but to withdraw its accreditation from all EU mackerel stocks.“The behaviour by these fishermen is totally reckless and irresponsible. They are essentially plundering the stock by allocating themselves over 300,000 tonnes of mackerel this year – that’s 47% of the overall scientific advice for this species, compared with the 5% allocation they usually have. “To add insult to injury the Faroe Islands have the largest factory in the world, The Lafayette, and can process 15,000 tonnes of fish per day. She’s in their waters and they’ve flagged in other vessels from other countries to try to ensure they catch the stock in their own waters.“This is an absolute disaster for Ireland, and particularly the Northwest. The mainstay of our fishing industry is mackerel.  We have a sale value of about €70 – 80 million for our mackerel every year.  If this isn’t stopped, it’s only a matter of time before we find there will be no mackerel out there to catch.  Thousands of jobs would be lost. We are not going to stand idly by and allow our stock to be plundered by others.“I have called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to urgently press the European Commission to introduce trade sanctions against Iceland and the Faroe Islands. I welcome the Minister’s confirmation that the Commission have now confirmed that draft sanctions will be brought before EU Fisheries Ministers for consideration in October.”Ó DOMHNAILL LASHES EU OVER FISHERIES POLICY was last modified: July 20th, 2011 by gregShare 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:FISHERIES POLICYSENATORSenator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more

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