(Updated) Scott City ends Conway Springs season with 21-7 loss

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The defending Class 3A State Champion Scott City Beavers eliminated the host Conway Springs Cardinals 21-7  in the third round of the playoffs. Conway Springs season ends at 11-1.The key moment to this game came with less than a minute to play in the first half, after Conway Springs had tied the game on a 1-yard plunge by junior Luke Fisher on fourth down. Scott City would return the ball to the 27. Then Trey O’Neal, the younger son of Glenn O’Neal a former head basketball coach in Wellington, would hit hit a long pass to  Warren Kropp to put the Beavers in enemy territory. Then Scott City scored on a 27-yard touchdown strike from O’Neil to Sloan Baker with 31 seconds to play to take a 14-7 lead into the locker room.The Beavers would score on a 17-yard touchdown pass from O’Neil to Chris Pounds in the fourth quarter.“We got beat up front,” said Matt Biehler, Conway Springs head football coach. “We were in second and third and long situations all night. That makes it difficult to recover for any team. Let alone ours.”Conway Springs depends on the run, no doubt. It is what the Cardinals do. But Scott City took that away from them and Conway Springs had to resort to passing. The Cardinals were 1-of-6 for the night from the air.Rushing-wise, Conway Springs was held to a season low 196 yards. Travis Wood had 82 and Fisher 72. Alec Stanley had 9.Scott City would accumulate 143 yards passing and 184 rushing for 327 yards of total offense. O’Neil was 8 of 13 for 143 yards. Kropp had 130 yards rushing and 81 yards receiving for 211 total yards.After Scott City took a 7-0 lead on its second offensive series of the first half, neither team would score for more than a quarter. But with about four minutes in the second quarter, Conway Springs fielded the ball at midfield and took the ball downfield. Fisher would score from the 1 on a fourth down to tie the game at the 1:16 mark to knot the game at 7-all.Scott City’s late drive in the first half was a huge blow to the Cardinals.Conway Springs and Scott City went scoreless in the third quarter. Conway Springs, though, had its opportunities. It recovered a fumble on a Scott City pass reception at the Scott City 34.But the Cardinal offense could not move the ball including a great Dakota Finstad pass to a receiver in the end zone between Scott City defenders that was just dropped at the end.  Scott City drove the ball into Conway Springs territory but punted with 7:36 to play. Conway Springs started at its 15 but was intercepted. Scott City started again at the Conway Springs 26.The Beavers moved to the Cardinal 22 with 6:28 to play.Scott City then scored on an O’Neal to Pounds on a  17 yard touchdown reception in the corner with 5:00 to play. Conway Springs Ben Pauly would return the ensuing kickoff  to Scott City’s 42. But Conway Springs was unable to capitalize on good field position and Scott City took over on downs with 2:39 to play. The full stats can be found here: Scott City 21 Conway Springs 7last_img read more

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Holmdel Service Station Wants To Offer A Mini-Mart

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaHOLMDEL ­– For more than 25 years, Tony Crisalli has operated the sole gas station and automotive repair shop in the heart of Holmdel’s historic Village section, at 46 Main Street and Route 520/Holmdel Road.Three years ago, when ExxonMobil was looking to get rid of company-owned gasoline stations, Crisalli bought the property.Now, he is looking to change the business – replacing the repair service with a mini-mart, while continuing to pump gasoline.Although the business has operated there since the 1950s, it would not comply with today’s Business-1 zoning. Some think Crisalli’s plan to change the business would be detrimental to the Village, an area of century-old churches, homes, real estate businesses, small commercial buildings and the large Vonage campus.The plans for the property, about 8/10 of an acre, include converting the approximately 1,400-square-foot building’s two repair bays into the store. About 300 square feet would be added to the building’s east side to accommodate a refrigerator for the store.Striped parking spaces would be added, along with a canopy over the gasoline pumps, said Crisalli, 64, a township resident.Crisalli seeks variances from the township Zoning Board for such things as allowing a gasoline station and convenience store in the B-1 zone and allowing less-than-minimum setbacks from the roadway right-of-ways for things such as a sign and the canopy.Michael Rauchwerk, who lives in the Willow Road area about a mile from Holmdel Village Exxon, is concerned how changes will affect the Village.“It’s a nice center of town,” Rauchwerk said. “Businesses close at 5 p.m. (Then) no traffic. I’m not sure how it will fit in with Holmdel Village. It’s a rather small property.”In the approximately 30 years Rauchwerk has lived in the area, the Village “hasn’t changed a lot.”“The whole downtown area has kind of a look,” said Rauchwerk.The property is not well-maintained now, but now it has no canopy, Rauchwerk said. The canopy, which will extend almost to the road right of way, was a specific concern of Rauchwerk’s.“The property is basically staying the same,” Crisalli said. “The asphalt is going to be brand-new.”The building will get a new roof and the east wall will only be expanded a few feet, Crisalli said.“The same building cleaned up and made to look better.”As for the canopy, it protects workers and pumps from the elements, Crisalli said.“It does help protect our investment,” Crisalli said. “If self-service (gasoline pumping) goes through, how many people would want to pump their own (in bad weather)?”When Exxon owned the gasoline station, it operated seven days a week from about 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Crisalli said. Now, he said, it operates about 6 a.m. to 7:30 or 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. If the zoners approve the changes, according to Crisalli, the business hours would be an estimated 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.If Crisalli’s plans are approved, he would no longer do automotive repairs at the site. Instead, his plan is to move the repairs elsewhere in the Holmdel area.There is no timetable on opening the mini-mart, Crisalli said.“We’re just going step by step,” Crisalli said.The Zoning Board began hearing the application May 4. It will continue the hearing June 1, 8 p.m. at Town Hall.last_img read more

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Regional Ocean Plan Laudable, But Does Not Go Far Enough, Says…

first_imgStory and photo by Joseph SapiaWhen a regional plan was adopted that unites scores of federal, state and native American agencies, concerned with Atlantic Ocean issues from New York to Virginia, environmental groups applauded.They want to see the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan, adopted Wednesday, Dec. 7, by the federal government’s National Ocean Council (NCO), properly implemented.But Clean Ocean Action, a Sandy Hook-based environmental group, questioned if the plan stopped short.The plan formally unites an estimated 140 or so agencies to discuss such issues as transportation, commercial fishing, wind power, recreation and national security to 200 miles offshore of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The idea of the plan is if groups communicate and share information now, rather than working independently, they will avoid disagreement in the future.“This plan will connect federal, state and tribal agencies in ways that will serve the public need, while protecting our irreplaceable resources,” said Helen Henderson, ocean planning manager for the Sandy Hook-based American Littoral Society environmental group.“The plan represents the next level in collaborative and inclusive management for ocean resources,” said Matt Gove, Mid-Atlantic policy manager for the California-based Surfrider Foundation, a surfing-environmental group that has an area Jersey Shore chapter.The American Littoral Society called the Mid-Atlantic “environmentally and economically crucial.” The area, home to more than 34 million people, generates $2 trillion, or 14 percent, of the county’s annual gross domestic product,according to the society. Tourism and recreation alone in the Mid-Atlantic generate $30 billion, providing 600,000 jobs, according to the Surfrider Foundation. “We need to make sure that economic driver, and the clean ocean and beaches it relies upon, is protected going forward,” Gove said. The plan not only provides for better communication and coordination between the various agencies, but supports consolidating data and identifies research needs, said Zach Lees, a policy lawyer for the Sandy Hook-based environmental group Clean Ocean Action (COA). But the group believes the plan doesn’t go far enough.“The plan should have included specific commitments from agencies to protect and safeguard the Mid-Atlantic communities, clean ocean economies and marine life and habitats from oil and gas development, harmful industrialization and climate change impacts,” said Lees.“We’re not overly impressed,” said Cindy Zipf, COA’s executive director. “Yes, it was a step in the right direction. But it didn’t add protection for the ocean. “An oil economy and a clean ocean economy don’t mix,” Zipf said. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB), part of the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, put together the plan. The RPB released a draft July 6.The RPB then held five forums on the draft in the Mid-Atlantic, including one July 14 at Monmouth University. Representatives of COA, Surfrider Foundation and American Littoral Society were among the 45 groups that turned out for the local forum.Henderson said “years of time, effort and dedication are represented in this new plan.”The plan has its roots in 2009, when President Barack Obama created the Ocean Policy Task Force to foster better stewardship of the oceans and Great Lakes. In 2010, Obama created the National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts and Great Lakes.center_img “Throughout this effort, our goal has been to ensure that the plan will be a blueprint for conservation and management to protect the ocean and its natural resources,” said Tim Dillingham, the American Littoral Society’s executive director. “This final action plan will be the foundation.”“Now is when the real work begins,” said Sarah Winter Whelan, the American Littoral Society’s ocean policy program director. “Implementation will bring another set of opportunities and challenges for us to ensure conservation prevails in this plan.”last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson U13 Selects

first_imgThe Nelson U13 Selects started the rep season off on fires, capturing the gold medal at the recent Kootenay South Youth Soccer tournament in Fruitvale. The Selects breezed through the competition en route to the gold medal. Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute the Selects with Team of the Week honours. The team includes, back row, L-R, coach Paul Dawson, coach Dino Falcone and managers Damien and Maya Engelbrecht. Middle, Oscar Seagram, Stryder Scott, Nigel Ziegler, Ben Cameron, Joey Timmermans, Amit Bhabra, Akira Engelbrecht, Jake Anderson, Darian Johnson, Sam Barrett and Andrew Falcone. Front, Juna Williams, Taylor Pritchard, Bryce Twible, Quinn Dawson and goalkeeper, Parker Shaw-Lintz.last_img read more

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‘I’ve Not Come for Politics’

first_imgIn the wake of widespread speculations that former Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Amara M. Konneh, will contest in the upcoming elections, he announced to a huge crowd of people who turned out to welcome him home yesterday that he is not ready for politics.“I am not in Liberia for power but I have come to work with my people, visit my farm, celebrate the festive season and contribute to the development process of my country,” Mr. Konneh said.Mr. Konneh, who is the Manager for Fragility, Conflict, Violence and Forced Migration Hub at the World Bank, resident in Nairobi, Kenya, spoke yesterday at a well-organized welcome and interfaith intercessory program by the Amara Mohammed Konneh Foundation and friends of Amara held at the Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor.The program brought together people from the Muslim and Christian communities, the Yana Boys Association of Liberia, student groups, government officials, Shoe Shine Union of Liberia, and the business community.“The message here today to the Liberian people and the Liberian media is, I have not come back home for politics, but I am home to see friends, family members and colleagues,” Konneh declared. The former finance minister said he has come to reconnect with friends about the future of Liberia and the people and to visit his farm, because “I am a farmer as well. This gathering today is not about Liberian politics but about appreciation from brotherhood and sisterhood which I appreciate so highly.” Konneh, who has spent eight months at his new job in Nairobi, said he was delighted to be back in Liberia to celebrate the festive season with friends and family. Konneh said he was excited, because he did not abuse the power he had but helped people that he had no connection with.“When God gave me power through the blessing of the President, I helped young people, for which all of you gathered here today have come to welcome me. I did not go to the University in Liberia because of the war so I was naïve of the help to people. And I am happy that I made some important friendships in all of you,” he said.Konneh meanwhile pledged 20 percent of his salary to the Amara Mohammed Konneh Foundation to help improve the lives of Liberians whether Muslim or Christian.He said his vision is to empower the young generation of Liberians through education by assisting schools around the country and working to renovate churches and mosques to rebuild his country and strengthen the youth and the Liberian people.His target, according to him, is to create avenues for entrepreneurs and improve the livelihood of shoe shine boys, market women which are part of his Foundation’s mandate.“I want to thank everyone for coming to welcome me, including the religious leaders. I visited twenty countries in the last eight months helping them, including Liberia with the issue of the budget,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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New Comment Policy on Energeticcity.ca

first_imgLet’s try and keep things as positive as possible. A few simple rules: no foul language. Also, stay clear of libelous statements. What does that mean? Don’t say something about someone that hasn’t been proved to be true. For example, don’t say that Johnny is a drug dealer, because you THINK he is… you can only say it if he has been proven to be a drug dealer. If you have proof that Johnny is a drug dealer, you should phone the police and tell them, so they can prove that Johnny is a drug dealer, THEN, you can comment and say that Johnny IS a drug dealer.We want to hear your opinions on this site. What do you think about the story? If you could, how would you change things about the story?If your comments don’t follow these guidelines, your comment won’t be approved by our site moderators. Thanks for posting – we value your comments and participation on the site.There we have it. Simple enough. Have a comment about our new comment policy? Let us know below 🙂– Energeticcity.ca AdminsAdvertisement Since we launched Energeticcity.ca to Fort St. John, we’ve been overwhelmedby the success of this site. Over 25,000 people have visited us since we launched, and that number grows every day.- Advertisement -As part of our growth, more and more of you have been commenting on news stories. It has become necessary for us to implement a comment policy. It’s pretty straightforward:last_img read more

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MLB notes: Zambrano gives ultimatum

first_img“Whatever happens, I don’t want to know about a contract during the season. I want to sign with the Cubs before the season starts. If they don’t sign me, sorry, but I must go. That’s what Carlos Zambrano thinks.” Zambrano, 16-7 with a 3.41ERA and 210 strikeouts last season, asked for $15.5 million in arbitration. The team offered $11.025 million. He made $6.5 million last season. At the team’s winter convention last month, Zambrano first said that he wanted to have a new deal in place before the season starts. Cubs pitchers and catchers report to spring training today in Mesa, Ariz. Zambrano wants some of the money Cubs’ general manager Jim Hendry has been doling out. “Jim spent a lot of money. I hope he has more for `Big Z,”‘ Zambrano said. Also, the Cubs traded right-hander Jae Kuk Ryu to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for two minor leaguers, outfielder Andrew Lopez and right-hander Gregor Reinhard. Torre looks to managing after `07: After Detroit eliminated the New York Yankees in the first round of last year’s playoffs, Joe Torre wasn’t sure he’d be allowed to return for a 12th season as manager. But owner George Steinbrenner was persuaded to keep him on for the final season of his contract, and Torre sounded open to managing beyond 2007. “I don’t know yet. The way I feel now, I say yes,” Torre said. “It’s exciting. I’m looking forward to it. Every year is different, and that’s what I think keeps it stimulating.” Torre will earn $7.5 million the final season of a three-year deal that paid him $6.7 million in each of the previous two years. “Is there pressure on me because I don’t have a contract?” he asked out loud. “No more pressure, my mind, than there always is, as far as I’m concerned.” Steinbrenner didn’t have much to say Tuesday. Asked whether Torre had to “win it” this year, he gave a one-word answer Tuesday: “No.” The Yankees also signed reliever Ron Villone agreed to a minor league contract. He would get a $2.5 million, one-year contract if added to the major league roster and would have the chance to earn $300,000 in performance bonuses. Braves president: No changes here: Atlanta Braves president Terry McGuirk said fans should expect a “transparent” ownership transition if the team’s sale from Time Warner to Liberty Media is approved by Major League Baseball. McGuirk says the Braves, under the ownership of Liberty Media, will look much like the Braves under Time Warner, including the continued leadership of general manager John Schuerholz and manager Bobby Cox. “Yes, I think as an operating theory this is what is contemplated,” McGuirk said. “I’ve used the word transparent. I think that is a good description of how it will affect the organization. I think there will be no changes.” Clubs win again: Baseball teams improved to 4-0 in salary arbitration when the Washington Nationals beat pitcher John Patterson and the Florida Marlins defeated reliever Kevin Gregg. Patterson was awarded $850,000 by arbitrators Elliott Shriftman, Dan Brent and Stephen Goldberg, who heard the case Monday, less than half the $1.85 million he asked for. Gregg, acquired in November from the Angels, will get the Marlins’ offer of $575,000 instead of his request for $700,000, arbitrators Jack Clarke, Goldberg and Elizabeth Neumeier decided. Dodgers reliever Joe Beimel and Tampa Bay backup catcher Josh Paul were the first two players who went to arbitration this year and lost their cases Saturday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Chicago Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano has a new message for the team: sign him to a new contract before the season starts or he’ll leave and become a free agent after it’s over. “I’m ready to sign and I would do my job anyway with the Cubs this year,” Zambrano said in an interview with WGN-TV that was reported Tuesday by the Chicago Tribune. last_img
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Premier League round-up: Chelsea back on track as Hazard dazzles

first_imgChelsea got their Premier League campaign back on track with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Hull City at Stamford Bridge.The Blues’ 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United last weekend threatened to derail what had been an imperious start to the season but Jose Mourinho’s men regrouped well to seal a win over Steve Bruce’s strugglers with Eden Hazard at his effervescent best.Just seven minutes had been played when the hosts grabbed the lead. Oscar out on the left delivered a tantalising cross into the box and, when the ball passed over Diego Costa, Hazard was there to head home.As Chelsea failed to double their lead, Jake Livermore sent a shot a whisker wide of the post, while an already cautioned Gary Cahill provoked ire from the Hull players as he went tumbling despite a lack of contact from either David Meyler or Tom Huddlestone.The latter then saw red for an ugly challenge of Filipe Luis and the Blues quickly made their advantage count with Costa finishing off an incredible move which saw Hazard dazzle the Hull midfield and defence before playing in his Spanish team-mate, who rolled home with ease to complete the scoring.Champions Manchester City, though, were able to keep pace and remain just three points behind their title rivals after claiming a slim 1-0 triumph against Leicester City.The Blues suffered a blow in the warm up with Edin Dzeko forced to pull out and Jose Angel Pozo replacing him in the starting line up and Manuel Pellegrini’s side were slow to start, while Esteban Cambiasso went close with a curled effort for the Foxes.The Leicester City defence, though, is extremely porous and five minutes before the break Frank Lampard sneaked between their centre-backs and slipped a left-foot shot into the net from Samir Nasri’s ball across the area.For the second time in a week Southampton boss Ronald Koeman was left frustrated as he watched his side throw away three points, this time to Burnley who sneaked a 1-0 win.After a quiet opening period, his men had the perfect chance to get in front but when Ryan Bertrand was brought down in the box Tom Heaton saved Dusan Tadic’s strike from 12 yards.Burnley made sure their visitors paid the penalty for the Serbian’s miss as Nathaniel Clyne’s attempted clearance cannoned into the path of Ashley Barnes and the ex-Brighton man slipped the ball between Fraser Forster and his near post to win the game.Crystal Palace and Stoke City shared the spoils in their clash at Selhurst Park as they played out a 1-1 draw.James McArthur put the hosts ahead with a back header from Yannick Bolasie’s centre which looped over Asmir Begovic.They were in front for only two minutes though as Peter Crouch knocked in an equaliser but neither side were able to claim a winner.And it was the same scoreline between Sunderland and West Ham at the Stadium of Light.The Hammers have been in great form but found themselves on the back foot early on when James Tomkins felled Adam Johnson in the penalty area and Jordi Gomez coolly slotted the ball into the back of the net.But Stewart Downing, who is currently flourishing under Sam Allardyce, ensured they weren’t to be beaten as his strike, after cutting in from the left, deflected in past the outstretched arm of Costel Pantilimon.And in the final afternoon fixture, West Bromwich Albion registered an important 1-0 victory over Aston Villa on home soil.Paul Lambert was left to despair in the first half as his side were reduced to ten men after 22 minutes when Kieran Richardson slid in hard on Stephane Sessegnon after overrunning the ball.The hosts eventually made the extra man count as Craig Gardner fired in after a melee in the Villans penalty area after 72 minutes.And despite late pressure, which saw Brad Guzan in the Baggies’ penalty area, Alan Irvine’s men held on to claim the win. 1 Chelsea star Eden Hazard last_img read more

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Ronaldo rescues a point as Juve slip at home to Sassuolo

first_imgLeonardo Bonucci had scored early for the eight-time reigning Serie A champions but Jeremie Boga and Francesco Caputo hit back for Sassuolo before Ronaldo’s point-saving intervention from the spot in Turin.Juventus have a two-point lead on top of Serie A but can be overtaken by Inter Milan, who host struggling SPAL later on Sunday.Sassuolo, in 12th, claimed their first ever point at Juventus, and held Sarri’s unbeaten champions to their third draw of the season.“We got into trouble on our own, we didn’t use our heads in the first half, as the goals conceded show,” said Sarri.“Every time we lost the ball we left ourselves open. We had a first half without application and little energy from the character point of view.“But we were coming off two games in which we used up a lot of energy against Atalanta and Atletico Madrid.“The reaction came at the end and we could even have won it.”Ronaldo started up front, having missed last weekend’s league game with a slight knee problem, as Paulo Dybala, who scored in their Champions League win over Atletico Madrid, started on the bench.Eighteen-year-old Stefano Turati made an impressive debut in the Sassuolo goal, and pulled off a string of fine saves, denying Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Dybala late.But Juventus counterpart Gianluigi Buffon had a nightmare. The 41-year-old, making just his fifth start this season, was at fault in Caputo’s goal just after the break.Bonucci got Juventus off the mark with a long-range effort on 20 minutes.Three minutes later Boga pounced on a Caputo cross and sent it past an out-rushing Buffon from an angle.– ‘Recover brilliance’ –Caputo added a second following a mix-up between Juan Cuadrado and Matthijs De Ligt in the Juventus defence, with Buffon then fumbling the effort into the back of the net.Turati got down low to deny Higuain after getting his hand to send a Ronaldo free kick over the bar.Sassuolo’s teenage goalkeeper Stefano Turati (L) made his Serie A debut against Cristiano Ronaldo’s (R) Juventus. © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLORonaldo’s penalty pulled the hosts level on 68 minutes after Filippo Romagna fouled substitute Dybala.It was the Portuguese star’s fifth Serie A goal this season.“Ronaldo has regained stamina, the next step will be to recover brilliance, but the road is right,” insisted Sarri.Sassuolo coach Roberto De Zerbi hailed “an important point” for his team.“You need courage when playing here, otherwise you’re dead before kick-off,” said De Zerbi.He also heaped praise on Turati for his solid performance.“The lad is crazy completely. Yesterday I called him in the hotel and told him to enjoy it, that if he didn’t sleep it was normal, but not to have too many expectations, too much anxiety.”Later, Inter host SPAL with third-placed Lazio at home against Udinese and city rivals Roma at Verona.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a penalty in Turin. © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Dec 1 – Cristiano Ronaldo rescued a 2-2 draw for Juventus at home against Sassuolo on Sunday but the result left the way open for Inter Milan to take top spot in Serie A.“We didn’t use our heads,” lamented Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri.last_img read more

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Middlesbrough 0-2 Norwich: Canaries sing as they secure £150m Premier League return

first_imgNorwich City sealed an immediate return to the Premier League, as the Canaries took advantage of Middlesbrough’s sluggish start to clinch a 2-0 play-off final victory at Wembley.A hold up on the team bus meant Aitor Karanka’s men arrived at the Home of Football barely an hour before kick-off, and Boro perhaps paid the price for their delayed preparation.The game appeared over with just 15 minutes on the clock, as two quick-fire goals from Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond proved enough for the Yellows to lift the trophy and secure victory in this £150million contest.Fans were treated to a rapid, end-to-end start from both sides, with Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson and Boro’s Jelle Vossen both hitting the crossbar in the space of seconds.Johnson’s left-footed drive from 18 yards had Dimitrios Konstantopoulos beaten but hammered the bar, and, as Middlesbrough immediately broke on the counter, Belgian forward Vossen seemed to have netted a fine opener, only for his swerving volley to hit the very top corner of the woodwork.It was a promising sign for Boro who, like Norwich, had to-and-froed in an out of the top two places all campaign.But the Riverside outfit had a lethargic look about them and hopes of a first Premier League return since their relegation in 2009 was soon all-but extinguished as Alex Neil’s side turned on the style.Jerome, who netted 19 Championship goals this season, robbed Daniel Ayala on the edge of the box and was unchallenged as he skipped towards goal, gave Konstantopoulos the eyes and coolly slotted in at his near post.If that was a shock, Redmond’s strike was a hammer blow, as the young winger was given far too much space on the right flank before turning in the area and firing a low shot across the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner.Neil’s wild celebrations buoyed the packed yellow and green half of Wembley, with the Carrow Road faithful signing with shouts of ‘ole’ as their side dominate the opening half.But Boro rallied back after the break, with Ayala going close from a corner before Championship Player of the Year Patrick Bamford finally tested John Ruddy with a low drive after a neat turn into the box.Vossen then took a tumble on the edge of the penalty area, after apparent contact from Wes Hoolahan halted the Belgian’s run, but instead of pointing to the spot, referee Mike Dean booked the Boro man for diving.Karanka rolled the dice with 30 minutes remaining, chucking three strikers forward in a desperate move to get his side back into the game, but it was Norwich who threatened to add to their scoreline.Captain Russell Martin was presented the chance to put the contest to bed, but could only direct his header over the bar from a corner.It mattered little in the end, though, as the final whistle soon blew to spark joy for Norwich, but misery for Middlesbrough, who will have to wait another year to end their top flight exile. 1 Norwich celebrate Cameron Jerome’s opening goal in the Championship play-off final against Middlesbrough last_img read more

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