Westwood warns Gunners over Benteke

first_img The midfielder has backed the striker to terrorise the Gunners ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final. Benteke has 12 goals in his last 12 games heading into the Wembley showdown, including one in their 2-1 semi-final win over Liverpool in April to fire Villa into their first FA Cup final for 15 years. “He’s a Villa fan, Villa through and through, he said he used to stand on the Holte End, to have a fan in your team, that’s what you’d want on FA Cup final day. But he does need to forget he’s a fan, he’s a professional player now. “In training, as soon as you saw him you knew he had something. On that FA Cup semi-final the whole world was watching him, and I thought he was man of the match. “He believes in his ability and so he should, he’s a special talent and he’s got the world at his feet. If he can keep playing like that, he can go anywhere.” Press Association And Westwood believes Benteke has his fear factor back after struggling for form and fitness before Tim Sherwood’s arrival, following an Achilles injury over a year ago. He said: “I’m sure he does. I think he’s back to full fitness now, he was struggling with his Achilles early on and people didn’t see that, they just expected him to walk back in and fire in the goals. “But he’s back to his best now, bullying defenders and I’m sure they’ll have sleepless nights, they won’t want to be playing against him. “We know how good we are, if we play like we can do we can match anyone. We’ve got internationals throughout the team, Fabs (Fabian Delph) and Clevs (Tom Cleverley) are on form, Christian is a real handful for anyone, I’m sure they’ll be having sleepless nights about him.” Benteke spearheaded Villa’s recovery under Sherwood as they survived in the Barclays Premier League, eventually finishing 17th following Sunday’s 1-0 final-day defeat to Burnley. He and Jack Grealish were trusted by Sherwood to keep Villa up with academy product Grealish becoming a regular. He shone during Villa’s semi-final at Wembley, setting up Delph’s winner, and Westwood believes the 19-year-old is in line for stardom. “He’s a special talent, the way he just glides past you in training, you feel like whacking him, he floats past you with his hair,” said the 25-year-old. “He’s a great lad, I’m sure he could be our match winner at the end of the day. Ashley Westwood has warned Arsenal they should be having sleepless nights before facing Christian Benteke.last_img read more

IRFU announces bid for women’s World Cup

first_imgThe stadia include University College Dublin before moving to Belfast for semi-finals and finals at Queens University Sport and the newly developed Kingspan Stadium.Last year the women’s team reached the semi finals in France before they were beaten by England, however they earned  a measure of revenge for that loss last Friday beating England in the Six Nations. In other news the Irish men’s team have moved back up to third in the World rankings following yesterday’s 19 points to 9 Six Nations win against England at the Aviva.last_img

Spectacular sights of the supermoon caught over Donegal

first_imgThe expected views of the rare supermoon in the sky last night were sadly blocked by heavy cloud cover across the county. But when the clouds broke, some talented photographers caught great snaps of the phenomenon over Donegal.Last night’s full moon was the closest, brightest and largest moon since 1948. The full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until Nov 25, 2034, so this was a very special sight. Check out these stunning photos from last night’s lunar show. Send in your photos to be featured in this picture special.Photo from Kerrykeel by Shaun EganAnthony McGlynn’s supermoon capture over Whitecross Raphoe. 10,30pmSupermoon rise from Ballyshannon by Chris DykesPhoto by Michael Mc DaidSpectacular sights of the supermoon caught over Donegal was last modified: November 15th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:donegalmoonPhotographysupermoonweatherlast_img read more