POOR CHANCES FOR UNITED LONDON (AP): Leicester’s first target was exceeded long ago: Premier League survival. Another landmark was achieved yesterday: Champions League qualification for the first time. By the end of the month, Leicester should have secured the prize once simply unthinkable for such a team: the Premier League trophy itself. Jamie Vardy’s double at Sunderland sealed a 2-0 victory that guaranteed a coveted top-four finish. Leicester remain seven points clear at the top and are starting to resemble a Premier League thoroughbred with their effortless march to a first title. This isn’t what a title run-in should look like for a team yet to win the league title in its 132-year history and were in a relegation scrap this time last season. Tottenham are waiting to pounce on any slip-up by Leicester. The second-place London club responded to Leicester’s Sunderland success by ending a 15-year wait for a home win over Manchester United. A 3-0 victory was secured by Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela scoring within five minutes, 46 seconds in the second half. It pushed Tottenham a step closer to joining Leicester in the Champions League next season, having only featured in Europe’s top competition once before. United look unlikely to be with them, given that cross-town rivals Manchester City are four points ahead in fourth place. As things are progressing, record 20-time English champions United could see Leicester guarantee the title by winning at Old Trafford in three games time. Leicester are in unfamiliar territory but not showing it. There are no nerves, no sign of anxiety from Claudio Ranieri’s team. Some observers suggested the manager was crying when he entered the field after yesterday’s fifth successive win. “It’s fantastic when you see before the match a lot of old ladies with Leicester shirts outside the stadium,” Ranieri said later. “I said, ‘Unbelievable, they came from Leicester to support us.’ That is emotional; that is fantastic; that is football. “I want, through you, to say thank you for the support. It’s unbelievable. They are amazing. They are dreaming and we want to continue to dream. But to do this, we must be concentrated.” It’s looking bleak for Sunderland, who are four points from safety but with a game in hand over Norwich. There was little at stake in yesterday’s third game apart from Liverpool gaining confidence ahead of their Europa League quarter-final second leg against Borussia Dortmund, which is locked at 1-1. Liverpool dislodged Stoke from eighth place by beating the Anfield visitors 4-1. Alberto Moreno’s fine Liverpool opener was cancelled out by Bojan Krkic in the 22nd minute. But Daniel Sturridge restored Liverpool’s lead before half-time and substitute Divock Origi netted twice after the break.
A former senior Ulster Unionist has said Donegal has been forgotten by the Irish government and would be better off in Northern Ireland.Lord John KilclooneyLord Kilclooney has claimed Donegal’s decrease in population is due to people moving across the border to the United Kingdom.He claimed that Donegal’s population has been halved ‘as a result of misrule since 1921’ and a move to Northern Ireland would increase prosperity in the county. Speaking on Newstalk FM this morning, Lord Kilclooney said that he believed Donegal people would not want to be part of Northern Ireland“They are very strong nationalists and nationalism is something of the heart rather than the mind.“But if they look at the bare facts they will have to accept that their population has almost halved, whereas their neighbouring counties in Londonderry and Tyrone have increased and that if they had been in Northern Ireland they wouldn’t be sitting out like a sore thumb with a dwindling population today. They would be increasing in population and in prosperity,” he said.Lord Kilclooney said the potential rise in nationalists and Catholics coming into Northern Ireland, should Donegal join, would not concern him as a Unionist. He cited a poll of the North which said only 16 per cent of people wanted a United Ireland. He has also said that he has never met anybody who wanted to be in the UK, because half have already emigrated. ‘Donegal would do better in the UK’ – says Ulster Unionist was last modified: November 22nd, 2017 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)