Poland v Republic of Ireland: Talking Points

first_img On the evidence of the 47 minutes he played in Thursday night’s remarkable 1-0 victory over Germany, yes he is. The 28-year-old West Ham goalkeeper looks to be the man in possession despite having played just 61 minutes of senior football for his country before this week after veteran Shay Given pulled out through injury. But he made vital saves from Jerome Boateng and Ilkay Gundogan and provided the assist for fellow substitute Shane Long’s decisive goal to demonstrate his readiness to do a job. WILL SEAMUS COLEMAN COME BACK INTO THE TEAM? If he is anywhere near match-fit after working hard to recover from the hamstring injury which ruled him out of the Germany game, Everton full-back Coleman will return at right-back. That is no reflection on Derby’s Cyrus Christie, who performed admirably in the face of a German onslaught, but Coleman in one of the class acts in Martin O’Neill’s squad and he will want the player on the pitch if at all possible. WILL MARTIN O’NEILL GO FOR IT? O’Neill by nature is not a risk-taker, and he will set up his team to make life difficult for the Poles, while at the same time giving it a basis from which to attack. A similar ploy worked to perfection on Thursday evening, although with the prize for victory – a high-scoring draw would also put Ireland through – so alluring, it may be difficult to curb the adventure of players desperate to reach the finals, particularly as the game wears on. CAN THE REPUBLIC KEEP ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI AT BAY? If they can, they may just be in business. Poland are far from a one-man team, but if that one man is allowed time and space, he will deliver as Wolfsburg, Mainz, Dinamo Zagreb, Borussia Dortmund and Scotland have discovered to their cost in recent weeks. Lewandowski has 14 goals in his last 405 minutes of football, famously including five in just nine minutes as a substitute against Wolfsburg on a night when Ireland’s Sunderland defender John O’Shea was being given the run-around by Manchester City in the Capital One Cup. WILL ROBBIE KEANE HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY? Undoubtedly, and particularly off the pitch. Keane’s 142 caps and 67 international goals no longer guarantee him a place in the starting line-up at 35 years of age, but he remains the man most likely to find half a yard of space and put the ball in the back of the net. His involvement on the pitch may be more limited these days, but his experience of big occasions could improve invaluable in the dressing room. And could the script be written for him to equal German great Gerd Muller’s tally of 68 goals just when his country might need it most? The Republic of Ireland face Poland in Warsaw on Sunday evening knowing qualification for the Euro 2016 finals could be just 90 minutes away. Here, Press Association Sport’s Damian Spellman takes a look at the main talking points in the build-up to the game. IS DARREN RANDOLPH READY TO MAKE HIS FIRST START FOR IRELAND? center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse wins 5-set marathon against Sacred Heart

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 9, 2017 at 2:05 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 UPDATED: Sept. 9, 2017 at 9:49 p.m.Syracuse (5-4) won a five-set thriller against Sacred Heart (4-5) on Saturday afternoon in the Dartmouth Tournament in Hanover, New Hampshire.After dropping the first set 22-25 to the Pioneers, the Orange took the next two, 25-22 and 29-27. Sacred Heart responded with a 26-24 victory in the fourth set before Syracuse won the fifth set, 15-11, to claim the match.One day after setting the Orange season-high with 48 assists, Annie Bozzo re-upped with another season-best for Syracuse with five service aces. The junior setter was all over the court, dishing out 37 assists and tallying seven digs. Four players notched at least eight kills for the Orange, which had 47 total in the game. Mariia Levanova paced the Syracuse offense, setting a career-high with 11 kills in the match, while Santita Ebangwese added 10 kills.After falling behind 3-0 in the opening set, the Orange responded with a 9-4 run, which prompted a Pioneers timeout. Sacred Heart then scored four unanswered points out of the break. Syracuse never recovered or regained the lead in the set. Despite a hit percentage almost .150 higher than that of the Pioneers’, the Orange were downed by five Sacred Heart aces in the set and fell behind 1-0.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBozzo flipped the script in the second set, scoring the first two aces of the match for Syracuse. The aces, combined with errors by the Pioneers, helped the Orange jump out to an early lead in the second set that it never relinquished. The Syracuse lead stretched out to 19-15, and it appeared that the Orange was poised to pull away. But three straight points by Sacred Heart closed the gap to just one and caused a Syracuse timeout. The Orange closed out the set to tie the match at one set a piece.The third set was one of runs, and Syracuse found itself on the right side of a late run when SU took a 24-22 lead. The Orange had the opportunity to take the lead in the match with two set points, but both points were squandered after Sacred Heart buckled down to tie the set. SU quickly regained its form to close out the set, 29-27.After an inauspicious start to the fourth set, in which the Pioneers took a 3-0 lead, Syracuse went on to tie, 10-10. The Orange clung onto its 21-17 lead until it was faced with a match point at 24-23. But it couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity. The match point was lost and two points later so was the set, and Sacred Heart sent the match into a fifth set.In the fifth set, Syracuse immediately jumped out to a 5-1 lead. The Pioneers clawed back to close the gap to one, but it proved the last run of the afternoon for Sacred Heart. The Orange finished the match on a 5-2 run and won its marathon match.Syracuse has little time to relax following the win and it will play Iona at 4:30 p.m., the last game of the weekend for the Orange.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Sacred Heart’s record was incorrectly identified as 3-5. Sacred Heart, after this game, was 4-5. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Commentslast_img read more