Avenido on playing coach role: ‘I’m not Jawo’

first_imgReluctant at first, the former ABL Most Valuable Player did himself well in the Coffee Lovers’ debut in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.While he said he was no “Living Legend,” Avenido’s came out like one as he carried Gamboa Coffee mix, drilling the go-ahead freebies with 3.1 seconds remaining while also thwarting Robby Celiz’ potential game-winner late to secure the pulsating 85-84 win over Zark’s Burger on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundBut more than anything, the 6-foot-2 forward said that all he did was to give confidence to his players as Gamboa Coffee Mix pulled itself out of a 13-point hole in the first half.“I saw that our morale was down, so I just tried to lift our morale. I just thought that when I come in, I will show them that I’ll give my all,” he said, as he finished with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the victory. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Leo Avenido. PBA IMAGESThrust to the job of a playing coach for Gamboa Coffee Mix, Leo Avenido admitted that he’s still feeling his way in his new role.“I’m not Jawo (Robert Jaworski),” the 38-year-old said. “This is hard, but it’s the task that was given so I have to do it.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprilcenter_img Avenido, though, reminded his fellow Coffee Lovers to not shy away from sharing their insights to him as the squad seeks to make noise this conference.“I told them I’m just a coach on paper, but we’re all coaches here and I’m open for suggestions on the plays they think could help us win. That’s how I wanted when I’m playing and that’s the same idea I’m applying here,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Kobe Paras plans to try out for Gilas More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptionslast_img read more

Harry Ascroft the hero as Finn Harps stay in Premier Division

first_imgAUSTRALIAN HARRY Ascroft was the extra-time hero as Finn Harps retained their Premier Division status with a dramatic play-off win over Drogheda United.Finn Harps 2 Drogheda United 0 (after extra time)By Chris McNulty at Finn Park. Pictures by Joe Boland, North West News Pix Ascroft sent the majority of the 2,113 Finn Park crowd into raptures with a 107th minute winner as Ollie Horgan’s Harps turned the tie on its head.In the 50th anniversary of the club’s entry into the League of Ireland in 1969, Harps stayed up on a drenching night of high tension by the Finn as Mark Russell’s early goal took the contest to the nervy extra period.A winter signing from Balzan in Malta, Ascroft proved the hero of the hour two minutes into the second half of extra time. Ascroft managed to squeeze home a header from Tony McNamee’s corner. A ninth clean sheet of the season for Mark Anthony McGinley was easily his most vital as Harps, in the face of a tidal wave of pressure, held on.On their last three play-off visits, Harps had won promotion from the First Division, but this was their first time taking to the do-or-die stage as the Premier Division side.In 12 previous ties, Harps had never lost the home leg of a play-off and – in front of 2,113 spectators – they got off to the best possible start as Russell levelled the tie in the seventh minute.Russell finished from close range after getting on the end of a clever clip into the area by Ruairi Harkin, who was spotted lurking on the edge of the area by the swift-thinking Mark Timlin from a corner.Horgan’s selection showed three changes from Monday’s game at United Park.  Timlin, injured two weeks ago in the 1-0 win over Waterford, was passed fit to start, while veteran Raffaele Cretaro and Mikey Place were also restored to the first XI.Mark Coyle, Nathan Boyle and McNamee dropped to the bench.Russell headed over from a Place corner on 20 minutes and, in the closing moments of the first half, Sam Todd flicked a header off target from another set piece. Harps were promoted via a play-off win over Limerick last year, having edged Drogheda in the First Division play-off. In their first year back in the top flight, the Donegal side stayed above the low-water line ahead of relegated UCD. Drogheda came to Ballybofey holding the slender 1-0 advantage given to them by Chris Lyons’ last-ditch winner in the first leg. Just when Harps were getting ready to come back home with a scoreless draw, Lyons tucked home put Drogheda in the driving seat.Stephen Meaney, who had a big impact off the bench on Monday, including providing the assist for Lyons’ winner, was brought back into Drogheda’s team with Adam Wixted making way.Wixted came in for Meaney at half-time and the Drogs began the second half with purpose, Luke Heeney firing over after Sean Brennan did well to invite the shot.Mark Anthony McGinley, the Harps goalkeeper, saved from Mark Doyle on the hour before Harps had a big chance to go ahead on 65 minutes.Cretaro was the architect at first. The Sligo man’s slide-rule pass teed up Russell, who drove into the goalmouth. Place had two bites at the rebound, but just couldn’t force it home.Six minutes from the end, Finn Park’s heart was in its mouth when Doyle met a cross from Luke McNally, but McGinley was able to save.Enter extra time, where Ascroft stepped up as the man of the moment.Finn Harps: Mark Anthony McGinley; Harry Ascroft, Keith Cowan, Sam Todd; Jacob Borg, Ruairi Harkin (Tony McNamee 94), Gareth Harkin, Mark Timllin, Mark Russell; Raffaele Cretaro (Mark Coyle 90 (Daniel O’Reilly 104)); Mikey Place (Nathan Boyle 73)Drogheda United: Luca Gratzer; James Brown, Luke McNally, Kevin Farragher, Conor Kane; Stephen Meaney (Adam Wixted half-time), Luke Heeney, Mark Hughes (Jordan Adeyemo 97), Sean Brennan (Jamie Hollywood 61, Mark Doyle; Chris Lyons (Ryan O’Shea 112).Referee: Neil DoyleHarry Ascroft the hero as Finn Harps stay in Premier Division was last modified: November 2nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 League of Ireland Premier DivisionDrogheda Unitedfinn harpsHarry AscroftMark Anthony McGinleyMark RussellOllie Horganlast_img read more