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first_imgChelsea won 2-1 at Southampton on Tuesday to extend their unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League six wins and six draws to 12 games. But they have already lost four at home, a fifth would represent their most Stamford Bridge defeats since 1995-96. On Wednesday, Stoke beat Newcastle 1-0 with a late goal from Xherdan Shaqiri to move into seventh place.EVERTON VSWEST HAMEverton are unbeaten in their past eight Barclays Premier League away games but at Goodison Park they have won just four; they need to win three of their remaining five home games to avoid setting a new low for home successes. On Wednesday, West Ham beat Tottenham 1-0 with a Michail Antonio goal to move into sixth place.NEWCASTLE VSBOURNEMOUTH,Bournemouth beat English south-coast neighbours Southampton 2-0 at home on Tuesday with the Cherries keeping consecutive clean sheets for the first time this season. The Cherries have met Newcastle just three times in the league and lost all three. In their only previous visit to St James’ in the league, in September 1989, they lost 2-1 and when the teams met at Bournemouth earlier this season they lost 1-0.SOUTHAMPTON VSSUNDERLAND,Saints have won seven and lost five of their 14 home games. If they win each of their remaining five games at St Mary’s they will set a club record of 12 home Premier League victories. Their previous best was 11, set in 2000-01 and again last season. Sunderland have already conceded a massive 37 away goals in 14 away games, just two fewer than their record in the Premier League (39 conceded in the 1999-00 campaign).SWANSEA VSNORWICHThe Swans have won just four home games; their previous fewest home league wins is six (in 2012-13 and 2013-14) and they have just five games in which to avoid setting a new club record in the Premier League. Norwich, meanwhile, have lost 10 and drawn two of their 14 away games but when the teams met at Carrow Road in November, the home side won 1-0 with a goal from Jonny Howson.CRYSTAL PALACE VSLIVERPOOLCrystal Palace have now gone 11 games in the Barclays Premier League without a win; their last victory was in December at Stoke, while they last won at home against Southampton, also in the last month of last year. But Palace have won their last three league games, home and away, against Liverpool and are unbeaten in the last four.last_img read more

DONEGAL MUM WARNS: ‘MY GIRL’S NIGHT FROM HELL AT UNDERAGE DISCO’

first_imgA DISTRAUGHT mother has spoken of her ‘night from hell’ after allowing her 14-year-old daughter attend an underage disco in Letterkenny – and wants the events banned.The heart-broken mum says she ‘regrets the very minute’ she gave into pressure to allow her child to attend the disco.She told how her child: * Ended up in hospital getting her stomach pumped after getting drunk* Was wearing inappropriate clothing borrowed from older ‘friends’* Lost her mobile phone and cash* Was teased on social media for days afterwards. The mother told us: “I know even speaking to you that there will be parents who will judge me. There will be those who say she shouldn’t have been out; and those who think it’s all ok to be out.“But I now know I made a huge mistake by giving in to the peer pressure my child was facing and it was the worst thing I ever did.“My girl knows it was too now, and so I wanted to warn other mothers about what goes on before and after these discos.“There’s a huge amount of drink taken by kids who frankly don’t know how to handle it; there’s drugs available if you know where to go.“I can’t do anything to stop these discos and I’m sure some kids go out and behave responsibly but a night out for a young teenager now is miles away from what it was out when I was that age.” She said her child ended up in hospital because she was so drunk.“It was a nightmare; I felt just cold,” said the mother.“You don’t want to see your child like that in hospital when it can be avoided. It was just awful.”The girl had no money and no phone; a friend had called the mother to say her daughter was ill. Three months ago Donegal Daily reported how the underage discos were causing concern for Gardai in several towns in the county who were happy that the premises were being run properly, but that crowds were being drawn into several towns, but particularly Letterkenny.On one evening after a disco gangs from Buncrana and Letterkenny fought running battles with each other.And last year another mother hit out, claiming gangs of thieves targeted children at one disco, stealing cash and mobile phones.There is growing disquiet that such events are becoming the ‘norm’.“I’d rather be on duty when the adults are out in the town than when the 14 and 15 year-olds are out,” admitted on Letterkenny garda.“This is becoming a serious issue for the town.”It is also a serious issue for the staff at Letterkenny General Hospital who are left to deal with the aftermath of drink-fuelled nights out by school children.The mother added: “People will say ‘och sure this has been going on for years’ but I would ask any parent to drive around Letterkenny on the night of an underage disco and ask yourself ‘were we like that?’ and it was never this bad.”DONEGAL MUM WARNS: ‘MY GIRL’S NIGHT FROM HELL AT UNDERAGE DISCO’ was last modified: August 31st, 2013 by John2Share 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:drunkenfights.letterkennyunderage discoslast_img read more