MADRID (AP): Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick, but Luis Suarez scored in the second half to give Barcelona a 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in their Spanish league opener yesterday. That gave the defending champions a small gap on archrivals Real Madrid right away, as Rafa Benitez started his stint in charge with a 0-0 draw at promoted side Sporting Gijon. Suarez netted the winner from close range after a left-flank cross by Jordi Alba in the 54th minute at Bilbao’s San Mames Stadium. Messi had a chance to open the scoring in the first half after a disputed foul on Suarez inside the area, but the Argentine playmaker had his low shot from the spot saved by goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz. “We won the game and that’s what’s important,” Suarez said. A disappointing result in the opener would have raised more questions about Barcelona after an unusually difficult start to the season. The club was stunned by Bilbao last week in the Spanish Super Cup final, losing the title 5-1 on aggregate. Bilbao presented the Super Cup trophy to the nearly 50,000 fans that packed the San Mames yesterday, but the team could not keep their momentum going against the Spanish powerhouse. Barcelona played just well enough to earn the victory and had most of the significant scoring opportunities. Sergi Roberto hit the crossbar with a right-footed shot in the 60th, and Messi made one of his traditional runs past several defenders near the end of the game, but his shot came out weak for an easy save by Iraizoz. Messi’s best chance was the 32nd-minute penalty kick, when his left-footed shot was deflected wide as Iraizoz dived to his right to tip the ball away. Luis Enrique’s team began their season with a depleted squad because of injuries and suspensions and it only got worse yesterday when right back Dani Alves had to be substituted in the first half and Sergio Busquets in the second because of apparent injuries. Star striker Neymar was recovering from the mumps and fellow Brazilian Adriano was injured, while Gerard Pique and Jeremy Mathieu were suspended. “It’s a difficult situation. They are very important players for our team,” Suarez said. “But we have a lot of quality players to replace them if needed.” Atletico Madrid began with a lacklustre 1-0 win over newcomers Las Palmas at their Vicente Calderon Stadium on Saturday, thanks to a 16th-minute free kick goal by Antoine Griezmann, while midfielder Salva Sevilla scored early in the first half to give Espanyol a 1-0 win over 10-man Getafe. The league struggled to produce goals on its first two days, with scoreless draws between Valencia-Rayo Vallecano, Real Sociedad-Deportivo La Coruna and Sevilla-Malaga.
The award winning Waterfront Hotel in Dungloe held its biggest ever event to date on Saturday 9th September when they hosted a Charity Cabaret and Dinner Dance for the Arranmore RNLI.The hugely successful 400 capacity gala ball was a fundraising event with proceeds being donated to the Arranmore Island RNLI.The event was organised by Pat Boyle of PJ Boyle Construction with the aim of making it an annual event. The ultimate goal is to get a smaller inshore boat to service the inner bays such as Dungloe, Keadue and Kincasslagh as well as to compliment the outstanding work of the all-weather boat. Pat said, “Arranmore is very close to my heart, as it is the ancestral home of my forefathers and obviously the RNLI provide an essential service to the Island. I am personally overwhelmed by the generosity and the support that people showed tonight.“We had a very, very successful auction with some wonderful holidays, artwork and memorabilia being bidded for. Of course none of this would have been possible without our fantastic sponsors. I would like to thank them all from the bottom of my heart.”Prizes at the fundraising auctionPat also praised Joseph McColgan and all the team at the Waterfront Hotel for the elegant ball and amazing food. A special mention was given to executive chef Bengi Conmy who recently won the Donegal Chowder Cook Off at the recent hooked festival in Killybegs.Music on the night was provided by The Cufflinks and Mad Dog Mcrea while legendary comedian Brendan Grace brought the house down with his usual hilarious performance. Donations to the RNLI are still welcome and can be arranged by contacting Martina Rafferty at the Waterfront Hotel, Dungloe on (074) 95 22444. A huge thank you to all our guests and everyone who supported this event.Charity Cabaret at the Waterfront Hotel is an all-out success was last modified: September 12th, 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)