Arsenal 0 – 2 Manchester City

first_imgManchester City clinched an eventful win at Arsenal to keep up the pressure on leaders Manchester United.The Gunners had Laurent Koscielny sent off after 10 minutes for hauling down Edin Dzeko in the box, but Dzeko saw the resulting penalty saved.City poured forward and James Milner put them ahead with an angled finish.Dzeko made it 2-0 from close range but Arsenal dug in after half-time and Vincent Kompany’s late red card meant both sides finished with 10 men.Kompany will feel the decision, for what referee Mike Dean adjudged to be a reckless tackle on Jack Wilshere, was harsh but it gave the Gunners hope in the last 15 minutes.Even then, the home side struggled to create chances, and their first serious shot on target came in the 90th minute when Theo Walcott beat Joe Hart but saw Joleon Lescott clear off the line. City’s win did not end up being as resounding as it had threatened to be, but it was still a crucial result in the title race.Manchester United’s victory over Liverpool earlier on Sunday had increased their advantage at the top of the table to 10 points, piling the pressure on City to respond with a positive result.The defending champions’ appalling record at Arsenal – they had not beaten the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium or Highbury in the league for more than 37 years – did not offer Roberto Mancini’s men much encouragement of managing that before kick-off.But Koscielny’s 10th-minute sending off, after he had wrestled Dzeko to the ground inside the area by wrapping two arms around the Bosnian striker to prevent him running on to a Gareth Barry header, handed City the perfect platform to change that awful statistic, and keep their neighbours in sight. Dzeko made a hash of the resulting penalty, firing it straight at Wojciech Szczesny’s legs and seeing the Gunners keeper grab the ball after it rolled back towards him along the goalline. It did not take City long to make their extra man count, however. Arsenal switched off at a free-kick, which Barry took quickly, and Carlos Tevez slid Milner clear to beat Szczesny with a powerful angled finish.More chances followed, with Javi Garcia heading the best of them wide. Arsenal could do little but try to halt the relentless pressure, but they conceded a second goal after 32 minutes.Again, more could have been done more to prevent it. Milner fired in a dangerous cross after Pablo Zabaleta got the better of Kieran Gibbs down the right and, although Szczesny kept out Tevez’s initial effort, Dzeko was on hand to tap home the rebound.Only a Wilshere header off the line stopped Garcia heading home a third before half-time and, at the interval, City might have been thinking of how they could give their goal-difference a boost.Instead, Arsenal showed commendable spirit to stop the flood of City attacks, even if they rarely threatened at the other end. Szczesny did well to dive at the feet of Tevez when he ran clear but, aside from an Olivier Giroud header that flew over Hart’s bar, that was the most meaningful incident of any kind until Kompany saw red.City’s captain got the ball when he slid in on Wilshere and protested his innocence to referee Dean, but the official made it clear he felt it was a dangerous challenge.With parity restored in terms of men on the field, the home fans tried to roar their side forward.But the closest Arsenal came to a reply was when substitute Lescott denied Walcott, leaving Arsene Wenger’s men six points adrift of a top-four spot, albeit with a game in hand on fourth-placed Tottenham.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: ” “It was frustrating [to go down to 10 men] but we got away with it [with the penalty miss]. “We were down to 10 men with 80 minutes to go and knew it would be a difficult game. “We gave away two cheap goals, at 10 men you keep it 0-0 and you never know.“But we were too timid and did not have enough authority on the game. We let them dictate the game to us and when we went 1-0 down it was difficult.”Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini: “If you play with 10 players it is very difficult [like Arsenal had to do for most of the game].“But, we started with a good attitude and pressed high as we wanted to win the game, it was easier after the sending off. Second half we were too soft and I thought the game could re-open.“It was an important victory. We knew it was difficult to play here [at Emirates Stadium].”last_img read more

The Mayday Foundation Adds Scholarship for Thurston County Kids Impacted by…

first_imgFacebook84Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Mayday FoundationWhen The Mayday Foundation was approached to partner with Providence Regional Cancer System and Capital Bicycling Club to host a bike ride, Amy Rowley, the non-profit organization’s founder and executive director, quickly said yes.The Two-County Double Metric Century ride starts and ends at Providence Regional Cancer System in Lacey. The route is suitable for serious cyclists and casual athletes. Dr. Barbara Lazio (right), a Providence neurosurgeon, is a key member of the ride’s planning committee. Photo courtesy: The Mayday Foundation“It was a natural collaboration,” said Rowley.  “Providence is a strong force in helping local families cope with a cancer diagnosis and it’s a pleasure to work together with Capital Bicycling Club and Providence to raise funds for our neighbors.”The June 23, 2019 Two-County Double Metric Century ride, which starts and ends at Providence Regional Cancer System in Lacey, now includes a fundraising component. Each rider is asked to donate a minimum of $25, earmarked for The Sigrid Hardy Memorial Scholarship fund, managed by The Mayday Foundation.“When we lost our friend, Sigrid Hardy, last year to cancer it felt like a punch in the gut to me,” said bike ride planning committee member and Providence neurosurgeon, Dr. Barbara Lazio. “Sigrid was so hilarious, irreverent, and full of life. It was way too soon. Her kids were in school with mine since we moved to Olympia in 2010. The whole time I knew Sigrid, she was being treated for a rare cancer.”Dr. Lazio proposed the fundraising component and scholarship direction to The Mayday Foundation. “Our Two-County Double Metric Century ride was looking to fund something for local cancer patients and families. By working with The Mayday Foundation, we are so excited to start this scholarship for students whose families are affected by cancer, like the Hardy family. Sigrid Hardy was the obvious person to memorialize with this scholarship,” said Dr. Lazio.Applicants are asked to write a short essay describing how cancer has impacted their family.  “We’re open to families when a parent, sibling or applicant has or has had cancer,” said Rowley.  “Our goal is to not perpetuate the financial hardships of a cancer diagnosis into the next generation. Our hope is to reduce some of the burden of paying for college.”Originally, the groups intended to collect funds during the June 23, 2019 ride and distribute scholarships in 2020.  However, the timeline was moved forward after generous donations from the community. “After two large donations, we hustled to pull together the scholarship form and get it distributed to Thurston County high schools. We decided it was more important to get these funds into the hands of kids impacted by cancer rather than holding dollars in our bank account,” said Rowley when discussing the shift to move up the timeline and give out scholarships in 2019.Dr. Barbara Lazio (left) and her daughter show off their jerseys before the 2018 Two-County Double Metric Century ride. The family was riding in honor of Sigrid Hardy. Photo courtesy: The Mayday FoundationAll Thurston County graduates, impacted by cancer and planning to enroll in an accredited college, university or trade school, are eligible to apply. “We quickly received a couple of applications from kids whose parents have tragically died from cancer,” said Rowley, noting the application process is open until May 20, 2019. The Mayday Foundation scholarship review committee will make a decision in early June and award as many scholarships as possible.“I am grateful that people are so generous and that generosity has Sigrid’s name attached to it.  We’re just a middle class family trying to get by every day,” said her husband of 35 years, Derek Hardy. “Cancer throws a cloud over a family and this scholarship will throw some sunlight back into their lives.”When cyclists register for the June 23 Two-County Double Metric Century ride, they can read Sigrid Hardy’s story. The route includes a variety of lengths and is ideal for both the serious cyclist and the casual outdoor athlete. To register for the ride, click here.Dr. Lazio said in conclusion, “Please consider riding, volunteering or donating directly to the scholarship.”To learn more about The Mayday Foundation’s mission of helping families pay for household expenses while coping with a cancer diagnosis, visit read more