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GIANTS TAKE CONTROL OF FINAL

The Belfast Giants will take a 5-2 lead into the second leg of the Challenge Cup final after a 5-2 win over the Nottingham Panthers on Friday night.

In front of a packed Odyssey Arena home crowd, it was the Giants who stamped their mark on the game in the first period.  Two special team goals were finished off by Craig Peacock at 7:14 and 19.11.

An action-packed second period started much like the first, with the hosts extending their advantage with Jeffrey Swzez on target at 22:43. However, the visitors responded less than a minute later with Robert Farmer scoring at 23:53.

A quick response from the Giants just seconds later saw Colin Shields extend the lead at 24:07. The hosts then made it 5-1 at 28.25 with a goal from Darryl Lloyd.

The final goal of the contest arrived straight from the face off as the Panthers got what looks like a consolation as Jonathan Weaver was on target at 28:31.

The final period ended goalless with neither side able to add to their tally. Tempers flared in the late stages of the game but the gloves remained on. Greg Jacina of the Panthers however received a 2 plus 10 penalty at 59:06 for checking to the head as frustration set in for the visitors.

Nottingham, who have won the Challenge Cup for the past four seasons will have it all to do in the return leg after an unconvincing display against the Elite League Champions.

The Giants, meanwhile can firmly start believing of a clean sweep of trophies this season. Having already clinched the league title by some margin, they now aim to complete a Challenge Cup triumph before embarking on an end-of-season play-off challenge.

Giants fans can dare to dream of adding to what has been a sensational season for their side. Young fan, Andy McNally said, “It was a brilliant game. A fantastic display both attacking and defensively”. He added, “They have set themselves up well to go on and win the trophy with a three-goal advantage.”

The second leg takes place in Nottingham on Tuesday 25th March, with face-off at 7.30pm.

 

Review- Give My Head Peace Live!

Local politicians beware! The Hole in the Wall Gang are back with their annual ‘Give My Head Peace Live’ tour for 2014.

After another sell-out show in 2013, the gang hope for greater success this year with 11 live shows all over the country, from Belfast to Banbridge and this year it’s as funnier as ever before.

The show is led by Ulster’s most dysfunctional family and a genius performance by the province’s famous clergyman, Pastor Begbie, played by the great Paddy Jenkins.

All of your favourite characters return with the show featuring Da (Tim McGarry), Ma (Olivia Nash), Dympna (Alexandra Ford) and Cal (Damon Quinn).

The storyline includes all the latest satire with flegs, Haas, Garth Brooks, On-the-Runs and Paisley all featured.

Billy the Peeler (Michael McDowell) pretends to be deaf hoping for a big claim, Uncle Andy (Martin Reid) and Pastor Begbie plan to stand in May’s local elections and Da applies for the job of the new Chief Constable.

As well as with top-class stand-up comedy from Tim McGarry, laughter is simply guaranteed.

Give My Head Peace guarantees a laugh out loud night out which piles great humour on our politicians and on ‘our wee country’. GMHP Live is coming to a theatre near you…

Give My Head Peace Live 2014- Tour Schedule

Thurs 6 March: Island Hall, Lisburn

Fri 7 March & Sat 8 March: The Burnavon, Cookstown

Wed 12 March & Thurs 13 March: Riverside Theatre, Coleraine

Sat 15 March: Strule Arts Centre, Omagh

Sun 16 March: Market Place, Armagh

Mon 17 March: The Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen

Tues 18 March: Market Place, Armagh

Wed 19 March: The Braid, Ballymena

Fri 21 March: Iveagh Movie Studios Theatre, Banbridge

Sat 22 March: Millennium Forum, Derry

Tues 25 March – Sun 30 March: Grand Opera House, Belfast