Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday 13th April 2014…Day 8 !!

Best sleep yet..till 7am and on the road a few minutes later listening to a live soccer game from England BUT not just any game…

So the Pearson Boys battle each other again!!!!

My lovely older Brother Malc, is a fanatical fan of his local soccer team Hull Tigers who play in the top division of English soccer and yours truly is the same but of a different team the Sheffield Untied Blades team who play in the third division….well as fate would have it these two teams were playing today in London in the semi final of the FA league cup…like a Stanley cup of soccer…..So as my nephew Andy went to London to watch the game live my brother and his family gathered around and watched it on TV and I listened to the game driving north through California and Oregon(small world)… sounded like a cracking game and give credit to the Hull tigers for their victory and now I shall be able to watch the final as I shall be in England for that game. 

By Gary Rose BBC Sport at Wembley

Hull City reached the FA Cup final for the first time in their history after they staged a second-half fightback to defeat a spirited Sheffield United in a pulsating semi-final.

The Blades took the lead when Jose Baxter stabbed in, and although Hull levelled through Yannick Sagbo's close-range finish, Stefan Scougall smashed in to restore Nigel Clough's side's lead.

Hull turned the game around early in the second half when substitute Matt Fryatt swept in and Tom Huddlestone scored a classy solo effort before Stephen Quinn headed home.

Jamie Murphy's late strike set up a tense finale but David Meyler sealed the win with a composed finish in injury time.

The result means Hull will return to Wembley on 17 May to play Arsenal in the final.

For 45 minutes, Steve Bruce's side had looked as though they were on course to suffer a shock as the League One Blades twice seized the lead.

But ultimately Bruce's tactical nous paid dividends, with his second-half substitutions transforming the game.

Semi-final facts

• Hull City had only once previously reached the FA Cup semi-final, where they lost after a replay to Arsenal in 1930.

• Sheffield United have lost their last five FA Cup semi-finals (against Leicester in 1961, Sheffield Wednesday 1993, Newcastle United 1998, Arsenal 2003 and now Hull)

• Sheffield United became the ninth club from outside the top two divisions to reach the last four - none has reached the final.

The defeat denied Clough the chance to at least replicate the achievement of his father Brian, who had guided Nottingham Forest to the 1991 FA Cup final, where they were beaten by Tottenham.

But he will undoubtedly be proud of his players' efforts as they showed they were not overawed by Premier League opposition.

United took the game to their opponents from the outset as they hassled and harried the Hull defence, looking for a moment to catch out their higher-division opposition.

That arrived midway through the first half when the ball found its way to John Brayford on the right and the defender crossed low towards the near post where Baxter stuck out a boot to poke the ball beyond Steve Harper and send the Blades' fans wild.

Without cup-tied strike duo Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long, Hull looked toothless in attack and United had little trouble dealing with long balls aimed at Sagbo.

But when the Premier League side finally tried to attack with the ball on the ground, it resulted in an equaliser.

Jake Livermore threaded a fine ball through the defence to give Sagbo time and space to smash a shot into the roof of the net.

For a few moments, it seemed that strike would signal the beginning of the end of United's FA Cup dream but they showed superb spirit to respond immediately, this time Murphy crossing low for Scougall, arriving late into the box, to make no mistake with a ferocious finish.

David Meyler's injury-time goal seals Hull City's place in the FA Cup final.

David Meyler's injury-time goal seals Hull City's place in the FA Cup final

Bruce responded to his side's poor first-half display by bringing on Fryatt and Sone Aluko for George Boyd and Maynor Figueroa and the changes had an immediate effect as Hull quickly scored twice to stage a remarkable turn-around.

First, James Chester poked the ball to Fryatt inside the area following a corner and the United defenders could not react quickly enough to prevent the striker from sweeping in from four yards.

Bruce, conscious of the fact his side had switched off immediately after their first goal, urged his players to push on straight from the restart and within a matter of minutes Hull took the lead.



Hull revel in 'fantastic' FA Cup win

This time, Huddlestone raced into the area after playing a one-two with Meyler before clipping the ball confidently beyond the reach of Mark Howard.

By now Hull were firmly in control as Huddlestone's fierce's low drive forced Blades keeper Mark Howard to gather at the second attempt before Meyler headed wide.

Bruce made his third and final change midway through the half and once again it paid dividends as Quinn headed in from Livermore's ball just minutes after coming on against his former club.

That looked to have knocked the fight out of the Blades but there was still time for late drama as Murphy pounced on a loose ball to volley in.

That briefly gave Clough's side hope but moments later Meyler finally ended their giant-killing run when he raced on to Ahmed Elmohamady's through-ball to finish.



So the drive was entertaining and a bit foggy to begin with



Later on I saw up ahead of me two deer crossing the road and I slowed down to try to get a photo of them at the side of the road but I was not quick enough and then as I started to accelerate away another deer came late running across the road and this is what I was able to catch!!!


The drive was lovely and after a couple of hours I stopped and did a small hike to a small waterfall.






I soon caught my first glimpse of the ocean


and then it seemed like every ten minutes was a photo opportunity as I entered



Great zoom on this camera!!





By 3pm I was pulling into


where I had a reservation at an airbnb place..the house was lovely and so was my hostess who showed me the house and my room




I can hear the roar of the ocean from my room and quickly after settling in I was on the path that in two minutes took me here..sit back and the enjoy the beach walk…no charge for this tour after the poor relies I got from my Yosemite tours!!!




There is something in my soul that just excites me about the ocean and walking the beach!!!



This is a famous rock!!!


Can you guess what it is called!!!






I collected these… I think  they are called agates…



I went into town for supper and then drove back on the scenic route




Came home and had a luxurious long hot bath and then had tea with my charming hostess and now 10.30pm where does the day go.

This was my route for today


Tomorrow will be a drive all way north along the coast so imagine lots of stopping and starting and I have a motel room booked in a place called Seaside and yes it is besides the sea!!!

Yashi Kochi!!

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