What a difference a few weeks make!Finn Harps were struggling to even get one positive result not so long ago.But tonight they convincingly beat league leaders Longford Town and climbed to fourth place in the league. The Ballybofey side were full value for their 3-1 win and are now just four points off the pacemakers.Longford took the lead after just fourteen minutes through Alan Kirby at what was a poorly-attended game at Flancare Park.But Harps buckled down but got no reward before the break.Longford lost their keeper Craig Hyland after he took down Paul Tracey on the edge of the area. From the resulting move, Tracey curled home the free kick to make it 1-1.Kirby continued to threaten for Longford but Harps kept their cool at the back.They were rewarded again in the 79th minutes when McBride nipped in to make it 2-1.Not even he yellow card for taking off his shirt to celebrate could ruin McBride’s night.It looked like it was going to stay that way until the final whistle but there was time for Harps to put even more gloss on the scoreline. Blain Curtis keeps his strength and composure as he beats Noel Haverty in a one on one to make it 3-1.Who said the league is over yet?Cmon the Harps!HARPS BEAT LEAGUE LEADERS TO PUT THEMSELVES IN FOURTH PLACE was last modified: April 15th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:finn harpsLongford Town
Experimental study on the effect of diet on fatty acid and stable isotope profiles of the squid Lolliguncula brevis
Fatty acid and stable isotope analyses have previously been used to investigate foraging patterns of fish, birds, marine mammals and most recently cephalopod species. To evaluate the application of these methods for dietary studies in squid, it is important to understand the degree to which fatty acid and stable isotope signatures of prey species are reflected in the squids’ tissue. Four groups of Lolliguncula brevis were fed on prey species with distinctly different fatty acid and stable isotope profiles over 30 consecutive days. One group of squid were fed fish for fifteen days, followed by crustaceans for a further fifteen days. A second and third group were fed exclusively on fish or crustaceans for thirty days. And a fourth group was fed on a mixture of fish and crustaceans for thirty days. Analysis of squid tissue showed that, after 10 days of feeding, fatty acid profiles of squid tended to reflect those of their prey. Squid that fed on a single prey type, i.e. fish or crustacean, showed only minor modifications in fatty acid proportions after the initial change and fatty acid profiles were clearly distinguishable between the two feeding groups. Shifts in fatty acid proportions towards respective prey profiles could clearly be observed in squid the diet of which was swapped after 15 days. Clear differences could also be seen in fatty acid profiles of squid feeding on a mixed diet with trends towards either fish or crustacean fatty acid signatures. Stable isotope signatures of squid tissues clearly distinguished between animals feeding on different diets and supported findings from fatty acid analysis, thus indicating both methods to be viable tools in feeding studies on squid species.