Wednesday 26 October 2016

Galway grab a third title

Published 09/08/2015 | 02:30

GAELIC GAMES: Galway eased their way to their third All-Ireland intermediate hurling title after they pulled away to win 0-23 to 0-14 over Cork at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick last night.

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A tight contest seemed likely when the sides went in at 0-9 each, but the Tribesmen pulled away after the restart.

They outscored the Rebels by 0-14 to 0-5 in the second-half to bring the curtain down on a miserable year for Cork, who went into the contest as reigning champions.

Galway, who had to do without Conor Whelan after he was promoted to the senior side for the All-Ireland quarter-final win over Cork, picked off some excellent points with Dan Nevin leading the way.

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Thomas Hickey fired goals each half as Kerry won 2-18 to 0-10 over Mayo in the All-Ireland JFC final at Croke Park.

The Munster men had a six-point lead in 12 minutes, and Hickey shot them 0-8 to 0-1 ahead before smashing home a goal in the 27th minute. Mayo shot four stoppage-time points, three of them from substitute Andrew Farrell, but trailed 1-9 to 0-6 at the break.

Hickey and Alan O'Donoghue continued to torment the Mayo defence, combining for the latter's second strike on 38 minutes, and the westerners had no answer to the pace and power of the Kingdom.

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BOXING: London 2012 Olympian Adam Nolan made it three wins from three for Ireland on day two of the European Elite Championships in Samokov, Bulgaria, yesterday.

The Bray BC leftie earned a majority decision (29-27,28-28,29-27) over Turkish welter Onder Sipal to book his place in the last-16 to fight Russian No 1 seed Radzhab Butaev.

Sipal was docked a point after receiving a public warning for the illegal use of his head against the Irish Elite champion in the second round of the all-southpaw three-rounder.

Former European Elite champion Joe Ward, who says he has no doubt he will win a second gold for Ireland in Samokov, was due to fight against Russian light-heavy Idris Shakhmonov.

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GOLF: Rory McIlroy arrived at Whistling Straits for practice yesterday as he bids to return from injury and defend his PGA Championship title.

The Northern Irishman, out of action since he ruptured a ligament in his left ankle while playing soccer with friends on July 4, does not have to commit to the tournament, which starts on Thursday, until his official tee time for the opening round.

McIlroy has been grouped with Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth and British Open winner Zach Johnson for the first two rounds at Whistling Straits.

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West Waterford's Gary Hurley suffered final-day agony in his quest for the individual European Amateur Championship in Slovakia, finishing second overall and losing out by just one stroke to Italy's Stefano Mazzoli.

Hurley carded a level-par 72 to finish on 18-under par, one shy of Mazzoli, whose 68 gave him the title. The birdies dried up in the final round for Hurley, who had just one, and he was unable find a second to force a play-off

The Island's Gavin Moynihan finished third, a shot behind Hurley, after a closing round of 69 at the Penati Golf Club. Faithlegg's Robin Dawson (69) finished tied sixth on 15-under par with Greystones' Paul Dunne in a tie for 11th after his final round of 68. Jack Hume of Naas was also in the top 20 after a 72 left him on 13-under for the event.

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TENNIS: Ireland's Daniel Glancy yesterday claimed his second doubles title of the year, on the Turkey ITF Men's Futures circuit. The 26-year-old Mayo man teamed up with Russia's Alexander Igoshin for a 6-4 6-3 victory over host country pair Sarp Agabigun and Muhammet Haylaz in the hardcourt tournament.

In the course of their win, top seeds Glancy and Igoshin broke their No 4-seeded opponents three times, while saving two of the three breaks they faced. Additionally, the Castlebar native and Igoshin won a total of 56 points compared to 41 for their rivals.

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ATHLETICS: Mary Cullen made a triumphant return on day one of the GloHealth National Track and Field Championships in Santry with a comprehensive victory in the women's 5,000m in 16:07.40.

The Sligo woman went to the front from the gun in windy conditions to go ahead of Leevale's Michelle Finn (16:43.31) and Ciara Durkan of Skerries (16:54.78).

Mullingar Harriers' Mark Christie won the 10,000m in 29:52.84 ahead of the defending champion Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock) in second.

And Anita White (DSD) impressed in the javelin to win her seventh national title with a best throw of 51.56m.

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Women's football: Caitriona McConnell sparkled for Monaghan in their 4-13 to 1-4 win over Cavan in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC qualifiers at Kingspan Breffni Park.

Early on, it was a close affair. Cavan's Roisín O'Keeffe hit the post and was then fouled for a penalty. While Aisling Doonan's spot-kick was saved by Linda Martin, the full-forward was on hand to convert the rebound.

Points from McConnell drew Monaghan level at 1-2 to 0-5, and then Ellen McCarron goaled after Cavan goalkeeper Jennifer Kane was pressured well, then an unanswered 2-3 put the result beyond doubt.

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EQUESTRIAN: CORK'S Billy Twomey celebrated at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse show after a win in the Accumulator class aboard Joe Flynn's Irish Sport Horse stallion Ardcolum Duke, shading Dutch runner-up Johnny Pals and Urjul van Generhese for the €4,600 first prize.

Tipperary's Trevor Breen was fourth on Sceilig Sport Horses' Georgie D'Auvray Ec.

Conor Swail also broke through with a win on Susan Grange's talented young gelding Simba de la Roque. The Co. Down rider was competing in the The JLT Dublin Stakes jump-off class, and was one of 11 to go clear in the first round.

The Land Rover Puissance attracted the usual enthusiastic crowds, but Irish riders were unable to deliver a third win, with Egypt's Sameh El Dahan taking the €12,400 prize on the fourth jump-off, though riding an Irish Sport Horse, Britt Megahey's gelding Seapatrick Cruise Cavalier.

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