Carty the hero as Marist show class
Ben Carty sent Marist College into the final of the Connacht Schools Senior Cup, scoring 17 points in the semi-final replay in Athlone yesterday to see off Rice College (Westport) 32-12.
Carty's first-half try got the home side off to a great start after 10 minutes of pressure from the first whistle put Rice on the back foot.
Ryan Sheridan ran in for Marist's second try on the half-hour mark, but two minutes later Danny Moran hit back for the Mayo side.
Carty's penalty gave Marist a 17-5 lead at half-time.
Five minutes after the restart he tagged on another penalty; then Conor Seerey got on the end of a backs move to increase Marist's lead to 20 points.
Despite a try from Paddy Glavey in reply for Rice, Marist finished with a flourish as skipper Rob Henshaw cantered over five minutes from time.
Marist College -- C Seery; H Hughes ( C Langdon 56), R Henshaw, R Sheridan, R O'Reilly; B Carty (G Costello 65), R Ashe (R McMickan 65); B Teape (J Gormally 65), S Flanagan (E Kelly 33), S Meunargia; N Carr (M Curley 56), C White; D Lynch, B Cooper (D Lynam 52), K Cooper.
Rice College -- E Geraghty; B McDermott, D Corcoran, A McAleer (L Staunton 16), P Glavey; S Tobin, D Carpenter (B Mullen 24, D McLaughlin 53); T Geraghty, N McCarthy (C Grodin 38), J Dever; E Dunning (K Gill 42), M O'Grady (K Coughlan 68); D Moran (J O'Haire 68), M Brady, S McCormack.
Ref -- T Forkan (CBIFRU)
Ireland have secured two places in show jumping and at least three in eventing for the Olympics, it was confirmed yesterday by the international governing body for equestrian sport, the FEI.
The show jumpers will compete as individuals, but the three eventers will make up a team, and it is possible the eventing squad could be expanded to five as Ireland lie first and third on the eventing waiting list.
Anna Merveldt has ensured that Ireland lie second on the dressage waiting list. Denis Lynch and Billy Twomey earned the show jumping spots, while Camilla Speirs, Mark Kyle and Michael Ryan secured the eventing qualifications.
Jayne Doherty and Capt Geoff Curran lie first and third on the eventing waiting list, but HSI have pointed out places can be allocated to any rider. The deadline for representatives is July 9.
LOUK SORENSEN'S injury jinx came back to haunt him yesterday in the second round of the ITF Futures event in Harlingen, Texas.
After a first-round win over South Korea's Soong-Jae Cho, Sorensen's hopes of a quarter-final place were dashed when he was forced to retire with a shoulder injury in his last-16 clash against the USA's Joshua Zavala.
Ireland's preparations for for the Olympic qualifier turned into a cake-walk last night as they beat hapless Czech Republic 9-0.
Mitch Darling hit four -- the pick of the bunch was a rasper from Timmy Cockram.
Ireland, who begin their Games bid next Saturday against Russia, were thankful to see veteran penalty corner specialist John Jermyn show no ill-effects from his recent back injury as he got on the scoresheet.