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Thursday 28 August 2014

Drogheda United line up move for Glebe boss Liam Kelly

Published 18/06/2014 | 02:30

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Liam Kelly is the favourite to take over as manager of Drogheda United. Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Liam Kelly is the favourite to take over as manager of Drogheda United. Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Soccer: Drogheda United have drawn up a short-list of four to fill the club's managerial vacancy following their dismissal of Robbie Horgan.

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Favourite for the position is Liam Kelly – the former St Patrick's Athletic and Shelbourne striker – who has managed Leinster Senior League club Glebe North for the last eight years.

The fact Kelly does not yet hold a Pro License is a problem, although not an insurmountable one, given that the FAI would allow Drogheda 60 days to enrol him on a course.

Former St Pat's, UCD and Bohemians manager Pete Mahon is also in the running while the manager before Horgan, Mick Cooke, remains popular in certain quarters with the club.

John Gill, the assistant manager at Shamrock Rovers, completes the list.

Elsewhere, former Cork City Longford striker David Mooney is being targeted by Reading and Ipswich. Mooney scored 21 goals for Leyton Orient last season.

CRICKET

JOHN ANDERSON and Andrew Poynter scored half-centuries at College Park as Leinster Lightning made 289-9 declared on the first day of their NewsTalk FM InterPro Championship clash with the Northern Knights.

Merrion skipper Anderson battled to a top score of 60 from 150 balls while Clontarf right-hander Poynter was far more fluent, striking eight boundaries in his 54 from only 74 balls.

Lightning skipper John Mooney rattled up 36 before fellow Ireland internationals Max Sorensen and Albert van der Merwe shared an unbeaten last-wicket partnership of 48.

Spinner James Cameron-Dow and former Malahide all-rounder Shane Getkate took three wickets apiece for the Belfast-based visitors.

ATHLETICS

PAUL Robinson came close to breaking the Irish 1,000m record when he was 10th at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava last night.

Robinson's personal best of 2:17.93 was still the third fastest ever by an Irishman behind record-holder David Matthews (2:17.58) and Enda Fitzpatrick (2:17.87).

Ethiopa's Genzebe Dibaba made a bid to break Sonia O'Sullivan's 20-year-old world 2000m record (5:25.36) at the same meeting but came up over two seconds short in 5:27.52.

GOLF

In benign conditions at Enniscrone Golf Club, Mary Doyle from The Heath showed sparkling form on the front nine before beating Holywood's Jessica Carty on the 17th hole to win the final of the Irish Women's Close Championship.

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