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Gelston leads GMIT fightback

Published 04/02/2012 | 05:00

GMIT reached the final of the Kehoe Cup after a thrilling 2-21 to 2-15 extra-time victory over Trinity College in Fontenoy last night.

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Niall Mannion's sixth-minute goal got the Galway students off to a great start, but Colm Gleeson and Mark O'Sullivan hit back with three-pointers of their own as Trinity took control.

Aidan Lynch fired home as GMIT held on to trail 2-10 to 2-7 at half-time, with Colm Coughlan's five frees giving Trinity the edge at the break.

However, Jimmy Gelston hit seven points from dead balls in the second half as GMIT surged back into the tie and sent the match into extra-time after it finished 2-15 each.

GMIT will now meet the winners of tomorrow's clash between St Pat's, Drumcondra and Meath in next weekend's decider.

Scorers -- GMIT: J Gelston 0-12 (11f, 1 '65'), A Lynch 1-2, M Mannion 1-1, K Feeney 0-2, K Greene, C O'Brien, C O'Donnell, W McNamara 0-1 each. Trinity College: C Coughlan 0-9f, C Gleeson, M O'Sullivan 1-0 each, E O'Gorman, C Donegan 0-2 each, B O'Rourke, P Ryan 0-1 each.

GMIT -- J Keane; G O'Halloran, D Maher, C Forde; D McGreal, G Mahon, B Mulrooney; J Hanrahan, J Gelston; K Greene, A Lynch, K Waters; N Mannion, C O'Brien, C O'Donnell. Subs: W McNamara for Hanrahan (h-t), J Liddy for Greene (45), F O'Grady for McGreal (48), S Kinsella for O'Donnell (55), K Feeney for Kinsella (85).

Trinity College -- M Doyle; M Harte, M Phelan, O Daly; P Breen, A Quilligan, J Kennedy; C Coughlan, A Hurley; B O'Rourke, K Fitzgerald, C Gleeson; C Donegan, E O'Gorman, M O'Sullivan. Subs: P Ryan for Harte (22), C Prendergast for Gleeson (80).

Cricket

England were relieved to emerge from a "nerve-wracking" first day of the final Test with the edge over Pakistan.

The tourists must win in Dubai to be sure of retaining their world No 1 status by the time they start their next series in Sri Lanka.

In a match which has already witnessed a welter of 16 wickets, they can claim to be slightly, but not yet significantly, on top.

Stuart Broad (4-36) and James Anderson (3-35) blew away Pakistan's top order, and by lunch England looked in total control.

But their opponents recovered from 44-7 to a still paltry 99 all out, and then reduced England to 104-6, with Dubliner Eoin Morgan failing again, lbw to Abdur Rehmann for just 10. Skipper Andrew Strauss was still there on 41 at the close.

Motorsport

Four former Irish Tarmac Rally Champions will take to the roads of Galway this weekend to contest the first major event of the 2012 motorsport calendar, the Safety Direct Galway International Rally.

The event, which takes place over a day, has a record entry of over 150 cars.

Tim McNulty, Gareth McHale, Derek McGarrity and Eugene Donnelly will all be on the starting line tomorrow for the first round of the Irish Tarmac Championship.

McNulty made history in 2011 by becoming the first Irish driver to win both the Irish Rally Championship and the Tarmac Rally Championship in the same year.

McHale, who was the Irish Tarmac Champion in 2010, is returning after taking a year out from rallying last year because of work commitments.

The rally will begin with a spectator stage in Galway City at the Dyke Road at 9.30 tomorrow morning, with the finish at Ayre Square at 5.0 in the evening.

Irish Independent

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