Saturday 21 October 2017

Impressive Harty gets ball rolling

Emma Kernohan, Ireland, in action against Megan Lewis Williams, Wales
Emma Kernohan, Ireland, in action against Megan Lewis Williams, Wales

JAMIE HARTY produced a top-drawer performance to get Ireland off to a winning start at the European Schoolboy Championships in Dublin.

The Limerick light-flyweight, whose twin brother Jason will be in action today, scored an unanimous decision over Miroslav Gorol to march into the last eight at the Citywest Hotel yesterday.

Meanwhile, Scotland's Ryan Ball and Callum Stuart lost to Russia's Evegeni Chaplygin and Oleksandr Kravets of the Ukraine.

"We're delighted that Jamie got us off to a winning start," said Irish team manager Paddy Gallagher. "It was a good performance from Jamie against a strong opponent."

Ireland, who have won 50 medals at this level since the inaugural championships in 2003, will be back in action today.

Ireland gave Wales a second-half pummelling as the home team made a bright start to the European U-18 girls' championships in Belfield.

All five goals came in the second half, with Emma Duncan netting twice and Ashling Cronin, Sarah Hawkshaw and Jess McGirr scoring one apiece.

Millie O'Donnell acted as playmaker with the Welsh unable to summon a reply. Sterner challenges await Ireland, who meet a formidable Dutch outfit today at 5.0.

IRELAND's women must beat Netherlands tomorrow in the World Twenty20 third-placed play-off if they are to reach the World Cup following defeat to Pakistan in Dublin.

Kim Grant's 38 not out was the only bright spot as they were bowled out for just 65 yesterday. Pakistan reached the target with nine wickets in hand in the 13th over for a comfortable victory which sends them into the final against Sri Lanka.

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