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In brief: Hockey: Moffett hat-trick seals 'Bridge glory

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Published 23/10/2010 | 05:00

Josh Moffett's classy hat-trick led Banbridge Academy to the All-Ireland Schoolboys' championship title yesterday in Ballinteer, bringing the Tasmanian Shield back to Co Down for the first time since 2006.

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The Irish U-18 international's side were good value for the 4-2 win over St Andrew's, though they had to endure a nervy closing 10 minutes before Moffett sealed the tie two minutes from time. Ciaran Kelly notched Banbridge's second, while David Watkins scored both goals for the Dubliners.

Earlier, both sides had advanced to the final in dramatic fashion, prevailing on penalty strokes. Banbridge deposed reigning champions Wesley on the seventh round of penalties after Ben Cosgrove levelled their match with five minutes to go of normal time.

For Andrew's, David Cole's hat-trick was cancelled out by Midleton's Nick Burns triple. Two Jakim Bernsden saves in the shoot-out saw the Booterstown school through 4-3.

Motorsport

Newly crowned world champion Sebastien Loeb holds a 3.8-second lead at the end of the opening day of the Rally of Spain yesterday following an afternoon fightback from Citroen team-mate Sebastien Ogier.

Loeb did not find too much loose gravel to hinder him on the morning loop and won two of the first three tests to open up an 11.9-second lead over Ogier.

The younger Frenchman responded in impressive fashion to trim that gap to just 2.1 seconds ahead of the day's sixth and final stage, which Loeb won to eke his lead back out by a fraction.

Tennis

JAMES McGEE'S hopes of qualifying for his first tournament semi-final since the Irish Open last July were yesterday dashed by a cruel injury blow.

After only three games into his quarter-final clash with Italy's No 2 seed Claudio Grassi in the ITF Futures event in Paros, Greece, the sixth-seeded Dubliner was forced to retire due to a shoulder injury.

Racing

Gary Carroll closed the gap on Ben Curtis at the top of the apprentice title race to just a single winner by guiding Invincible Ash (13/2) to victory in the Mercury Stakes at Dundalk.

The five-year-old was recording his third course victory and his fourth success of the campaign as he got the better of David Barron's British raider Hitchens by three-quarters of a length.

Kevin Prendergast's Alsalwa made it third time lucky at the all-weather track by landing the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Race.

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