In brief: Irish relay team added for Worlds
Ireland have extended their team for the upcoming World Indoor Championships to 15 by including a men's 4 x 400m relay team writes Cliona Foley.
Athletics Association of Ireland (AAI) are satisfied that the relay team will be competitive after setting an individual qualifying standard of 48.5 seconds for the championships and Irish team manager Patsy McGonagle clarified yesterday that none of Ireland's top stars -- David Gillick, Brian Gregan and David McCarthy -- will be involved in it while they are still involved in their individual competitions in Doha on March 12-14.
That explains why AAI has included four other 400m runners -- Nick Hogan (DSD), Brian Murphy (UCC), Billy Ryan (Ferrybank) and Tim Crowe (Dooneen) -- in the team which will be led by Gillick and Derval O'Rourke and also includes high-jumper Deirdre Ryan on foot of her 1.90m jump last weekend.
St Peter's Dunboyne progressed to the Leinster VS JFC final courtesy of three injury-time points, seeing off a battling Maynooth 1-13 to 1-10 at Batterstown yesterday.
A pointed free from Chris Canning on the stroke of half-time kept Maynooth in the game, as Dunboyne led 0-6 to 0-4 at the break. The game sparked into life two minutes into the second half when Niall Carolan smashed to the net for Dunboyne.
Maynooth hit back though and when top scorer Canning scored a goal and a point after 10 minutes of the half, Maynooth took the lead. However late points from Eric Launs and Dara Lenihan, with two, ensured Dunboyne's place in the final.
Scorers -- Dunboyne: R Dunne 0-6 (0-2f), D Lenihan 0-3 (0-2f), N Carolan 1-0, C Doran, E Launs, C O'Hara, S McEntee 0-1 each. Maynooth: C Canning 1-4 (0-3f), S O'Connor 0-3 (0-2f), J Durkan 0-2, C Davin 0-1.
ST PETER'S DUNBOYNE -- L Hart; G Harper, P Gallagher, L Keane; B Carolan, J Goff, S Brown; C Doran, E Launs; C O'Hara, S McEntee, N Carolan; R Dunne, D Lenihan, R Davis.
MAYNOOTH PP -- K Campbell; P Murray, C Broderick, S Bean; H Faherty, C O'Donoghue, C Forde; J Durkan, C Davin; P Murphy, N Delaney, B Agunsoye; C Canning, S Fagan, S O'Connor.
St Mary's reached the Umbro FAI All-Ireland senior schools final with a 2-0 win over 10-man Colaiste Muire of Cobh at Shannon Hibs' new grounds yesterday.
Striker Tony Ward gave the Galway boys the lead just before half-time when he turned in the rebound after keeper had Alan Burns dived to save a Shane Maughan shot.
Cobh went close to an equaliser on 61 minutes when Galway keeper Ronan Blake lost sight of the ball in the sunshine but Shane Greasley was unable to take advantage.
Four minutes later, though, Cobh full-back Dave Devlin received a straight red for violent conduct.
St Mary's doubled their lead when full-back Shane Gallagher took a return pass from Shane Keogh and cut inside before belting a right-footed drive into the net.
St Mary's, Galway -- Blake; Gallagher, Cassserly, Walsh, O'Curraoin; Keogh, Lumsoto, McEntee (capt), O'Beacca; Ward, Maughan.
Col Muire, Cobh -- Burns; Devlin, Fitzgerald, O'Sullivan, O'Hanlon; Spriggs (O'Donovan , 80), Geasley (capt), Donnachie, Nolan; O'Riordan (Van Wijnen, 40), O'Flynn.