Thursday 23 February 2017

In brief: Knight gives ray of light to Irish hopes

Soccer

Kevin Knight hit a superb 54th-minute winner to get Ireland's hopes of qualifying for the finals of the UEFA U-17 Championships back on course with a 1-0 triumph in Finland.

The Irish, who were beaten 3-0 by hosts Greece in their opening match of the qualifying group, now need to defeat Austria on Wednesday and hope that Greece are denied victory by Finland.

Ireland -- McDermott (Arsenal); Keane (Manchester United), Yadolahi (Burnley), McGinty (Manchester United), McHugh (Reading); Murray (Watford), Sutherland (QPR), Byrne (Leicester), Knight (Leicester ); Purdy (West Ham), Aiden O'Brien (Millwall). Subs: Smith (Southend) for Murray (63), Murphy (Reading) for O'Brien (69), Barker (Belvedere) for Purdy (78).

Hockey

Pembroke Wanderers wrapped up an impressive Leinster double as they clinched the league title yesterday and dumped old rivals Three Rock Rovers out of hockey's elite in the process.

Yesterday's 2-0 defeat means that Rovers will not be in the Irish Hockey League next season as they were pipped for fifth place by YMCA.

Cycling

David McCann sealed an impressive start-to-finish victory in the Tour of Taiwan after finishing 14th in Saturday's final stage.

The 37-year-old Belfast rider became the first man to lead the race the whole way through, having won the opening stage last Sunday.

McCann and his Giant Asia team allowed an 11-man breakaway to go clear as they successfully managed his eight-second advantage in the GC to finish ahead of Philip Gaimon.

Meanwhile, Sean Lacey of the Edge Cycling CC in Cork won the first in a series of five events in the 'Subway Classic League' in Co Donegal.

Tennis

John Morrissey dramatically foiled fellow Irishman Sam Barry's bid to capture his second ITF U-18 boys title in the space of just two weeks, in Malaysia.

In a titanic battle, Dubliner Morrissey and Australia's Ben Wagland, the No 3 seeds, beat Limerick's Barry and New Zealand's Ben McLachlan, the No 4 seeds, 7-5 5-7 10-7.

Cricket

Bangladesh fought hard to establish a promising position on day two of the second Test against England.

Their last two wickets added a rapid 89 runs in the morning session to take them to 419 all out -- the third highest total in their Test history.

They then had the tourists wobbling at 107-3 before makeshift opener Jonathan Trott, with a workmanlike 64no, and Ian Bell (25 no) saw England to 171-3 at the close.

Motorsport

Tim McNulty from Meath and his Sligo co-driver Paul Kiely scored a clear win in the Quality Hotels West Cork Rally in Clonakilty, with their Impreza finishing more than two minutes ahead of nearest rivals Denis Cronin and Helen O'Sullivan in a similar car.

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