Tuesday 23 May 2017

In brief: Mixed Colours luck for UCD

Soccer

UCD retained the David Faiers Cup after a 2-2 draw with Dublin University at College Park yesterday, but it was not all good news for the Blues, with Ciaran Lawlor's last-minute goal denying them a place in the play-offs of the Colleges and University Premier League.

Trinity took the lead through Graham Conway on 22 minutes, against the run of play, but Mark Langtry soon equalised after a lovely solo run. And then, just on the stroke of half-time, Trinity defender Shane Massey turned the ball past his own 'keeper from Frank Wilson's cross.

UCD almost closed out the game shortly after the restart when Robbie Creavy's superb bicycle kick was brilliantly turned away by Niall O'Carroll.

And it was to prove a crucial intervention, with Trinity snatching a draw at the very death when Lawlor bundled the ball over the line.



  • IRELAND'S U-17 women's soccer team has been chosen to receive the Texaco Young Sportstars of the Year award at next week's ceremony in Dublin.

Rugby

The Connacht schools senior league final saw Colaiste Iognaid and Calasanctius College share a 5-5 draw at the Sportsground yesterday, with Drew Wilkinson crossing for Colaiste Iognaid's levelling try five minutes from the end of a cracking contest.

In dreadful wind and rain the game was scoreless until 20 minutes into the second-half, when Oranmore's Calasanctius College hit the front when Paul Hackett charged off the base of the scrum to touch down.

However, hooker Wilkinson grabbed the late equaliser for the Galway city school.

Tennis

Roger Federer produced his 'A game' yesterday, while Andy Murray had to switch to 'Plan B' on the super-fast indoor court to reach the third round of the Paris Masters.

Federer overwhelmed Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-4, but Murray had to come from behind, adopting serve-volley tactics to beat David Nalbandian 2-6 6-4 6-3.

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