Sunday 23 July 2017

In brief: Sorensen scales heights in Giro

Cycling

CYCLING MOTORSPORT SOCCER

Dane Chris Anker Sorensen battled to the top of a mountain to win the eighth stage of the Giro d'Italia yesterday after rain and snow held off on an already difficult route.

Alexander Vinokourov of the Astana team retained the overall leader's pink jersey after the top riders all finished reasonably close together in the central Italian hills.

The Kazakh, who overcame poor conditions on Saturday to take the lead, holds a one minute 12-second advantage over Australian world champion Cadel Evans, with previous race leader Vincenzo Nibali edging back up to the third overall.

Vinokourov returned to cycling last year after a doping ban but lost none of his determination during his time away and now looks favourite to lift the title in Verona on May 30 after three tough weeks of racing.

Meanwhile, Tralee's Paul Griffin was delighted yesterday when he finally got that elusive win in the Noel Hammond Memorial in Roundwood.

"I thought it was never going to happen this season," he said. "I have had fourth, third and second placings on a number of occasions since the beginning of the year, but it all came right yesterday."

Motorsport

Pat O'Connell and Mark Wiley made it three wins in a row in this year's Petro Systems Forestry Championship by scoring a 27-second victory in yesterday's Moonraker event at Lismore, Co Waterford.

They held off Kenny McKinstry, with John Reid taking third place.

In Cork, Eamonn Byrne and Paul Phelan took their seventh win in the West Cork Classic Retro. Leading from start to finish, they were well clear of Dermot Carnegie and Kevin Savage, who held off Frank Lenehan and Anthony Preston.

Soccer

Belvedere 'keeper Craig Sexton was the penalty shoot-out hero at Turner's Cross yesterday, saving three spot-kicks to win the U-17 FAI Cup, against Carrigaline United.

After 120 scoreless minutes and 19 penalties there was nothing to separate them, but Sexton's decisive save from Ryan Kiely's effort meant the cup was returning to Dublin.

In an even contest, Belvedere's Christopher Forrester had the best chance of the opening period, while Keith Buckley was also denied before the interval. Graham Parkinson, meanwhile, had his effort cleared off the line just a minute into the second half.

Extra-time saw both sides settling for penalties, although Forrester went agonisingly close with a point-blank effort from six yards.

The win made it a double for the Dubliners, after their U-15s claimed the SFAI All-Ireland Cup with a 2-1 win over Cherry Orchard.

Adam Evans sealed the win five minutes from time, after Orchard had an early lead through Craig Palmer. Dermot Louthe got the other goal for Belvedere.

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