Irish ladies reach elite qualifiers
IRELAND'S U-19 women's side continued their push for further glory by beating Israel 5-1 in Portugal last night to reach the elite stage of the UEFA qualifiers.
Saturday's 1-0 victory over mini-group hosts Portugal meant another win for Dave Connell's side yesterday would secure one of the two qualifying positions from the pool with Thursday's concluding fixture against Hungary to spare. Claire Shine, of Douglas Hall, opened the scoring on 13 minutes before captain Dora Gorman reflected Ireland's dominance with a second nine minutes later.
Siobhan Killeen made it 3-0 on 38 minutes and, although Karina Tsvetkov breached the Irish defence for the first time during the group, the Raheny United winger grabbed her second nine minutes from full-time. Wexford's Rianna Jarrett added Ireland's fifth in stoppage-time.
Ireland advance to contest another four-nation group in the spring when only top spot will guarantee them a place in the Turkey-hosted European Championships next July.
IRELAND -- Maloney (Reading); Murphy (Wilton United) Byrne (Bealnamulla), Glesson (Tramore), Farmer (Wilton United); Grant (Kilmacrennan Celtic), Gorman (Salthill Devon), Hansbury (Strand Celtic), Killeen (Raheny United); Gilroy (Killala), Shine (Douglas Hall). Subs: O'Brien (Tramore) for Byrne (52), Roche (Watford) for Grant (61), Jarrett (Wexford) for Gilroy (79).
Aileen Morrison finished a season-best fourth in the final triathlon of the 2011 World Championship Series in Japan.
The Derry woman was third after the swim in Yokohama and she remained in contention after the bike leg. Morrison, who aims to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games, ran the 10km run in sub-35 minutes to take fourth and just four seconds off a podium spot.
Morrison beat some of the world's best on her way to fourth place, including 2011 World Champion Helen Jenkins. She will now move to Florida for a training camp in preparation for the Huatulco World Cup in Mexico, before finishing the season off in Korea.
THE Irish Elite squad will put the finishing touches to their preparations for the AIBA World Championships with a test match and spars against Canada in Cologne today.
The squad have been in Cologne for over a week training and sparring with Germany, Canada, Denmark, Holland, Moldova and Norway ahead of the 2011 AIBA World Championships.
The AIBA event, which gloves off in Baku, Azerbaijan, next Monday, will act as the first major qualifier for male boxers for the London 2012 Olympics.
World No 1 Katie Taylor is also with the Irish squad in Cologne. The Bray lightweight is preparing for next month's European Championships in Holland where she'll be aiming for five-in-a-row.
Rabobank's Robert Gesink broke his right leg in a training crash on Sunday and will miss the road cycling world championships in Copenhagen.
The Rabo ProTeam says he underwent surgery soon after the crash and his season is over.