Murray brilliance earns title glory
IRISH international Noelle Murray scored a brace for Dublin side St Catherine's in yesterday FAI Women's Senior Cup final as they beat Wilton United from Cork 3-1 at Turner's Cross.
Mary Waldron headed the Saints in front on the stroke of half-time and Murray provided a moment of magic on 77 minutes to extend their lead.
Denise O'Sullivan reduced the arrears two minutes from time, but Murray once again produced the spark by skipping past a clutch of defenders and guiding home.
WILTON UTD -- Budden; Murphy, Kelleher, Forde Callanan; O'Connell, Edmunds, Lynch, E O'Sullivan; Cooke, D O'Sullivan. Subs: Higgins, Parkes, O'Connell, O'Regan, Geasley, O'Connell, Hamblin.
ST CATHERINE'S LFC -- McAuley; Corrigan, Connolly, McGrath, Tyrrell; Kelly, McLoughlin, Thorpe, Haughton; Waldron, Murray. Subs: E Murray, Kelly, Lyons, McCauley, Stirling, Flood.
IRELAND'S Daniel Martin was cruelly denied a second consecutive overall victory at the Tour of Poland, as he finished second overall, six seconds adrift.
The Garmin-Cervelo man started the final stage on Saturday three seconds ahead of overall victor Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) but lost three seconds to him in the intermediate sprint. Martin crossed in 25th place as Sagan took another six-seconds in time bonuses by finishing second in the final sprint.
DUBLINER Aron Smith yesterday scored his third win of the year in one of the Snetterton rounds of the British Clio Cup Championship. The 21-year-old still holds second position in the points table.
Gary Thompson had to drop out of his opening race in the Japanese Formula 3 National series, but won race two.
Peter Dempsey qualified third for the Indy Lights series race in Quebec with the race due to take place over night. Conor Daly qualified in second.