Tuesday 17 October 2017

No black cards as Armagh prevail

GAelic games

Oisin McKeever scored a 1-4 as Armagh beat Down 2-15 to 1-17 in an O Fiaich Cup first-round tie at the Athletic Grounds that failed to see the new black card brandished.

In an even first half, a Rory Grogan goal was the difference between the sides, but Down only trailed by a point at the break as Damian Turley and Liam Doyle were among the scorers.

On the resumption, Peter Fitzpatrick, substitute Niall Madine, Ryan Mallon, Connaire Harrison (free) and Doyle (free) pointed without reply but Armagh then turned on the heat.

Oisin McKeever scored the all-important goal on 51 minutes and their other scores came from Ciaran Rafferty, Aidan Forker, Brian Mallon, Niall McConville and Stefan Forker. Down finished strongly, however, with a great goal from Harrison and points from Madine and Ciaran McGrady.

Ronnie O'Sullivan was dumped out of the UK Championship after a 6-4 quarter-final defeat to Stuart Bingham.

Bingham led 3-1 at the mid-session interval, but 'the Rocket' got himself back in the game with two sparkling centuries.

However, world No 10 Bingham held his nerve to reverse his defeat in the recent Champion of Champions final in Coventry and advance to the last four.

O'Sullivan was gracious in defeat and said: "I want to congratulate Stuart, he played a fantastic match and he's had another brilliant tournament."

Bingham will face Neil Robertson in the semi-final after the Aus-

tralian beat Stephen Maguire 6-2.

Scott Evans kept his hopes of retaining the men's title alive at the Carlton 100th Irish Badminton Open in Baldoyle when he beat Frenchman Lucas Claerbout for a place in the quarter-finals.

In his opener, Evans had beaten qualifier Nick Fransman of the Netherlands 21-10, 21-17, but against Claerbout Evans dropped the opening set 15-21.

He quickly pulled himself back into the match by taking the second 21-5 and won the third 21-13. He now plays Lukas Schmidt of Belgium in today's quarter-finals.

Jonathan Dolan (18) from Sligo almost pulled off a shock as he beat mercurial No 1 seed Wille Lang from Finland 25-23 in the opening set, but the top seed recovered to win in three sets. Lang then went out in the second round to Spain's Pablo Abian.

Chloe Magee is also through to the women's quarter-finals after beating Russia's Evgeniya Kosetskaya in three sets and then Georgina Bland of England in straight sets. She faces Dutch player Sahina Vignes Waran in today's quarter-finals.

Magee and brother Sam are also through to the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles after beating Denmark's Niclas Nohr and Sara Thygesen in three sets and Matthew Nottingham and Emily Westwood of England.

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