Phillips twists the knife for Surgeons
Published 22/02/2012 | 05:00
Royal College of Surgeons made history at the Irish Universities Collingwood Cup when they reached the semi-finals for the first time.
The Surgeons followed up on their 1-0 first-round win over Dublin University by knocking out University of Ulster Jordanstown 4-3 on penalties -- their quarter-final tie finished scoreless after extra-time.
Goalkeeper Jamie Clerkin was the Surgeons hero in the shoot-out with two fine saves, setting up Jamie Phillips to fire home the match-winning penalty.
Surgeons meet UCD in today's semi-final -- the Belfield side again needed a late Mark Langtry goal to send their clash with Maynooth into extra-time.
Langtry had rescued UCD against DCU in the first round, and he broke Maynooth's hearts when he ran on to an accurate Ross King pass to beat 'keeper Eric Lawless with less than three minutes remaining.
Maynooth then had Niall Curran and Harry Silke red carded as a rampant UCD dominated extra-time -- goals from Stiofain Sexton and King took them through 3-1.
Mary Immaculate College stunned hosts UL with a 2-1 win thanks to second-half goals from John Hutton and Cormac Crowe -- Declan O'Donnell's header had put UL ahead just before the break. In a repeat of last seasons' decider, holders UCC thrashed NUI Galway 4-0. Paul Lawless hit two and Rob Waters and Kyle O'Shea added the others.
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Kevin Pietersen's second successive one-day international century carried England to a four-wicket victory yesterday, and a 4-0 series whitewash of Pakistan.
Pietersen, without an ODI century for more than three years before his unbeaten 111 on Saturday, repeated the dose for a career-best 130 in another run-chase under lights.
A rare failure from Alastair Cook put England's pursuit of 237 all out on the back foot.
But Pietersen appeared in control throughout in a 153-ball innings, which contained 12 fours and two sixes, as England got the job done with four balls to spare in Dubai. Dubliner Eoin Morgan made just 15.
Elsewhere, Ricky Ponting (37), Australia's most successful one-day cricketer, accepted that his limited-overs international career was finished yesterday but said he wanted to continue in Test cricket and hoped to play in the 2013 Ashes.
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Leading trainer Dolores Ruth is guaranteed to add to her list of achievements as three of her star trackers have been nominated for the Dog of the Year Award at the Irish Greyhound Awards Gala.
Dog of Year: Makeshift, Razldazl George, Razldazl Rioga.
Bitch of Year: Ballymac Mitsy, Droopys Twirl, Tyrur Mozzletoff.
Sprinter: Cracking Man, Shoemakers Lad, Yes Boss.
Stayer: Ceroc Shaneboy, Fleeting Image, Slaneyside Havoc.
Brood Bitch: Razldazl Pearl, Rising Angel, Tyford Blackie.
Stud Dog: Crash, Head Bound, Westmead Hawk.
Hall of Fame: Matt O'Donnell
Special Meri: Paddy O'Gorman