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GAELIC GAMES Olafs have to hang on in the end Naomh Olaf 0-9 Naomh Fionnbarra 0-8. The Balally boys advanced to the second round of the Dublin Senior Football Championship following this scrappy replay at a sunny Parnell Park yesterday.

GAELIC GAMES Olafs have to hang on in the end Naomh Olaf 0-9 Naomh Fionnbarra 0-8. The Balally boys advanced to the second round of the Dublin Senior Football Championship following this scrappy replay at a sunny Parnell Park yesterday.

The Sandyford side were well in control at the interval as they led by 0-8 to 0-2 following several passages of impressive attacking play. All their half-forwards were on the mark, with Fearghal Purcell knocking over three fine points, two from play, while Cormac Lucey struck a picture score on the half-hour.

Bars made a spirited revival on the restart, and came within one point of extra-time following points from Niall Padget, Ian McDonald junior (three) and Ian McDonald.

In injury-time, Ian McDonald's long-range free, for the equaliser, dropped just short. It was a let-off for Olafs, who only managed one score, from Lucey, in the second period.

Naomh Olaf: C Daughton; K Naughton, R Miley, B Lynch; S Whyte, P O'Brien, M de Veale; D Maxwell, N McCaffrey; P Roe, C Lucey, F Purcell; M Fitzachary, E O'Connor, E Kinsella. Subs: E Horgan for Roe; P Feehan for O'Connor; K Keane for Maxwell; D Dowling for Whyte

Naomh Fionnbarra: L Sweetman; T Lynch, J Casserley, D O'Neill; I McDonald snr, D McMullen, S Kavanagh; A Costello, K Russell; P Turner, I McDonald jnr, D Caffrey; D McDonald, L McKeogh, N Padget. Subs: R McDonald for McKeogh; S Costello for O'Neill

Referee: A Fitzsimons (St Joseph's/OCB)

SOCCER Irish boys keep faint hopes alive Canary Islands U15s 0 Republic of Ireland U15s 2 In temperatures well over 30 degrees the Republic of Ireland under 15s defeated the host nation in their final game of the Tenerife International tournament last night to keep alive their slim hopes of winning the three-team event.

Tim Kiely put the Republic ahead in the seventh minute, while Crystal Palace's Kane Rice doubled the advantage just before the hour mark. Christy Fagan, for the second game in a row, had a goal disallowed for offside. The Irish now need the Canary Islands to shock the Spanish this morning to allow them win the event.

Republic of Ireland U15: Beaven (College Corinthians); Rice (Crystal Palace), Donoghue (Cherry Orchard), Casey (Waterford Glass), Earls (St Joseph's Boys); Hutton (Tottenham Hotspur), Lawless (Cherry Orchard), Duggan (Fairview Rangers), McDermott (Cherry Orchard); Kiely (St Michael's, Tipperary), Fagan (Home Farm). Subs: Callaghan (Millwall) for Hutton (50), Fitzgerald (Shelbourne) for Earls (50), Cahillane (Belvedere) for McDermott (75).

* INJURIES have deprived Ireland Under 21 manager Don Givens of Manchester City's Stephen Elliott and Paul Keegan of Leeds United for the friendly against Scotland in Terryland Park, Galway, on Tuesday. Into the squad come Eamonn Zayed of Bray Wanderers and Mark O'Brien of Shamrock Rovers. Givens had also intended to call in local lad John Russell, but the Galway United man has picked up an injury.

Wood nets winner for 10-man Kilkenny Kilkenny City 1 Monaghan United 0 Ten-man Kilkenny City claimed their second victory of the Eircom League First Division campaign at Buckley Park last night.

Twenty minutes after having Philip Gorman sent off, they struck for the winner. Brian Mallon teed up Barry Wood and the latter's cracking drive from 20 yards finished in the net.

Kilkenny City: Murphy; Curren, McCormack, M Andrews, N Andrews, Mallon (O'Sullivan 90), Mulcahy, Cooney, Gorman, Wood, Comerford (Raggett 80)

Monaghan United: Fitzpatrick; Mahon (Fulham 70), Kelly, Murphy, Jackson, Holt, Brennan (O'Meara 70), Shiels, O'Connor, Kerley, Doyle (R O'Connor 80)

Referee: M Gough (Limerick)

Sligo Rovers 2 Cobh Ramblers 2 In the evening's second Division One encounter, Paul McTiernan saved Sligo's blushes with a 70-minute equaliser at the Showgrounds.

Sligo went a goal up after 11 minutes when Ciaran Foley's 35-yard shot deceived Peter Cuthbert in the visitor's goal and flew into the top corner.

The Cork side squared the match two minutes later when Robert Brosnan headed in from a Dave Warren corner. He struck again on the half-hour following a superb move down the right.

Sligo Rovers: Rouse, Rossiter, Lowe, Haddraman, Neary, Foley, Lawless, O'Donnell, Jack (Mullan h-t), McTiernan (Carty, 83), Heffernan.

Cobh Ramblers: Cuthbert, Yelverton, Meade (Hastings, 80), Andrews, Wolfe, Warren, Tynan, Conlon, Cummins, Nosovic, Brosnan

Referee: P Whelan (Dublin)

CAMOGIE Wexford have no answer to Hughes Tipperary 3-10 Wexford 2-9 The superb finishing of full forward Deirdre Hughes who finished with 2-2, helped Tipperary to a four-point victory over a battling Wexford in their National League Division 1 final at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, yesterday.

The two sides shared goals in the opening five minutes, Hughes netting after 90 seconds from close range, but Michelle Hearne quickly replied for Wexford.

Eimear McDonnell and Hughes added further goals as Tipperary carved out a 3-2 to 1-4 interval lead. Tipp's experience was evident through the second half, hard though Wexford battled.

Tipperary: J Delaney; J Kirwan, U O'Dwyer, M Corcoran; S Nealon, C Gaynor, T O'Halloran; A McDermott, P Bulfin; L Young, E Hayden, C Grogan; E McDonnell, D Hughes, J. Ryan. Subs: L Burken for Bulfin; G Kinane for McDermott

Wexford: M D'Arcy; A Moran, C O'Loughlin, K Atkinson; RM Breen, A Codd, D Codd; C Murphy, K Kelly; M O'Leary, M Leacy, O Hernon; E Quigley, M Hearne, L Codd. Subs: J Dwyer for Quigley; B Curran for O'Leary; C O'Connor for Hearne; A O'Connor for L Codd

Referee: S McGrath (Cork).

Kildare 2-11 Laois 2-6 Susie O'Carroll, with two goals in the opening 20 minutes, inspired Kildare to a fourth title as they withstood a determined Laois recovery in an excellent National League Division 2 final at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, yesterday

CRICKET England hand back the initiative MARK RICHARDSON and Brendon McCallum combined in an unbroken 118-run second wicket stand to help New Zealand to 134 for 1 in their second innings against England on the third day of the first test at Lord's yesterday.

New Zealand had a 79 run lead after England finished their first innings at 441 by tea, helped by a 105-run seventh wicket stand by Andrew Flintoff and Geraint Jones. New Zealand finished their first innings on 386 on Friday.

New Zealand's first wicket fell quickly after tea, with Nasser Hussain holding a splendid low left-handed catch at short square leg off Steve Harmison to dismiss Stephen Fleming for four.

With Nathan Astle suffering from flu, McCallum was promoted up the order and did an admirable job. He and Richardson went past the highest stand for the second wicket for New Zealand against England at Lord's. McCallum will start today on 72, with Richardson on 46.

CYCLING Elliott enjoys blood, sweat and gears AT 42, Malcolm Elliott is now cycling "for fun" and shortly after noon today he will head off on the FDB Milk Rás hoping to enjoy the eight days and possibly head the field at the end of 40 kilometres in the Phoenix Park next Sunday, writes Tommy Campbell.

So what brought him out of retirement? "Memories of great days really," he said. His CV includes first place in the British Milk Race in 1987, a record number of wins in Britain's leading stage race, and victory on a stage in the Tour of Spain where he beat Seán Kelly. And then, of course, there was the Kellogg's Criteriums and the Kellogg's Tour. America was also good to me with several victories before the collapse of Comptel.

"The Rás will be a tough one for me. Over eight days it will take its toll. Thankfully, I know my capabilities and with my team, we should give it a real go."

FBD MILK RÁS - Today: Dublin - Trim, 132km. Tomorrow: Trim - Oranmore, 167km. Tuesday: Oranmore - Charleville, 152km. Wednesday: Charleville - Cahirciveen, 181km. Thursday: Cahirciveen - Millstreet, 152km. Friday: Millstreet - Seskin Hill, Carrick-on Suir, 151km. Saturday: Carrick-on-Suir - Tullow, 149km. Sunday: Phoenix Park Circuit, 40km.

ATHLETICS: Gormanston College athlete Colin Costello set a new best time for the senior 1,500 metres to record a double in yesterday's Leinster Schools Track and Field championships in Santry. Costello clocked 3.47.4, two seconds inside Tom Gregan's time set in 1970, the longest-standing record at Leinster schools level. He finished just ahead of Danny Darcy and both were inside the qualifying time for the forthcoming World Junior championships to be held in Grosseto, Italy.

TARGET SHOOTING: The Wilkinstown club in conjunction with the Navan Road Club, hosted Ireland's first Summer Biathlon match, the 2004 CycloShoot, as part of RTÉ's Telethon for People In Need. The CycloShoot raised in excess of ?1,600.

MOST SPORTING SCHOOL: Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Co Cork, was yesterday named Ireland's Most Sporting School 2004 at the national final at the University of Limerick, organised as part of European Year of Education Through Sport (EYES) 2004. The school will represent Ireland in the European final in the Netherlands. The four other shortlisted finalists were: Abbey CBS, Tipperary Town; CBS, New Ross; Glanmire Community College, Co Cork; Moville Community College, Co Donegal.

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