Sunday 21 January 2018

Leinster exit for O'Toole and Whelan

DARREN O'TOOLE and Malachy Whelan's run in the Leinster Junior doubles came to an end last week as they were comfortably beaten by very strong Wicklow pairing, Keith Kavanagh and Jerome Willoughby, on a 21-9, 21-12 scoreline.

Three Wexford pairings have survived to the quarter-final stage of the Junior 'B' doubles tournament. The first pairing through were Jason and Corey Murphy from Castlebridge as they blitzed past John O'Neill and Tommy Archibald from Kildare 21-8, 21-3.

Michael Busher and Paddy Haughton had a very impressive win as they saw off the very strong Meath pairing, Peter Flanagan and Michael Sheridan, in a three-set classic, winning 17-21, 21-13, 21-10. Things were much easier for Fergal McWilliams and his brother, Barry, as they were far too strong for John Boyle and Billy Caddell from Louth (21-3, 21-14).

Shane Rossiter and Damien Kelly marched on in the Masters 'B' singles as the Wexford men put in sterling performances to win. Shane Rossiter from Ballymitty accounted for David Dwyer from Westmeath 21-16, 21-13, while Damien Kelly was ruthless in powering past John Mullins from Offaly 21-6, 21-3.

Declan Hart and Pechelli English bowed out of the Golden Masters 'A' doubles 21-12, 21-12 Kilkenny's Philly Parsons and Martin Lawlor.

However, it was a different story for Tony Breen in the Emerald Masters 'A' singles as he handed a 21-13, 21-13 defeat to Joe Hennessy from Kilkenny.

Barry McWilliams (Horeswood) is one of the form players in the county and he powered past Malachy Whelan from Castlebridge 21-3, 21-5 in the Wexford Farmers' Co-Op 40 x 20 Intermediate singles.

Justin Heffernan came through a titanic game in the Junior singles after losing the opening set 21-8 to Robert Byrne from Bridgetown, battling through 21-20, 21-20.

Kevin Doyle advanced to the next round of the Junior 'C' singles as he beat Phil Coleman from Ballymitty 21-15, 21-17.

The Junior 'D' singles has reached the serious end of the championship and through to the last eight is Richard Ryan (Horeswood) who defeated Michael O'Connor from Templeudigan in three sets 15-21, 21-7, 21-8. P.J. Martin from Bridgetown was too strong for Tom Byrne from Kilmyshall, beating him 21-16, 21-6. Tom Cummins is the second Horeswood man through to the quarter-finals after he had too much for Jimmy Dunne (Kilmyshall), winning 21-15, 21-10.

In the Junior 'D' doubles, Jody O'Shaughnessy and Colm Browne from Coolgreany won another epic three-set cliff-hanger, beating Barry Byrne and Jason Byrne 14-21, 21-9, 21-14. In the second Junior 'D' doubles, Kilmyshall pairing Tom Byrne and Jimmy Dunne defeated Brian Busher and Richard Martin from Bridgetown 15-21, 21-13, 21-11.

The beginners' singles tournament is grabbing welcome good vibes and good games with some interesting results from last week's games -

Noel Butler (St. Joseph's) beat Thomas Mahon (St. Mary's) 21-19, 21-16; Tommy Haughton (St. Joseph's) beat James Flood (St. Mary's) 21-7, 21-19; James Stanners (St. Martin's) beat Daryl Freeman (Davidstown) 21-12, 21-11.

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