Wednesday 22 November 2017

180 DDSL clubs to get cup reprieve

SOCCER

THE 180 Dublin and District Schoolboys League clubs excluded from the Schoolboys FAI national cup competitions are set for a reprieve at Abbotstown tonight.

Despite the SFAI Council voting emphatically last month to remove DDSL teams from the open stage of the draw, the FAI will tonight oversee the DDSL committee redrawing their section of the five competitions from U-12s to U-16s.

This bizarre situation has been complicated further by the SFAI's decision to call an emergency meeting for Saturday to discuss the latest ultimatum issued to them by the FAI.

FAI chief executive John Delaney said before Christmas that the association would not allow the competitions to go ahead unless the DDSL teams were restored. However, at last month's SFAI council meeting, a firm view prevailed from disgruntled regional representatives that any move by the parent body to reinstate DDSL teams would result in an all-out boycott by the other leagues.

* Former Limerick great Joe O'Mahoney has died after a brief illness. O'Mahoney, who made 418 league appearances for his home-town club, captained the Limerick team that won the League of Ireland in 1979-80 and was also skipper of the 1982 FAI Cup-winning side.

Women's top seed Agnieszka Radwanska and former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki suffered shock second-round exits at the Apia International in Sydney.

Flamboyant American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands stunned world No 5 Radwanska 7-5 6-2, breaking in seven of the Pole's 10 service games.

Wozniacki, who had to dig deep to see off Germany's Julia Goerges in the first round, was edged out by Lucie Safarova 6-4 9-7.

ITALIAN prodigy Matteo Manassero faces the same daunting challenge this year as Rory McIlroy 12 months ago after quitting Titleist. Manassero has signed up with Callaway and, like McIlroy's move to Nike last January, he's switched all 14 clubs in the bag

Lindsey Vonn will miss the Winter Olympics because of a right knee injury, leaving the Sochi Games without one of its biggest stars. The 29-year-old skier is Tiger Woods' girlfriend.

Irish Independent

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