Monday 23 October 2017

Connaughton is Rossies hero

Gaelic games

A brace of first-half goals from Naos Connaughton eased holders Roscommon to a 2-14 to 1-10 victory in the Connacht U-21 'B' hurling final at McHale Park yesterday.

The goals, combined with the superb point-taking of John Coyne had Roscommon 2-5 to 0-7 ahead at the break.

Roscommon pulled away after the break with the wind behind them. Mayo netted a late consolation goal through substitute Darren McTigue.

Both sides lost a player in the closing stages to a second yellow card, Mayo's Ciaran Finn then Roscommon's Eamon Mulry.

Scorers -- Roscommon: J Coyne 0-8 (5f), N Connaughton 2-0, E Kenny 0-3, E Mulry 0-2, C Egan 0-1. Mayo: K Feeney 0-7 ( 6f, 1'65'), D McTigue 1-0, S Regan 0-2, B Hunt 0-1.

Roscommon -- C Fitzgibbon, K Dowd, P Kelleghan, D Leonard, D Dowling, B Donnelly, N Keenan, A Moore, G Gill, E Mulry, J Coyne, E Bannon, J Lawlor, N Connaughton, E Kenny. Sub: C Egan for Dowling (40).

Mayo -- B Lane, A Gavin, T Morley, D Kedlan, C Finn, C Higgins, N McCarney, L McDermott, B Hunt, J Walsh, J Lowe, K Feeney, A Butler, J Ganley, S Regan. Subs: P O'Grady for Ganley (h-t), C Charlton for Lowe (h-t), D McTigue for Walsh (h-t),K McDermott for Butler (50).

Ref -- G Chapman (Sligo).


WORLD champion Katie Taylor is back between the ropes tonight, fighting Swedish lightweight Helena Falk at the Royal Hotel in Bray.

The contest with the European bronze medallist will be the Bray woman's first competitive outing since she retained her European Union title in Poland in June.

The bout will headline a 12-contest card and is part of Taylor's build-up towards the European Championships in Holland in October, when she will be aiming for a fifth straight title.


Irish interest came to an end at the Yonex World Championships in London at the second-round stage yesterday.

Chloe Magee lost 21-10 21-7 to No 6 seed Saina Nehwal, with Scott Evans bravely going down 21-15 21-15 to China's No 2 seed Lin Dan.

In the mixed doubles, Magee and her brother Sam were outclassed by No 2 seeds Tantowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, 21-9 21-8.

Sam Magee and Tony Stephenson then lost 21-11 21-10 in the men's doubles.

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