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Monday 11 December 2017

GAA Round-up: Maher strikes as Ireland win

HURLING / SHINTY: A 75th-minute goal from Tipperary's Brendan Maher ensured Ireland took Senior Hurling-Shinty International honours at Bught Park, Inverness yesterday by 2-9 to Scotland's 1-11.

The visitors finished this game strongly after a dismal start, which saw Scotland claim a 1-6 to 0-0 lead after 33 minutes, with Finlay MacRae netting their goal.

Indeed, Scotland should have been further ahead at this stage, but Somhairle MacDonald's 24th-minute effort was disallowed after he kicked the ball to the net.

Ireland bounced back through the efforts of Laois' Willie Hyland, with a goal from Offaly's Joe Bergin cutting the deficit to six points at the break.

Hyland, captain Michael Rice and Maher impressed on the restart, with Maher's late goal ensuring Irish joy.

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GAELIC GAMES: Bernard Brogan scored 1-7 as St Oliver Plunkett's avoided a second- half scare in the Dublin SFC semi-finals at Parnell Park yesterday. Plunkett's looked in control when they were 1-6 to 0-6 in front at half-time against a gutsy Lucan side who were let down by their final ball in attack.

But a Dublin-laden Plunkett's were left reeling when Dermot Gallagher crashed in a great goal in the 46th minute and Lucan were unlucky then not to win a penalty with five minutes to go.

However, the northsiders had the guile of Jason Sherlock and Alan and Bernard Brogan to steer them clear of danger and into next Sunday's final.

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A PHILLY Ryan goal deep in extra-time was the killer score for St Brigid's who beat Ballymun 1-18 to 1-12 in a gripping Dublin SFC semi-final at Parnell Park last night.

A Ballymun scoring blitz book-ended the first half, shooting five from play in the first seven minutes with Kevin Leahy prominent and then Derek Byrne cracking a great goal in injury-time to leave them 1-8 to 0-5 in front at the break.

But the brilliant Barry Cahill inspired a Brigid's transformation as all form deserted Kickhams and the Blanchardstown men made all the running.

A James Burke free in the 58th minute was 'Mun's first score of the half to level the game.

Dean Rock and Ken Darcy swapped frees and it was 1-10 to 0-13 at the end of normal time with Darcy and Andrews moving Brigid's 0-16 to 1-12 clear at the turn around in extra-time.

The situation worsened when Ballymun had Ted Furman sent off on a second yellow three minutes into the last period of play.

Brigid's were already the better team by then and after Barry Cahill extended their lead Philly Ryan struck three minutes from time to make sure of their return to the final with Davey Byrne also seeing a second yellow to leave Kickhams down to 13.

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BASKETBALL: It was a night of high drama in the Men's Superleague with two of the three games down for decision separated by a single basket in the end.

In Belfast, Tyson Johnson tipped in off a rebound to take Star into overtime, but Moycullen were to pick off two crucial shots from the outside through Paul O'Brien and Cian Nihill to win on a 77-75 scoreline.

In Belfield, meanwhile, UCD were looking for a third straight win but in a dramatic final minute, Rob Lynch landed a score to hand UL Eagles a 56-54 win.

Vincents made it five from five as they overcame early foul trouble to deny Neptune 87-60 with Pat Glover top-scoring on 20 points.

cricket: Ireland caused a shock in the Hong Kong Sixes Tournament by beating England in Kowloon.

Asked to bat first, Ireland reached a modest 88 for three in their five overs.

It was a slow start by Ireland openers Kevin O'Brien and Paul Stirling with just seven coming off the first over.

The captain finally got the innings up and running with a four and a six to start the second over, but before the over was finished Kevin had given a return catch to Tom Smith, out for 14 from eight balls.

His replacement was older brother, Niall, Ireland's player of the tournament so far, and he continued to show his liking for this form of the game with an eight-ball innings of 35, when he was forced to retire, having hit three sixes and four fours.

A change in the order of the Ireland bowling worked wonders with England managing just 52 from the first four overs with George Dockrell and Stirling bowling two tight overs.

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Steve Finn led England's pace attack to set up a six-wicket victory against India in the lone Twenty20 international at Kolkata's Eden Gardens yesterday.

Twenty20 world champions England, who were blanked 5-0 in the preceding one-day international series, reached their target with eight deliveries to spare for their only win on the tour.

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motorsport: Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix today.

Red Bull's double world champion beat Lewis Hamilton's McLaren to pole by 0.296 seconds but Hamilton will line up fifth after a penalty in Friday practice.

Mark Webber was third for Red Bull at the new circuit near Delhi ahead of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari.

Alonso's team-mate Felipe Massa crashed out after a bad accident. Massa broke his right front suspension by going roughly over a curb, then crashed into a tyre wall.

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HOCKEY: Monkstown have gone top of Pool A in the Irish Hockey League thanks to a 2-2 draw away to Cookstown.

Goals from Gareth Watkins and Robbie McFarlane on either side of a brace from the hosts giving the Dublin side a superior goal difference.

Glenanne's trip North against Instonians back-fired when losing 3-2 after going 2-0 in front with goals from Brendan Parsons and a penalty stroke from Gary Shaw.

Instonians came back with a bang led by John Watson who levelled the score with a brace of goals, before Wayne Robinson snatched their winner with three minutes to go.

Pegasus, the holders in the women's section, continue to set the pace coming away impressive 3-1 winners over Old Alex at Milltown to head Pool A.

Last year's runners-up Hermes and UCD had their ties put back to November 26.

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BASEBALL: Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa captured his third World Series crown on Friday night.

The St Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 to win the Fall Classic 4-3.

The Missouri side held a 10 game deficit in August but are a classic example of a team that got hot in September and carried it through to October with an unbeatable momentum in post-season play.

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GREYHOUND RACING: Milldean Panther created history around Shelbourne Park with a record-breaking win of 28.00secs over 525 yards. That beat the long-standing record of 28.08 held by Premier Fantasy.

Unbeaten in his nine races to date, Milldean Panther was really quick from traps chased by a strong stayer Noirs Buachaill which eventually finished nine lengths behind.

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