Saturday 17 March 2018

Bergin try little solace for Ireland

Rugby League

Wales beat Mark Aston's Ireland side 30-6 in a six-try rout at the Gnoll.

Ireland were up against it from the off when Lloyd White crossed over after just two minutes.

They rallied, but errors proved costly, and missed tackles led to Christian Roets extending the Welsh lead to 10-0. Tyson Frizell added a third to make it 14-0 at half-time.

The second half continued in a similar vein as Mark Lennon and Elliott Kear touched down before Jordan James rounded off the Welsh scoring.

Ireland responded when Tyrone McCarthy chipped and gathered before feeding winger Tim Bergin to score.


Fionnuala Britton is bang on target to make amends for last year's fourth place in December's European Cross-Country Championships in Slovenia following her impressive repeat win in yesterday's Gerry Farnan Memorial three-mile cross-country event in the Phoenix Park.

The 27-year-old won in 15:41, 70 seconds ahead of Dundrum runner Aoife Byrne, with Leevale's Lizzy Lee back in third.

Joe Sweeney of Dundrum won the men's five-mile event by 36 seconds from Michael Mulhare of Laoise AC and Leevale's Mark Hanrahan.

Women's Hockey

The gulf between the haves and the have-nots in Leinster was highlighted as the top teams bossed their way to full points at the weekend.

Defending champions Hermes and current pacesetters UCD both clocked up big scores, while Loreto made no mistake at Grange Road.

Loreto's 1-0 win against Three Rock Rovers might appear a close-run affair, with Niamh Small claiming the only goal, but Rovers approached the fixture as a damage limitation exercise and never threatened Louise Healy's goal.

Glenanne ran Hermes close on home turf in Tallaght last season but this time the Glens were dealt a 5-0 pummelling, goals coming from Aine Connery (2), Miriam Crowley (2) and Gillian Pinder.

UCD also enjoyed a romp at the expense of a Pembroke Wanderers side which is in a state of worrying flux, with five different scorers on the mark for College.

Men's Hockey

While Cookstown's inexperienced squad took a beating from Amsterdam in the EuroHockey League, Banbridge left Antwerp with heads held high.

A few hours after their fellow Ulstermen were given a 10-1 thrashing by the Dutch champions, Ban held highly rated Hamburg to 5-3. Scott Caruth, Bruce McCandless and Stephen Dowds scored the goals as the all-Ulster Irish challenge failed to reach to knockout stages of Europe's elite competition.

Meanwhile, YMCA's goal-shy forwards were unable to make any impression against Monkstown as they dropped off the pace in the Leinster league. YM went into the game as joint leaders but with morale dented after recent defeats in national league and cup competitions, and lost 4-0.

Their troubles allowed unbeaten Pembroke Wanderers to take over in sole command at the top of the table as Maurice Elliott helped himself to a hat-trick in their defeat of Clontarf.


KILLESTER showed their mettle in Cork as they stunned Neptune, holding on to their early lead to win 68-64 and extend their unbeaten start to the season.

UCC Demons got back on track with a 72-58 win over UL Eagles in Limerick, while UCD kept Moycullen winless with a 67-65 victory in Galway.

DCU Saints continued their strong start to the season with an 84-61 win over Belfast Star.

In the Women's Superleague UL beat both Killester and Brunell, while Glanmire, Waterford Wildcats and the Ulster Rockets made it a miserable weekend for Dublin clubs with wins over DCU Mercy, Liffey Celtics and Killester respectively.


Louth man Tommy Murphy was elected president of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) at yesterday's annual Congress in Buncrana, Co Donegal.

Murphy polled 143 votes to 109 for Wexford's Nicky White.

Irish Independent

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