Monday 23 October 2017

Breen and Nagle take second spot

Second place for Craig Breen of Waterford and his Killarney co-driver Paul Nagle in the Spanish round of the European Rally Championship leaves them holding second position in the ERC points table, behind event winner Jan Kopecky, writes PAUL PHELAN.

Breen's Sainteloc Peugeot finished the two-day rally in the Canary Islands 112 seconds behind the works-entered Skoda of Czech Kopecky, who has won both rounds of this year's ERC to date.

Peter Dempsey from Ashbourne took second place in the opening round of the Firestone Indy Lights Championship at St Petersburg in Florida, driving for the Belardi Team.

Former Irish Hillclimb champion Simon McKinley achieved a unique feat by finishing first and second in the opening round of this year's Naylor Engineering Championship in Wexford.

RUGBY

Castletroy caused a big surprise to take the Munster Schools Junior Cup and deny Crescent adding to their senior crown with a 13-7 victory.

A dominant pack paved the way for the win and, once in front 10-0, Castletroy held on for victory despite a barnstorming final five minutes by Crescent.

Castletroy – O Kelly; S Hogan, R McDonnell, C Carroll, S McBrearty; J Heuston, C Fleming; J Conway, M O'Mara, C Myers; E Slattery, E Horgan; D O'Neill, N O'Shea, D Rowsome. Reps: A McDonagh, C lee, D Kennedy, K Davern, S English, L Ridder, P Tuite, E Carew.

Crescent Comp – G Dickenson; C McSweeney, B O'Hora, C Nash, J Young O'Connor; C Clifford, J Lyons; A Tsai, J Barry, S Scanlon Garry; B Considine, J Blake; C Slattery, P Hickey, N Mulcahy. Reps: S Downes, E Barry, L O'Connell, J Barry, A Reeves, K Murphy, B Faloon.

Ref – O Hodges (MAR)

CRICKET

INDIA completed their series rout of Australia by sealing their 4-0 whitewash by six wickets in Delhi.

The defeat brought down the curtain on a forgettable series for the tourists, who dropped four of their players for the third Test, including vice-captain Shane Watson for a breach of discipline. It also was the first time Australia lost a series 4-0 since defeat to South Africa in 1970.

SOCCER

TWO Dublin sides, Sheriff YC and Kilbarrack United, and two Limerick clubs, Pike Rovers and Carew Park, are through to the semi-finals of the FAI Junior Cup.

Holders Sheriff beat St Kevin's Boys 3-2 on penalties following a 0-0 draw and Kilbarrack beat Ballinasloe Town 2-1 on Saturday.

Keith Hartnett and Alan Barry netted for Pike in yesterday's 2-1 victory over Ballymun. Johnathan Grant, Cyril Maher and John Connery hid for Park in yesterday's 3-0 win over Pearse Celtic.

The FAI Junior Cup final will be played at Landsdowne Road on June 2 prior to the Ireland v Georgia friendly. All four sides have now qualified for the FAI Senior Cup by virtue of reaching the last-four of the FAI Junior Cup.

TENNIS

Andy Murray cruised to a straightforward victory over Bernard Tomic at the Sony Open but the Williams sisters had contrasting fortunes in Miami on Saturday.

Top-ranked Serena overcame a slow start to turn away Japan's Ayumi Morita 6-3 6-3 in third round play, but Venus was forced to withdraw from the tournament with a back injury.

Murray, meanwhile, needed only 56 minutes to defeat Australian Tomic 6-3 6-1 in his second round match.

Murray, runner-up to Novak Djokovic last year, will face Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in the third round.

EQUESTRIAN

Irish riders kept up their superb recent form when, following six victories over St Patrick's weekend, they recorded another five across Europe and USA last week.

Jonathan Gordon and Caillou topped the Two-Phase line-up at the 3-Star fixture in Arezzo, Italy where Thomas Ryan followed suit riding Clipz at the same venue.

At Vidabaun in France, Mark McAuley and Isco de Amoranda won Friday's Power and Speed while at Oliva in Spain later that day, Anthony Condon steered Special Lux to triumph.

And yesterday Shane Sweetnam steered Solerina to victory in the Grand Prix in Florida. Sweetnam also steered Cyklon into third in Saturday's G&C Jumpers Challenge.

Meanwhile, Daniel Coyle had to settle for runner-up spot at the latest leg of the HSI/Bluegrass Spring Tour at Cavan Equestrian Centre.

Irish Independent

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