Thursday 14 December 2017

Breen delighted to retain his lead

Second place in the SWRC section of Rally Sweden yesterday leaves Waterford driver Craig Breen in the lead of the S2000 World Rally Championship, thanks to his category win in last month's Monte Carlo Rally.

Breen and his Welsh co-driver Gareth Roberts in their Kel-Tech Ford Fiesta finished three minutes behind home favourite P-G Andersson.

The 22-year-old FIA Academy champion said: "We've got two of the most difficult rallies out of the way now, and with good points on both of them I've got to be pleased about that.

"P-G is our biggest competition and to be leading the championship after two events he was always going to be quick on is pretty good. As we move to gravel, and especially asphalt, I think we'll be really close so it should be a good fight."

Chris Kelly and Sam Johnston headed a local one-two in Midland MC's round of the Squealing Pig Border Navigation Trial Championship, finishing 17 marks clear of father-and-son pairing Pakie and Colin Duffy, with Andy Mackarel and Liam Higgins in third place.

BASKETBALL

UCC DEMONS produced the perfect response to their National Cup heartbreak, by handing a rare defeat to Northern Conference leaders DCU Saints (91-76).

Shawn Atupem contributed 38 points, while Shane Coughlan enjoyed another good day.

UL Eagles showed no signs of complacency as they beat Moycullen, while Belfast Star stunned Killester and Neptune beat UCD Marian 89-71.

In the Women's SuperLeague, UL recorded their 29th straight win as they beat Brunell. Glanmire beat Killester, before losing to DCU Mercy and Wildcats came from 17 down to beat Dynamos.

RUGBY

IRELAND's women came up just short in their Six Nations clash against France in Pau.

The hosts held off a determined fightback to win out 8-7, with Claire Molloy's last-minute try not enough for Philip Doyle's team, who had dominated the second half in freezing conditions in front of a crowd of 9,000.

France did their damage before the break, with winger Caroline Ladagnous scoring a try and Sandrine Agricole adding a penalty.

HOCKEY

Rampant Railway Union shunted themselves on to the fast track towards the Leinster women's league title with a 3-1 win over Loreto.

With the winners at Park Avenue guaranteed to top the table, Zara Delaney's reverse stick effort set Railway on the road to the three points.

And they were three clear by half-time after Jean McDonnell and Kate McKenna netted.

Jessica McGirr's goal for Loreto was just a consolation.

Meanwhile, holders Hermes dropped to a distant fifth place as they lost to Old Alexandra.

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