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Hockey: Bernsden the Andrew's star

Jakim Bernsden's penalty save handed St Andrew's their fifth Leinster Senior Schoolboy's Cup title with a 5-4 penalty-stroke victory over Wesley at Grange Road.

St Andrew's triumph overturned their shoot-out defeat to the same opponents in last year's final.

Lee Cole and Cillian Hines put the Booterstown outfit 2-0 up inside six minutes, but Luke Madeley -- scoring in his fourth underage final in a fortnight -- and Jack Perdue got Wesley level by the break.

Fiachra Maher put Wesley in front, but Madeley levelled with two minutes to go. The sin-bin count reached seven as penalty strokes ensued -- St Andrew's recording a perfect set of five penalties and Bernsden's save ultimately handing his side glory.

St Andrew's -- J Bernsden, J Codd, R Nair, A Service, M Loughrey, L Cole, D Cole, F Maher, C Hines, A Rooney, E Foy. Subs: B Campbell, G Browne, O O'Halloran, R Hohn, A Bailey.

Wesley -- M Wright, L Madeley, R Clarke, J Lewis, D Shirley, K Shimmins, J Perdue, J Sutton, K von Eickstedt, I Stewart, B Chadwick. Subs: N Pelow, AJ Browne, J Roberts, A Oglesby, D Winn.

At minor level, William Eickholdt's first-half brace powered Sutton Park to just their second 'A' title with a 2-1 win over Wesley.

Sutton Park -- J Molloy, B Reed, K Mousen, H Knowles, D Confrey, R O'Hanlon, W Eickholdt, D Moloney, J Burns, N Neary, P Meighan, B Rock, P Butterly, J Sheehan, C O'Donnell, M Shealin

Wesley -- L Campion, D Walsh, H MacMahon, M Samuel, R Shirley, S Foudy, S Hyland, D Connolly, g Gibney, D Mawhinney, S Boyd, M Chooi, R Deering, A Hopkins, J Badley, A Jones


Daniel Martin's hopes of moving into the race lead at the Tour of Catalunya had to be abandoned yesterday as extreme weather conditions saw stage 3 shortened and the riders' times for the stage nullified, writes Gerard Cromwell.

The fearsome weather forced over 20 riders, including Andy Schleck and Alejandro Valverde, to abandon.

With TV helicopters unable to fly and the race organisation desperately trying to clear the path to the summit of the final mountain with a snow plough, race referees were eventually forced to cut yesterday's stage from 210km to 155km.

The riders were only notified of the decision 10km before the new finish line.


WORLD lightweight champion Katie Taylor will meet Jessica Belber and Willeke Verdellen in the weekend's double header with Holland in Dublin and Cavan.

Taylor faces Belber at lightweight at the National Stadium on Friday and is in against Verdellen at light-welterweight (64kg) at the Cavan Crystal Hotel on Sunday.

Irish Independent