Saturday 24 February 2018

In brief: Campbell fires Irish into final

Soccer

THE Republic of Ireland U-17 women's team made history yesterday as they booked a berth in the final of the European Championship with a 1-0 win over Germany. The win also means the girls in green qualify for the FIFA Women's U-18 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago next September.

Ireland played superbly in Switzerland to overcome the tournament favourites and, after taking a 38th-minute lead, they showed composure, organisation and excellent technical ability to deny the Germans an equaliser.

The winning goal came in when Megan Campbell of St Francis FC fired home a free-kick.

They will now play for the first time in the final of a European competition for women on Saturday when they face Spain, who beat Holland in the other semi-final.

The match will kick-off at 12.30pm Irish time and will be shown live on Eurosport.

WICKLOW pulled off one of the shock results of the SFAI Kennedy Cup with a 1-0 over hotly tipped Cork at Limerick University yesterday.

Mark Miley scored direct from a corner just after the break and 'keeper Tommy Dunne saved a late penalty from Cork captain Craig Donnellan to secure the win.

Wicklow then recorded their second win of the day -- a 3-1 victory over Cavan -- to top their group and qualify for the last eight.

Meanwhile, the Dublin District Schoolboy League (DDSL) are on course for their seventh title in a row following 6-0 and 3-0 wins over Kilkenny and Wexford yesterday.

Luke Trimble, with a fine free-kick, and Ian McGrath netted for South Tipperary in a 2-0 win over West Cork.

Cricket

DUBLINER Eoin Morgan was the star of the show as England opened up their one-day series with Australia with a four-wicket victory at The Rose Bowl.

Arriving with England struggling at 97-4 in pursuit of Australia's 267, Morgan steadied the ship and completed his 103 not out with a superb four that also clinched victory.

Morgan's knock came off just 85 deliveries as he underlined his status as one of the best "finishers" in world cricket and boosted his chances of featuring against the Australians in the Ashes this winter.

Michael Clarke earlier top-scored for the visitors with 87 not out, but their tally rarely looked enough once Morgan got into the groove and his solid partnerships with Luke Wright and Tim Bresnan saw England to victory.

Irish Independent

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