Saturday 16 November 2019

In brief: Dundalk seal Leinster title

GAELIC FOOTBALL: Second-half goals from Shane Thornton and Patrick Reilly were crucial

to Dundalk Colleges' first Leinster Colleges SF 'A' title victory since 2002 at the expense of St Pat's, 2-8 to 0-12, at Pairc Tailteann yesterday.

Dundalk led by 0-6 to 0-5 at the break, but points from the impressive Alan Forde, Paddy Kennelly and substitute Conor Sheridan parachuted St Pat's into a 0-8 to 0-6 lead after 38 minutes.

The complexion of the game changed though when Thornton got on the end of a skewed shot from Conal McKeever and found the net from close range.

When Reilly converted a penalty with 10 minutes remaining, Dundalk Colleges were back in the driving seat, leading 2-8 to 0-10 and they never looked back from there, despite strong resistance from St Pat's, who managed to cut the winning margin to two points.

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ST JARLATH'S College bridged a three-year gap in winning the Connacht Colleges Senior A title 3-10 to 1-12 against Summerhill College at a very wet and windy Claremorris yesterday afternoon.

St Jarlath's produced a stirring first half that delivered three goals and despite Summerhill showing great determination in the final quarter, the Tuam outfit simply had too much in the end. From the start St Jarlath's were the better team, going six points clear by the ninth minute. Later in the half Sean Silke finished past Vinny Cadden and Liam Silke matched his namesake's feat by grabbing a goal of his own to help seal victory.

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HURLING: Charleville CBS caused a huge upset when they beat last year's finalists Athenry 1-11 to 0-11 in the quarter- final of the All-Ireland College SH 'A' Championship in Sixmilebridge yesterday.

A player from each side was sent off for second yellow cards and five others were also shown yellow. Amazingly, Athenry failed to score from play but they squandered two glorious goal opportunities in the dying seconds of stoppage time.

Charleville -- trounced in the Harty Cup final -- showed much better form on this occasion and they led 1-5 to 0-6 at the interval. The all important goal was scored after 19 minutes by Pa O'Callaghan who raced on to a pass from Dean Copps to fire home.

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Hockey: Corinthians saw off C of I in convincing fashion, picking up a bonus point in their 4-0 win, with Chris Pelow bagging a brace. C of I's only two real chances fell to John Jermyn from penalty corners, which were well saved by Ross Murray in the Corinthians goal.

Catholic Institute sprang a surprise 2-1 win over Loreto in the Women's IHL series of matches and are now within touching distance of the Munster league title.

Goals from Eimear Cregan and Claire Sullivan put them 2-0 in the lead before a late consolation goal from Loreto's Nikki Symmons. Meanwhile, UCD consolidated their position at the top of Pool B with a bonus-point 3-0 win at Cork Harlequins.

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CRICKET: Sachin Tendulkar's 99th international century was in vain as South Africa got their World Cup campaign back on track with a dramatic three-wicket win over India in their Group B clash at Nagpur.

With India batting first, Tendulkar compiled 111 off 101 balls to register his sixth World Cup century, but only Virender Sehwag (73) and Gautam Gambhir (69) supported him.

The co-hosts had looked on track for a massive total but lost their last nine wickets for just 29 runs, with Dale Steyn taking five for 50, as India were bowled out for 296 from 48.4 overs. South Africa began their chase brightly, as Hashim Amla's 61 and Jacques Kallis' 69 -- ably backed by a quickfire 52 from AB de Villiers -- kept alive their hopes of snatching a win.

Fortunes changed hands rapidly as Harbhajan Singh's three wickets gave India a toe-hold in the middle overs, but the game eventually went down to the final over with South Africa needing 13.

Robin Peterson edged his first delivery for four before swiping the second over the ropes as he and Faf du Plessis saw the Proteas home.

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ATHLETICS: The growing reputation of Shane Quinn was further underlined at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown yesterday when the 18-year-old Waterford runner added another title to his accomplishments when he won the All-Ireland Schools and Colleges senior boys cross-country title.

Meanwhile, Amy O'Don-oghue from Villiers, Limerick showed fine form to lift the senior girls crown.

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RUGBY: Michael Lawton was the Dungannon hero when he kicked 11 points in their extra-time 16-13 victory in the All Ireland Senior Cup tie against Corinthians at Stevenson Park.

In wet conditions Corinthians outhalf Conor Murphy kicked a penalty after 18 minutes but two minutes later Lawton replied. Fifteen minutes later the Connacht team took a 10-3 interval lead when they exerted pressure around the home line and Darren Classin went in for a try for Murphy to add the difficult conversion.

Just after the restart Murphy and Lawton swapped penalties and then Corinthians attempted to keep the ball tight.

Dungannon's Chris Cochrane then took advantage of some slack defending to go in at the corner and Lawton converted to take the game into extra time where the outhalf's penalty won it. Dungannon now face Bruff in the final.

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Basketball: There are two Nivea for Men's Superleague games down for decision this afternoon with Conference winners Killester awaiting the victors from Demons and Star, who are in action at the Mardyke Arena (tip-off 3.15pm).

Demons have shaded the last two encounters but, in Clayton Longmire, they are up against a player who tops the point-average charts with 28.27 points.

DCU, having won eight from the last nine, have home advantage against Neptune (tip-off 3.30) and beat them on the last day of the regular season, albeit after almost letting slip a 20-point lead to the Cork men. The winners of this will meet Southern Conference winners UL Eagles.

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