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In brief: Gonoud powers St Joseph's home

St Joseph's, Rochfortbridge, advanced to the second round of the Leinster Colleges SF 'A' championship by virtue of a three-point win -- 3-15 to 2-15 -- over hosts Franciscan College, Gormanston, after extra-time.

Despite Jamie Gonoud converting a 29th-minute penalty for the Westmeath school, Gormanston still led by 0-7 to 1-3 at half-time.

Midway through the second half, a goal from St Joseph's sub Shane Murtagh looked decisive, but a late rally had the Meath school level at the end of normal-time (2-8 to 0-14).

However, St Joseph's were able to rely on Gonoud at midfield and Shane Corcoran in attack to seal it.

Scorers -- St Joseph's: J Gonoud 1-5 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), S Murtagh 2-2, N Cully 0-4 (0-2 fs), S Corcoran 0-3, A Flanagan 0-1. Gormanston: N O'Flaherty 1-10 (0-7f), C Madden 0-3, S Landy 1-0, C McLoughlin 0-2.

St Joseph's -- K Power; J Guiden, D Judge, L Wallace; R Greville, M Glennon, G Greville; A Boardman, J Gonoud; T Dowling, C Slevin, I Hyland; S Corcoran, A Flanagan, N Cully. Subs: S Murtagh (for Hyland), A Glynn (for Cully), C Burke (for Flanagan).

Gormanston -- A Berg; K Ferris, L Harrington, H McNally; J McEntee, E Moore, J Andrews; C Grimes, D Smyth; C McLoughlin, C Madden, S Landy; E Flynn, D Grimes, N O'Flaherty. Subs: C Nolan (for Landy), S Landy (for Andrews), C McEnaney (for McLoughlin), M O'Mara (for Flynn), C Brady (for McEntee), C McLoughlin (for Brady).

REF -- G McCormack (Dublin).

ColAiste Mhuire, Mullingar, had to dig deep to overcome a strong St Benildus College -- 1-10 to 1-8 -- in this Leinster Colleges SFC first-round game in Lakepoint Park, Mullingar.

The winners trailed by five points with 10 minutes left, but they produced a great late rally to score 1-4 to progress to the next round.

The turning point arrived just seven minutes from time, when a great passing moved resulted in Colaiste Mhuire full-forward Neal Kirby firing to the net.

Scorers -- Col Mhuire, Mullingar: N Kirby 1-0, S Daly, T Doyle, A Clarke 0-2 each, W McGrath, N O'Brien, D McNicholas, S Dempsey 0-1 each. St Benildus: N Carr 1-0, G Whelan 0-3, P Mannion, S Cunningham 0-2 each, C Butler 0-1.

Col Mhuire, Mullingar -- K Maguire; C McKinley, D McDermott, C Carthy; E Siode, A Clarke, B Slevin; D McNicholas, T Doyle; D Whelan, D Lynch, N O'Brien; K Smullen, N Kirby, W McGrath. Subs: S Daly for C Carthy (12), S Dempsey for K Smullen (38), M Browne for D Whelan (50).

St Benildus -- E Roe; K McGrath, A Clabby, R McGowan; D Quinn, D Butler, D Byrne; S Fitzsimons, G Whelan; D Byrne, C Butler, B Horan; S Cunningham, P Mannion, N Carr.

REF -- J McQuillan (Cavan).


THE superior big-time experience of American veteran Kevin Kim proved the deciding factor as Conor Niland disappointingly crashed out in the first round of qualifying in the Australian Open yesterday.

The Irish No 1, seeded 16, had a decided edge in the respective world ranking positions, at No 130 compared to No 262, but significantly 32-year-old Kim was placed as high as No 63 in March 2005. And after two hours and one minute, Kim advanced 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (8/6) and now looks forward to a second-round clash against Slovakia's Andrej Martin.


Six-time champion Stephen Hendry fears he might have played his final match at Wembley after crashing out of the Ladbrokes Mobile Masters.

Neil Robertson came from 2-1 behind to beat Hendry 6-3 in the first round, to set up a quarter-final against Ronnie O'Sullivan's conqueror Mark Allen.

Robertson suggested Hendry was at a career "crossroads" as the decline of the Scot continued.

Irish Independent