Thursday 23 November 2017

In Brief: Keatley finds range in rout

RUGBY: Tries from CJ Stander and Mike Sherry gave Munster their third win in a row and saw them close in on the Pro12 top four after a 30-3 victory at Musgrave Park last night.

Mike Sherry crossed in the right corner four minutes from time to cap a commanding outing for the home side, who had a fine kicking display from Ian Keatley to thank for laying the groundwork for the win.

Early on, BJ Botha was yellow-carded and Piers Francis kicked a simple penalty to give Edinburgh a 3-0 lead. Keatley replied with two penalties to make it 6-3.

After the break, Keatley continued to find his range to make it 15-3. Dougie Fife added a try after a JJ Hanrahan chip.

Keatley's sixth successful kick arrived off a Munster attacking maul, which forced another penalty. And 12 minutes from time Stander got on the end of Ivan Dineen's kick to seal the win for the home side.

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The outstanding Alison Miller was the star of the show in Ashbourne RFC yesterday afternoon as Ireland pulled off a major scalp in the RBS Women's Six Nations with a spectacular 25-0 triumph over three-in-a-row Grand Slam champions England.

Miller's hat-trick of tries got the side off to a great start, with a late Niamh Briggs try completing the rout.

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GAELIC GAMES: Clare won the Waterford Crystal Cup for the second time with a comfortable 1-19 to 1-13 win over Tipperary at Semple Stadium, Thurles last night.

The early exchanges were free-flowing with the sides level on four occasions in the first ten minutes with Seadna Morey to the fore for Clare while Shane Bourke and Brian O'Meara were on the mark for a lively Tipp inside attack.

Tipperary struck for goal in the 13th minute with a flowing team move with Eoin Kelly, O'Meara and Bourke combining to set-up Patrick Maher for a close range finish. But Clare were slowly getting on top with Domhnall O'Donovan and Patrick Donnellan taking over in defence

Good scores from the excellent Tony Kelly, Alan O'Neill, Enda Barrett and Fergal Lynch helped the visitors to a 0-14 to 1-8 half-time lead and a Shane O'Donnell goal in the 52nd minute effectively ended the game as a contest with a sharper Clare team recording a six point victory.

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St Pat's of Navan produced a storming second-half display to eliminate St Peter's, Wexford, in a hotly-contested Leinster Colleges SF 'A' quarter-final by a score of 2-7 to 1-6, with full-forward Barry Dardis scoring 2-1 for Colm O'Rourke's side.

At half-time the Wexford side led 1-6 to 1-2, but they lost their way entirely in the second half as Navan staged a second-half rally which saw them record 1-5 without any reply from their opponents.

St Peters' Dardis struck in the 56th minute for his second goal which put the Meath side in front for the first time. Late points from Niall Kane and Niall Lyons ensured a semi-final berth.

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OUR Lady's Templemore progressed to the Munster Colleges 'A' hurling final with a hard-earned 1-13 to 0-14 victory over a resilient Ardscoil Rís side in Nenagh yesterday.

Our Lady's held a slender 0-9 to 0-7 interval lead but a quick-fire John McGrath goal 40 seconds after the restart provided the platform for victory for the Tipperary side.

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MacRory Cup holders St Michael's, Enniskillen made their cup exit in a low-scoring quarter-final at Dunmoyle – a repeat of last year's final – as St Patrick's Maghera prevailed 0-7 to 0-5 with Cathal Mulholland and Daire Gallagher sealing the win for the south Derry side.

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HOCKEY: Pembroke Wanderers' grip on the Leinster League Division l title was given a jolt yesterday when losing 3-2 to visitors Three Rock Rovers, but they remain favourites to wrap it up in their final match against bottom team Avoca. A Peter Blakeney's hat-trick for Rovers got them over the line his winner coming two minutes from the end.

UCD and Railway Union are now joined neck and neck at the top of the Division 1 women's campaign.

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BASKETBALL: Dublin Inter are to meet with the Basketball Superleague management team next week to discuss their future after they pulled out of yesterday's game with DCU Saints which had been scheduled for Glasnevin.

Meanwhiole in a re-run of the Mens Superleague Cup final, Limerick had four points to spare over Neptune. Limerick had trailed by seven heading down the stretch but some good defensive rebounding from Robert Lynch and Stephen King in particular was to prove crucial for Mark Keenan's men.

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ATHLETICS: Paul McKee of Beechmount Harriers won two titles in the Woodies Masters Championships at the Athlone Indoor Arena last night, winning the 60m (Over 35) in 7.19 seconds and the 200m in a record time of 22.36 seconds.

Bernie Byrne (Clonliffe Harriers) took almost four seconds off the masters 800m record when she won the O50 section in 2:32.55, while Cushla Hehir Murphy (Marian AC), the holder of the old record, took ten seconds off the O55 record when she won in a time of 2:49.86.


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GOLF: South Africans Trevor Fisher Jnr and Richard Sterne kept the joint lead in the Joburg Open yesterday after they both carded 68s in the third round.

The pair go into today's final round locked on 19-under par for the tournament, five shots clear at the top of the leaderboard.

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BOXING: London 2012 Olympian and defending middleweight champion Darren O'Neill is out of the Elite Championships after dropping a countback decision to Jason Quigley at the National Stadium last night..

Both boxers were tied at 13-13 at the end of a cracking 75kg quarter-final, but Quigley's hand was raised in victory on accepted scores (49-38). The current European U/23 champion took the first two rounds to lead 9-7 going in the third, but O'Neill, who beat Quigley in the 2010 and 2011 Elite finals, claimed the final frame 6-4 before losing out on a countback.

Meanwhile, Limerick's Andy Lee defeated Dubliner Anthony Fitzgerald in their middleweight clash in Belfast last night. Lee over came an aggressive start from Fitzgerald to win 98-94.

Irish Independent

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