Thursday 18 January 2018

In brief: Killester romp to final spot

Basketball: Killester return to the National Arena next Sunday after an emphatic 96-67 win over Star at the IWA last night.

The beaten cup finalists ran amok in the second half of this league semi-final, where Jermaine Turner out-rebounded the visitors in defence.

Killester had held a six-point lead at the interval, but an explosive start to the third quarter saw Turner, Johnny Behan and the two Westbrooks brothers put Killester firmly in control and from there it was plain sailing for Mark Keenan's men.

Meeting Killester in the final are 2003 league winners Neptune, who defeated UL Eagles 90-88. Michael Bonaparte shot six from six from the free throw line to close the game out.

The women's decider will be contested between UL and Glanmire. UL saw off Drimnagh 72-30, while Glanmire edged out DCU Mercy 75-71.

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Gaelic Games: Corner-forward Thomas O'Hanrahan hit 2-2 as holders St Kieran's, Kilkenny, advanced to the All-Ireland Colleges SHC 'A' final with a 3-10 to 0-7 victory against Charleville CBS yesterday.

John Power scored 1-3 in the first half as St Kieran's opened up a 1-7 to 0-3 half-time lead against the beaten Harty Cup finalists. O'Hanrahan added a brace of goals in the second half. St Kieran's will meet Harty Cup holders Ardscoil Rís in the All-Ireland final for a second year running.

Scorers --St Kieran's: T O'Hanrahan 2-2, J Power 1-3f, M Donnelly 0-2 (1f), J Nolan, M Brennan, H O'Neill 0-1 each. Charleville CBS: J Morrissey, D Reidy (1f, 1 '65) 0-2 each, M Kavanagh (f), D Copps, P O'Callaghan 0-1 each

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A goal in each half from Conor Herbert and Kenneth Swords proved decisive as Scoil Mhuire, Clane, were crowned Leinster Colleges Senior Football 'B' Champions in St Conleth's Park, Newbridge yesterday afternoon, beating Scoil Chatrion by 2-8 to 0-9.

Scorers -- Scoil Mhuire, Clane: C Herbert 1-4 (1f), K Swords 1-1, C Kilkenny 0-2 (2f), K Giblin 0-1. Scoil Chaitriona: C Mac Giolla Choinningh 0-3 (3f), M O Duiginn (1f), P O Ghriabhain (1f) 0-2 each, A Mac Giolla Eoin, N Flaonain 0-1 each

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Roscommon scored a clear-cut 0-15 to 0-6 victory over a poor Leitrim side in a low-key Connacht under 21 semi-final. Roscommon took complete control in the second half with Shane Regan converting three frees while Scott Oates and man-of-the-match Niall Kilroy hit a free each.

Scorers -- Roscommon: S Regan 0-5 (4f), N Kilroy 0-4 (1f), D McDermott, S Oates (2f) 0-2 each, E Stritch, N Daly 0-1 each. Leitrim: C. Beirne 0-4 (1f), N O'Connor, K Moran 0-1 each

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COLáISTE Phobal Roscrea booked their place in this year's All-Ireland Vocational Schools 'A' hurling final with a deserved nine-point victory over a battling Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown side in Boherlahan yesterday, as it finished 2-17 to 1-11.

Roscrea led by 1-9 to 0-6 at the interval thanks to a 27th minute Eoin Ryan goal before further second-half points from Ryan, Jamie Bergin, Declan Cleary and a second Roscrea goal from Eithan Flynn copperfastened victory for the Tipperary school.

Scorers -- Coláiste Phobal Roscrea: E Ryan 1-5 (2f); E Flynn 1-0, D Murphy, J Bergin, D Cleary, J Wall and J Cleary 0-2 each, J Ryan and J Sampson 0-1 each.

Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown: C Martin 0-6 (4f, 1 '65); D Lennon 1-1; K Sweeney 0-2; J Ryan and S Donnelly 0-1 each

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AN extra-time goal from substitute Jamie Ryan clinched a spot in the All-Ireland senior 'A' vocational schools hurling final for St Brigid's of Loughrea in a dramatic semi-final in Ballinasloe yesterday, as they eventually won 3-13 to 1-18. A fiery encounter finished 2-10 to 1-13 at the end of normal time.

Scorers -- St Brigid's: B Molloy 2-7 (5f); D Dolan 0-3; J Ryan 1-0; D Burke, E Burke, S Sweeney 0-1 each. Banagher: T Moran (1-10, 7fs, 1'65); R Wynne (0-2); J O'Connor (0-2); D Hopkins (0-1); D Duane (0-1); S Gardner (0-1); P Camon (0-1f)

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BOXING: Katie Taylor will have another Cheng Dong battle at the Brandon Hotel in New Ross tonight as Ireland's Elite male and female boxers take on China over 12 bouts.

Taylor, who also fought on last night's card in Dublin, beat Dong in the 2008 and 2010 AIBA World lightweight titles in China and Barbados. Joe Ward, 17, who caused a sensation at last month's Elite Championships by beating Olympic silver medallist Ken Egan, will also be in action tonight against Chinese light-heavyweight Fanlon Meng.

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CRICKET: The posters are everywhere in Dhaka, emblazoned with messages imploring Bangladesh's cricket team to be "heroes" at this "once-in-a-lifetime" World Cup party.

It's a party that is set to end with a whimper after Shakib Al Hasan's team slumped to 78 all out and a 206-run thrashing by a supposedly under-strength South Africa yesterday, leaving Bangladesh all but out of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Pakistan ended Australia's 34-match unbeaten run at World Cups with a tense four-wicket victory in Colombo to secure top spot in their Group A.

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ATHLETICS: Two leading Irish athletes, Alistair Cragg and Fionnuala Britton, face tough tests on opposite sides of the Atlantic this afternoon.

Cragg competes in a high-profile half-marathon in New York today, while in Spain, teak tough Wicklow-born runner Fionnuala Britton carries Irish hopes in the IAAF World Cross-Country Championships in Punta Umbria. Britton finished fourth in the European Championships three months ago.

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TENNIS: Louk Sorensen's bid to nail down a semi-final place in the ATP Challenger Tour event in San Jose, Costa Rica foundered yesterday against the more consistent play of Ecuador's Giovanni Lapentti.

Lapentti broke Sorensen's serve at the third attempt in the seventh game of the second set, and he broke again in the ninth game of the set to seal his victory.

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Competition winners: The winner of last week's competition of an overnight stay in a four-star hotel and tickets to yesterday evening's Ireland v England Six Nations match was Sean Stakelum from Longford. The runner-up prize of two match tickets went to John Joe Meagher, Dublin.

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