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In brief: Magee keeps cool to earn title glory

Ice-cool 17-year-old Owen Magee brought an end to Banbridge's long wait for a national title in the heat of a shootout at Hillsborough yesterday.

Twenty-five years after the club lifted the Irish Senior Cup, Banbridge sank Lisnagarvey in the final of the Irish League, with Magee slotting home the decisive penalty after the game ended 2-2.

Ross McCandless propelled the eventual winners into the lead. Timmy Cockram equalised with a superb reverse stick strike for Lisnagarvey on 55 minutes, before McCandless and Cockram exchanged further scores.

Extra-time yielded nothing further by way of scores, propelling the match into the decisive shoot-out, and Magee kept his cool to net the winning penalty.

Meanwhile Pegasus climbed to the top spot in the Irish women's game by landing the domestic double, when scoring a 4-1 win over Dublin opponents Hermes in yesterday's Irish League final, after beating the same opponents 3-1 in the Irish Senior Cup decider a fortnight ago.

Suzanne Beaney's treble and a Kate McConnell strike did the damage for Pegasus.


Daragh O'Riordan and Tony McDaid were the winners of the Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes in Killarney yesterday, with their Subaru Impreza taking over the lead early on Saturday and staying there through the two days.

They finished with an impressive victory margin of almost four minutes over last year's winner Denis Cronin.

Kilkenny driver Eoin Doyle took a surprise third overall on the final stages as other crews had problems, despite being 11 minutes behind Cronin.

Pre-rally favourite Tim McNulty was the early leader with the best time over the opening stage, but major engine trouble forced him to retire soon afterwards, with the Impreza of Kevin Barrett another early casualty.

Elsewhere, Billy Coleman Award winner Robert Barrable, with co-driver Damien Connolly, took their Skoda Fabia to second place in the Pirelli International Rally, a round of the British Rally Championship, while Waterford's Craig Breen took second in his class, 10 seconds behind Finnish driver Jukka Korhonen.


Ireland's latest young swimming star Sycerika McMahon has her sights on European Junior championships glory this summer after picking up nine gold medals at the NAC over four days of competition.

The 16-year-old, who swims out of the Leander club in Belfast, completed her incredible haul of golds at the Irish long course championships.

On Saturday night, Olympian Melanie Nocher qualified for the World Championships after winning the 200m backstroke in 2:12.25, joining Grainne Murphy and Barry Murphy on the plane to Shanghai.

Last night, Dubliner Niall Wynn, who trains full time at the NAC-High Performance Centre, completed a medley double when he won the 200m event in 2:06.57 having won the 400m earlier in the championships.

Nicholas Quinn of Castlebar had an impressive performance in the 200m breaststroke final, clocking a 2.20.65 to win the National title which also qualifies him for this summer's European Junior Championships in Serbia.


British rider Pete Williams of the Motorpoint professional team led home a three-man breakaway group to become the new race leader of the Tour of Ulster in Dungannon yesterday.

Williams outgunned his team-mate Ian Bibby and the Isle of Man's Andy Roche to take the stage win and also wrested the yellow jersey from stage one winner and overnight leader David McCann (Giant Kenda), who missed the move and finished over eight and a half minutes down.

Last week's Ras Mumhan winner Sean Lacey (Edge Sports) took fourth ahead of Ronan McLaughlin (Slane Cycles) and Daniel Clifford of SportActive, but also lost over three and a half minutes to the front group.

Williams goes into today's final stage tied on time with second-placed Andy Roche, while Lacey is the best placed Irishman in fourth place at 3'03".

In Switzerland, Nicolas Roche followed up his 14th place on stage three with a fine eighth place on the final stage of the Tour of Romandie yesterday. The stage was won by British sprinter Ben Swift of Team Sky while Aussie Cadel Evans (BMC) took overall victory.


Ireland's 13-strong squad of female boxers finished in eighth and 14th positions in the rankings tables at the first AIBA Women's World Youth and Junior Championships in Antalya, Turkey.

Belfast's Michaela Walsh and Mayo's Katie Rowland won World Youth bronze and Donegal's Austeja Accueita won World Junior bronze at the 41-nation tournament, which concluded Saturday.

Walsh and Accueita were beaten by eventual champions Ornella Wahner of Germany and Agnes Alexiusson of Sweden.

Wahner beat England's Charley Davison in the featherweight final and Alexiusson beat Russia's Oxana Paltceva in the Junior final.

Sweden's Frida Stenholm, who beat Rowland in the last four, lost out to China's Yibo Zhang in the World Youth flyweight final.


Fresh winds from the east made for tricky conditions on day three of the ISA Mitsubishi Youth National Championships at Dun Laoghaire yesterday, but tougher conditions are expected for today's final.

Organisers were forced to move the youngest competitors inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour, reportedly due to widespread sea-sickness on Saturday.

However, the weather failed to deter the best sailors in the five disciplines.

Aodh Kennedy and Daniel Browne, sailing jointly for Tralee Bay and the Royal Cork Yacht Club, earned a treble of race wins.

They lead the 420 class on tie-break from Emma Geary and Niamh Connolly of the RCYC and Baltimore Sailing Club.

Courtown's Philip Doran also delivered three wins yesterday in the 43-strong Laser Radial class and appears set to win overall on his weekend-long form.

Irish Independent