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In brief: Marshall helps YMCA close gap

Aussie ace Phil Marshall led the charge as YMCA closed to within a point of Glenanne at the head of the Leinster league. The Australian striker bagged two in the 4-0 win over Three Rock Rovers to maintain to help maintain YM's 100pc record.

And with Johnny Bruton and veteran Mikey Fry completing the tally, they made light of their trip to Grange Road to underline their status as the form team of the season. As Glenanne dropped their first points of the season at home to Corinthians, Marshall and his mates are now just one off the pace, with a game in hand.

Rugby league: Henderson brothers keep Ireland at bay

Wakefield's Dale Ferguson scored two tries as Scotland came from behind to wrap up the 2010 European Cup with a 42-22 victory over Ireland at Tallaght Stadium.

Ireland had raced into an 18-4 lead, but two quick tries from Andrew and Kevin Henderson got Scotland back into the game and they went on to score 28 unanswered points.

John Gillam had given Ireland the lead early on, only for Ben Fisher to hit back for Scotland. Scott Grix and Liam Finn then went over as Ireland opened up a lead, but those tries from the Henderson brothers helped Scotland back to within two points.

Ferguson, Brett Carter and Mitchell Stringer then put the game out of Ireland's reach as Joe Wardle finished things off.

Basketball: Killester hold off brave Bonaparte

Killester continued their perfect start to the season after holding off a massive charge from a Michael Bonaparte-inspired Neptune to win 103-84.

The Grenada-born player scored massive 39 points -- but it wasn't enough to prevent his side from their third loss of the season.

Killester were unstoppable in the first quarter of the match as they built up a 20-point lead, but Pat Price's Neptune hit back in the second quarter to reduce the arrears. Jermaine Turner, Pete Madsen and Michael Westbrooks showed their experience for the Dubliners.

And they followed it up yesterday with another three points as they saw off Ulster Elks 97-73.

Elsewhere, UL Eagles maintained their 100pc record with an 89-72 victory over a vastly improved Belfast Star at the UL Arena.

Motorsport: Breen given chance to shine on world stage

Ireland's Craig Breen was selected yesterday as one of six young drivers from all over the world who will contest six rounds of next year's FIA World Rally Championship following a two-day Pirelli Star Driver Shoot-out at Porta Aventura, Spain.

The 20-year-old Waterford driver -- the Billy Coleman Award winner in 2009 as Motorsport Ireland Young Rally Driver of the Year -- has already shown his abilities by winning an International Rally, Rally NI in August, and a round of the British Championship, to add to the clean sweep of Ford Fiesta titles he won last year.

In Skibbereen, Welshman Melvyn Evans confirmed his emphatic win in the Dunlop National Rally by taking his sixth win out of 10 events, almost a minute ahead of Dubliner Kevin Barrett.

Boxing: Joyce takes U-21 title on comeback

Davey Joe Joyce bounced back from a two-year injury exile to claim a national U-21 title at the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday night.

The St Michael's Athy man -- a bronze medal winner for Ireland at the 2008 AIBA World Youth Championships in Guadalajara -- has been out with a hand injuries since his podium finish in Mexico.

But the 20-year-old returned with a bang in Saturday's finals at the home of Irish boxing to stop Crumlin's Paddy McDonnell in the fourth round of their 85Kg decider.

Light-heavyweight Christy Joyce also emerged victorious in a 5-1 verdict over John Tighe, landing the first of two titles for the Athy club.

And Crumlin BC claimed two belts at the Championships, courtesy of podium finishes for Evan Metcalfe and Stephen Carroll in the light-fly and welterweight categories.

Irish Independent