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In Brief: McGuinness does 'trick for Moville

A HAT-TRICK from Ireland U-19 international Gemma McGuinness decided an epic FAI Schools Senior Girls Cup final in favour of Moville Community College yesterday.

The Donegal side took the title 4-3 after extra-time.

This repeat of last year's decider at the Oscar Traynor centre looked to be heading in the same direction as 12 months ago when holders Christ King held a 3-1 interval advantage courtesy of Megan Connolly's hat-trick.

McGuinness, however, struck twice in the second half to force extra-time.

Both teams fashioned chances to nick it but winger McGuinness displayed her composure five minutes into the second period to seize upon a poor kick-out and slide the ball home from the edge of the box.

Earlier, Roma McLaughlin had given Moville a fifth minute lead before Connolly took over with a 12-minute hat-trick.

Her third on 27 minutes was the best of them – a free-kick from all of 40 yards out.

Back came the northerners, with McGuinness cutting the arrears seven minutes after the restart.

Sarah Geeney should have made the tie safe for the Cork girls but her miss proved costly as Moville's heroine volleyed in with eight minutes left to make it 3-3.

MOVILLE CC, DONEGAL – L McLaughlin; R Henry, A Breslin, C McDermott, K McLaughlin; E Lafferty (O Kelly 76), R McLaughlin, S McDonald (E Reddin 105), G McGuinness; SJ McDonald, A McLaughlin.

CHRIST KING, CORK – C Noonan; O Murphy, A Russell, N Connolly, M Murphy; L Cooney, M Dennehy (O Magner 78), S Geaney, N McGreevy (S Noonan 95); M Connolly, L O'Brien.

REF – M Ward.

McDermott takes over at Elland Road


Leeds United have appointed former Reading boss Brian McDermott as their new manager on a three-year deal.

Leeds, who parted company with the controversial Neil Warnock last week, are just five points clear of the Championship's relegation zone and are winless in seven games.

Ballabriggs put out to pasture


Ballabriggs, winner of the 2011 John Smith's Grand National, has been retired after being pulled up in the latest renewal of the world's greatest steeplechase.

Owner Trevor Hemmings and trainer Donald McCain decided after lengthy discussion it was best to call time on the 12-year-old's career.

Ballabriggs will always be remembered for giving McCain victory in the Aintree showpiece which his late father Ginger won four times with triple hero Red Rum and Amberleigh House.

Irish Independent