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In Brief: Meadow breezes through cut

CURTIS CUP star Stephanie Meadow (21) lived up to her reputation as one of the hottest amateurs in the women's game as she breezed through the cut at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first Major of the LPGA Tour season.

British Amateur Champion Meadow, from Antrim, posted a one-over 73 in yesterday's second round at Mission Hills.

Meanwhile, Alan Dunbar got the perfect fillip for next week's US Masters, his final event as an amateur, by winning the Georgia Cup. The Rathmore prospect beat Steven Fox 1-up in the annual challenge match-play challenge between the US and British Amateur Champions at the Golf Club of Georgia in Atlanta.

Athletics

ATHLETICS Ireland have announced that Chris Jones has been appointed as their new national endurance coach.

Jones is best known in athletics circles for coaching Fionnuala Britton but has previously been the high performance director for Triathlon Ireland and, prior to that, had extensive experience in coaching athletics and triathlon in his native Wales.

He is the first person to hold a paid coaching position in Irish athletics and will take up his new role at the end of May.

Soccer

JACK DOHERTY'S sublime free-kick earned the Ireland Schools side a vital 1-0 win over Wales last night in this U-18 Centenary Shield tie.

The Waterford United winger stepped up five minutes into the second half at the Oscar Traynor Complex to bend his 25-yard effort beyond goalkeeper Matthew Swan.

This victory follows last week's win for Ireland in Scotland, putting them firmly in contention to reclaim the five-nation title when England visit Turner's Cross on April 26 in the concluding fixture of the campaign.

Doherty wasted a glorious chance to extend the advantage on 70 minutes, and it took a save by Irish goalkeeper Conor O'Malley from an Iestyn Evans header three minutes from full-time to ensure Ollie Horgan's side wrapped up back-to-back wins.

IRELAND – C O'Malley (Rice College, Westport); K. Cantwell (St. Kieran's College, Kilkenny), A Byrne (Yeats College, Galway), P Fitzgerald (De La Salle College, Waterford), S Coyne (Terenure College); K Rocks (Christian Brothers, Cork), K O'Connor (St Peter's College, Wexford), A Browne (Nagle CC, Cork), G Boyne (Castleknock CC, Dublin); J Doherty (Comeragh College, Carrick on Suir); C Barry (Portumna CS, Galway). Subs: S Hurley (Arklow CBS) for Boyne (70), J Dykes (Summerhill College, Sligo) for Doherty (75), D Cashin (Malahide CS) for Barry (80).

WALES – M Swan; L James, R Thomas, I Evans, K Cockings; R Davies (D Seager 74), D Thomas, N Renfree, J Jones, J Littlemore, R Hedges (Jones 88).

REF – I Bradley (AUL).

Irish Independent