Saturday 18 November 2017

In brief: Murphy strikes late for Loreto

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Aoife Murphy's last-gasp winner for Loreto Kilkenny against Alexandra College meant all five sides in the Kate Russell All-Ireland Schoolgirls Championships could scarcely be separated after day one of the competition in Limerick.

Murphy secured a dramatic 4-3 win to leave each team on three points after two rounds of matches.

The South East side looked to have blown a 3-0 advantage as treble-chasing Alexandra stormed back to tie the game with just a few minutes to go.

Grace Walsh and Aoife Murphy had given the Kilkenny side a commanding lead, but goals from the Dublin side's youth international panellists Millie O'Donnell, Emily Beatty and Hannah McDermott tied the game with five minutes remaining.

Murphy, though, burst their bubble when she popped up to sneak a winner to end a memorable tie and day's action in Dooradoyle.


Ken Egan will be back in action at the National Stadium in Dublin tonight when Ireland and China clash for the third and final time at the home of Irish boxing.

Egan meets Fanlong Meng in his first fight against a Chinese opponent since he controversially lost the 2008 Olympic light-heavyweight final to Xiaoping Zhang in Beijing.

Having beaten the Asian powerhouses 9-3 in Wexford last Sunday and 9-3 in Dungarvan on Wednesday night, Ireland take an 18-6 aggregate lead into tonight's 12-bout international.

Katie Taylor will meet Cheng Dong for a third time tonight, while European bronze medallist Eric Donovan and 2007 EU champ Roy Sheehan will also be in action.

Meanwhile, the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) will mark its centenary year by hosting the 2011 European Youth Championships in Dublin in August.

Tommy Murphy, president of the IABA, said: "We are delighted that the cream of up-and-coming amateur boxing talent will be coming to Ireland to compete in this prestigious tournament."


Ireland's Julia Moriarty yesterday pulled off a winning double in the ITF Women's Circuit event in Poza Rica, Mexico.

Moriarty romped to a 6-2 6-0 win over Mexico's Ivette Lopez in the opening round of the singles event.

The Australia-born right-hander later partnered Puerto Rico's Jessica Roland-Rosario to a 6-1 6-0 success against Mexican pair Zorayma Arreola and Maritza Hernandez.

In the second round of the singles, unseeded Moriarty faces Brazil's No 8 seed Vivian Segnini.

Meanwhile, Davis Cup ace James Cluskey advanced to the second round of the doubles in the ITF Men's Future event in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.

The 24-year-old Dubliner and France's Fabrice Martin, the top seeds, edged Timo Kranz of Liechtenstein and the Czech Republic's Jiri Lopaj on a 7-6 (9/7) 6-4 scoreline.

Irish Independent

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