Tuesday 12 December 2017

In Brief: Saints march on in FAI Cup

Soccer: St Patrick's Athletic booked their place in the last 16 of the FAI Ford Cup following a convincing 4-0 win over UCD at Richmond Park.

Christy Fagan put the Saints ahead on 31 minutes with a neat finish before netting his second with a blistering shot on 52 minutes.

Jake Kelly ended any hopes of a UCD comeback with the third goal on 63 minutes. Gareth Matthews then compounded UCD's misery when he put the ball through his own net on 79 minutes.

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Sligo Rovers advanced to the next round of the FAI Ford cup with a 2-0 win against First Division Waterford United. Sligo broke the deadlock after 20 minutes when Danny Ventre netted after the Blues failed to clear from a corner. They then hit the killer blow on the stroke of half-time with the second when the unmarked Anthony Elding crashed home.

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Cobh Ramblers survived a late comeback by non-league St Patrick's CY to run out 4-3 winners of their FAI Ford Cup second-round tie.

Brian Fitzgerald's third-minute header and a free-kick from Conor Meade eight minutes later had the Cork side cruising at Frank Cooke Park. Two more early in the second half, a Meade penalty and Bobby Donoghue's close-range finish, put Cobh four goals up.

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Gaelic games: Tipperary and Waterford were involved in a titanic battle in the Munster JFC semi-final that was only decided after extra-time at the Fitzgerald Stadium, when a late point from substitute Conor O'Shea gave Waterford a 1-13 to 0-15 victory.

The sides were level – 1-4 to 0-7 – at half-time with David Power getting the Waterford goal. Waterford appeared set for victory in normal time when 'keeper Thomas Wall converted a '45' against the wind in the final minute. But Tipperary then won a free on the 65-meter line and Benny Hickey kicked an incredible equaliser to force the game to extra-time.

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Golf: A frustrated Tiger Woods matched the second worst score of his professional career as he battled to a seven-over-par 79 in yesterday's weather-delayed, wind-buffeted third round at the Memorial Tournament.

Woods, a five-times winner at Muirfield Village Golf Club where he is the defending champion, once again struggled with his putting to finish at eight-over 224.

He recorded a bogey, two doubles and a triple to reach the turn in eight-over 44, his worst nine as a professional, and declined to speak to reporters after bogeying his final hole to come home in one-under 35. Rory McIlroy, who just survived the cut, fared only a little better, carding a three-over 75 to stand on six-over.

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Finland's Mikko Ilonen moved to the top of the Nordea Masters leaderboard with a round of 65 as overnight leader Matteo Manassero slipped to third in Stockholm.

Ilonen moved two strokes clear of Sweden's Alexander Noren in second place, while BMW PGA Championship winner Manassero could only manage a one-under round of 71 to leave him tied for third with Jonas Blixt four shots behind.

Damien McGrane is 10 strokes in arrears after a third-round 68 while Alan Dunbar shot 75 for a three-over total.

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Dessie Morgan put himself in position to make up for his recent Mullingar Scratch Cup disappointment when he stayed out of the rough and opened with an impressive four-under 68 in the East of Ireland Amateur Open at Co Louth.

With Baltray's rough at its thickest for several years, he birdied all four par-fives and erased bogeys at the 10th and fifth with back-to-back birdies at the 12th and 13th to lead by shot from Greystones' Paul Dunne (69) on four-under-par.

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Athletics: Marcus Lawler of Carlow CBS was the star of the Aviva All-Ireland Schools Championships in Tullamore yesterday, breaking two schools records in winning both the 100 and 200 meters, his time of 20:87 in the 200 meters a new National Junior record.

Earlier, Lawler broke the oldest Irish schools record of them all, taking two hundredths of a second off Anthony Flannnery's 43-year-old 100 meters record when clocking 10:59.

A total of 11 schools records where broken, Siofra Cleirigh Buttner of Colaiste Iosagáin Dublin took her first senior title, breaking the record for 800 meters by over seven seconds in 2:03:81.

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Cricket: Andre Botha scored 170 runs for Clontarf yesterday as they beat Phoenix by 168 runs in the Leinster Senior Cup. Botha, who came in to bat at No 4 after Clontarf lost early wickets, scored off 149 deliveries and included 27 bounderies. It was also the highest batting total of a Clotarf batsman in senior cricket.

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Tennis: Seven-times champion Rafael Nadal held off the challenge from Italian Fabio Fognini 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-4 to book his place in the fourth round of the French Open and set up a meeting with Japanese 13th seed Kei Nishikori on his 27th birthday tomorrow.

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Gaelic games: The death has occurred of Noel Curran, father of former Dublin footballer and 1995 All-Ireland winner, Paul. Curran Snr also reached the summit of Gaelic football, winning an All-Ireland title with Meath in 1967 when he lined out at full-forward.

Irish Independent

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