Tuesday 20 March 2018

In brief: Ten Irish through to quarter-finals


Ten Irish boxers are through to the quarter-finals of the first Women's World Youth and Junior Championships in Turkey following four wins out of six yesterday.

European Youth silver medalist Katie Rowland, Oliwia Samsonow, Michaela Walsh and Clare Grace claimed Youth victories yesterday.

But there was disappointment for Sarah Close and Shauna Browne-O'Keefe following reversals to Minu Basumatary of India and Gamnze Basar of Turkey respectively.

Samsonow, who boxes out of the Cavan BC, overcame Syrian light-flyweight Alsaleh Haya, and Grace beat India's Tokas Heena on a 27-7 verdict.

Rowland cruised to an 18-9 win over Damira Mussina of Kazakhstan and Walsh recorded a 25-12 decision over Farazona Karimova of Tajikstan.

The quartet join Christine Gargan, Lisa Buckley, Nicole Meli, Shannon Power, Austeja Accuieta and Hannah Carthy in the last eight.

Walsh will today meet Celine Vastine of France, an opponent the Belfast featherweight beat 7-0 in the 2010 European Youth Championships. Grace will also be in action today.

Carthy and Buckley will compete in today's World Junior quarter-finals, while European Junior silver medalist Gargan, Meli, Power and Accuieta will be between the ropes tomorrow.

Women's Hockey

Ireland grabbed their third 2-0 win over France on the trot in this weekend's trio of senior internationals at Belfield yesterday.

Yesterday it was Anna O'Flanagan who notched Ireland's opener, to leave it 1-0 at the break.

It was left to Cliodhna Sargent to clinch it, scoring from a short corner nine minutes from time.

Irish team manager Gene Muller was pleased with the weekend's showing, saying, "I'm very happy with the team's overall performances, considering seven of the squad were not available."

Meanwhile, Belarus side HC Victorya Smolevichi sprang a surprise in the Euro Hockey Club Champions Trophy at Park Avenue, when scoring a 3-1 win over Belgium side Royal Wellington.

Railway Union saw off Scottish side Grove 4-1, with goals from Isobel Joyce, Emma Smyth, Cecilia Joyce and Sinead Walsh.


Swindon's relegation from League One was finally confirmed yesterday with a 3-1 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Neil Mellor scored twice to add to an early Darren Potter goal, with Irish midfielder Jonathan Douglas grabbing the only goal for Swindon, who are now marooned at the bottom.

Southampton beat 10-man Hartlepool 2-0 to win their eighth successive home league game and maintain their grasp on the second automatic promotion spot.

Huddersfield remain behind Southampton by virtue of goal difference after they made hard work of beating relegation-threatened Dagenham and Redbridge 2-1 at the Galpharm Stadium.

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