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Kabamba inspires Maynooth to glory

A try by centre Francis Kabamba was the foundation for Maynooth Post-Primary's 16-0 victory over Colaiste Chill Mhantain in the Leinster Schools Development Senior Cup final at Lakeland's Park yesterday.

The Wicklow boys had the wind in the first half but they were hit with Kabamba's intercept effort in the 11th minute. Scrum-half Alex Birchell converted and added a penalty just before the break.

No 8 Jamie Murphy, captain Neil Delaney and out-half Cian Forde were excellent for the winners, who scored two more penalties by Birchell in the face of Mhantain's brave defence led by out-half Ben Porter.

Maynooth -- L Halton; C Hill-Gunning, F Kabamba, C Meyler, M Andaloc (C Donnan 55); C Forde, A Birchall; D McBride, S O'Gorman, R Fernandez, D Lynch, N Delaney (capt), C Walshe (N Hafidou 51), J Casey, J Murphy.

Colaiste Chill Mhantain -- J Crowe; E Cullen, M Cullen, R Donnelly, B Noonan (D Corry 55); B Porter, D Kelly; I Hanlon (S Murphy 55), C Farrell (A Boyce 46), S Byrne (C Smullen 25), M Neiland (N O'Brien 46), J O'Boyle, A Doyle, E O'Sullivan, J Byrne (capt).

Ref -- J Bolger (Leinster Branch)

Gaelic games

Cavan will play All-Ireland champions Donegal in the Ulster Vocational Schools U-18 final after beating Monaghan 1-15 to 1-8 at Cloghan yesterday.

The Breffni boys produced a fine display, with full-forward Kevin Mulvany unmarkable, bagging 11 points off either foot.

Monaghan had started brightly with David Freeman and Shane McGuinness registering points, but despite playing against the wind, Cavan led 0-7 to 0-5 at the break.

Fifteen seconds into the second half Killian McSherry scored a Cavan goal, but Monaghan soon reduced the deficit to just two points thanks to scores from McGuinness and James McElroy.

But they were to score just once more as Cavan assumed control again and pulled away.

With five minutes left, Monaghan full-forward Adam Treanor blasted a fine goal, but Mulvany scored another three points to take Cavan through.

scorers -- Cavan: K Mulvany 0-11, K McSherry 1-1, D Harper, G Smith, P Smith 0-1 each. Monagahan: D Freeman, S McGuinness 0-3 each, A Treanor 1-0, J McGuigan, J McElroy 0-1 each.

Cavan -- C Smith; C O'Reilly, J Cunningham, L McCabe; A Dunne, A Watson, F Reilly; L Buchanan, D Harper; B Carty, S Jackson, G Smith; G Watters, K Mulvany, K McSherry. Subs: P Smith for Watters, J Lynch for Carty.

Monaghan -- D Kirk; F Malone, P Garland, J Rehill; C Duffy, J Guinan, P Martin; J McGuigan, J McElroy; G Graham, D Freeman, F Smith; D Ward, A Treanor, S McGuinness. Subs: D McElroy for Smith, A Brady for Guinan, D Brennan for Graham.

Ref -- P Hughes (Armagh)


Dale Steyn became the second quickest bowler to 250 Test wickets as South Africa assumed complete control of the first Test after day one against Sri Lanka at Centurion.

Steyn reached the milestone, in his 49th Test, in the fifth over of the day when Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan attempted an awful slog.

It set the tone for a poor batting display from the tourists as they were bundled out for 180 just before tea with Steyn and Vernon Philander sharing nine wickets.

Philander just about overshadowed his new-ball partner's milestone as he claimed his third five-wicket haul, in just his third Test, in returning figures of 5-53. The Proteas reached 90-1 in reply.

Irish Independent