Thursday 19 September 2019

Mayo stun Tipp at Croker

GAELIC GAMES: Holders Tipperary were stunned by Mayo in an intriguing All-Ireland minor football quarter-final at Croke Park, the latter prevailing 0-19 to 1-8.

Mayo blitzed Tipperary in the opening half and the determined underdogs led by 0-9 to 0-1 with 19 minutes gone.

Tipp improved as the interval approached, though, with Philip Quirke slamming a goal that helped trim the half time down to 0-10 to 1-3.

It was tight and tense after the restart with Tipp's cause scarcely aided by the 45th-minute dismissal of midfielder Steven O'Brien and Mayo held out for a surprise win.

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Two first-half goals by Colin Dempsey and Aidan McTighe helped send Mayo into their first All-Ireland Junior final since 2001 when they defeated Lancashire by nine points in Manchester yesterday, winning 2-14 to 0-11.

The Connacht champions fought off an onslaught from the British champions in the second half but never looked like falling short after going in at the interval leading by 2-8 to 0-4. A late rally by the home side, which saw Castlebar native Joe Corcoran score a brace of long-distance points, wasn't enough for Lancashire with Mayo's half-back line dominant.

Mayo, who haven't won an All-Ireland title at this level for 15 years, will face the winners of Kerry and Cavan when they contest the second semi-final in Nenagh next Saturday.

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CAMOGIE: All-Ireland champions Wexford will play history-makers Offaly, and league title holders Cork will take on Galway in this year's semi-finals. Elaine Dermody was in typically high-scoring form as Offaly continued their amazing rise through the ranks to reach the last four for the first time.

After a year of consolidation at senior level, they have flourished through the knockout stages and showed great courage to edge out a valiant Dublin side.

They looked in trouble approaching half-time, trailing the hosts by seven points at 1-8 to 0-4. Mairi Moynihan's sixth-minute goal was the perfect start for the Dubs but Offaly struck for seven successive scores, with Dermody's 38th-minute penalty goal putting them in front for the first time.

The Coolderry sharpshooter finished with 1-7, and with Michaela Morkan (0-3) and Siobhán Flannery (0-2) providing ample support, Offaly had built up a vital four-point cushion when Moynihan struck for her second goal deep in injury-time to leave it 1-13 to 2-9.

Cork and Clare have been involved in some titanic tussles this year and Páirc Uí Chaoimh hosted another, with the home team prevailing 1-10 to 0-10.

There was never very much between the teams as Chloe Morey tagged on six points for Clare, with Fiona Lafferty and Claire McMahon also getting on the mark.

The key score though was Katrina Mackey's goal early in the second half and she added two points in a consummate display. Jenny O'Leary notched up four points as Cork kept their noses in front all the way to the finish, despite the gallant attempts of their opponents in the final quarter.

Meanwhile, the strongest field yet might have been assembled for the Poc Fada at Annaverna, Co Louth, but it made no difference to Trish Jackman. The 21-year-old Waterford and Gaultier ace made light of the testing conditions to retain the title and annex an historic fourth in succession. She completed the course in 29 pucks.

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HURLING: All three M Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada titles were retained for the first time ever on the Annaverna Mountain in Louth yesterday.

Brendan Cummins claimed his sixth title, completing the course in 39 pocs. Derry's Ruairi Convery came second with Down goalkeeper Graham Clarke in third.Waterford's Patricia Jackman took her third camogie title and Offaly's Cillian Kiely became the first person to take consecutive under-16 titles, beating his record of last year by two pocs. Meanwhile, Brendan Cummins and Antrim's Kevin McKernan won the pairs title.

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ATHLETICS: Sean Hehir of the Rathfarnham-WSAF club continued his comeback from injury and illness with a course record at the Kinsale Regatta five-mile road race.

The 27-year-old covered the fast course around the Cork seaside town in a time of 24:26, over a minute clear of runner-up, Cathal O'Donovan from St Finbarr's.

Hehir added the record to a similar performance at last week's Balla 10km and is now targeting the National Half-Marathon in Athenry next month where he will hope to defend the title he won last year in Waterford.

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GOLF: Rory McIlroy carded another 67 to move into joint-forth on six-under on day three of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio -- five shots off leader Jim Furyk, who fired a level-par 70.

McIlroy was tied for 12th on three-under-par overnight but a good day saw him jump eight places in the leaderboard. Fellow Ulstermen Graeme McDowell ended the day on even-par to finish tied 11th on three-under, while Michael Hoey also came in on even-par to finish up in 72nd place.

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World number six Suzann Pettersen fired a late eagle to keep her Ladies Irish Open defence alive at Killeen Castle.

As Cavan amateur sensation Leona Maguire agonisingly missed the cut by a shot after a 72, Pettersen fired a five iron to 20 feet at the signature seventh en route to a 69 and lurks just three shots behind leader Catriona Matthew of Scotland on three- under-par

Scot Matthew hit a one-under 71 to lead by two shots on six under from compatriot Carly Booth (69) and Swede Pernilla Lidberg (72). Slieve Russell teenager Maguire (17) birdied the seventh to get back to level for the day but just missed birdie chances at her last two holes to miss the cut by one on eight-over. The rest of the Irish also bowed out with Rebecca Codd (74) on 10-over, Danielle McVeigh (80) 12-over and Tara Delaney (84) on 13-over.

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RACING: Cheltenham Festival dreams were ignited at Galway yesterday as classy Flat performer Rock Critic made a foot-perfect start to his National Hunt career.

A six-time winner on the level for Dermot Weld, including on three occasions at previous Galway Festivals, the seven-year-old has reached a three-figure rating on the Flat.

It was a ninth winner of the week for the master of Rosewell House. The Topaz Mile form received a further boost as the runner-up, Kevin Ryan's British raider Pintura, went one better in the Ladbrokes Mobile App Handicap.

Although the fast-finishing Battleroftheboyne gave Pintura supporters a scare late on, he held on by a head under Declan McDonogh.

Carlingford Lough gained compensation for missing out on a run in the Galway Hurdle by bolting up in the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle under Mark Walsh. Elsewhere, Sugar Boy (15/8) just held off the Weld-trained Impound to take the EBF Maiden.

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