McLaughlin stars as Irish advance BOXING
THE eight-man Irish squad of Elite boxers completed a perfect day with eight semi-finals wins from eight at the Ostrava Grand Prix in the Czech Republic yesterday.
Willie McLaughlin, John Joe Nevin, Ray Moylette, Jason Quigley, Darren O'Neill, Con Sheehan, Eric Donovan and Sean Turner advanced to today's finals at the 11-nation tournament.
McLaughlin, from the Illies Golden Gloves BC in Donegal, stole the show with a magnificent 3-2 verdict over current European welterweight champion Balazs Bascki of Hungary.
Cork's Iniscarra host Burgess Duharra of Tipperary in the Munster Senior Club Championsip semi-final today (2.30).
Burgess Duharra won their first senior county title last Sunday when they defeated Toomevara in a game that went to extra-time, while Inniscarra drew with Divisional side Imokilly. However, divisional teams are not eligible to play in the club championship.
Burgess Duharra have a host of current and former Tipp stars in their ranks and a hard-working defence in front of in-form goalkeeper Nessa O Driscoll.
Aine Mulcahy, their flying midfielder, was injured in the county final and looks set to miss out, while forward Eimear McDonnell is in the form of her life.
Inniscarra have been impressive in the Cork championship, while dual Cork star Rena Buckley is expected to return to action on Saturday, after being sidelined with a hairline fracture of the collarbone.
Home advantage could decide the issue. Verdict: Inniscarra
Clonmel High had their first experience of Corn Ui Mhuiri football yesterday when they came face-to- face with one of Kerry's top nurseries Colaiste Na Sceilge at Abbeyfeale, and unfortunately after a promising opening half, the Tipp side were giving a second half hammering, losing out by 3-14 to 2-5.
Colaiste Na Sceilge raced 1-2 to 0-1 clear inside the opening five minutes thanks to a goal and point from Morgan O'Donoghue and a Ciaran Keating point, but Clonmel hit back with goals from Michael Delahunty and Liam Boland (penalty).
Incredibly Clonmel did not score for the rest of the half and only managed three further points in the second period.
Na Sceilge were on top all over the pitch with centre-back Michael O'Connor a colossus and they led 1-7 to 2-2 at half-time.
It was all one way traffic in the second half as Keating tormented the Clonmel defence and Na Sceilge outscored their opponents 2-7 to 0-3, with Keating and Darren O'Sullivan getting the goals as the four-time Corn Ui Mhuiri champions made an impressive start.
- TENNIS: Conor Niland failed to clinch a semi-final place in the ATP Challenger Tour event in Rennes, France yesterday, losing 3-6 6-1 7-5 to Spain's Roberto Bautista-Agut.