Saturday 20 January 2018

Muller fumes as States sink Irish


Gene Muller's worst fears came to pass as Ireland lost 3-1 to the US, ending their interest in the Champions Challenge medals at the quarter-final stage.

Shannon Taylor's first-half double saw the Group A basement side storm ahead of the Group B winners and top points winners from the preliminary rounds.

They were slick finishes as Katie O'Donnell inspired a well-oiled US attack, which had not been in evidence in their previous three games.

Rachel Dawson added a third five minutes into the second half and while Audrey O'Flynn's drag-flick provided fleeting hope, coach Muller was left to lament a morale-sapping defeat.

Muller was vehement in his opposition to the introduction of a quarter-final. He said: "I said before the competition that it was flawed. In international hockey, you don't want a competition which evens the playing field like this."

Ireland now face Azerbaijan for the second time this week, hoping to reproduced the 2-1 victory recorded last Sunday and keep alive hopes of finishing fifth.

Ireland -- E Gray, M Harvey, C Sargent, E Smyth, E Clarke, A Speers, S McCay, J McDonnell, J O'Halloran, S McCarthy, N Symmons Subs: L Jacob, A Connery, A O'Flynn, C Watkins, L Colvin.

USA -- A Tran-Swensen, R Dawson, K Reinprecht, K O'Donnell, M Kasold, C Nichols, P Selenski, C Laubach, K Falgowski, K Bashore-Smedley, L Crandall. Subs: M Gonzalez, M Vittesse, M Cesan, S Taylor, J Reinprecht


IRISH Olympic hopeful Aileen Morrison is targeting a medal at the European Triathlon Champoinships in Pontevedra, Spain this weekend.

The rising Derry star feels she is in better shape then when she finished fifth last year when the event was hosted by Tri-Athlone.

Corkman Bryan Keane, is in the senior men's race with relative newcomer Conor Murphy.

Three talented triathles from the national elite programme -- Russell White, Chris Mintern and Gavin Doran -- will take part in the junior race.


India won the opening Test against the West Indies by 63 runs after running through the home side's batting line-up on the fourth day at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

Starting the morning on 131 for three and needing another 195 runs to win, West Indies lost six wickets in the first session before they were bowled out for 262 after lunch when Suresh Raina dismissed last man Devendra Bishoo.


The favourites began moving back into their expected places at the Sovereigns Cup in Kinsale yesterday.

Class 0 national champion Anthony O'Leary pulled up to first overall in this 10-boat class. His score for the day was matched by Kieran Twomey's Gloves Off, which is just two points behind the leader.

In Class 1, Dave Scott's Eos from the host club edged ahead of Crosshaven's Jelly Baby in the large, 21-boat class.

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