Tuesday 24 October 2017

Pres hit stride to march on

Rugby

It was far from straightforward but Cork's PBC eventually came good to slay Bandon GS 15-9 in the Munster Schools Senior Cup qualifier at Bandon RFC.

Trailing 9-0 at half-time, Pres faced the frightening prospect of not being in the competition proper.

A strong start to the second half helped them to take control, however, and they finished well to ensure qualification. Pres now face St Munchin's in a fortnight in the first round proper.

BANDON GS -- B Smith; C Siggins, E Donnelly, J Inglis, B Murphy (D O'Callaghan 67); R O'Sullivan, A Gibbons (P Walters 52); D Jennings, A Godsil, J Kingston (J O'Dwyer 67), K Coombes, C Barry, O Deane (G Pringle 41), G Coombes, S O'Dwyer.

PBC CORK -- R Reardon; D Dennehy, P Kiernan, S Daly, C Collins; C Flanagan, B Pope (J Poland 46); J O'Donovan, J Ring, S MacCarthy, D Fitzgerald, C O'Flynn, E Perry, G Smith (C Stanton 31, Smith 35), D St Ledger.

Ref -- C Harrington (MAR)

A couple of second-half goals from UCD's Anna O'Flanagan gave the Irish women a 2-0 victory over highly rated Spain in Terrassa, Catalonia.

The morale-boosting result also secured a 2-1 win in the four-match series, with one game drawn.

There was no such luck for the men in green. They led 3-2 at the interval, but the Spaniards struck a penalty and slipped into a formidable groove, hitting three goals without reply after the break.

The winners also took the three-game series 2-0, with one draw.

England's Steven Finn will fly home from the tour of Australia early after limited-overs coach Ashley Giles admitted he was "not selectable" due to technical problems with his bowling action.

Finn has not played a single competitive match since arriving Down Under in late October and was the only one of the initial 17-man Ashes squad not to appear in the Test series.

The England and Wales Cricket Board released a statement revealing the 24-year-old would leave the tour to "continue working on technical aspects of his game".

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