Monday 22 January 2018

Rossies edge minor thriller

GAELIC GAMES: Thomas Corcoran kicked a winning free in extra-time to send Roscommon through to the All-Ireland MFC semi-final by 1-16 to Armagh's 0-18 at the end of a Croke Park thriller.

The sides were level on seven occasions, before the westerners staged a late flourish to shade it.

Paul McGeown's second point made it 0-4 to 0-1 for the Orchard lads, but the surging runs of centre-back John McManus helped the Rossies find a way to break down the Ulster side's defensive system.

They shot five points on the spin, including two from wing-back Conor Daly, to take a 0-6 to 0-4 lead at half-time.

Donie Smith's 52nd-minute goal pushed the Connacht champions in front, but they needed a stoppage-time free from Corcoran to force extra-time at 1-11 to 0-14.

Armagh led by 0-18 to 1-13 midway through extra-time, but three unanswered scores in the second period saw the Rossies through.

Scorers -- Roscommon: D Smith 1-2, K Finn, T Corcoran (4f) 0-4 each, C Daly, 0-3, S Jordan, E Smith, F Sweeney 0-1 each. Armagh: P McGeown 0-5 (2f), C O'Hanlon, R McShane 0-3 each, M McKenna 0-2, P Burns, C McNally, D McQuade, M Carson (1f), C Trainor 0-1 each

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Galway beat Cavan 1-9 to 0-9 in an intriguing All-Ireland minor quarter-final at Pearse Park in Longford.

The tie was decided by Shane Walsh's ice-cool free-taking as Galway defeated the Ulster champions.

Cavan dominated the majority of an interesting first half edging 0-5 to 0-1 ahead, but Galway pounced for a 24th-minute goal.

Ian Burke's clever handpass released midfielder Sean Moran, who thumped a venomous shot into the Cavan net.

Conor Finnegan and Burke traded points before the interval as Cavan went in at the break armed with a slender 0-6 to 1-2 advantage.

But Walsh's accuracy was what separated the teams in the closing stages.

Scorers -- Galway: S Walsh 0-6 (4f), S Moran 1-0, I Burke, G Armstrong, C Mulryan 0-1 each. Cavan: K Boucher 0-3, J Dillon 0-2, C Finnegan, D McVeety, A Graham, C Brady 0-1 each

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Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins yesterday conquered the Annaverna Mountain in Louth for the fifth time by claiming the M Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada title.

Cummins completed the course in 50 pocs, beating last year's winner Graham Clarke of Down, who took second place.

Meanwhile, Patricia Jackman claimed a record three-in-a-row of Camogie Poc Fada titles while Offaly's Cillian Kiely claimed the U-16 title.

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ATHLETICS: Deirdre Ryan set a new Irish woman's high-jump record of 1.93 metres at the Hochsrung meeting in Germany yesterday.

The six-time Irish champion's latest clearance surpasses the 'B' standard of 1.92m for the World Championships in South Korea later this summer and similarly for the 2012 London Olympics.

The 29-year-old won the event in Germany and added one centimetre to her own record of 1.92m, which she set in Manchester five years ago.

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MODERN PENTATHLON: Kilkenny's Arthur Lanigan O'Keeffe finished 20th in yesterday's final of the European Championships in Gillingham. Of the 36 finalists he finished 10th in the swimming, 26th in fencing, 19th in swimming and 19th in the combined.

Meanwhile, Ireland's Natalya Coyle qualified for the women's final after finishing 18th in the semi-final.

Coyle ended a commendable sixth in the combined running and shooting event after earlier being 14th in swimming and 19th in fencing.

The top eight finishers from the competition will gain automatic Olympic qualification for the 2012 Games.

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cricket: Stuart Broad insists taking a hat-trick against India will mean nothing if England do not go on to win the second Test at Trent Bridge.

Broad claimed the wickets of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar for his hat-trick in figures of six for 46 as India made 288 in reply to England's 221.

At the close, England were 24-1 to trail by 42 and Broad accepts there is a lot of hard work ahead for the home side.

"It has been a big turnaround but we're here to win Test matches, not pick up individual awards," Broad said.

Meanwhile, England spinner Graeme Swann was reprimanded when taking his aggravation out on the stumps as India's Rahul Dravid brought up his hundred.

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RALLYING: Citroen's world champion Sebastien Loeb won Rally Finland for the second time in his career yesterday

Loeb beat Ford's Finnish driver Jari-Matti Latvala by 8.1 seconds with Citroen's other French driver, Sebastien Ogier, in third place ahead of Ford's Mikko Hirvonen.

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HOCKEY: Ireland finished the INSEP Hockey Challenge in Paris with a 2-0 win over hosts France and have a good chance of finishing in top position if Argentina fail to beat Korea today. The teams have played each other five times since mid-June with Ireland winning four and drawing one.

Irish Coach Paul Revington said, "The overall performance was not as strong as the previous three games which was a little disappointing but I'm pleased we created several good chances."

Ireland will play France again at the European Championships next month.

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SWIMMING: European junior champion Sycerika McMahon gave the Irish team a much-needed lift after a very disappointing week at the World Championships in Shanghai.

The 16-year-old smashed her Irish senior and junior record in the 50m breaststroke to qualify for the semi-finals and finished a remarkable 13th overall.

The northener clocked 31.49 -- a massive 0.5 seconds quicker than her previous best -- and then came home in 31.83 in the evening semi-finals.

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