Friday 20 April 2018

Sport in Brief: Cricket - Joyce expected to face Scotland

Ed Joyce
Ed Joyce

ED JOYCE suffered a knock in training, but is expected to be fit to face Scotland at Stormont today in the first of two World Cup qualifiers.

John Mooney is also a doubt for the World Cricket League games in Belfast as Ireland look to bounce back from the disappointment of losing to England on Tuesday with a win against their oldest rivals.

Ireland have already booked a place in the 50-overs tournament to be held in Australia and New Zealand in 2015, but are hoping to finish their campaign with two more wins to underline their superiority at the sub-Test match playing level.

Victory in either one of the two games – the second is on Sunday – would condemn the visitors to a World Cup qualification play-off tournament after Christmas for one of the final two places.

Soccer

THE Republic of Ireland U-19 side recorded their first victory of the season when they produced an impressive display to defeat Slovenia 2-0 in a friendly game at the RSC.

Paul Doolin's team got off to a solid start when they opened the scoring through Waterford United's Conor Whittle with just 11 minutes gone.

Ireland grabbed a second goal in the 79th minute when O'Hanlon curled over a testing free-kick and Kevin Toner headed home at the back post to mark his U-19 debut with a goal.

Ireland's next test at this level is the UEFA U-19 Championships qualifiers in October when they travel to Sweden to meet Azerbaijan, Bosnia Herzegovina and the hosts.

Sailing

Three races are scheduled for today's finale in the Laser European Championships on Dublin Bay for the Radial class event after light winds forced the abandonment of yesterday's second race.

The fleet of 180 boats split between the women's European event and men's European and world championships will depart the slipways of the National and Royal St George Yacht Clubs hoping to complete the schedule of 12 races that started last Sunday.

For Ireland's Annalise Murphy, a 27th place in yesterday's single race used her event discard and she actually extended her overall lead to 17 points over Marit Bouwmeester of the Netherlands.

Finn Lynch of the host National YC had a good race, scoring third, but Australia's Tristan Brown had his third consecutive race victory and has an almost insurmountable overall lead in the competition so the Dun Laoghaire sailor will do well to improve on second overall.

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