Thursday 23 November 2017

Sport in Brief: Dublin Ladies sail into semis

Niamh McEvoy and Dublin had to much quality for Kerry in their All-Ireland quarter-final. Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Niamh McEvoy and Dublin had to much quality for Kerry in their All-Ireland quarter-final. Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

Gaelic games: Dublin booked their place in another TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football semi-final as they disposed of Kerry at St Brendan's Park in Birr 2-12 to 1-10.

Goals in either half from Niamh McEvoy and Noelle Healy proved crucial and although Kerry fought hard, particularly in the second half, Leinster champions Dublin simply had too much quality.

Kerry, whose manager William O'Sullivan stepped down afterwards after five years in charge, struggled to get into the Dublin half and were dealt a hammer blow on 24 minutes when a quick free from Lyndsay Davey was collected by Aherne, and she fed Niamh McEvoy who lobbed into the net past Edel Murphy.

Kerry, who needed extra-time against Donegal in their previous outing, forced a goal late on when Deirdre Corridan's long-range free went all the way in, but despite late pressure Dublin's defence proved stern.

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GOLF: Rory McIlroy had a mixed day at The Barclays yesterday, with a one-under-par round of 70.

After his brilliant 65 on Friday, the Ulsterman, who is looking to add to his victories at the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship, started yesterday's round with birdies on the first and fifth holes.

However, mid-round bogeys at the ninth and eleventh ended his upwards advance.

Graeme McDowell is on the same score as McIlroy following a level par 71 - though he would have held his overnight one-shot lead over his fellow countryman if he had not bogeyed the 18th.

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Boxing: Current AIBA World Junior champion Ciara Ginty and Michael Gallagher recorded two quarter-final wins from two for Irish boxing at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China yesterday.

The Mayo lightweight and Donegal heavyweight beat Monica Floridia of Italy and Maksim Kazlou of Belarus on unanimous decisions.

Today, Ginty, the first Irish female boxer to compete in the Youth Olympics, will be in semi-final action against Turkey's Esra Yildiz, while Gallagher meets Cuba's Yordan Hernandez.

Cork middleweight Christina Desmond received a bye into the last-four and faces Chen Nien Chin of Chinese Taipei tomorrow.

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Hockey: Ireland, playing their penultimate match in the Women's Senior Tri-Nations International Test Series at Belfield yesterday, continued their complete dominance over France with yet another facile 8-1 result.

However, a more important target awaits today (3.0) when they attempt to redeem themselves against Spain, who have registered two wins over Ireland and one draw since the series started 12 days ago.

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RUGBY: Connacht fell to their second pre-season loss at Adams Park yesterday as Wasps outscored them by four tries to one to win 28-18.

Connacht, who went down away to Clermont Auvergne in their other pre-season game, trailed by 7-6 at the break with the first of Ashley Johnson's tries giving Wasps the edge after Ian Porter had landed a brace of penalties for Pat Lam's men. Wasps pulled away in the second-half with Johnson getting his second try before James Gaskell crossed to make it 21-6 after 52 minutes.

However, Connacht battled back and Eoin McKeon crossed for a good try but hopes of a comeback were dashed when Tom Varndell got a fourth try for Wasps.

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Anthony Foley handed debuts to 11 of his squad, but the concession of six tries saw his tenure as Munster head coach off to a heavy 45-8 defeat to Gloucester at Kingsholm yesterday.

A full-strength Gloucester took little pity on a young Munster side, for whom 18-year-old full-back Stephen Fitzgerald made a solid debut.

After the concession of an early penalty try Munster did well to only trail by 10-0 at the break, but once home skipper Billy Twelvetrees finished off a superb move in the 50th minute Munster faced an uphill task.

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A brace of second-half George North tries proved crucial at Franklin's Gardens as Northampton Saints held off a strong fightback by Leinster to secure a 33-21 triumph.

It was the Aviva Premiership outfit who drew first blood courtesy of a 13th-minute Tom Stephenson try, with further converted contributions from Kahn Fotuali'i and Luther Burrell helped Northampton to build a commanding 21-0 interval cushion.

After the restart, Leinster finally opened their account with a breakaway score from Cian Kelleher, while Dan Leavy and Michael McGrath also touched down.

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Sailing: Irish teenager Finn Lynch is the new U-19 Laser Standard World Champion after a stirring final day comeback at the regatta in Douarnanez, France yesterday.

Lynch was in eighth place overall and third in the under 19 event but got off to a flying start and made up the time to take gold and missed out by one place on the bronze medal in the under 21 competition.

It is a second World title in two years for the Carlow native who hopes to qualify for the 2016 Olympics next month at the first qualifying event for the Rio Games in Santander, Spain.

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Swimming: Fiona Doyle raised her game and produced a stunning performance to place sixth fastest for today's final of the 50m breaststroke at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin.

Irish record-holder Doyle had qualified 13th fastest for the semis in 31.63 but improved to 31.30 last night to make the final after a week when she felt frustrated by below par performances in the 100m and 200m breaststroke.

Meanwhile, Sycerika McMahon swam a personal best of 31.02 in the heats, but was unable to match that time in the semi-final touching in 31.50, placing her 11th overall.

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Tennis: The draw for the first round of the US Open has been kind to Irish No 1 James Magee.

The 27-year-old will face Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan in his first match at the Grand Slam event.

The Dubliner produced a stunning comeback on Friday night from 0-6 down in the opening set of his final qualifier to win through into the first round at Flushing Meadows.

It was McGee's first attempt at qualifying for the US Open and it will be his first time to compete in a Grand Slam.

The New York tournament gets under way tomorrow.

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