Saturday 21 April 2018

Sport in Brief - Mooney set for return to Leinster

John Mooney, Ireland
John Mooney, Ireland

Cricket - JOHN MOONEY will captain Leinster Lightning at Claremont Road next Saturday in his first representative match since returning home early from Ireland's tour of the Caribbean in February with a stress-related illness.

The 32-year-old North County all-rounder was forced to miss the World T20 campaign in Bangladesh, but has been given the go ahead to lead Lightning in a 50-overs match against an Ireland U-19 side.

Andrew Poynter and John Anderson are also in the Lightning line-up, while the U-19s will be captained by 17-year-old Jack Tector.

LEINSTER LIGHTNING – J Mooney (capt), B Ackland, J Anderson, B Azhar, P Chase, T Kane, F McAllister, B McCarthy, C McLaughlin, A Poynter, F Tucker, D Watkins.

U-19s – J Tector (capt), M Adair, R Allen, R Anders, T Anders, R Chopra, S Cott, P Eakin, M Hogan, D Nicol, J McCollum, L Tucker.

Golf

Julie McCarthy stormed to the Scottish U-16 Girls Championship in style at Strathmore.

The reigning Irish Girls U-18 champion fired five birdies in a bogey-free second nine for a six-under-par 66 and a 36-hole aggregate of 138, taking the title by three strokes over Austrian Emma Spitz.

Lurgan pair Niamh McSherry and Annabel Wilson were the best of the rest of the Irish, finishing joint seventh on 148.

Boxing

LONDON 2012 bronze medallist Michael Conlan floored Nikita Fedorchenko en route to today's Elite Feliks Stamm 56kg final in Poland.

Russia restored parity with Ireland after Vitaliy Dunaytsev earned a unanimous decision over Irish light-welter Dean Walsh, while David Oliver Joyce had to settle for bronze after dropping a split decision to Tajikistan's Anwar Yunusov.

Elsewhere, Kurt Walker outclassed Norway's Ali Srour to advance to today's Gee Bee Elite Multi-Nations 56kg semi-final in Helsinki, Finland.

Sean McComb and Michael Nevin went out at the quarter-finals stage yesterday. Hugh Myers received a bye into today's last-four duel with Finland's Muhammad Ibrahim.

Paracycling

Colin Lynch will meet China's Guihua Liang in the gold medal final of the Men's C2 Pursuit at the Paracycling Track World Championships after the Irishman secured a new national record of 3:46.793.

Ireland's Enda Smyth finished the Men's C3 Pursuit in a time of 3:40.297 but was outside the medals.

Irish Independent

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