Thursday 5 December 2019

Sport in brief: My best years are ahead – Button

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - MARCH 28: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren prepares to drive during practice for the Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on March 28, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - MARCH 28: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren prepares to drive during practice for the Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on March 28, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Jenson Button celebrated his 200th grand prix with a party in McLaren's motorhome – and a race victory. So now his 250th is coming around, does he have similar plans in mind?

"I've got a new T-shirt that says 250 on it," the 34-year-old joked. But that seems to be about it, even though by the end of this year – his 15th in Formula One – he will have moved up to third in the all-time list of GP starts.

Button believes his age and experience are overwhelmingly to his advantage.

"I am 34, but I don't feel old. I have no worries that a guy in his late 30s is as good as a guy in his 20s in a F1 car, as long as his head is still in it and he still has the will to win. So maybe the best years are to come."

Button will most likely need to improve on his 2013 performance if he is to be the one to determine when his career at one of the sport's heritage teams will end. On the evidence of the first two races he will face a stern test from Kevin Magnussen.

 

Schools' rugby

Second-row Ben Ryan became an instant hero when his injury-time try secured the Leinster Schools Fr Godfrey Cup title for St Andrew's in a 29-22 victory over Roscrea at Lakeland's Park.

There were seven tries in this absorbing contest – three for Roscrea, one of which came from their superb out-half Conor Kelly.

St Andrew's crossed the line four times with two tries for Ryan and a scintillating individual effort from centre Peter Sullivan, who finished with 14 points.

St Andrew's – H Black; D Burns, P Sullivan, B Bradley (A O'Neill 56), D Geraghty; A Larmour, W Hennessy; P Murray, H McCarthy (N Judge 36), D Wilson, B Ryan, A Sullivan (W Holland 36), S Keane, D Davies-Bailetta, Z Henry (capt).

Roscrea – Alan Murphy; R Enraght-Mooney ( M O'Leary h-t), B Hyland, J Culleton, E Browne; C Kelly, F Crowley (L Crowley 33); J O'Cinneide-Pender, E Moore (F Heffernan 58), D Keating ( L Rigney h-t), T Byrne (capt), D Power, Aaron Murphy, E McMahon, D Ward.

Referee – S Owens (Leinster Branch)

 

Soccer

The Defence Forces regained the Irish Pensions Trust trophy after a 6-1 victory over the Irish Universities at Peamount United.

The more experienced Forces outfit showed determination from the start and went ahead on 14 minutes. Defender Mark Horgan glanced a header from Ian Cleary's well placed corner past goalkeeper Nathan Murphy.

Philly Gorman hammered home the second on 56 minutes before sub Sean Poutch beat Murphy with a long-range effort. Shortly after winger Murphy made it 4-0, before Jamie Airey pulled a goal back on 78 minutes.

But the Forces rounded off their comfortable win with further goals from Mickey O'Shea and Poutch in the closing minutes.

Meanwhile, a hat-trick from Sean Skelly helped the Colleges FAI maintain their unbeaten record against the Welsh Universities with a 4-1 win in Newport. Rhys Gorman got the other goal for the Colleges .

Irish Universities – N Murphy; P Kavanagh, T Lahiffe, S Dunne, J Corrigan; S Belhout, M Brennan (E Markey 60), M Casey (E Kinsella 60), T O'Halloran; N Lanigan, S Doherty (J Airey 57).

Irish Defence Forces – R O'Reilly; A Friel, M Horgan, R Barber, D Long; J Murphy, R McCann (D O'Riordan 50), P Finlay (S Gannon 66), M O'Shea; P Gorman (S Poutch 57), I Cleary (S O'Donnell h-t).

Referee – C Duffy (Dublin).

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