Tuesday 12 December 2017

Sport in Brief: Soccer - Ireland pipped as top qualifier

IRELAND'S U-19 women twice lost the lead and missed a penalty in a 2-2 draw as they allowed Denmark to nick top place in their European Championship first phase group.

Although both nations had already qualified for the next phase before meeting at Tolka Park, Denmark's superior goal difference meant Ireland needed the win to finish top.

They were well on their way when Clare Shine headed them in front from a 26th-minute Shauna Newman corner.

However, Katie McCabe blasted a penalty over the bar five minutes before the break and Denmark levelled in the 66th minute through Anna Fisker.

Ireland responded, and another Newman corner four minutes later allowed centre-back Shannon Carson a free header to regain the lead.

Sadly for Ireland, with 14 minutes left Kamilla Jensen chipped goalkeeper Jill Maloney from 25 yards.

The net result provides Ireland with a tougher seeding when the elite phase is drawn in December.

IRELAND – J Maloney (University Georgia Bulldogs); L Dwyer (Wexford), S Carson (Hollyhill Celtic), C Mustaki (Peamount Utd), C Rossiter (Wexford); S Newman (Raheny United), L Casserly (Galway) G McGuiness (Greencastle); A O'Connor (Wilton), C Shine (Raheny United), K McCabe (Raheny United). Subs: R Doyle (DLR Waves) for McGuinness (53), A Barrett (Lagan Harps) for Casserly (67).

Equestrian

Ireland's young show jumping star Bertram Allen has won the Vanguardia Trophy at CSIO 5-Star in Barcelona, where the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup final kicks off today, WRITES Louise Parkes.

Riding grey mare Molly Malone, the 18-year-old Wexford native pinned US star McLain Ward into second and rising Brazilian talent Marlon Zanotelli into third.

Allen is joined by Shane Breen, Cameron Hanley, Denis Lynch and Billy Twomey as 18 countries aim to finish in the top eight to go through to Sunday's deciding competition.

Golf

Ireland had to play second fiddle to England in the senior men's Home International Championship at Royal County Down and could finish only third in the round-robin series, writes Chris Smart.

Their outside chances of regaining the crown were dashed when they lost all three foursomes. They managed to share the spoils in the six singles but the 6-3 reverse meant they ended the week with only one win.

Garth McGimpsey crushed Richard Partridge 5&3, and both Maurice Kelly and Michael Quirke won on the home green. But when Arthur Pierse surrendered the final hole to John Ambridge, it was the complete end of Ireland's hopes.

England retained their title on a points countback from Scotland.

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