Tuesday 24 October 2017

Union keep flag flying in Europe Hockey

Glenanne made progress in both league and cup, while Railway Union kept the Irish flag flying in Europe over the weekend.

The Glens, surprise packet of the Leinster season to date, went within a whisker of taking full points from Pembroke Wanderers in Tallaght on Saturday.

They led twice but were pegged back both times in a hotly contested 2-2 draw.

Then they marched on into the final of the Mills Cup as they edged out YMCA at Milltown yesterday.

Richie Shaw's 47th minute strike decided a cagey affair to put his team through to the decider against either Corinthians or Railway Union.

Meanwhile, Kenny Carroll claimed four of the seven goals with which Railway staved off relegation for Ireland at the EuroHockey Indoor Championships in Rotterdam.

The Dubliners' 7-6 victory over Hungarian side Soroksari, after their 4-4 draw with Cardiff on Saturday, sufficed to save them from the dreaded drop.

Basketball

C&S UCC Demons edged closer to double success in dispatching DCU Saints 117-78 at the Mardyke Arena.

The cup champions notched up 74 points in the first half despite the absence of Lehmon Colbert, who lost game time through injury, but Shane Duggan stepped up to hit 18 points.

Travelodge Swords Thunder picked up two wins in 24 hours. They were pushed all the way by Dublin Inter on Saturday night but 20 points from Juan Torres made their trip to UL Eagles yesterday a little more comfortable with a 65-78 win.

Team Montenotte Hotel will finish the Women's Premier League season at the top of the table after beating second placed Courtyard Liffey Celtics at Leixlip Amenities Centre 91-63.

The double-chasing Glanmire outfit put up the biggest score of the season to fend off Celtics and guarantee an easier draw in the post-season play-offs.

Mark Scannell's side had to come from behind to take the win having given up 43 points by half-time.

golf

Kildare man Maurice Kelly claimed an impressive win in the Spanish Senior Amateur Open at Oliva Nova in Valencia yesterday.

Six clear overnight, the reigning Irish Senior Close champion from Naas had enough with a closing 76 to win by five strokes from England's Philip Bramall (73) on two over 218.

Winner of this title in 2008, Kelly was runner-up in 2007 and 2012. He also won the team title with Hugh Smyth in 2009 and was second in 2007 and 2008.

Sweden's Claes Kinell (74) was third on 227 with Adrian Morrow (79) tied 16th on 233, Hugh Smyth (84) tied 19th, Richard Brooker (83) 25th on 240 and Kenny Stevenson (84) tied 30th on 242.

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