Friday 20 April 2018

Leinster dominate Ireland U-20s side


Ireland U-20 coach Mike Ruddock has just two of last year's squad in his team to face Scotland in his side's opening Six Nations game against the Scot tomorrow night.

The side features seven UCD players, including captain Dan Leavy, with 13 of the 23 representing Leinster.

IRELAND U-20 – D Busby (Ulster); A Byrne (Leinster), G Ringrose (Leinster), P Robb (Leinster), I Fitzpatrick (Leinster); R Byrne (Leinster), N McCarthy (Leinster); P Dooley (Leinster), M Abbott (Munster), R Burke (Cork Constitution/Munster); S O'Brien (Connacht), R Molony (Leinster); P Timmins (Leinster), D Leavy (capt, Leinster), J O'Donoghue (Munster). Reps: S Delahunt (Leinster), J Walshe (Connacht), O Heffernan (Leinster), J Joyce (Exiles), R Moloney (Connacht), J Cullen (Munster), C McKeon (Leinster), D Goggin (Munster).


Abbey CBS gained revenge for their quarter-final defeat last season when they beat neighbours St Paul's, Bessbrook 1-11 to 0-12 in the MacRory Cup play-off in the Athletic Grounds.

St Paul's took an early lead thanks to a superb point from Ryan Hughes.

Ryan Trainor missed an open goal for Abbey, but after wing-back Killian McEvoy and Eoin McParland had hit points, Trainor made amends by raising a green flag.

That left the Newry lads 1-4 to 0-3 in front, but they failed to score for the remainder of the half as last season's beaten finalists Bessbrook seized control. Hughes, Jody McGovern (two) and Cormac Toner landed quality scores as they hit five unanswered points to lead 0-8 to 1-4 at the interval.

McNamee increased the lead on the resumption, but by the seventh minute Abbey were level thanks to efforts from Donagh McAleenan and Conor Doyle. McEvoy then joined the attack again to hit another superb score before McAleenan and Doyle sent over the clinchers.

Scorers – Abbey CBS: R Trainor 1-3 (0-2fs), C Doyle 0-3fs, D McAleenan, K McEvoy 0-2 each, E McParland 0-1. St Paul's Bessbrook: J McGovern 0-4 (3fs), M McNamee 0-3 (2fs), R Hughes, C Toner 0-2 each, A McKay 0-1.

Abbey CBS – A Morgan; R Magee, F Quinn, C Donnelly; C McCartan, C McKinney, K McEvoy; N Rafferty, P McGrath; E McParland, D McAleenan, C McCoy, R Trainor, C Doyle, D Kane. Subs: S Cooper for McGrath, L Byrne for McEvoy, A Rushe for Kane, J Collins for McCoy (BC), P Murdock for McCartan (BC).

St Paul's – M McEvoy; F O'Rourke, K Mallon, F McArdle; R Gaskin, P Campbell, C Boylan; J Og Burns, A McKay; J McGovern, P Quinn, M McNamee; R Hughes, S Conlon, C Toner. Subs: M McCabe for O'Rourke, S Hoey for Quinn, C McConville for Hughes, R McSherry for Mallon.

Ref – C O'Hagan (Tyrone)



England captain Stuart Broad praised "awesome" Ravi Bopara's big-hitting cameo after watching his side fall just short of denying Australia a 13-run Twenty20 victory in Hobart.

Cameron White (75) and Aaron Finch (52) helped Australia reach 213-4 with England struggling in response until Bopara smashed 65 runs from only 27 balls, but it was too little too late. Eoin Morgan was out for only four.

Irish Independent

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