Sunday 25 February 2018

McPherson's strike crucial

FOR the second time in a week, St Eunan's, Letterkenny had too much for De La Salle Waterford yesterday, this time winning 1-0 to claim the FAI Schools U-15 National Cup.

Just seven days after the Donegal school came out tops in the U-17 decider between the schools, a similar pattern emerged in Coolock.

De La Salle held the upper hand, yet couldn't breach a defence spearheaded by 'keeper Rory Carr. The northerners charged ahead eight minutes into the second half as ace marksman Kieran McPherson seized upon a defensive mix-up to pick his spot with a brilliantly executed low shot past Stephen Doheny. Eunan's should have extended their lead late on, but Patrick's Driver's angled drive cleared the crossbar by a yard.

St Eunan's -- R Carr: N McElwaine, L Blaney, D McWalters, D Harper; P O'Brien, C Maloney, O Hassett, C McDaid; K McPherson, P Driver.

De La Salle -- S Doheny; C Thomas, R Butler, E. Meaney, D McGuire; L Doherty, R Ryan, H Galibert (A Holden 66), D Walsh (K Collins 46); E Daly (C Dalton 52), A O'Connor.

Ref -- D Davidson.

Gaelic games

KERRY Ladies Football is literally going to the dogs in an effort to raise funds.

The Kingdom's Ladies Board are holding a Greyhound Buster Race this Saturday in Tralee and are appealing to supporters to get behind the fundraiser.

Kerry Group have come on board and are sponsoring the prizes for the Buster race draw which has a total prize fund of €1,000. kerryladiesfootball.com

Boxing

IRELAND team manager Anna Moore believes women's boxing wouldn't be an Olympic sport only for Katie Taylor.

Ireland's three-strong team fly out to China this morning ahead of the seventh AIBA World Women's Championships -- the only Olympic qualifier for female boxers.

Ceire Smith, Katie Taylor and Sinead Kavanagh will represent Ireland. Moore said that they will be keeping their fingers crossed for a favourable draw.

"The girls have worked very hard. They've put in a lot of work and, hopefully, we get a good draw," said Moore. "Katie Taylor is a fantastic ambassador for the sport and I believe that the London Olympics needs Katie Taylor."

Olympics

The Irish Clay Pigeon Shooting Association's Derek Burnett became the 40th Ireland athlete to qualify for London 2012 when the ICPSA received a quota place in the Olympic Trap event.

This allocation was based on the back of Burnett's Bronze medal finish at the 2010 ESC European Championships in Kazan, Russia and will be the Longford shooters 4th consecutive Olympics.

Irish Independent

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