Saturday 17 March 2018


CRICKET Collapse damages England hopes SOUTH AFRICA skittled England for 307 before reaching 164 for five in their second innings for an overall lead of 199 after the third day of the fourth test yesterday.

CRICKET Collapse damages England hopes SOUTH AFRICA skittled England for 307 before reaching 164 for five in their second innings for an overall lead of 199 after the third day of the fourth test yesterday.

Gary Kirsten ground out 60, having put on 97 for the third wicket with Jacques Kallis (41) after the South Africans lost both openers cheaply on an unpredictable Headingley wicket.

Kirsten, who made 130 out of South Africa's first innings of 342, batted for three-and-a-half hours. Earlier England collapsed after resuming on 197 for three, Kallis dismissing Ed Smith with the first ball of the day.

Mooney seals it for North County NORTH COUNTY won their second Royal Liver Irish Senior Cup in three years with a comprehensive 71 run victory over Railway Union at Castle Avenue, Clontarf yesterday.

A fine spell of bowling from Roger Whelan accounted for North County's openers but Eoin Morgan, who became Ireland's youngest ever international during the week, and Andre Botha steadied the ship, putting on 71 for the third wicket.

Botha went for 40, caught behind by Adrian Murphy off the bowling of Ger O'Brien, but Morgan went on to make 70, sharing in a fourth-wicket stand of 86 with Paul Mooney.

North County had reached 194 before Mooney was bowled for 20 by Kevin O'Brien and Morgan went five runs later.

North County's total of 217-7 looked a few runs short on a good batting track but a blistering opening spell from man of the match Mooney put the game beyond Railway's reach.

Ireland's leading wicket-taker went on to dismiss four of Railway's top five batsmen for just 19 runs.

North County eventually bowled them out for 146.

SAILING Imhoff takes European Dragon crown LIGHT airs, a strong tide and an errant trawling fishing-boat joined in the tension of a four-horse finale to the Setanta Dragon European Championship off Kinsale yesterday afternoon that ended with Fred Imhoff of the Netherlands as the new title-holder.

The final race had appeared set to go the way of Dane Frank Berg with just one lap of the course to sail. But a foul tide and dying breeze acted against him and he chose to retire and use his discard to place third overall. The race was won by Ireland's Peter Reilly with Fran Rhatigan and Eddie Tingle.

Imhoff's Danish Joker finished third in the race to secure first place overall, while Swiss competitor Vincent Hoesch held off the challenge of Prince Frederik of Denmark in the final race to claim second place overall ahead of the absent Berg, with the Danish challenger finishing fourth.

The last leg saw a fishing-boat trawl through the fleet and an incident was narrowly avoided.

GAELIC GAMES Crokes do what they have to Kilmacud Crokes 2-13 Erin's Isle 1-7 An unimpressive Kilmacud Crokes raised the intensity of their game to sufficient levels at the end of each half to progress to the semi-finals of the Dublin SFC at Parnell Park yesterday.

A Declan Kelleher goal in first-half injury time, after good approach work from Paul Griffin, sent them in at the break with a 1-9 to 1-2 lead. However, their failure to press home the advantage early in the second-half led to Erin's Isle narrowing the deficit with three points from corner-forward Wayne McCarthy.

The decisive moment arrived ten minutes from time when Ray Cosgrove was pulled down on his way to goal by Martin Naughton, who received a red card for placing a hand on referee Shane Farrell in the immediate aftermath. Paraic McDonald buried the penalty to leave Crokes coasting at the finish.

Kilmacud Crokes : R Davis; N McGrath, N Kane, P Griffin; C Kelleher, J Magee, K Galvin; D Magee, C Murphy; L Og Ó hÉineacháin, D Kelleher, C Galvin; R Cosgrove, P Ward, P McDonald. Substitutes : B McGrath for C Murphy (21 mins), M Leahy for B McGrath (24 mins), B McGrath for K Galvin (45 mins), R Leahy for P Ward (46 mins), C Deegan for M Leahy (52 mins)

Erin's Isle : N Power; D Collins, JJ O'Keefe, M Naughton; D Spratt, T Gorman, G O'Connell; D Noonan, B Wheatley; E Barr, M Deegan, P Murray; W McCarthy, R Boyle, N Crossan. Subs: K Fitzgerald for B Wheatley (55 mins), J Tarpey for P Murray (57 mins)

Na Fianna 3-14 Raheny 0-6 In the second quarter-final at Parnell Park, a rejuvenated Jason Sherlock contributed 2-6 for Na Fianna as they swamped Raheny.

After striking four first-half points he then sparked memories of '95 when he turned the hapless Paul McCabe before firing home the opening goal to leave the Glasnevin side leading 1-8 to 0-4 at the interval.

Despite some surging runs from Dublin captain Ciaran Whelan, Raheny were struggling and things only got worse 10 minutes into the second-half when Karl Donnelly punched the second goal to the net after a Senan Connell shot came back off the upright.

Dessie Farrell and Niall Cooper both added scores before Sherlock was on hand to tap in his second goal before the end.

Na Fianna : S Grey; P McCarthy, A Behan, T Lynch; E Ledwith, S McGlinchy, M Collerin; K Donnelly, R Clerkin; P McGeeney, S Connell, R Cullivan; D Farrell, J Sherlock, N Cooper. Subs: D Lynch for P McGeeney (42 mins), G Grey for E Ledwith (51 mins), K Brennan for P McCarthy (54 mins)

Raheny: C McMahon; P McCabe, B Keane, A Hurley; G Murray, M Beirne, D Henry; C Whelan, K Flynn; C Brady, K Kehily, A Madden; L Eviston, P Murray, C Donergan. Subs : D Ryan for Flynn (h-t), J Keogh for Hurley (42 mins), G Reville for Murray (57 mins)

CAMOGIE Tipperary power into All-Ireland final Tipperary 4-16 Limerick 0-10 Tipperary are through to the their fifth All-Ireland Foras na nGaelige championship final in an row following a comprehensive victory over Limerick in yesterday's first semi-final in Cusack Park, Ennis.

Limerick opened strongly and Eileen O'Brien had the ball over the bar in the opening minute. Tipp's replied with a Deirdre Hughes goal two minutes later.

With six minutes of the half remaining, Tipperary were awarded a penalty which centre back Ciara Gaynor struck to the back of the net and it gave them a 2-8 to 0-7 half-time lead.

Tipperary : J Delaney; S Kelly, U O'Dwyer, C Madden; S Nealon, C Gaynor, T Brophy; A McDermott, P Bulfin; P Fogarty, N Kennedy, J Ryan; E McDonnell, D Hughes, C Grogan. Subs: E Hayden for Bulfin, T O'Halloran for Kennedy, S Howard for Brophy, L Young for Ryan

Limerick: B O'Brien; C Mulcahy, R Collins, G McNamara; D Sheehan, M Casey, J Clifford; V Sheehan, M Kelly; A Sheehan, M Nash, E O'Brien; S McAuliffe, M Keating, A O'Reilly. Subs: D Fitzpatrick for O'Reilly, M Bewley for McAuliffe, C Dore for McNamara

Cork 4-16 Galway 0-3 Cork will be Tipperary's opponents in the the September 21st final at Croke Park following a one-sided second semi-final at the same venue.

The defending champions were 2-2 up after only seven minutes, thanks to fine goals from Fiona O'Driscoll and Orla O'Sullivan. All Galway could do was look on as they trailed 0-0 to Cork's 3-6 at the break.

Cork: G Casey; J O'Callaghan, D Cronin, S Dunlea; P O'Connor, M O'Connor, G O'Connor; R Moloney, V Harris; U O'Donoghue, E Dillon, J O'Leary; O O'Sullivan, C Harrington, F O'Driscoll. Subs: B Corkery for O'Donoghue, C Foley for P O'Connor, N Aherne for Harrington, S Hayes for G O'Connor

Galway : L Curry; R O'Connor, R Broderick, AM Broderick; M Haverty, T Laheen, L Lally; A Hilary, A Kelly; C Murray, T Maher, A Hardiman; M Harkin, L Kavanagh, O Kilkenny. Subs: F Pierce for Kilkenny, A Lynskey for Broderick, R Lally for Hardiman

TENNIS King reigns supreme at Fitzwilliam RATHFARNHAM'S Barry King powered his way to victory in the Danone Irish Junior Open Championship at Fitzwilliam yesterday, writes Paddy Hickey.

The 6ft 4ins number three seed proved too strong for number four seed and Fitzwilliam club-mate Morgan Dunne, from Stillorgan, winning 7-5, 6-1.

BASKETBALL: Ireland's women basketball side notched up a third win at the World University Games basketball championship in South Korea yesterday to keep a clean sheet and top their group at the end of the preliminaries. With wins against Canada and South Africa behind them, they beat home side Korea 82-77.

ATHLETICS: Irish sprint champion Ciara Sheehy scored a sprint double at the Eugene Humberset Memorial Swiss Series meeting in Friboug yesterday with two best of the season runs. In the 100m she clocked 11.52 seconds and beat Canada's Tara Perry into second. She won the 200m in 23.40.

HOCKEY: the Irish women's team have been experimenting with the use of heart monitors in their squad session in Belfield over the weekend. Coach Riet Kuper says the monitors - designed to ensure each player maximises their training potential - will become an integral part of the team's preparation for the Olympic Qualifiers in New Zealand in March.

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