Leinster Schools Junior Cup Final Replay: St Michael’s College V Blackrock College – The Irish Times – March 29 2017

Michael’s dazzle in Donnybrook as ’Rock roll over

Replay sees Blackrock denied fifth consecutive final win in Leinster Schools Junior Cup

St Michael’s College 31 Blackrock College 17

St Michael’s College produced a stunning performance at Donnybrook on Wednesday afternoon to secure the Leinster Schools Junior Cup title at the expense of Blackrock College in a replayed encounter.

The sides had finished on level terms (7-7) in the same venue seven days earlier, but although ’Rock were seeking an historic fifth consecutive final win at this grade, they ultimately couldn’t rein in the challenge of their south Dublin rivals.

Michael’s had broken the deadlock with just under nine minutes gone on the clock, as talismanic outside-centre Chris Cosgrave crossed over after racing onto his own chipped kick towards the ’Rock whitewash.

Bonuses

He subsequently added the bonuses, before ’Rock opened their account 10 minutes later with a routine Adam Dixon penalty.

However, Michael’s issued a further blow to ’Rock’s chances in first-half stoppage time, when Jack Boyle drove over on the left wing to give his side a 12-3 interval lead.

A wayward place-kick effort from Dixon let them off the hook after the restart, before Michael’s quickly increased the tempo of their play. Fly-half Niall Carroll finished off a sweeping move across the ’Rock line for his side’s third try of the day, and this helped Michael’s to open the floodgates.

Salvo

After breaking at pace at the beginning of the final quarter, Cosgrave claimed an outstanding seven-point salvo. This left ’Rock with a mountain to climb, and in spite of a hard-earned try from their industrious number eight Liam Heylin on the stroke of 50 minutes, another exceptional Michael’s attack ended with winger Zach Harrison dotting down on the left flank.

Replacement Seb Lowe claimed a second try for ’Rock deep into time added on at the end of the contest, but it wasn’t enough to deny Michael’s their first junior crown since 2012.

Scorers

St Michael’s College: C Cosgrave 2 tries, 3 cons; J Boyle, N Carroll, Z Harrison try each.

Blackrock College: L Heylin, S Lowe try each; M Moloney 2 cons; A Dixon pen.

St Michael’s College: E Kelly; S O’Kelly, C Cosgrave, T Gilsenan, Z Harrison; N Carroll, J Woods; L Barron, C Booth, J Power; S Woods, J Guinane; O Hurley, W Hickey, J Boyle.

Replacements: H McWade for Gilsenan (39 mins), J Egan for Hurley (43 mins), B Quigley for Power (45 mins), Senan O’Shea for O’Kelly (56 mins), C Casey for S Woods, J Gali for J Woods (both 57 mins), C Baird for Booth, B Cuddy for Barron (both 58 mins).

Blackrock College: S Murray; J Campbell, S Small, B Brownlee, M Lowey; A Dixon, M Cullen; BM Murphy, C O’Carroll, S Barron; M Morrissey, H O’Malley; D Moloney, J Culhane, L Heylin.

Replacements: M Wood for O’Malley (19-21 mins), Wood for Barron (32 mins), J Byrne for D Moloney (34 mins), S Lowe for Brownlee (43 mins), H Cullen for Murphy, M Moloney for Dixon (both 47 mins), D Cosgrave for O’Carroll, P O’Connor for M Cullen, P McGowan for Lowey (all 56 mins).

Referee: B MacNiece (LRR).

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Leinster Schools Junior Cup Final Replay: St Michael’s College V Blackrock College – The42.ie – March 29 2017

Blackrock denied five in a row as Michael’s claim Leinster Junior Cup

It’s the Ailesbury Road school’s first title at the grade since 2012.

St Michael’s College 31

Blackrock College 17

Daire Walsh reports from Donnybrook

ST MICHAEL’S COLLEGE produced a stunning performance at Donnybrook this afternoon to secure the Leinster Schools Junior Cup title at the expense of Blackrock College in a replayed encounter.

The sides had finished on level terms (7-7) at the same venue seven days earlier but although ‘Rock were seeking an historic fifth consecutive final win at this grade, they ultimately couldn’t rein in the challenge of their south Dublin rivals.

Michael’s had broken the deadlock with just under nine minutes gone on the clock, as talismanic outside centre Chris Cosgrave crossed over after racing on to his chipped kick towards the ‘Rock whitewash.

He subsequently added the extras to his own five-pointer, before ‘Rock opened their account 10 minutes later with a routine Adam Dixon penalty.

However, Michael’s issued a further blow to ‘Rock’s chances in first-half stoppage-time, when Jack Boyle drove over on the left wing to give his side a 12-3 interval lead.

A wayward place-kick effort from Dixon let them off the hook after the restart, before Michael’s increased the tempo of their play.

Fly-half Niall Carroll finished off a sweeping move across the ‘Rock line for his side’s third try of the day, and this helped Michael’s to open the floodgates.

After breaking at pace at the beginning of the final quarter, Cosgrave claimed an outstanding seven-point salvo.

This left ‘Rock with a mountain to climb, and in spite of a hard-earned try from their industrious number eight Liam Heylin on 50 minutes, another exceptional Michael’s attack ended with winger Zach Harrison dotting down on the left flank.

Replacement Seb Lowe claimed a second try for ‘Rock deep into time added on but it wasn’t enough to deny Michael’s their first junior crown since 2012.

St Michael’s College Scorers
Tries: Chris Cosgrave 2, Jack Boyle, Niall Carroll, Zach Harrison
Conversions: Chris Cosgrave [3/5]

Blackrock College Scorers
Tries: Liam Heylin, Seb Lowe.
Conversions: Michael Moloney [2 /2]
Penalties: Adam Dixon [1 /2]

ST MICHAEL’S COLLEGE: Eddie Kelly; Simon O’Kelly (Senan O’Shea ’56), Chris Cosgrave, Tim Gilsenan (Hugo McWade ’39), Zach Harrison; Niall Carroll, Jeffrey Woods (Joaquin Gali ’57); Lee Barron (Brian Cuddy ’58), Conor Booth (Cameron Baird ’58), James Power (Ben Quigley ’45); Stephen Woods (Christian Casey ’57), Jack Guinean; Oscar Hurley (Josh Egan ’43), William Hickey, Jack Boyle.

BLACKROCK COLLEGE: Shane Murray; John Campbell, Sam Small, Ben Brownlee (Seb Lowe ’43), Michael Lowey (Paddy McGowan ’56); Adam Dixon (Michael Moloney ’47), Matthew Cullen (Patrick O’Connor ’56); Ben Melly Murphy (Harry Cullen ’47), Charlie O’Carroll (David Cosgrove ’56), Scott Barron (Matthew Wood ’32); Mark Morrissey, Hugo O’Malley (Matthew Wood ’19-‘21); David Moloney (Jack Byrne ’34), James Culhane, Liam Heylin.

Referee: Brian MacNiece (Leinster Rugby Referees).

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Post-Match Reaction: SSE Airtricity League First Division – Cobh Ramblers Manager Stephen Henderson – The Evening Echo – March 27 2017

Henderson says ‘bad day at the office’ for him and the players

REACTION

Daire Walsh

FOLLOWING their 4-1 loss to Cabinteely FC on Saturday, Cobh Ramblers manager, Stephen Henderson, admitted it was a bad day at the office, for both himself and his players.

After the high of their 5-1 victory against Athlone Town, Cobh fell to their first league reversal of the 2017 campaign. At the end of a second-half flashpoint involving Chris ‘Kaka’ McCarthy, Henderson was given his marching orders from the dugout by referee, Paul Hennessey, and he acknowledged that he needed to take responsibility for his actions on the night.

“First of all, you have to give credit to Cabinteely, who fully deserved their win. That’s as bad as we’ve been, now, in a long time, and I have to take my responsibility for that, because I lost the plot there,” Henderson said.

“I thought Kaka’s leg was broken, so, for me to get sent-off, that’s poor out of me. I apologised to the lads, and I apologise to the club for that. It was stupid out of me. All told, it was a bad day in the office for the team. We didn’t play well, and me, as a manager, it was a bad day for me, as well, because I let the lads down.”

One Cobh player to emerge with his head held high was goalkeeper Paul Hunt, whose ‘world class’ saves drew considerable praise from Henderson, and who didn’t deserve to conceded three.

“Paul Hunt pulled off two or three world class saves, and I mean world class. I don’t care what level this is at, especially the one in the first-half, it was quite incredible. I said it to Hunty, he didn’t deserve to be on the back of a hiding like that.”

Nine of the Cobh team that started this game were playing for the fifth game in succession, however, and as a way of stressing the need to manage the amount of game they have to play, Henderson said there may be changes in personnel for the visit of UCD to St Colman’s Park. this coming Saturday.

“We have a good squad of players here. We have to manage the amount of games that they play, when do they start to look a bit tired. Take them out, and put fresh lads in, give them a run. That’s what you do with young teams.

“There’s probably one or two of them need a bit of rest there, now. Because they’re so young, we might have to make one or two changes next week,” Henderson added.

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SSE Airtricity League First Division: Cabinteely FC V Cobh Ramblers – The Evening Echo – March 27 2017

Cobh overcome by Cabinteely

SOCCER

Daire Walsh

CABINTEELY FC……………………………… 4

COBH RAMBLERS……………………………. 1

AT Stradbrook on Saturday night, Cobh Ramblers suffered their first Airtricity League First Division defeat of the season, against Cabinteely FC.

Goals in either half, by Joe Doyle and Karl Byrne, puy Cabinteely in control, and even though Stephen Henderson’s charges responded with a 58th-minute Chris McCarthy penalty, Conor Keely and Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters sealed all three points for the south Dubliners in the final quarter.

Unsurprisingly, Cobh’s starting line-up was unchanged from the 5-1 demolition of Athlone Town, at St Colman’s Park, seven days earlier.

Their play was quite direct at times in the opening stages of this tie, and towering centre-half James McSweeney was marginally off-target with a header from a ninth-minute corner. Skipper McCarthy intercepted an attempted break by Cabinteely’s Evan Galvin (formerly of Cobh), and although he was penalised for handball, McCarthy did test the palms of opposition goalkeeper, Michael Kelly.

Full-back Anthony O’Donnell was later denied from close-range by Kelly, but just when they appeared to be settling into the game, Cobh fell behind, in the 26th minute. A Galvin corner from the left-flank evaded several players, and Cabinteely centre-forward, Doyle, scored at the far post.

Then, Paul Hunt came to Cobh’s rescue with a superb, 37th-minute stop from Waters. The visitors were hoping to claim their third consecutive win in this ground, but Cabinteely doubled their lead eight minutes after the restart. O’Donnell failed to control a cross-field pass by Jack Watson, and, after space opened up for right-back, Byrne, he unleashed an unstoppable curling shot into the left-hand corner.

It was looking ominous for Ramblers, but they were handed a lifeline just before the hour mark. Ross Mann chased a ball on the byline, and, after working his way into the area, he was body-checked by Christian Lotefa.

McCarthy stepped forward for his third spot-kick in two games, and fired beyond the reach of Kelly. Cobh now had a fighting chance, and McCarthy’s flicked header, from an O’Donnell free-kick, drifted agonisingly wide. However, Doyle forced Hunt into another top-drawer save, before Cabinteely restored their two-goal advantage with 15 minutes remaining.

The home team were causing Cobh a number of problems from set-pieces, and centre-half Keely nodded past the stranded Hunt from another corner.

A neat finish by Waters, from an Anthony Dolan through-ball rubbed further salt into Cobh’s wounds four minutes from the end.

CABINTEELY FC: Michael Kelly; Karl Byrne, Conor Keely, Victor Ekanem (Daire Doyle 20), Kevin Knight; Jack Watson, Christian Lotefa, Anthony Dolan (Robert Duggan 90), Evan Galvin; Joe Doyle (Jason Byrne 82), Kieran Waters.

COBH RAMBLERS: Paul Hunt; Shane Lowth (Charlie Flemming 76), Ben O’Riordan, James McSweeney, Anthony O’Donnell; Chris McCarthy; Stephen Christopher, Craig Donnellan, Karl Caulfield (Cian Coleman 63), Scott McCarthy (Dean Swords 63); Ross Mann.

Referee: Robert Hennessey (Limerick).

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Three International Friendly: Republic of Ireland V Iceland – Dairewalsh.com – March 27 2017

THREE INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 0

ICELAND 1

By Daire Walsh

A first-half goal from Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson was the difference between the teams in this drab Three International Friendly at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday night, when the Republic of Ireland suffered their first-ever defeat to Iceland.

As is often the case in the current international climate, this game was seen as an ideal opportunity for Martin O’Neill to experiment with his starting line-up. From the 11 that were selected for last Friday’s scoreless encounter with Wales, only Jeff Hendrick and James McClean retained their places for the visit of Heimir Hallgrimsson’s side.

Cyrus Christie (who replaced Seamus Coleman following his season-ending injury four days ago) and Aiden McGeady were aiming to build on their cameo appearances against the Welsh, while Robbie Brady returned from his competitive suspension to captain the team at left-back.

Alongside the Burnley star and Christie in the back-four were Alex Pearce and debutant John Egan – a son of the late Kerry GAA legend of the same name. Aston Villa’s Conor Hourihane was also making his international bow in a midfield quartet that included highly-rated Aberdeen winger Jonathan Hayes.

With striking options limited, McClean was deployed in a central attacking role, and he was joined in the front-line by Kevin Doyle – whose most recent outing in an Irish shirt was the 1-0 victory over Switzerland 12 months ago.

With 33 league starts under his belt since his summer move from Gillingham, Brentford’s Egan fully merited his elevation to the senior set-up on this occasion. He briefly left the field for treatment in the early stages, before eventually returning with a large head bandage.

He was eager to make an impression in the sparsely-populated Ballsbridge venue, but he played an unwanted role in Iceland’s breakthrough goal on the stroke of 20 minutes. He was booked for a foul on Icelandic striker Kjartan Henry Finnbogason, and the subsequent free-kick from 25 yards was superbly curled into the bottom right-hand corner by Bristol City’s Magnusson.

This was a wake-up call for Ireland – after a fairly lifeless opening from both sides – and even though they attempted to bring Brady and McGeady into the play as much as possible, the well-organised away defence ensured that chances remained limited for the Irish attack.

Doyle headed an enticing left-wing cross by McClean past the far post on 36 minutes, but Finnbogason had earlier dragged a shot off-target for the Euro 2016 quarter-finalists.

Ireland were seeking to increase their unbeaten run against Iceland to eight games, and in their most recent meeting back in September 1997 (a FIFA World Cup 1998 qualifying tie), they recovered from a one-goal deficit to ultimately secure a 4-2 win.

Current assistant manager Roy Keane claimed two goals in that outing, but although his fellow Cork native Hourihane was showing well in the middle-third, Ogmudur Kristinsson’s net remained unbreached at the midway stage.

The sides were unchanged when the action resumed, but in the opening moments of the second period, Ireland did their best to increase the overall tempo of their play. They had a number of fine deliveries from the flanks by Brady, Hayes and McClean, but the imposing Icelandic rearguard were alive to any threat that Ireland might pose in the air.

Skipper Aron Einar Gunnarsson (a regular fixture in the English Premiership and Championship with Cardiff City in recent years) fired over the Irish goal with a long-range volley in the 55th-minute, but in comparison to the ferocious physicality of the Welsh game, this was proving to be a relatively tame affair.

If Ireland were to conjure up an equaliser, they needed a spark from somewhere – and a quadruple substitution on 63 minutes drastically altered the outlook of the side. The central midfield pairing of Hourihane and Hendrick made way for Eunan O’Kane and Stephen Gleeson (who picked up two caps under Steve Staunton in 2007) respectively, but the biggest ovation of the night was for the introduction of former Dundalk duo Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan.

Both players have transferred to Preston North End since featuring for the Lilywhites in their FAI Cup defeat to Cork City at the Aviva last November, but they joined Hourihane and Egan – who Boyle replaced – as international first-timers in this game.

Heading towards the final-quarter, Ireland were trying to force Iceland on the back-foot, and Sverir Ingi Ingason was cautioned for a late challenge on the raiding McClean. Shane Long and Callum O’Dowda (a team-mate of Magnusson at Bristol) subsequently entered the fray with 17 minutes remaining, as Ireland negotiated a final onslaught on the Icelandic goal.

Their Scandinavian counterparts ran down the clock with some smart substitutions in the dying stages, however, and although Boyle got his head to a long throw deep into second-half stoppage-time, it was comfortably stopped by Hammarby netminder Kirstinsson.

Ireland will return to competitive play on June 11, when fourth-place Austria will visit the Aviva Stadium in Group D of the World Cup qualifiers.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Keiren Westwood; Cyrus Christie, John Egan (Andy Boyle 63), Alex Pearce, Robbie Brady; Aiden McGeady (Callum O’Dowda 73), Jeff Hendrick (Stephen Gleeson 63), Conor Hourihane (Eunan O’Kane 63), Jonathan Hayes (Daryl Horgan 63); James McClean (Shane Long 73), Kevin Doyle.

Subs not used: Colin Doyle, Darren Randolph, Richard Keogh, Stephen Ward, David Meyler.

ICELAND: Ogmudur Kristinsson; Birkner Mar Saevarsson (Vidar Ari Jonsson 85), Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Ragnar Sigurdsson (Holmar Eyjolfsson 52), Hordur Borgvin Magnusson; Rurik Gislason (Ari Freyr Skulason 88), Aron Einar Gunnarson, Olafur Ingi Skulason (Arnor Smarason 79), Aron Sigurdarson (Elias Mar Omarsson 65); Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Kjartan Henry Finnbogason.

Subs not used: Hannes Halldorsson, Ingvar Jonsson, Vidar Orn Kjartansson, Ottar Magnus Karlsson, Kari Arnason, Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, Ari Freyr Skulason.

Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark).

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Allianz National Hurling League Division 1A: Dublin V Kilkenny – The Irish Examiner – March 27 2017

Brian Cody says Kilkenny’s league objective already achieved

Allianz HL Division 1A
Dublin 1-16 Kilkenny 2-20
Kilkenny will face Wexford in the quarter-final of the Allianz National Hurling League, following their accomplished victory against 14-man Dublin at Parnell Park yesterday.

TJ Reid, Conor Martin, and Liam Martin amassed a combined tally of 2-17 for the Cats, as the 31st-minute dismissal of goalkeeper Gary Maguire left Dublin with too much of a mountain to climb in the second half.

Kilkenny boss Brian Cody was delighted to see his side advancing to the knockout stages of this year’s competition, but also reserved praise for the challenge posed by Dublin — who will lock horns with 2016 league winners Clare in a do-or-die relegation play-off.

Cody said: “It was a serious, competitive game. It was just non-stop stuff. Obviously, they were down a player for a lot of the game, but they were really, really competitive. Took us all our time, only the last seven or eight minutes probably we began to pull away a small bit.

“The objective after [the game] below in Ennis [Kilkenny’s second round defeat to Clare], I said that our ambition for the league was to get to the quarter-final, and we’ll take it from there. The suggestion was that it couldn’t happen, so at least we are there now.”

Emeralds star Conor Martin had been drafted into the Kilkenny starting line-up for this game, and he rattled the back of the Dublin net in the eighth minute.

He also cancelled out a Donal Burke free with a sharp point from play, but courtesy of consecutive points from Niall McMorrow, Burke (two), and half-back Chris Crummey, the Sky Blues opened up a three-point gap before the half-hour mark.

They subsequently suffered a double setback, though, when Maguire received his marching orders for a late challenge on Blanchfield — after the Kilkenny corner-forward claimed his side’s second goal of the contest.

His place between the sticks was taken by his Ballyboden clubmate Conor Dooley, and thanks to a 0-2 salvo by Kilkenny marksman Reid, Dublin faced into a 0-10 to 2-5 deficit at the break.

Kilkenny looked set to make their numerical supremacy count with quickfire scores by Liam Blanchfield and Colin Fennelly after the resumption, before a 37th-minute three-pointer from Burke levelled matters once again.

Dublin kept the scoreboard ticking with Burke efforts in the 40th and 42nd minutes, and although Kilkenny registered unanswered scores through Reid (two), Martin, and Blanchfield, points from Crummey (his third) and Ben Quinn reduced Dublin’s deficit to a minimum.

However, Kilkenny used their extra man to telling effect during the final 20 minutes, and with Blanchfield, Reid, Martin, and Walter Walsh all finding the target, they outscored the hosts by 0-8 to 0-2 to place the outcome beyond doubt.

Having played some encouraging hurling since their opening round drubbing to Tipperary in Croke Park, Dublin supremo Ger Cunningham is disappointed they couldn’t avoid finishing at the foot of Division 1A.

Yet, with a strong contingent from All-Ireland club champions Cuala set to resume training on Tuesday night, he is already looking forward to next weekend’s showdown with Clare.

“That’s where we are. We’re looking forward to next weekend. All the lads coming back in [from Cuala] have been here before. They all know what it’s like to play with Dublin, and they’re looking forward to coming back in as well,” said the former Cork goalkeeper.

“They won a fantastic competition. It’s time now for them to move on, and start integrating back in with us as well. They’re down off that high, but I think they’ll be looking forward to coming back with us.”

Scorers for Dublin:

D Burke (1-9, 5 frees, 2 65s); C Crummey (0-3); B Quinn, N McMorrow, R O’Dwyer, C Boland (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kilkenny:

TJ Reid (0-10, 5 frees, 1 65); C Martin (1-5); L Blanchfield (1-2); C Fennelly, W Walsh, R Hogan (0-1 each).

DUBLIN:

G Maguire; F O Riain Broin, E O’Donnell, S Barrett; C Crummey, L Rushe, C Mac Gabhann; B Quinn, D Fox; E Conroy, N McMorrow, R O’Dwyer; E Dillon, D Burke, C Boland.

Subs:

C Dooley for Conroy (32), F McGibb for Fox (h-t), R McBride for Mac Gabhann (52), C O’Sullivan for Boland (59), F Whitely for Quinn (61).

KILKENNY:

E Murphy; P Murphy, P Walsh, C O’Shea; C Fogarty, J Cleere, S Prendergast; P Deegan, C Buckley; C Fennelly, W Walsh, TJ Reid; L Blanchfield, R Hogan, C Martin.

Subs:

P Lyng for Fennelly (17-25, blood sub), J Holden for P Walsh (h-t), Lyng for Hogan (52), K Joyce for O’Shea (62).

Referee:

P O’Dwyer (Carlow).

 

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Ulster Bank League Division 1A Review: Old Belvedere V Lansdowne – Irishrugby.ie – March 27 2017

OLD BELVEDERE 15 LANSDOWNE 15, Anglesea Road
Scorers: Old Belvedere: Tries: Sean Coughlan, Daniel Riordan; Con: Willie Staunton; Pen: Willie Staunton
Lansdowne: Tries: John O’Donnell 2, Paul Boyle

HT: Old Belvedere 0 Lansdowne 15

Old Belvedere gave themselves a fighting chance in their battle against relegation from Ulster Bank League Division 1A as they shared the spoils with 14-man Lansdowne at Anglesea Road on Saturday afternoon.

First half tries from John O’Donnell (two) and Ireland Under-20 international Paul Boyle had leaders Lansdowne in pole position for another win, but with the visitors’ blindside flanker Joe McSwiney sent off in the second period, ‘Belvo dug deep to claim a 15-all draw and two potentially vital points.

Looking to bounce back from defeats to Clontarf and Cork Constitution, Lansdowne had the better of the opening exchanges although young out-half Charlie McMickan missed a long range penalty before injury forced him off. Fergal Cleary replaced him.

Mike Ruddock’s men kicked their next two penalties to the corner and a 12th minute maul was finished over the line by O’Donnell on the right. His centre partner Mark Roche missed the conversion but Lansdowne doubled their lead in the second quarter, spreading the ball wide to the left for Ireland Sevens international O’Donnell to finish comfortably.

Their third unconverted try followed on the half hour mark when they opted for a scrum rather than a shot at the posts. Promising number 8 Boyle picked off the base and burst over for the score, leaving ‘Belvo with a 15-point deficit to overcome.

Limerick man Willie Staunton was introduced at the break and he opened Belvedere’s account with an expertly-struck penalty after 44 minutes. The home side suffered a setback when prop Adam Howard was sin-binned, however McSwiney’s dismissal in the 56th minute for a high tackle on ‘Belvo’s Paul Pritchard proved even more significant.

Staunton uncharacteristically missed the resulting penalty kick, but ‘Belvo’s persistence was soon rewarded with a 68th minute try which saw them counter at pace from a turnover and returning Ireland Club international Sean Coughlan charged away to score in the right corner.

The conversion was missed but the hosts were now benefiting from that numerical advantage. Loosehead Howard made a powerful break and although he was halted inside the Lansdowne 22, full-back Daniel Riordan picked up the ball in space and clinically cut through for a try on the right.

Staunton was faced with a tricky conversion but the former Garryowen, Young Munster and Terenure half-back superbly split the posts to bring Belvedere level. The sides could not be separated in the closing stages, meaning bottom side Belvedere had closed the gap on Garryowen to three points at the foot of the table, while Lansdowne’s lead at the summit is down to two points with two rounds remaining.

OLD BELVEDERE: Daniel Riordan; Eddie Weaver, John Kennedy (capt), Ben Woods, Sean Coughlan; Paul O’Keefe, Aaron Sheehan; Adam Howard, Ed Rossiter, Daryl Ryan, Jack Kelly, Connor Owende, Karl Miller, Paul Pritchard, Jonathan Slattery.

Replacements: Cathal O’Flynn, Eoin O’Neill, Matt Ritani, Willie Staunton, Ben Butler.

LANSDOWNE: Eamonn Mills; Daniel McEvoy, John O’Donnell, Mark Roche, Mark O’Keeffe; Charlie McMickan, Matthew D’Arcy; Jacob Walshe, Tyrone Moran, Ian Prendiville (capt), Josh O’Rourke, Stephen Gardiner, Joe McSwiney, Charlie Butterworth, Paul Boyle.

Replacements: Tadgh McElroy, Ntinga Mpiko, Barry Fitzgerald, Alan Bennie, Fergal Cleary.

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Rugby Friendly: Ireland U19s V Japan U19s – Irishrugby.ie – March 25 2017

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Leinster Schools Juvenile Hurling ‘A1’ League Final: Colaiste Eoin V St Brendan’s, Birr – The Evening Herald – March 23 2017

LEINSTER JUV HURLING LEAGUE FINAL

Eoin fall short against St Brendan’s in Juvenile ‘A1’ encounter

Daire Walsh

THERE was disappointment for Colaiste Eoin at Dunganny yesterday, when they came up short against St Brendan’s, Birr in the final of the Leinster Juvenile Hurling ‘A1’ League.

The gaelscoil had advanced to this stage with a 4-12 to 2-9 semi-final win against St Fintan’s HS, Sutton, but when you consider Brendan’s comfortably overcame the challenge of Castlecomer CS on the same day, this was always likely to be a tough assignment for the Booterstown school.

They were playing against the breeze in the first-half, and even though Jack O Rodaigh, Rian O Maoilean and goalkeeper Luca O Siochain produced fine displays, they were trailing 0-6 to 0-1 during the interval.

A victory wasn’t beyond the reach of Eoin just yet, however, and influential centre-forward Liam O Fiachna was taking the fight to the Offaly side upon the resumption. Yet, they were subsequently dealt a hammer blow at the midway stage in the half, when a Brendan’s goal created daylight between the teams once more.

Colaiste Eoin continued to battle until the final moments, but the Faithful County outfit ultimately triumphed on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-7.

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All-Ireland Senior ‘B’ Camogie Championship Final: Colaiste Iosagain V St Joseph’s Rochfortbridge – The Evening Herald – March 23 2017

CAMOGIE: ALL-IRELAND ‘B’ FINAL

Core display key as brave Iosagain fall to Rochfortbridge

Daire Walsh

HANNAH Core of St Joseph’s, Rochfortbridge delivered a star performance at Donaghmore/Ashbourne on Tuesday afternoon, as Coláiste Íosagáin’s All-Ireland odyssey ended in a nine-point (2-6 to 0-3) final defeat at the Meath venue.

This eagerly-awaited contest was originally set to take place on March 4, but following adverse weather conditions on that date, it was postponed until this week. Íosagáin claimed their spot in the Senior ‘B’ Camogie decider with a 3-11 to 3-3 victory over Hazelwood College, Limerick at the semi-final stage, and they had reason for optimism ahead of their meeting with the Westmeath school.

POSITION

However, even though they were in contention during the early moments of the play, Íosagáin soon found themselves in a difficult position. With ace attacker Core leading their charge, Rochfortbridge registered four points without reply.

Indeed, thanks to goals by Katie Coleman and Core, Rochfortbridge brought a comprehensive 2-4 to 0-0 lead into the second period. This presented the gaelscoil with an uphill challenge after the break, and when Rochfortbridge added a brace of unanswered scores, it left Íosagáin with too much ground to make up.

Sinéad de Bhuilde finally opened Íosagáin’s account with a fine point, though, and while it wasn’t enough to spoil the party for Rochfortbridge, a 0-2 salvo from the hard-working Grace Ní Shé allowed them to finish the tie (and their memorable season) in a positive frame of mind.

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