Dublin Adult Hurling League Division One: St Vincent’s V Cuala – Dublingaa.ie – August 14 2018

AHL 1 MATCH REPORT: ST. VINCENTS V CUALA

ADULT HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION ONE

ST VINCENT’S 6-19

CUALA 0-20

By Daire Walsh

St Vincent’s moved into third place in the Adult Hurling League Division One table with an emphatic victory against All-Ireland champions Cuala at Pairc Naomh Uinsionn on Monday evening.

Bolstered by an extraordinary goal blitz in the early stages of the contest, the Marino men finished with all of 17 points to spare over Mattie Kenny’s side. While they were comprehensive winners in the end, the dead-ball accuracy of David Treacy allowed Cuala to stay in contention for large spells.

However, Vins were never going to be denied their sixth win of the campaign, as substitutes Eoghan O’Neill and Tomas McGrane rounded off a fine night’s work with late goals.

Since losing out to St Jude’s at Tymon North on May 16, Vins have been on an unbeaten run in the top-flight. This consists of four wins and one draw – an away clash with Lucan Sarsfields in the most recent round of fixtures.

Though Cuala were towards the foot of the table at the beginning of play, they still have a number of games in hand owing to their delayed start to the campaign. Despite being minus the services of Dublin footballers Con O’Callaghan and Mark Schutte – amongst others – the Dalkey outfit started with eight of their All-Ireland winning side.

They were powerless in their efforts to halt the early wave of Vins attacks, though – which produced two goals within the opening 50 seconds of the tie. When the ball broke into his path straight from the throw-in, Keith Connolly (brother of Diarmuid) fired beyond the reach of opposition netminder Sean Brennan.

Connolly’s direct running style caused havoc for Cuala in the first-quarter, and his piercing gallop through the heart of their defence set-up Cian McBride for a sensational second major. The visitors finally settled through Cian Waldron, before a third Vincent’s goal arrived in the fifth-minute.

Alan Moore picked out inside partner McBride with a precise cross-field ball – and the ice-cool full-forward kept his composure to add another three-pointer. This already left Cuala with a mountain to climb and they remained eight points in arrears when a Darragh O’Connell point was cancelled out by former All-Star nominee Ronan Fallon.

Yet, after a couple of positional switches helped them to re-align, the southsiders established a foothold in the proceedings. In the space of six frantic minutes, the reliable Treacy registered four points without reply to offer his side some form of solace.

Even though they coughed up another goal opportunity to the raiding Mark O’Keeffe – his shot floated inches over the crossbar – Treacy’s fifth of the half followed on 18 minutes. Vins hadn’t lost the midas touch in front of goal, however, and they further compounded the Cuala woes by raising a fourth green flag.

Centre-forward John Hetherton raced onto a loose ball to record his opening score of the game and he added a superb point at the end of a subsequent move. Bolger and Colm Cronin then traded scores, only for Vins to create additional daylight via the dependable sticks of McBride and Hetherton.

Cuala rallied with points from Waldron, O’Connell and Treacy, but with McBride also finding the target, Vins were firmly in the driving seat at the break (4-7 to 0-11). Acutely aware of a potential backlash, the hosts reinforced their authority with Brian Bolger and Connolly points on the resumption.

Shane Murphy and Treacy did likewise for their opponents, who also added a score through promising teenager Diarmuid O Floinn. Although this offered them a glimmer of hope, the magnitude of the task at hand was magnified by Hetherton and Alan Moore contributions at the opposite end.

Opening half Cuala substitute Brian Fitzgerald responded with a smart point on the turn but, moving into the final-quarter, Vins found themselves 10 points in front (4-13 to 0-15).

Hetherton’s 0-2 salvo kept them in the ascendancy, even if the exploits of Treacy pegged them back slightly. Bolger’s influence on the play was becoming more pronounced, and he added two points in the space of a minute to effectively place the outcome beyond doubt.

Another Hetherton free kept the scoreboard ticking over for Vins and he would amass a personal haul of 1-8 over the course of the hour. In spite of the best efforts of Cronin and Treacy for Cuala, the northside brigade claimed their fifth goal at the end of normal time.

After catching the ball inside the defensive cover, O’Neill kicked to the net in clinical fashion. There was enough time for Oisin Lanigan to assist the evergreen Tomas McGrane (who made his senior inter-county debut for Dublin all of 20 years ago) for his own three-pointer and McBride then completed the rout by splitting the posts at a tight-angle.

While Vincent’s will have to wait until September 1st for their next league game – a tricky away assignment with second-place Na Fianna – Cuala are back in harness this Wednesday (August 15) against Kilmacud Crokes at Silver Park.

Scorers – St Vincent’s: John Hetherton 1-8 (0-6f), Cian McBride 2-3, Brian Bolger 0-4, Keith Connolly 1-1, Eoghan O’Neill, Tomas McGrane 1-0 each, Ronan Fallon, Mark O’Keeffe, Alan Moore 0-1 each. Cuala: David Treacy 0-11 (10f), Darragh O’Connell, Colm Cronin, Cian Waldron 0-2 each, Shane Murphy, Diarmuid O Floinn, Brian Fitzgerald 0-1 each.

ST VINCENT’S: Lee Dumbrell; Rory Pocock, Sean McCaw, Ciaran Harney; Frankie Power, Ruairi Trainor, Neal Billings; Ronan Fallon, Tom Connolly; Keith Connolly, John Hetherton, Mark O’Keeffe; Brian Bolger, Cian McBride, Alan Moore. Subs: Eoghan O’Neill for Connolly (43), Oisin Lanigan for Fallon (46), Tomas McGrane for Bolger (54).

CUALA: Sean Brennan; Simon Timlin, Oisin Gough, Conal Kelly; Darragh O’Connell, Cian O’Callaghan, Evan Hanley; Sean Treacy, Colm Cronin; Shane Murphy, Colum Sheanon, Diarmuid O Floinn; Cian Waldron, David Treacy, Niall Carty. Subs: Brian Fitzgerald for Hanley (18), Cillian Sheanon for Waldron (55).

Referee: Thomas Gleeson (Naomh Fionnbarra).

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Adult Hurling League Division One Round-Up (August 8-12): Dublingaa.ie – August 13 2018

AHL DIV. 1 ROUNDUP – 8TH-12TH AUGUST

ADULT HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION ONE ROUND-UP: AUGUST 8-12

By Daire Walsh

Ballyboden St Enda’s moved four points clear at the top of the Adult Hurling League Division One table courtesy of an impressive 2-15 to 0-16 victory over Kilmacud Crokes at Silver Park last Wednesday.

With second-place Na Fianna not in action until this Friday – an away clash against Faughs – this was an ideal opportunity for ‘Boden to create further daylight between themselves and the Glasnevin men.

Thanks in no small part to first-half goals from Aiden Mellett and Paul Ryan, the defending champions managed to do just that. Since losing out to Na Fianna by five points (3-13 to 2-11) at St Mobhi Road on May 30, ‘Boden have displayed imperious form in the top-flight.

They entered this contest of the back of four consecutive triumphs – the most recent of which was a home success over local rivals St Jude’s. While Crokes’ 2018 league campaign has been mixed, they did get the better of Na Fianna on July 25.

This moved them into the upper half of the table, and with Fergal Whitely and Mark Howard in fine form, they asked questions of ‘Boden in the early stages of Wednesday’s clash. A Mellett three-pointer helped the visitors to settle, though, and this was followed by a second goal via the ever-reliable Ryan.

The versatile Conor Dooley provided the spade work for much of ‘Boden’s attacking play in the opening period, and he was joined on the scoresheet by Shane Durkin (one of many inter-county stars in their line-up), Paul Doherty and Niall Ryan.

Seanie McGrath and Whitely did find the target for Crokes towards the end of the half, but the hosts found themselves eight points in arrears (2-9 to 0-7) during the interval. This left Anthony Daly’s side with a lot of ground to make up on the resumption – though, as expected, they persevered with their challenge as the action progressed.

McGrath and Michael Roche added a succession of points for the Stillorgan outfit, which allowed them to stay in contention for large spells. However, with Dean Curran and David O’Connor leading the way, a stubborn ‘Boden defence ensured that Gary Maguire’s goal remained unbreached.

The dead-ball accuracy of McGrath reduced the gap to five points in the closing moments, but this was as close as Crokes came to swinging the outcome in their favour.

On Thursday evening at Clonshaugh, St Brigid’s moved into sixth-place by claiming a hard-earned draw (0-17 to 1-14) against Craobh Chiarain. After bringing a three-game losing streak to an end against O’Toole’s in the last round, Brigid’s were hoping to secure their first away win of this year’s campaign.

Facing into a strong breeze in the opening half, Brigid’s opted to run at Chiarain’s whenever the opportunity arose. With Mark Kavanagh offering a strong platform in defence, they created a number of clear-cut goal chances.

Donnacha Ryan, Daire Plunkett and Johnny McGuirk all found themselves in excellent shooting positions but, on each occasion, dependable Craobh netminder Stephen Chester was equal to their efforts.

Although McGuirk, Plunkett and Kevin Callaghan picked off some excellent points, Brigid’s were one point behind – 0-8 to 0-7 – at the midway stage. Brigid’s took the game to their northside counterparts after the restart, as McGuirk, Plunkett, Andrew Dunphy and Ciaran Dolan found the range in clinical fashion.

While McGuirk finished the game as Brigid’s scorer-in-chief (0-8), three points apiece from Plunkett and Callaghan allowed them to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

When the Navan Road men led by four points on the stroke of 50 minutes, they appeared to be on course for their fifth league victory of the year. Craobh responded with a much-needed goal, however, and they eventually dug deep to earn a share of the spoils in a tension-filled finale.

Meanwhile, the old adage of ‘goals win games’ proved true for Lucan Sarsfields at Blunden Drive on Sunday morning. They recorded a 4-11 to 0-16 triumph at the expense of basement side O’Toole’s – who remain two points adrift of Faughs and All-Ireland champions Cuala.

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GAA Interview: Former Monaghan Footballer David Byrne – August 11 2018

DAVID BYRNE INTERVIEW: FORMER MONAGHAN FOOTBALLER

By Daire Walsh

After bridging an enormous gap at Pearse Stadium last weekend, the Monaghan footballers have another in their sights at Croke Park tomorrow afternoon. An overwhelmingly comprehensive 0-16 to 0-8 success over Galway in their final Super 8 game helped the Farney Army to progress to an All-Ireland SFC semi-final for the first time in 30 years.

While the Tribesmen were already guaranteed a place in the last-four of the Sam Maguire Cup (ending their own 17-year quest for a penultimate round spot), Monaghan set about their business in a thoroughly professional manner.

This set-up a mouthwatering showdown with Tyrone, as they bid to reach an All-Ireland decider for the first time since 1930. Their sole appearance in the final stage ended in a 3-11 to 0-2 defeat to Kerry – and when you examine some of the biggest defeats in Monaghan’s recent history, it is the province of Munster who have provided them with the great level of heartbreak.

Ger Power and Eoin ‘Bomber’ Liston goals gave the Kingdom a 2-9 to 0-9 victory in the 1985 All-Ireland semi-final replay and it was Cork who got the better of Sean McCague’s men on their last visit to this stage three years later.

An agonising 2007 quarter-final reversal to eventual champions Kerry was the closest they had come to upsetting the apple cart in recent times, even more so than their losses to Tyrone at the same phase in 2013 and 2015 – when they entered the All-Ireland series as Ulster champions.

Iniskeen midfielder David Byrne was a regular fixture alongside Hugo Clerkin (father of noughts star Dick) on the Monaghan team throughout the 1980s and featured in that disappointing 1-14 to 0-6 defeat against the Rebels on this weekend 30 years ago.

Unsurprisingly, he views the 1985 drawn encounter with Kerry as more of a missed opportunity that the semi-final that followed.

“The team three years prior to that drew with Kerry in a semi-final and were subsequently beaten by that great Kerry team. That’s probably, when I look back at that era, more of an opportunity missed. Monaghan didn’t really played particularly well in the [1988] semi-final against Cork,” Byrne recalls.

“It would be an opportunity missed and I think for this set of players, some of them have been around for quite some time. It really is a question of seizing the moment and emptying the tank on the field.

“Because they really need to leave that field on Sunday knowing in their hearts of hearts that they’ve absolutely given everything that they can give. Not to have any regrets about it.”

Given their similar levels of success – like much of the current crop, Byrne is a holder off two Ulster SFC titles – it is understandable that parallels have been made between the present squad under Malachy O’Rourke and their 80s equivalents.

Though reluctant to directly compare the individual players that have dined at the top table of Gaelic football all of three decades apart, Byrne can nevertheless see where the comparisons come from.

“As is evident, the game has changed considerably now and there’s very, very little kick it up the field and hope that the full-forward will get it. With the odd exception, it’s about retaining possession now. Perhaps the players now… I don’t think it would be fair to say that they’re more mobile, but they’re a big emphasis now on the running game and retaining possession, and not giving it away.

“How would they compare? It’s a difficult one to answer. I suppose, the similarities would be in that we got to three All-Ireland semi-finals. We were a kick of a ball away from it. In terms of comparisons, it’s there and it’s so close.

“I think players, especially players from the lesser counties like Monaghan in terms of population, you want to believe this will come around next year or the following year.

“It mightn’t necessarily work that way, so what they really have to focus their minds on is ‘this is it, it’s all about this game Sunday’. The opportunity may never cross your path again. The comparison is there, perhaps not in terms of what team would beat the other or who has the better players.

“It’s quite a similar set-up in the sense that they’ve been knocking at the door for quite a while. In fact, even longer than the team I was on, trying to make the breakthrough. This is the furthest stage now that they’ve got.”

Despite being a regular fixture at the business end of the Championship for quite some time, Monaghan’s prospects for the year were decidedly glum when they were ambushed by Fermanagh in an Ulster semi-final on June 3rd.

Following a very positive league campaign that saw them narrowly missing out on a place in the Division One final, this was an undoubted set-back for Malachy O’Rourke’s charges. With a 2016 qualifier defeat to Longford still lodged in their memory banks, they had to be wary of a similar fate through the back-door.

However, thanks to triumphs over Waterford, Leitrim and Laois (all of whom operated in Division Four during the springtime) they advanced to the newly-created Super 8 round robin with minimal fuss.

Given the level of opposition they had faced up to that point, it was unclear what kind of challenge Monaghan would pose. Subsequent performances against Kildare, Kerry and Galway helped to restore confidence within the county, however, and Byrne believes last week’s emphatic showing against the latter ranks as the best of 2018 thus far.

“The Super 8s, especially, to come out top was a fantastic achievement. I think everyone was pretty much gobsmacked and flattened by the loss to Fermanagh. Having beaten Tyrone and feeling there was a possibility of getting a good crack at the Ulster title by getting into the final. I think that was a huge disappointment, the manner of the defeat as well.

“They’ve re-grouped and got themselves together. Even though you’re playing some lesser teams in the formative stage of the qualifiers, they still have to be beaten. Monaghan lost to Longford two years ago. Not running down Longford, but you can only play who’s in front of you.

“They’ve done well, and again getting back to the Galway game, I thought it was a very, very polished performance. Irrespective of whether Galway had already qualified. I think for both teams, winning the group and avoiding Dublin, that was the carrot. If you factor in all those things, it was a pretty good performance. One of the performances of the year from Monaghan I’d say at this stage.”

As Byrne alludes to, Monaghan have already earned bragging rights over Tyrone in this year’s Championship. In addition to their thrilling two-point success (1-18 to 1-16) at Healy Park, Omagh in the Ulster quarter-final, they also beat the Red Hand on home soil in a February league clash.

Coming out on the right side of two titanic struggles gives Byrne cause for optimism heading into tomorrow’s game – while also acknowledging that Tyrone will be a tough side to break down.

“Given the fact that Monaghan have already beaten Tyrone in both league and championship this year. It is certainly a brilliant, fantastic opportunity to advance, but they can only take one game at a time.

“I think if they adopt the same mindset as they had in the last game on Sunday against Galway, and play with that intensity and aggression, I think they’ve a very, very good chance. Albeit, Tyrone are a very difficult team to beat at the best of times.”

With history set to play such a big part at Croke Park tomorrow afternoon, the pressure on both sets of players is expected to be high.

The attention paid to inter-county players is at a different level to what he experienced, but Byrne (who was named on the Monaghan 125 team in 2009) is confident that Monaghan can put all of that to one side – and focus on the task at hand.

“There’s a lot more media attention now than there was in that day in the sense with social media. All the matches now, every single one is recorded. There were even Championship matches back then, there might not have been a recording of them. Players are a lot more in the spotlight now,” Byrne acknowledged.

“Obviously at semi-final stage a match is televised, but I think this group of players are well used to playing big matches and are level-headed enough to put all that to the side. I think when you’re used to that, you sort of put that out of your head while you’re playing. You have it in your mind’s eye that the crowd is there.

“You can take in the atmosphere, but when the whistle blows you really need to get your mind knuckled down. It’s like another game, it just happens to have more people watching it. You have to dispel the occasion from your mind when the ball actually is thrown in and treat it as if it’s like another game.”

With the reputation of this Monaghan continuing to grow, another victory in GAA HQ would serve as a further string to their bow.

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SSE Airtricity League Premier Division: St Patrick’s Athletic V Inchicore Athletic – The Irish Times – August 11 2018

St Patrick’s Athletic 5 Inchicore Athletic 0

St Patrick’s Athletic produced an accomplished second half display at Richmond Park to eventually claim local bragging rights over 10-man Inchicore Athletic.

Thanks to a committed defensive effort, the Leinster Senior League side – playing in this competition for the first time – were on level terms at the midway point.

The 46th-minute dismissal of Leon Fahey-Byrne was too much of an obstacle for them to overcome, though, and Pat’s ultimately made hay with goals from Darragh Markey, Jake Keegan (two), Conan Byrne and Simon Madden.

After Ryan Brennan was denied by the woodwork in the early stages of the contest, Ian Turner also saw his header – off an exquisite Madden delivery – rebounding against the crossbar.

This helped to keep Inchicore in the frame, but disaster struck for the non-league outfit straight from the restart. Following his foul on raiding Saints attacker Dean Clarke, left-back Fahey-Byrne was issued with a second yellow-card.

This inevitably led to a Pat’s breakthrough – Markey making no mistake with a neat finish into the bottom left-hand corner on 55 minutes.

They subsequently doubled their advantage when a speculative shot from Keegan slipped through the fingertips of Inchicore netminder Patrick Reilly and Byrne signalled his arrival to the fray by immediately slotting home an 81st-minute penalty.

Keegan compounded the woes of a deflated Inchicore with his second goal off the bench, before the excellent Madden rounded off the scoring for the 2014 champions in the closing stages.

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC: B Clarke; Desmond, K Brennan, Toner; Madden, R Brennan (Clifford, 62 mins), Lennon, Markey, Birmingham; Turner (Byrne, 80 mins), D Clarke (Keegan, 62 mins).

INCHICORE ATHLETIC: Reilly; Plunkett, Donohue, Roche, Fahey Byrne; Bolton, Power (Malone, 58 mins), Cronin (O’Rourke, 78 mins), Howe, Geraghty; Kinch (Fay, 21 mins).

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Irish Open Tennis Championship Finals Piece: The Irish Daily Mail – August 6 2018

Bothwell battles back to win Irish Open title

Down native Peter Bothwell delivered a magnificent display at Carrickmines yesterday evening to claim the AIG Irish Open Tennis Championship men’s singles title at the expense of Britain’s Ryan James Storrie.

The DCU Academy star had been left with a mountain climb when he conceded the opening set to Storrie. However, Bothwell was determined to leave his mark on the day’s showpiece decider – and he ultimately got the better of Storrie in a gruelling three-set affair, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3).

Emily Appleton was earlier crowned women’s singles champion with a straight sets victory over Sasha Hill, 6-4 to 6-3.

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Irish Open Tennis Championship Finals Piece: The Evening Herald – August 6 2018

TENNIS

Bothwell takes Irish Open title

DOWN native Peter Bothwell delivered a magnificent display at Carrickmines yesterday evening to claim the AIG Irish Open Tennis Championship men’s singles title at the expense of Britain’s Ryan James Storrie.

This win (5-7 6-3 6-3) comes as a major milestone for the 22-year-old Hillsborough man, as it is the first singles crown of his professional career.

While Bothwell conceded the opening set amidst the sweltering heat in the south Dublin venue, he soon settled into a smooth rhythm of play.

Tied at three games each in the second set, he ruthlessly took control of the contest to set-up a grandstand finale. With both players holding serve under enormous pressure, this fascinating duel looked set to go down to the wire.

A determined Bothwell was not to denied, however, and he won three more games on the bounce to finally see off Storrie’s persistent challenge.

Emily Appleton was earlier crowned women’s singles champion with a straight sets victory (6-4 to 6-3) over fellow Briton Sasha Hill.

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Irish Open Tennis Championship Finals: The Irish Sun – August 6 2018

Pete takes first crown

By DAIRE WALSH

PETER BOTHWELL won the AIG Irish Open Tennis Championship men’s singles final at Carrickmines yesterday.

The 22-year-old from Co Down beat Britain’s Ryan James Storrie 5-7 6-3 6-3 in an an absorbing decider in a come-from-behind victory.

It is the first singles crown on Bothwell’s pro career.

A fascinating duel looked set to go down to the wire in the third set.

But brilliant Bothwell was not to denied as he won three games on the bounce to finally overcome Storrie’s dogged challenge.

Meanwhile, Emily Appleton took the women’s singles title with a straight-sets victory – 6-4 to 6-3 – over fellow Brit Sasha Hill.

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Irish Open Tennis Championship Finals: The Irish Times – August 6 2018

Tennis

Bothwell and Appleton crowned national champions

Down native Peter Bothwell delivered a magnificent display at Carrickmines yesterday evening to claim the AIG Irish Open Tennis Championship men’s singles title at the expense of Britain’s Ryan James Storrie.

The DCU Academy star had been left with a mountain climb when he conceded the opening set to Storrie, who defeated Germany’s Stefan Seifert at the semi-final stage on Saturday.

However, Bothwell was determined to leave his mark on the day’s showpiece decider – and he ultimately got the better of Storrie in a gruelling three-set affair (5-7 6-3 6-3).

Speaking on court Bothwell identified the partisan home crowd as a major factor in his success.

“It gave me five, 10 per cent extra. Especially in the third set. I felt a little bit fatigued and you got me through it,” he said.

Emily Appleton was earlier crowned women’s singles champion with a straight sets victory (6-4 to 6-3) over fellow Briton Sasha Hill.

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Irish Open Tennis Championship Finals: The Irish Examiner – August 6 2018

World of Sport

Irish Open joy for home hero Bothwell

AIG Irish Open Championships

Tennis

Daire Walsh

Down native Peter Bothwell delivered a magnificent display at Carrickmines yesterday evening to claim the AIG Irish Open Tennis Championship men’s singles title at the expense of Britain’s Ryan James Storrie.

This win (5-7 6-3 6-3) comes as a major milestone for the 22-year-old Hillsborough man, as it is the first singles crown of his professional career.

While Bothwell conceded the opening set amidst the sweltering heat in the south Dublin venue, he soon settled into a smooth rhythm of play.

Tied at three games each in the second set, he ruthlessly took control of the contest to set-up a grandstand finale.

With both players holding serve under enormous pressure, this fascinating duel looked set to go down to the wire.

A determined Bothwell (ranked seventh for the tournament) was not to denied, however, and he won three more games on the bounce to finally see off Storrie’s persistent challenge.

Emily Appleton was earlier crowned women’s singles champion with a straight sets victory (6-4 to 6-3) over fellow Briton Sasha Hill.

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Irish Open Tennis Championship Finals: The42.ie – August 5 2018

Bothwell rules the roost on home soil while Britain’s Appleton takes women’s Irish Open crown

Co. Down’s Peter Bothwell and Bromley’s Emily Appleton won the men’s and women’s Irish Open Tennis Championships in Carrickmines.

Daire Walsh reports from Carrickmines Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club

DOWN NATIVE PETER Bothwell delivered a magnificent display at Carrickmines this evening to claim the AIG Irish Open Tennis Championship men’s singles title at the expense of Britain’s Ryan James Storrie.

The DCU Academy star had been left with a mountain climb when he conceded the opening set to Storrie, who defeated Germany’s Stefan Seifert at the semi-final stage on Saturday. However, Bothwell was determined to leave his mark on the day’s showpiece decider – and he ultimately got the better of Storrie in a gruelling three-set affair (5-7 6-3 6-3).

This win comes as a major milestone for the 22-year-old Hillsborough man, as it is the first singles crown of his professional career.

Speaking on court in the direct aftermath of a compelling encounter with Storrie, Bothwell identified the partisan home crowd as a major factor in his success.

“I’d like to thank everyone for coming out today. It gave me five, 10% extra. Especially in the third set. I felt a little bit fatigued and you got me through it,” a jubilant Bothwell explained.

While Bothwell – ranked seventh for the tournament – initially found it difficult to press home his advantage, he soon settled into a smooth rhythm of play.

Tied at three games each in the second set, he ruthlessly took control of the contest to set-up a grandstand finale in the sweltering Carrickmines heat. With both players holding serve under enormous pressure, this fascinating duel looked set to go down to the wire.

A determined Bothwell was not to denied, however, and he won three more games on the bounce to finally see off Storrie’s persistent challenge.

Emily Appleton was earlier crowned women’s singles champion with a straight sets victory (6-4 to 6-3) over fellow Briton Sasha Hill. After defeating Ireland’s Julie Byrne in Saturday’s semi-final, Appleton was firm favourite against Hill – who was competing in her first-ever professional tennis event.

The Bromley teenager initially held her own in testing conditions, before Appleton finally broke her serve to take the opening set 6-4. A prolonged showdown looked to be in store when Hill built up a 3-1 lead after the resumption of play, only for Appleton to subsequently rein in the challenge of her compatriot.

After winning four games in quick succession, Appleton produced a series of powerful serves to eventually take home the top prize.

Results:

Women’s singles final

Emily Appleton (GBR) beat Sasha Hill (GBR) 2-0 (6-4 6-3)

Men’s singles final

Peter Bothwell (IRL) beat Ryan James Storrie (GBR) 2-1 (5-7 6-3 6-3)

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