By Mark Jones
DUBLIN — Mayo earned a second chance in last Sunday’s All-Ireland minor football semifinal when Paul Prenty’s late goal gave then a 1-9 apiece draw with Westmeath.
Mayo had hit the woodwork no fewer than three times during the second half, so Prenty’s 59th minute strike was no more than the Connacht champions deserved.
Meanwhile, an angry Derry are to appeal the GAA’s Management Committee decision not to grant them a replay of the All Ireland minor football semifinal against Cork. Derry are insisting that the match should be replayed given that Cork midfielder Kieran Murphy was shown a second yellow card but was not subsequently sent off.
Also, Limerick cruised into the All Ireland Under 21 hurling decider when there were easy winners over Antrim by 1-21 to 1-9 at Parnell Park last weekend. Mark Keane was the Ulster county’s tormentor-in-chief with an impressive total of 1-10 that included eight frees.
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The Ireland Schools rugby squad won all eight matches on their recent tour of Australia, an achievement that culminated last Wednesday with a 34-22 success against Australia Schools in Brisbane. Captained by Gavin Duffy, who helped Mayo reach last year’s All-Ireland minor football final, the squad emulated the feat of their 1996 counterparts who also returned from Down Under with a 100 percent record.