By Mark Jones
Laois failed in their bid to capture three All-Ireland minor football titles in a row when they were defeated by Tyrone on a scoreline of 2-11 to 0-11 in last Sunday’s final at Croke Park.
Two first-half goals by Eoin Mulligan and Enda McGinley gave Laois a steep hill to climb and Tyrone held out quite comfortably in the end to clinch the title for the first time in 25 years.
New Yorkers prevails
New York were narrow winners over London by 1-18 to 2-13 in a keenly contested International football tournament final at Parnell Park in Dublin last week. However, London were not to be outdone in the women’s decider as they got the better of a North American Board team by 2-11 to 1-9.
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Catherina McKiernan continued her winning ways when she stormed to victory in the International Half-marathon in Luxembourg last weekend. McKiernan came home in a time of 68 minutes, 54 seconds, a full 16 seconds ahead of Germany’s Katrin Dorre-Heinig in second place.
The County Cavan athlete was forced to miss the World Half-Marathon Championship following a dispute with BLE and she now goes in next month’s Amsterdam marathon.
Cork City move to fore
Cork City moved to top spot in the Premier Division of Ireland’s National soccer league with a 1-0 win over UCD at Belfield. A late Kelvin Flanagan penalty proved decisive as Cork maintained their 100 percent record after five games.
St. Patrick’s Athletic’s unbeaten run came to an end when they were defeated 2-1 by Finn Harps and last season champions are now three points adrift of Cork.
Munster ruggers roll
Munster remained on track to qualify for the quarter-finals of rugby’s European Cup when they ran out easy 34-10 winners over Welsh club Neath at Musgrave Park.
It was Munster’s second victory in succession although they have yet to face the powerful French side Perpignan.
Leinster lost out to French champions Stade Francais by 28-7 at Donnybrook, while Ulster well beaten by Toulouse. Connacht, meanwhile, opened their European Shield campaign with an impressive 31-12 win in Newport.