Shoot out puts an end to Banbridge treble dream Austrian Thiem beats Murray in Barcelona
BANBRIDGE dreams of a treble were blown away by Monkstown as their EY Champions Trophy semi-final was decided in favour of the Dubliners by a shoot-out.
Ban went into the end-of-season showcase at Grange Road with cup and league titles already secured, and with two recent wins against yesterday’s opponents to their credit.
But they were never ahead on this occasion as they trailed early to a Lee Cole penalty, though Eugene Magee levelled from a corner.
The Ulster side piled on plenty of pressure after the break only to be caught twice on the break by Davy Carson.
Two goals from Owen Magee, young brother of Eugene, in the closing five minutes — the second a memorable effort to the roof of Davy Fitzgerald’s net — propelled the contest into a shoot-out.
Then Fitzgerald had the last laugh as the tie-breaker was shaded 6-5 in favour of Monkstown after going to sudden death.
The women’s final today will be an all-Dublin affair with UCD pitted against Hermes-Monkstown. ANDY Murray lost a brutal battle with powerful Austrian Dominic Thiem as his run at the Barcelona Open was ended in the semi-finals.
The world number one overcame a slow start, which looked set at one stage to condemn him to a swift defeat, to drag himself back into the contest. However, Thiem proved too strong as he clinched a 6-2 3-6 6-4 win in two hours and 15 minutes.
A day after needing a final-set tie-break to see off Albert Ramos-Vinolas in just shy of three hours, the Scot again endured another gruelling work-out.
He was outclassed in the first set, but dug in during the second as he grew into the contest and levelled the match with a single break of serve.
He was a break up and then down by one in the third as both players proved near impossible to shake off, but fourth seed Thiem prevailed to claim his third British scalp of the week after knocking out Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans.