Shoot out puts an end to Ban­bridge tre­ble dream Aus­trian Thiem beats Mur­ray in Barcelona

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RACING -

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.

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