Kiely skip­pers Of­faly to Le­in­ster tri­umph Teenager Collins puts sword into lo­cal star

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RACING -

CATHAL Kiely played a cap­tain’s role as Of­faly’s greater know-how eased them to a 4-23 to 0-13 vic­tory in the Le­in­ster MHC against Meath at Trim.

The Kil­cor­mac/Kil­coughey young­ster ac­counted for 1-7 be­fore he was with­drawn in the clos­ing stages.

Of­faly led through­out and boosted by a goal from Danny Flana­gan on six min­utes, led 1-11 to 0-9 at the end of a closely-con­tested open­ing half.

Kiely’s goal early in the sec­ond half in­creased the Faith­ful lead and Meath’s chal­lenge faded the longer the half pro­gressed.

In New­bridge, Kil­dare re­cov­ered from con­ced­ing four first-half goals to beat Antrim 2-17 to 4-9.

Con­aill Bo­hill, Eoin McGrath and Michael McGarry goals gave Antrim a shock 4-2 to 1-6 lead at half-time.

How­ever, Michael McGovern’s 52nd-minute goal and Muiris Curtin’s six sec­ond-half frees saw Kil­dare run out com­fort­able win­ners. IRE­LAND’S Sean Collins yes­ter­day com­fort­ably sealed a sec­ond round place in the qual­i­fy­ing draw on the Poland ITF Men’s Fu­tures cir­cuit.

A mem­ber of Dublin’s Lans­downe Club, 19-year-old Collins put the host coun­try’s Oskar Klopo­towski to the sword on an em­phatic 6-1, 6-1 mar­gin in the out­door clay­court event in Ustron.

To­day, un­ranked Collins faces a tough task in his bid to make the fi­nal round of the pre­lim­i­nary stages, be­ing paired against the No 5 seed, Slo­vakia’s Mar­tin Fekiac, who re­ceived a bye in the open­ing round and has a world ranking of 1,676.

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