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Friday 9 December 2016

Sean McComb makes it medal No 2

Sean McComb
Sean McComb

Sean McComb produced a masterful display to guarantee Ireland it s second medal in boxing at the inaugural European Games in Baku yesterday.

The lightweight was at his evasive best as he frustrated Turkey's Yasin Yilmaz with terrific movement and intelligent shot selection.

McComb struck his opponent with a number of good left hands in the final round and ultimately prevailed by a unanimous points decision victory.

McComb's triumph comes after Belfast fighter Brendan Irvine got Ireland its first medal.

The Antrim light-flyweight produced the performance of his career to beat Azerbaijan's Salman Alizada, the No 1 seed in the 49kg class, on a split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) in his own backyard to book his ticket into the semi-finals.

There was disappointment for Dean Walsh who was beaten by Germany's Kastriot Sopa in their light welterweight last eight clash.

Adam Nolan was the last Irish fighter in action yesterday. He was unable to out-point Britain's Josh Kelly, losing his welterweight bout with the Briton on a 2-1 call from the judges.

Basketball

Team Ireland's basketballers were beaten 14-10 by Slovenia in their first outing of the European Games. Two outside shots from Niamh Dwyer narrowed the gap to a single point with 32 seconds remaining before a rapid-fire response from the tournament's sixth seeds pushed them through.

"It's an encouraging first game, but we're disappointed," said Team Captain Suzanne Maguire. "We really wanted this one."

Badminton

Chloe Magee eased through her second group game at the European Games in Baku, defeating Kristine Sefere in the badminton singles Group F encounter yesterday.

The Irish Olympian was rarely troubled by her Latvian opponent and secured the 2-0 victory in just over 22 minutes with a scoreline of 21-9, 21-7.

Magee was back in action later yesterday as she competed in the mixed doubles with her brother Sam and the top seeded Irish siblings proved too strong for Povilas Bartusis and Vytaute Fomkinaite of Lithuania, winning the match 2-0 (21-8, 21-10) in 22 minutes.

In the women's doubles, Sara Boyle and Rachael Darragh were beaten 21-19, 21-18 by French duo Lorraine Baumann and Audrey Fontaine.

In the men's doubles, Sam and Joshua Magee beat Portugal's Ricardo and Angelo Silva 21-15 21-6.

Swimmers Mona McSharry and Emma Reid were both in semi-final action on the opening day of competition after they qualified from the heats in the 50m breaststroke and 200m butterfly.

McSharry finished in 33 seconds in the semi-final, which placed her 15th overall. Despite swimming a new personal best of 2mins 20.05, Reid did not progress to the final.

Hockey

Ireland battled back from a two goal deficit to record a 2-2 draw with Great Britian at the World Hockey League semi-final in Belgium.

Barry Middleton opened the scoring for Great Britain after just five minutes before a cross-shot from Mark Gleghorn, facing brother Paul in the Irish team, was expertly deflected to the net by Chris Griffiths.

But Ireland seized the initiative and after Jackson's penalty corner flick rebounded off the post, Kyle Good diverted in a cross from Mitch Darling.

And Jackson deservedly equalised in the 36th minute after continuing his run to the byline to volley home a loose ball.

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