Monday 20 November 2017

Bray and Iosagáin keeping Marie's double vision alive

MARIE O'TOOLE will bring two teams to Tallaght for the Cup finals weekend at the end of this month after Coláiste Iosagáin and Presentation Bray both came through their games in Limerick.

The UL Arena was the scene for some cracking contests with Bray defeating Douglas Community School in double over-time on a 102-99 scoreline in the U19A boys semi.

There were big contributions on the day from Lorcan Murphy (36 points) and Andy Bartley (40), who then travelled on to Cork the next day to compete for Dublin Raiders in the Under 18 Cup.

Presentation now take on St Malachy's College Belfast, while St Joseph's the Bish of Galway will contest the U16A decider with a 20-point return from Peter Cooke ensuring a 51-37 win over Coláiste Éanna.

Also at the same venue, Íosagáin overcame Presentation Tralee 50-42 with their two Meteors stars, Karen Ní Mhaonaigh (22) and Cliona Máirtín, pictured, (11), making telling contributions.

On the other side of the draw, Holy Faith Clontarf (Íosagáin's conquerors in last month's league final in Inchicore) lost 39-24 to St Angela's College Cork with Kelly Diggins and Michelle Dilworth hitting 12 points apiece for the Leesiders.

There was also disappointment for Ed Randolph's St Joseph of Cluny who, despite racing into an early six-point lead, were eventually defeated 47-33 by an impressive Our Lady's Castleblaney team.

Played at the Tallaght Community Centre, the game was noticeable for Castleblaney's exceptional link-up play with Niamh Brennan the star turn on 26 points.

Malahide CS defeated Mercy Mounthawk 39-30 in the U16A semi-final, but Christ the King Cork, having led from the start, defeated Portmarnock CS 66-25 with Laura Wyse (19) and Kate Leneghan (18) handing them a 32-point lead at the break.

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