McDonagh takes Junior B title

Aoife McDonagh defeated Janet Flanagan in the Connacht Final of the Ladies Junior B singles in a three-game thriller. McDonagh narrowly lost the first game 19-21, but recovered to win the second 21-16. The third game was a real back-and-forth battle with McDonagh eventually winning 21-18.

  Michael Egan once again lost out to Moycullen’s Diarmuid Mulkerrins in their Minor Connacht Final played in Claremorris last Sunday. The first game was a case of what could have been, as Egan dominated the game but failed to finish it off and ended up losing 21-19. In the second Egan let his head drop and went down far too easily 21-7.

  Aisling and Siobhan Treacy put in a gallant effort in the All-Ireland Cuman na mBunscoil finals in Kingscourt in Cavan. The girls narrowly lost their first two rounds to Munster and Leinster, before beating Ulster in bronze medal match. The Mount Talbot national girls were too strong for the Monaghan girls from St. Louis NS and must take their finishing form into the Connacht Championships next week in Westport.

  There were three 40×20 Juvenile semi-finals played against Mayo in St. Coman’s last Saturday but unfortunately there were no winners for Roscommon.

  In the Girls U-14 singles Shauna Clogher was beaten by Belcarra’s Heather Burke 15-3, 15-6.

  In the Boys U-13 singles Ahmed Yakhyaev went down 6-15, 1-15 to Charlestown’s Niall Fleming.

  Khalid Yakhyaev found the excellent Patrick Murphy from Claremorris far too good in their U-17 singles. Murphy is the red-hot favourite for the All-Ireland title and won at his leisure in two straight games.

  The Juvenile Connacht finals are being held in both Aughagower and Newport, Co. Mayo this Saturday and Sunday (27th and 28th of February) and Roscommon are represented in four grades overall: Girls U-13 Doubles – Siobhan and Aisling Treacy; Boys U-13 Doubles – Philip Halliday and Eanna Moran; Boys U-16 Singles – Fionn Cusack; Boys U-16 Doubles – Dylan Hanley and Gareth Delaney.