St. Coman’s duo take County title

Darren Beatty and Oisin Naughton (St. Coman’s) took the Junior Doubles County title last weekend in Lisacul. The pair defeated Denis Creaton and Sean Jennings (Lisacul) in two straight games 21-10, 21-18.

  Beatty and Naughton go on to play the Mayo winners in a fortnight’s time.

  Roscommon had four finalists in the 40×20 Connacht juvenile finals held in Mayo venues last Sunday and had a 50% success ratio with the two doubles combinations of Dylan Hanley and Gareth Delaney and the Treacy twins enjoying comfortable wins.

  In the Boys’ U-16 doubles, St. Coman’s pair, Dylan Hanley and Gareth Delaney, came up against Moycullen duo Conneely and Mulkerrins.

  With Hanley’s control and Delaney’s power they were never in any trouble and won in two quick games. Much tougher opposition awaits in the All-Ireland semi-final against Ulster next weekend.

  Siobhan and Aisling Treacy made it a two Connacht titles in a row when they had a very easy win over Claregalway’s Hannah Walsh and Chellene Trill in the Girls’ U-13 doubles final. Some excellent cross serving from the left was really the story of the game as the Galway girls struggled badly to even return the ball and the twins never let up to win in two straight-forward games.

  Fionn Cusack had the misfortune to come up against the reigning All-Ireland Boys U-16 singles champion in Inis Mor’s excellent Peter O’Donnacha. The powerfully built Aran lad got down to business quickly with superb serving and two-handed killing. Cusack tried his best and showed some lovely touches in the second game but was well beaten in both games. It was a case of ‘action replay’ for Philip Halliday and Eanna Moran in their U-13 doubles final against their conquerors of last year, Moycullen’s Michael Moughen and Dara Kyne. As happened in 2015, the talented Roscommon lads looked the better players and were in a strong position to win, but made far too many unforced errors against two solid but unspectacular players and ended up on the wrong end of a 12-15, 9-15 scoreline. 

  St. Coman’s hosted four outstanding Senior Championship games last weekend. On Saturday in the round of 32 Dublin’s legendary Eoin Kennedy proved there’s life in the old dog yet when he defeated Clare’s Colin Crehan in a display of craftiness and control. Following that Wicklow’s lightning-quick Michael Gregan overcame Belfast’s power-hitting Owen McKenna in a three game cracker.

  On Sunday, Kennedy was narrowly defeated by Galway’s Martin Mulkerrins in a superb clash of styles, while Gregan unfortunately had to pull out of his game with Armagh’s Charlie Shanks after suffering a twisted ankle in the first game of what promised to be a close match.