MOUNT BENBULBEN DESTROYS RIVALS - Danny Mullins was recently confirmed as first choice rider to owner Barry Connell, and he gained his most prominent success since been appointed in that role in Thurles last Thursday afternoon.
Riding Mount Benbulben for the in-form Gordon Elliott stable in the Boylesports.com Steeplechase, he was fancied as 11/4 second favourite behind the Willie Mullins odds-on favourite Lambro.
However, Lambro made no impression finishing a very disappointing 6th as Gordon Elliott’s 8-year-old emerged victorious.
Mount Benbulben was held up at the rear, before taking closer as he took the lead at the third last fence.
Danny was cruising along and began to gain a stranglehold on his rivals coming to the final fence with a commanding advantage.
With the final fence safely negotiated, Mount Benbulben accelerated clear to run out a highly impressive and highly emphatic 11 length winner ahead of the Arthur Moore trained and Davy Russell ridden LastoftheLeaaders.
Mount Benbulben will now go for the Powers Gold Cup in Fairyhouse on Easter Sunday.
5 STAR FOOTBALLERS LAND LEAGUE HONOURS - Their was great success for the Young Irelands Junior footballers as they easily defeated Railyard B 5-8 to 2-5 to win the league final.
An early goal from a JJ Lennon ’45 set the tone as they led 1-5 to 0-3 at the interval.
Paul Kehoe added a second goal shortly after the restart as they established a commanding advantage.
Railyard replied scoring a goal from a penalty to narrow the gap, before Tommy Carroll scored Young Irelands 3rd goal to re-establish control.
Railyard scored another goal from a penalty but their hopes was shortlived as the Gowran lads finished with further goals from team captain Jonathan Dunphy and top scorer JJ Lennon as they ran out emphatic 12 point winners.
Young Irelands scorers: JJ Lennon 2-4(1-0 ’45 0-3 frees), Jonathan Dunphy 1-2, Paul Kehoe 1-1, Tommy Carroll 1-0, Michael Walsh 0-1,
Team; Ger Corcoran, Jack Glendon, Sean Kehoe, Michael Lennon, Eoin Walsh, Niall Walsh, Emmett Byrne, Paul Kehoe, JJ Lennon, Dick Carroll, Chris Nolan, Michael Walsh (0-1), Ciaran Carroll, Thomas Carroll (1-0), Jonny Dunphy (captain) Subs; Peter McBride, Liam Drea, Eoin Farrell, Philip Dreelan, Declan Bennett, Thomas Drennan, Alan Drennan, James O’Neill,
BUSY TIMES OFF FIELD FOR YOUNG IRELANDS - Nearly two weeks ago in the Ouncel House in Dungarvan, the club hosted a table quiz. 30 Junior and Senior Teams entered with Tom Hunt quizmaster on the evening.
Overall winners were Larry Glendon, Mary Glendon, Bob Murphy and Jim Wall.
Meanwhile, the club are getting involved for the Fantasy Cheltenham during the Horse Racing Festival next week from Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th March.
There is €10,000 in Prize Money and entry costs just €20.
To get involved buy a tickey from any officer at the club or register online at www.fantasycheltenham.ie
Also, the fight night between Young Irelands GAA and neighbours Barrow Rangers goes ahead in Langtons on Sunday 24th as last Summers Olympian fighter Darren O’Neill will be in action in opposition to the Gowran contingent.
YOUNG IRELANDS GAA LOTTO - The numbers drawn last week were 2, 6, 12, 20. The Jackpot wasn’t won which means it’s carried over to this weeks total of €8,250.
The 5 x €35 euro winners were James Byrne, Sam & Jude Hamilton, Dermot Holden, Mary Hadley and Zak Shermar.
CLEERES BAR CONTINUE MARCH TOWARDS LEAGUE CROWN - Cleeres Bar took an even closer step towards the Division Two floodlit league crown courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Rafter Dempsey’s to consolidate their 10-point advantage at the top of the table over O’Briens Butcher who defeated Cross Celtic 4-0.
Darrly Nolan and Sean Kehoe were on target for Cleeres who are now just two wins away from winning the league title.
Third place Average Joes will be Cleere’s opponents in the first round of the Floodlit Cup.