Fab Friday for Rebels as City, Pres and jockey Townend secure victories

Fab Friday for Rebels as City, Pres and jockey Townend secure victories

Seán Maguire, centre, celebrates scoring Cork City’s first goal against Shamrock Rovers with team-mates Steven Beattie and Stephen Dooley during their match in Tallaght. Picture: David Maher/Sportsfile

MAN of the moment Seanie Maguire scored twice as Cork City snatched all three points away from Shamrock Rovers before a big bank holiday crowd at a wet and blustery Tallaght Stadium yesterday.

City have opened up a six-point gap at the top overnight and take this rather fortunate victory into next weekend’s home game with champions, Dundalk at Turner’s Cross on Saturday.

"Personally it is going well, I'm scoring goals and getting tap-ins. Overall, I'm not happy with my performance, or the team's performance. In the past couple of games, we have not played to the best of our ability, but we've still come away with six points,” said Maguire.

"But this time last year we were battering teams and getting draws. This year, we are a different breed of animal, we are grafting out games and getting three points which we did today in difficult conditions against a good Shamrock Rovers team,” he added.

PBC celebrated winning the Clayton Hotels sponsored Munster Schools Senior Cup for a record-equalling 29th time at wind and rain battered Thomond Park yesterday.

Their fully deserved 11-3 win over a gallant Glenstal Abbey meant Pres drew level with fierce rivals CBC at the top of the roll-of-honour after centre Sean French kicked two penalties and scored the only try.

PBC captain Jack O’Sullivan holds the cup aloft after defeating the Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Senior Cup Final match between Glenstal Abbey and Presentation Brothers Cork at Thomond Park in Limerick. 	Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
PBC captain Jack O’Sullivan holds the cup aloft after defeating the Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Senior Cup Final match between Glenstal Abbey and Presentation Brothers Cork at Thomond Park in Limerick. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

It was Pres’s first win since 2010, when current Munster and Ireland hooker Niall Scannell was in the side.

And there was a real family feel to this latest triumph because inspirational number eight and captain Jack O’Sullivan and hooker Billy Scannell (Niall’s younger brother) are cousins.

And it’s the same in the backs as well with French and out-half Peter Sylvester also cousins.

Three players, O’Sullivan, Sylvester and prop Brian O’Connor, teamed up with the Ireland U19s today.

THERE was double joy for Paul Townend Cork’s Paul Townend rode back-to-back winners on a record-breaking day for the Irish on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival. 

The visitors finished the meeting with 19 winners for the week.

PENHILL gave Paul Townend his second winner of the day.(Photo HEALY RACING)
PENHILL gave Paul Townend his second winner of the day.(Photo HEALY RACING)

Townend ended a frustrating week with a magnificent double as a green tide once again swept the Cotswolds. Arctic Fire defied top weight and a layoff in excess of a year to provide trainer Willie Mullins with a fifth winner of the week as he narrowly prevailed under Paul Townend in an action-packed finish.

"It was some training performance by Willie, to get him back after his absence. He had top weight in the race but it was for a reason as he's a class horse," Paul Townend said. 

"I rode him like one and it paid off. It makes all the early mornings worthwhile to ride a winner here. I was just a little unlucky early in the week but I knew there was a great chance of a winner today. Two is unbelievable. "

Things got better for the Lisgoold rider in the following race as he brought the talented Penhill with a perfectly timed run to secure a second win. 

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