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Irish boost for London Olympics

IRELAND'S boxing prospects for the London Olympics were given a major boost with the performance of Ray Moylette and Joe Ward in winning gold medals in the European Senior Championships in Turkey.

Ward has looked a tremendous prospect, ever since he defeated Olympic silver medalists Kenny Egan to become the Irish light-heavyweight champion. The 17-year-old from Moate proved too good for Russian Nikita Ivanov, winning by a clear eight point margin (20-12).

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Earlier, Moylette captured gold with a hard-fought 18-10 victory over English light-welterweight Tomas Stalker. Moylette, only 21, is from Westport.

ANDREW CONWAY has became the joint highest try scorer in the history of the Junior (Under 20) World Rugby Cup.

But the Leinster wing's effort in scoring his fifth try in this year's ompetition, to bring his overall tally to 10, was not enough to stop Ireland from losing 38-24 to Wales in the match for seventh place. The competition was won by New Zealand who beat England by 33-22 in the final.

SLIGO ROVERS surprise 2-0 home success over Shamrock Rovers has opened up the Airtricity League Premier Division. The Hoops now drop to second in the table behind St Patrick's Athletic who beat Bray Wanderers 1-0. Sligo are third with Derry City in fourth place.