Clean sweep for handballers

Galway handballers continue to progress in the All Ireland competition with three victories in Aughagower on Saturday.

In the senior ladies Michael Breathnach's Ciana Ní Churraoin produced a convincing straight sets win 21-5, 21-5 over Mayo's Pauline Gallagher to advance to the All-Ireland ladies senior semi-finals. She will now meet Limerick's Martina McMahon, who defeated Kerry's Ashley Prendiville.

In the senior men's second round Moycullen's Martin Mulkerrins dominated his Roscommon opponent Rikki O'Gara, winning 21-7, 21-13. Mulkerrins now faces Clare's former finalist Diarmuid Nash on Saturday in the quarter-finals.

Last on Saturday's card in Aughagower was the minor singles Connacht final which saw Diarmuid Mulkerrins win back-to-back minor titles. He overcame his Mayo opponent 21-12, 21-6 to set him up for an All-Ireland minor semi-final against a Leinster opponent in two weeks' time.

Diarmuid is bidding to emulate his brother Martin, who won the minor singles in 2010.

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