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Back-to-back wins as Glens prove too strong for Ards

Glentoran got the win as they set their sights on the league's top six. Credit: Pacemaker

Ards 1-3 Glentoran

Glentoran's bid to break into the top six received a boost on Friday night thanks to a 3-1 win over Ards at the Bangor Fuels Arena.

Two goals from Stephen O'Flynn helped give manager Gary Haveron back-to-back league wins to move the Glens to within a point of seventh placed Dungannon Swifts.

After missing an early chance, O'Flynn made the breakthrough on 12 minutes with a well placed shot which beat Ards keeper Aaron Hogg.

Seven minutes later and O'Flynn struck again to put the visitors in command as he nodded in a cross from Ross Redman.

Ards found a way back on 34 minutes thanks to a bit of good fortune as a cross from Kevin Bradley ended up in the Glentoran net.

There was little between the sides in the second half, Ards pressed for an equaliser while the Glens tried to add a decisive third goal and it finally came near the end when Curtis Allen was on hand to latch onto the loose ball after Hogg had spilled a shot from Aaron Harmon.

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Allen knocked out by Fu in Masters quarter-finals

Mark Allen crashed out at the quarter-final stages. Credit: PA

Mark Allen is out of snooker's Masters, after losing 6-2 to Marco Fu in the quarter-finals on Thursday evening.

The Antrim man lost the first three frames at Alexandra Palace but cut the deficit to one with runs of 70 and 54.

However Fu regained control and produced breaks of 97 and 140 - the highest in the tournament so far - before sealing victory in the eighth frame.

He will play Ronnie O'Sullivan, who beat Neil Robertson 6-3 earlier to reach the semi-finals.

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Conlan’s opponent named for St Patrick’s Day debut

  • Mick Conlan speaks to UTV before making the move to LA

Belfast boxer Michael Conlan will face American Tim Ibarra in his pro debut in New York City on St Patrick’s Day, it has been announced.

The former amateur fighter made the move last week from Belfast to Los Angeles to start his professional journey.

And Conlan will soon join an elite group of Olympic medallists, including George Foreman and Evander Holyfield, in making his pro debut at Madison Square Garden.

Having joined forces with Top Rank, one of boxing's biggest promoters who also manage world champions Manny Pacquiao and Vasyl Lomachenko, he will headline a special bill at The Theater.

Conlan, who caught up with UTV Sports Correspondent Ruth Gorman before jetting to the US, will take on Ibarra in a six-round contest.

Mick Conlan, set for his big pro debut. Credit: Presseye
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