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Bothwell happy to adjust to the rain and reach quarter-finals

 

By John Flack

Sam Bothwell swept into the quarter-finals of the Co Dublin Championship last night at rain-lashed Carrickmines.

The top-seeded Hillsborough man defeated Leinster's Daryle Singh 6-0 6-2.

Bothwell said: "I had to make a few tactical adjustments due to the damp surface but I was happy with how I played."

The 20-year-old will face either fellow Ulsterman Caleb Ralston or Christian Duffy in the last eight tonight.

Meanwhile, Ronan McKeever settled an old score at the Co Antrim Championship in Ballycastle yesterday as he secured a place in the semi-finals.

Two years after losing to Gareth McGreevey in the final, the 21-year-old Fermanagh man turned the tables with a 6-7 6-2 7-5 victory over the former Ulster senior inter-pro player.

McKeever's success has earned him a crack at second seed Karl Donaldson, who had a 6-2 6-4 success over Ballycastle's Sean Moloney.

If McKeever can pull off another upset against Donaldson, then he could well meet top seed Aaron Stubbs in Saturday's final.

However, Donaldson will start favourite to end McKeever's fine run tomorrow due to his greater experience.

Stubbs defeated Downshire player Will Boyd 6-4 6-2 yesterday and will now meet Larne man Adam Boyle, who beat Hawarden teenager Dylan Leeman 6-2 1-6 6-2.

Like McKeever's win over McGreevey, Boyle's match went against the seedings as he booked his place in the last four after another two-hour battle.

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