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Bothwell stays on course for maiden Dublin title success

 

Sam Bothwell
Sam Bothwell

By John Flack

Sam Bothwell is one win away from a first Co Dublin Championship triumph after recording an impressive straight sets victory at Carrickmines last night.

The top-ranked Hillsborough man defeated fourth seeded southerner Dorian Kos 7-5, 6-3 in the semi-finals.

Bothwell said: "I played solidly throughout the match and I'm at last getting used to the grass surface which was relatively unfamiliar to me before this tournament."

The 21-year-old will now meet second seeded Dubliner Sean Collins in today's final.

Meanwhile, at the Co Antrim Championship in Ballycastle, Aaron Stubbs staged a stunning comeback to book his place in today's men's singles final.

The Donaghadee man came from a set down to defeat Larne's Adam Boyle 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 to set up a meeting with Karl Donaldson in the decider.

Donaldson also had his work cut out to advance after being taken to the wire by Ronan McKeever.

The Bangor man, who plays for the Ballymena-based ATT club, romped to the first set but Fermanagh native McKeever squared the match only to bow out on a 6-1, 6-7, 6-3 scoreline.

Amy Rothwell lifted the ladies' singles trophy for the first time after a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ballynafeigh's Christine Duncan.

The event was staged on a round-robin format with just three players entering but Rothwell wasn't complaining.

The Bangor woman said: "I won the Omagh singles last year but this is my biggest achievement to date, for sure."

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