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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 June 2006, 16:35 GMT 17:35 UK
McIlroy retains title in Wicklow
Rory McIlroy
Teenager Rory McIlroy has retained two titles this year
Rory McIlroy has retained the Irish Amateur Close Championship title after victory in Wednesday afternoon's final at the European Club.

The Holywood teenager defeated Co Louth player Simon Ward 3&2 in the decider on the Co Wicklow course.

McIlroy beat Conor Doran of Banbridge 2&1 in Wednesday morning's semi-finals with Ward also a 2&1 winner against Moyola Park's Paul O'Kane.

The talented McIlroy retained the West of Ireland title in April.

The 17-year-old beat Darren Crowe of Dumurry by one hole in Tuesday's quarter-finals.

Doran enjoyed a 2&1 victory over Jonathan Caldwell of Clandeboye while O'Kane beat Fergal Rafferty of Dungannon at the 19th hole.

Ward defeated David Finn of Mallow 6 and 5.

Final: Rory McIlroy (Holywood) bt Simon Ward (Co Louth) 3/2

Semi-finals:
Rory McIlroy (Holywood) bt Connor Doran (Banbridge) 2/1; Simon Ward (Co Louth) bt Paul O'Kane (Moyola Park) 2/1

Quarter-finals
Jonathan Caldwell (Clandeboye) lost to Connor Doran (Banbridge) 2&1; Darren Crowe (Dunmurry) lost to Rory McIlroy (Holywood) by 1 hole; Simon Ward (Co Louth) bt David Finn (Mallow) 6&5; Paul O'Kane (Moyola Park) bt Fergal Rafferty (Dungannon) at the 19th.

Third round
Jonathan Caldwell (Clandeboye) bt Damien Coyne (Tuam) 6/4; Connor Doran (Banbridge) bt Cian McNamara (Limerick) 6/5; Darren Crowe (Dunmurry) bt Robert Cannon (L'town & B┐town) 3/2; Rory McIlroy (Holywood) bt Andrew Pitcher (The Island) 6/5; Simon Ward (Co Louth) bt Nicky Grant (Knock) 1 hole; David Finn (Mallow) bt Michael Sinclair (Knock) 1 hole; Paul O'Kane (Moyola Park) bt Desmond Morgan (Mullingar) 3/2; Fergal Rafferty (Dungannon) bt Paul O'Hanlon (Curragh) 2/1.



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