Lunchtime Sports Update

GAA

Kenmare have no major injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s All Ireland Intermediate Club Semi Final with Mayo side Westport.

They have a few niggling injuries but nothing serious to deal with according to team manager John O’ Sullivan.

Sunday’s game throws in at 2-15 in Cusack Park Ennis and the game will be Live on Radio Kerry.

The Mid Kerry Board AGM takes place tonight at 8pm in Keel GAA clubhouse.

Also, The AGM of the North Kerry Football Board will be held this evening in Christy’s The Well Listowel at 8pm.

The position of the new Chairman of the Board will be decided by the clubs.

Brian Cody has become the latest inter-county manager to support a condensed Championship season for the benefit of club players.

The Kilkenny boss has told the Irish Independent it is “crazy” that club players can wait up to six weeks for a game during the season.

His comments follow a move by the Club Players Association not to support the proposed revamp of the All-Ireland football championship.

There are two preliminary round ties down for decision in the Sigerson Cup this afternoon.

Garda College and Cork I-T meet at Templemore, with the winners to face UUJ.

While UCD await the winners of this afternoon’s meeting of G-M-I-T and I-T Sligo.

Both games throw in at 2.

SOCCER

Aston Villa have announced the signing of Irish under 21 international Conor Hourihane.

The midfielder joins the Villians on a three and a half year deal from Barnsley for an undisclosed fee.

Hourihane has impressed in the Championship so far this season, winning the August Player of the Month award.

Hull City and Manchester United will look to join Southampton in this year’s League Cup final.

United bring a two goal advantage to the K-Com for this evening’s semi-final second leg and are warm favourites to book their place in the final.

The winners will play a Saints side who will be aiming for their first ever League Cup success.

Kick off tonight is at 7.45.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will accept an FA misconduct charge.

He pushed the fourth official after being sent from the touchline for an angry reaction late in Sunday’s Premier League win over Burnley.

Wenger says he’s a “passionate guy” and is “big enough” to accept his mistake.

The Republic of Ireland have been drawn alongside Germany in the qualifiers for the 2019 Under 21 European Championship.

Noel King’s side will also meet Israel, Norway, Azerbaijan and Kosovo in Group 5, which gets underway next month.

COMMUNITY GAMES

This weekend sees U15 Badminton in Moyvane Sports Complex on Saturday and Basketball finals in Duagh on Sunday.

Looking ahead is Nelius Collins………………

RUGBY

Ireland women’s head coach Tom Tierney has named a 30-woman squad for the upcoming Six Nations.

The squad includes five uncapped players.

Kerry’s Ruth O’ Reilly and Ciara Griffin are in the squad and Niamh Briggs will again captain the side.

Ireland will play Scotland in their first game of the Championship tomorrow week in Glasgow.

GOLF

Chloe Ryan (Castletroy) is lying in 23rd position after day one at the Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship.

She finished with a level par round of 72.

Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little), Valerie Clancy (Killarney) and Annabel Wilson (Lurgan) were not far behind as they carded rounds of 73 and 74’s, respectively.

Georgia Carr (Milltown), Maria Dunne (Skerries) and Sinead Sexton (Lahinch) are lying in 52nd, 60th and 61st place after rounds of 75, 76 and 77.

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