Lunchtime Sports Update

GAA

Dublin begin their quest for a fourth consecutive Eir-Grid Leinster Under 21 Football title tonight.

They’re in Mullingar to face Westmeath in their quarter final.

Senior panel members Con O’Callaghan and Colm Basquel are both set to start in the half-forwards for the Dubs.

Elsewhere at the quarter final stage this evening, beaten finalists of the past two years Kildare take on Longford.

While Offaly face Wexford.

There’s one first round tie as well this evening, with Wicklow taking on Louth at Abbotstown with the winners away to Laois in the last-eight.

Club Players Association secretary Declan Brennan says strike action remains a possibilty after the group failed to receive official recognition from the G-A-A at Congress.

He’s told the Examiner that their 25-thousand members have been left ‘confused’ and ‘frustrated’.

Brennan’s also rejected GAA director general Páraic Duffy’s claim that “the voice of club players has been heard”.

SOCCER

Manchester City will aim to avoid an FA Cup fifth round upset when they host Huddersfield in a replay this evening at 7-45.

The Premier League side could only manage a goalless draw in the initial tie with their Championship opponents.

The winners will face a trip to Middlesbrough in the next round.

Celtic are just three wins away from winning the Scottish Premiership.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are away to Inverness tonight, seeking the first of three wins that will secure them the title.

They can open up a 27-point lead, courtesy of Aberdeen’s 1-nil defeat at struggling Hamilton last night.

Elsewhere tonight, Rangers play host to St. Johnstone,

Fourth placed Hearts take on Ross County

And Dundee welcome Partick to Dens Park.

Greg Cunningham’s hailed the form of his Preston teammate and Irish colleague Aiden McGeady.

Former Celtic and Everton winger McGeady is enjoying an excellent season and has scored three goals in his last four games – including a long-range effort in their weekend win against QPR.

Galway-native Cunningham, who remains hopeful of earning an Ireland re-call himself, says McGeady’s been brilliant to play beside.

Liverpool are set to entertain offers for striker Daniel Sturridge this summer – according to the Irish Independent.

Sturridge has started 23 games across the last three seasons and scored just two Premier League goals this season.

After their loss at Leicester on Monday, manager Jurgen Klopp said that he’ll be speaking to Sturridge about his furture at the end of the campaign.

It’s another busy weekend ahead for teams in The Kerry Schoolboys/Girls League.

Padraig Harnett has his midweek preview………………

PARALYMPICS

Miriam Malone has been appointed the new C-E-O of Paralympics Ireland.

The Kildare-native worked as a business partnerships director with the F-A-I for 11-years and has also held roles at Special Olympics Ireland and Kilkenny Sports Partnership.

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