Morning Sports Update

Martin O’Neill has received a timely boost today ahead of the World Cup qualifier with Wales at the Aviva.

James McCarthy took part in a group training session yesterday, having missed most of the week’s preparations with a hamstring issue.

Seamus Coleman and Shane Long also took full part after sitting out Wednesday’s training.

Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick says whoever plays needs to step up.

Last night, England were beaten 1-nil by Germany in their friendly in Dortmund.

Lukas Podolski scored the only goal of the game in his 130th and final international game.

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Elsewhere,

Scotland were booed off at Easter Road having been held to a 1-all friendly draw by Canada.

Steven Naismith equalised after the visitors took an 11th minute lead through former Scottish underage international Fraser Aird.

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Tonight,

Ireland’s Under-19s get their European Elite qualifying phase underway.

Tom Mohan’s side face their Italian counterparts in the Belgium town of Hamme, where kick-off is at 6pm Irish time.

The other game in the group sees hosts Belgium face Sweden at 3.

Golf

Shane Lowry and Sergia Garcia drew their opening match at the World Championship match play in Texas.

Lowry plays Jon Rahm today.

Rory McIlroy will have to win his final two rounds reaching the last-16.

The world number two was beaten 2 and 1 by Soren Kjeldsen in his first group match.

Gaelic games

Dublin are through to a fourth consecutive EirGrid Leinster Under-21 final.

Con O’Callaghan found the net twice for the Dubs in a 2-10 to 0-9 win over Longford in Mullingar.

They’ll face Offaly in next week’s final in Portlaoise.

Sligo are through to a first Connacht Under-21 final since 2012.

Jodie O’Reilly’s second half goal proved crucial in a 1-13 to 0-13 victory over Roscommon.

Horse Racing

Cork is today’s homecard. It starts at 3o’clock with the going heavy.

Wolverhampton is standard with the first off at 10 to 2

Chepstow is soft-heavy in places and gets underway at 10 past 2

And Ludlow begins at half past 2 with the going soft, good to soft in places on the chase course.

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