Morning Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

Dublin’s John Horan is the President elect of the G-A-A.

The current Leinster chairman received 144 votes in the first round to sweep to victory at Croke Park last night.

He’ll take over from Aogán Ó Fearghail next year.

Mary Immaculate College aim to make a successful defence of their Fitzgibbon Cup hurling title this afternoon.

They take on first-time finalists I-T Carlow at Salthill at 1.

Slaughtneil’s All-Ireland Club treble bid continues when they take on Dublin and Leinster champions Cuala at the Athletics Grounds in the hurling semi-finals at 3.

The Derry side are already through to the gaelic football and camogie All-Ireland deciders.

It’s a busy evening in the Allianz National Football League.

There’s a Connacht derby between Mayo and Roscommon in Division One.

Down host Meath in Division Two.

Laois boss Peter Creedon goes up against his former Tipperary charges in the third-flight.

Carlow play Limerick in Division Four.

All those League games are 7.

SOCCER

Greyhound Bar KO Cup 2nd Round Result: Windmill United 3-1 Ballyheigue Athletic.

Premier League leaders Chelsea host Swansea in one of five 3pm kick-offs this afternoon.

A win for Antonio Conte’s side would put them 11-points clear at the top.

Elsewhere Crystal Palace host Middlesbrough, Everton play Sunderland, Hull go up against Burnley and West Brom are at home to Bournemouth.

The evening kick off sees Watford take on West Ham at 5.30.

There’s one game in the First Division of the League of Ireland, with Cobh hosting Wexford at 3.

Dundalk have made a winning start to the defence of their League of Ireland Premier Division title.

Robbie Benson and Ciaran Kilduff were on target as Stephen Kenny’s side beat Shamrock Rovers 2-1 at Oriel Park.

Graham Burke pulled one back for Rovers before being sent off.

Seanie Maguire scored as Cork got a 1-0 victory at Finn Harps.

Limerick’s first match back in the top-flight ended in a 5-1 win over Sligo Rovers with Brazilian striker Rodrigo Tosi getting a hat-trick.

Derry won 4-1 at Bohemians, Bray beat St Pat’s 2-1 and Drogheda won 1-0 at Galway.

In the First Division – UCD won 1-0 at their neighbours Cabinteely.

Colm Coss got a late winner as Athlone won 1-0 against Waterford while it finished scoreless between Shels and Longford.

Gianfranco Zola has just his second win in charge of Championship side Birmingham.

They were 2-1 winners in their West Midlands derby at Wolves.

Elsewhere Tony Mowbray’s first match as Blackburn boss ended 1-all with relegation rivals Burton.

Rangers are still looking for a first Scottish Premiership win under caretaker boss Graeme Murty – after Inverness beat them 2-1 to move off the bottom of the table.

The Ibrox side have now lost three of their last four top flight games.

BADMINTON

County Championships-

Div. 1 Ladies Doubles final; Edel Broderick and Marian Rohan (Kingdom, Castleisland) defeated Sinead Galvin and Maeve Twomey (Killarney) 22-20; 21-16.

Div. 1 Mens Doubles Final; Tom Bourke and Eric Nelligan
(Castleisland) defeated James O’Flaherty (Moyvane) and Jonathan Keane (Castleisland) 16-21; 21-17; 21-13.

Div. 3 Ladies Doubles Final; Michelle Kearney (Listowel) and Francine Collins (Moyvane) defeated Michelle Beazley
(Castleisland) and Niamh Hickey (Killarney) 21-18; 14-21; 21-14.

Div. 3 Mens Final; Brendan McGovern (Annascaul) and Jebin John (Castleisland) defeated Timmy Hanrahan and Jamie Elliott
(Moyvane) 21-13; 10-21; 21-12.

Div. 5 Ladies Final; Josie Gilbert (Causeway) and Lilian Holmes (Ballyheigue) defeated Marie Kennelly (Moyvane) and Karen Lawlor (Listowel) 21-11; 21-18 Div. 5 Mens Final; Brendan Carroll and Padraig Barrett (Causeway) defeated Colm Hickey and Kumar Shanker (Killarney) 21-10; 21-13.

GOLF

Ryan Palmer and Wesley Bryan share the lead at the Honda Classic.

The pair, on 9 under, are one better off than Rickie Fowler.

Graeme McDowell is 1 under after a 67 but Seamus Power, 1 over, and Padraig Harrington, plus 5, missed the cut.

Amy Yang heads Honda LPGA Thailand.

On 15 under, she’s 4 ahead of So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng and Ariya Jutanugarn.

HORSE RACING

The king of Dundalk, Michael Halford ruled supreme on the sand again last night as he recorded a treble courtesy of Chestnut Fire, Zinat and Shannon Soul.

Chestnut Fire was subsequently claimed for €20,000 after his easy win in the opening claimer at odds of 8-13.

Zinat was similarly short, at odds of 4-7, and she never looked like getting beaten under Pat Smullen in the Elusive Pimpernel Fillies Maiden

The treble was completed when Shannon Soul rattled home and belied a terribly slow start to win the featured Anglo Printers Handicap at odds of 4-1.

Dinaria Des Obeaux bids to resume winning ways over hurdles in the valuable Grade 3 Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse (1.45) this afternoon. Gordon Elliott’s runaway Cork maiden winner failed in his bid to land a Grade 1 event at Leopardstown subsequently when a bad mistake at the penultimate flight cost him any chance. He is likely to start favourite for today’s assignment with Jack Kennedy in the plate while Bryan Copper interestingly elects to ride stable companion Mengil Khan.

Another rival Landofhopeandglory, trained by Joseph O’Brien, surrendered his unbeaten record over hurdles in a Grade 2 at Leopardstown over Christmas. He is another holding strong claims along with Ex Patriot who beat Mengil Khan over today’s course and distance last month but has ground to find with Dinaria Des Obeaux.

Lord Windermere faces eight rivals in the At The Races Bobbyjo Chase at 3.30. Jim Culloty’s 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero hasn’t saluted the judge since that wonderful 20/1 triumph under Davy Russell three years ago and his Festival claims in just over two weeks times will be put to the test here.

Ross O’Sullivan and his wife Katie Walsh may have other ideas though with Baie Des Iles who runs at Fairyhouse instead of her shouldering top weight in the Eider Chase at Newcastle. The 6-year-old relished testing ground when winning last time over 3m4f at Punchestown and with conditions very much in her favour again at the county Meath venue the dashing grey mare looks the one to beat again.

The meeting concludes with the five-runner bumper at 5.10 where the long-absent Fulham Road is strongly fancied to come out on top for Willie and Patrick Mullins but their fiercest rival Gordon Elliott has winning pointer Empire Burleque among the quintet ridden by Jamie Codd, so it promises to be quite a duel to end the day.

The seven-race card at Fairyhouse begins at 1.45 and the going is heavy.

Danny Sheehy suffered a fractured tibia after his fall from Mosman at Dundalk.

Sheehy, 17, was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda for further examination and Dr. Adrian McGoldrick reports the young rider faces three to four months on the sidelines.

“He has a fractured midshaft tibia but it was a very clean break and it won’t need operating on,” McGoldrick said.
“His leg will be in plaster paris but in all likelihood he will be out for at least three to four months with an injury like that. It was a very bad fall.”

Mosman clipped heels with King Christophe after just a furlong of the concluding handicap and was knocked out the side door before crashing to the surface.

It is understood that he may have suffered a kick to the head from one of the horses behind his mount, and he remained on the track for some time after the last race where McGoldrick states Sheehy lost consciousness for around a minute.

“He was unconscious for at least a minute and was pretty shaken up afterwards but he has a fantastic pain threshold and barely complained of having a sore leg,” McGoldrick added.

Sheehy made the transition from the pony racing circuit to race-riding late last season and has already ridden seven winners, six of which were recorded at Dundalk.

The young rider is in his final year of study at the Good Counsel College in New Ross, County Wexford, a school that has had a colossal amount of success in the racing world with past pupils such as Aidan O’Brien, Shane Foley and Sean Flanagan.

BOXING

Kildare’s Eric Donovan has his third professional boxing bout this evening.

The former 5-time Irish champion goes up against Rafael Castillo at the National Stadium in Dublin.