Evening Sports Update

RUGBY

There’s not long to go until Leicester and Munster meet in a potentially crucial clash in the European Champions Cup.

Munster sit top of the pool with Leicester bottom, but just five points seperate the sides.


The Reds have made two changes from their win in Thomond Park last weekend, with Kevin O’Byrne and Darren Sweetnam coming in for Rhys Marshall and Andrew Conway.

Kick off at Welford Road is at 5.30.

Elsewhere in Pool 2 reigning champions Saracens are on the verge of elimination after a 24-21 defeat to Clermont.

Sarries now sit 3rd in that pool with two games to play after the Ospreys had a bonus points 32-15 win over Northampton.

While earlier in Ulster’s group Wasps enjoyed a 21-3 win over La Rochelle.

SOCCER

Goals from Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah have given Liverpool a 3-0 lead away to Bournemouth in the second Premier League game of the day.

Coutinho’s goal came on the 20 minute mark as he dribbled his way past a number of the Cherries defenders, with Lovren’s strike arriving 6 minutes later.

Earlier Manchester United just about managed to keep some sort of pressure on runaway leaders Manchester City.

Jose Mourinho’s side held on to beat West Brom 2-1 at the Hawthorns – and narrow the gap on their rivals at the top of the table to 11 points.

Both of United’s goals came in the first half through Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard, and they looked to be cruising to victory until Gareth Barry poked home from close range to bring the Baggies back into it.

But they held on to move three points clear of Chelsea in second place.

In Scotland, Celtic’s run of 69 domestic games unbeaten has come to an end in spectacular style.

They were thumped 4-nil at Hearts in the Scottish Premiership.

The defeat means Brendan Rodgers’ side remain just two points clear of second placed Aberdeen at the top of the table.

Reporting for us is Gary Smyth.

GAELIC GAMES

Kildare champions Moorefield have claimed the Leinster senior club football title after a stunning late fightback against Saint Lomans of Westmeath.

Lomans had looked well on course for their first provincial title, they held a 2-10 to 10 point lead with five minutes to play at O’Moore Park.

But Moorefield amazingly hit 1-4 without reply to stun the Westmeath side and win the Leinster title for the first time in 11 years.

The full-time score was Moorefield 1-14 Saint Lomans 2-10.

They’ll now take on either Corofin or Fulham Irish for a place in the All-Ireland final on St. Patricks Day.

SWIMMING

Conor Ferguson has secured a 13th place finish in the semi-finals of the 50 metres backstroke at the European Short Course Championship in Denmark.

Ferguson set another senior Irish record in the process, after becoming the first Irishman to break the 24 second mark in this morning’s heat.

SNOOKER

Cao Yupeng will take a 5-3 lead into the evening session of the Scottish Open final against Neil Robertson.

Yupeng is playing in his first ranking event decider.

RACING

Racing has now finished for the day at Navan and Thurles.

In Navan the 3.30 Flat Race was won by the 5 to 2 on favourite ‘Rapid Escape’.

While in Thurles the 3.45 Flat Race was won by ‘Rhinestone’ at odds of 11 to 4.