Evening Sports Update

LADIES GAA

A 2pm starting time has been confirmed for Kerry v Cork in the Ladies Lidl National Football League Division 1 Round 1 fixture.

The game on Sunday will take place at Knocknagoshel GAA pitch.


SOCCER

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill says it’s good to get some familiar opponents in their inaugural UEFA Nations League group.

The second-tier League B pool sees them play Wales – who they beat to a World Cup play-off – and Denmark, who then qualified at their expense.

O’Neill says, they’ll be looking for some revenge……….

Ireland will begin the campaign away to Wales on September 6th.

After that will follow back-to-back home games with Denmark and the Welsh on October 13th and 16th.

Ireland’s group campaign concludes away to Denmark on November 19th.

Ireland midfielder James McCarthy says surgery on his double leg break has been successful.

He fractured his tibia and fibia during Everton’s 1-1 draw with West Brom last Saturday.

McCarthy will miss the rest of the season.

RUGBY

Joe Schmidt says Tadhg Beirne’s commitments to Scarlets preclude him from inclusion in the Ireland Six Nations squad.

Beirne has been in sparkling form for the Welsh side over the past 18-months, leading to louder calls to be given international recognition.

But Schmidt says the need to release future Munster lock to Scarlets between Six Nations games, coupled with the amount of game time he’s seen already this season mean he’ll likely have to wait until the summer tour to Australia.

Schmidt also says that Simon Zebo could feature later in the Six Nations, but that his exclusion from the initial 36-man panel is purely down to form, not his impending move to Racing (PR: Rassing).

The Ireland head coach insists the squad is not a closed shop, and gave an update on the fitness of Garry Ringrose, Dave Kilcoyne and Sean O’Brien…………

BASKETBALL

Presentation Secondary School Tralee have beaten Muckross Park College Dublin 33- 28 to win The Under 16 B girls final at The SUBWAY All Ireland Schools Cup finals at the National Basketball Ireland in Tallaght.

A super performance from Mary O’Connell was the foundations of their win as, in the face of a fourth quarter comeback from Muckross Park, O’Connell was on hand to get the vital scores to keep her side in front.

The first quarter was nip and tuck as both teams fought hard to get a foothold in the game. Fiona Clune was leading the way for Muckross with some fantastic work drawing fouls from the Pres defense. Clune got to the free throw line regularly and her eight first quarter points were the difference between the sides as Muckross led 12-8 after the first.

The second quarter saw Pres settle into the game much more. They were able to limit Muckross inside and scores were becoming easier to find. Led by Mary O’Connell’s seven 2nd quarter points, a four-point deficit going into the quarter was reversed and Pres suddenly had a three-point lead going into the second half.

The third quarter was a cagey affair with both teams finding baskets difficult to come by. The low scoring suited Pres who were able to maintain their slender advantage and lead 26-22 after three quarters.

The crowd’s impact grew throughout the fourth quarter as both sets of fans urged their schools on to victory.

Every basket was met with a ferocious roar and there was nothing to separate the teams. A free throw from Emer Bradly narrowed the lead to just three points but Pres had an answer in Mary O’Connell who hit a huge basket to put her team up five points with just over a minute to go in the game. Muckross had chances but good defense and rebounding from Pres saw them close out the game 33-28 in the end.

MUCKROSS PARK COLLEGE: Sophie Farrell (5), Fiona Doyle, Julia Dunne, Alannah Nic Dhonichca, Fiona Quinn (4), Ella Flynn, Kate Lynch (2), Leah Banbridge, Fiona Clune (12), Emer Bradly (1), Emma Broderick (1), Sarah O’Tinerraceigh (3).

PRESENTATION SECONDARY SCHOOL, TRALEE: Rachel Killgallen (4), Lisa Curran (10), Aoife Hickey, Alannah O’Sullivan, Aisling O’Connell (2), Mary O’Connell (11), Yasmine Sultan, Sarah Barrett, Maryanne Fleming (6), Ciara Rath.
MVP: Mary O’Connell (Presentation Secondary School, Tralee)

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