Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

16-year old Jessica Ziu has received her first call-up to the Republic of Ireland women’s senior squad.

The Shelbourne striker has been named in Colin Bell’s 18-player squad for the World Cup qualifier with Northern Ireland.


Bristol City defender Heather Payne, and Birmingham defender Harriet Scott both return to the squad after missing the previous qualifiers through injury.

Ireland can no longer qualify for the finals, but Bell wants to see his side end the campaign on a high.

Tottenham goalkeeper and France captain Hugo Lloris has been charged with drink driving.

The footballer was stopped in central London early this morning.

He’s been bailed and is due in court next month.

ATHLETICS

Ireland could add to their seven-medal haul at the World Para-Athletic European Championships this evening.

Orla Comerford is the only Irish athlete in action, competing in the final of the Women’s 100-metres T-13.

The Raheny sprinter will be in lane-3 for a race that gets underway just before 5.30, Irish time.

BASKETBALL

Ireland Under 16 Women defeated a pacey and determined Great Britain, 58-66, in Classification 13-16 at the FIBA U16 Women’s European Championship, Division B in Podgorica, Montenegro.

The first quarter started out at a slow pace as both teams struggled to find their rhythm. Kate Hickey and Fatimah Akorede made early baskets for the girls in green as they kept up with the fast pace of Great Britain. Hickey had an excellent first quarter, scoring and rebounding, as Great Britain led, 12-11, at the end of the first.

Ireland began to frustrate Great Britain on defence as they secured steals and blocks, however, Ireland began to make mistakes on offence also, allowing Great Britain to score repeatedly. Ireland went ahead late in the second quarter with help from Hickey and Ciara Byrne but Great Britain scored two free-throws at the end of the half to have the sides level, going into halftime, 24-24.

The lead changed hands multiple times in the third quarter. Great Britain utilised their fast pace to take advantage of Ireland on the fast break. Ireland out-rebounded Great Britain on the offensive boards which got some well-needed points for Karl Kilbride’s side, as they had the lead, 40-43, heading into the final quarter.

Ciara Byrne and Kate Hickey stepped up early in the fourth to give their side the lead. Great Britain continued to fight back and brought the score level, until Akorede scored a massive three for Ireland to extend Ireland’s lead. Siofra O’Shea and Byrne extended the lead even further as Ireland ran out winners, 58-66.

Ireland: Shauna Dooley, Kate Hickey (18), Abigail Rafferty, Ciara Byrne (15), Hazel Finn (6), Erin Maguire (2), Siofra O’Shea KERRY (5), Fatimah Akorede (13), Sinead Boyle, Lisa Blaney (2), Sadhbh Edwards Murphy (5), Gillian Wheeler.

Ireland will play the winners of Slovakia v Switzerland, which is currently being played, tomorrow at 12:45pm.

CRICKET

The weather has claimed today’s third and final T20 meeting of Ireland and Afghanistan in Bready.

Due to the overnight rain and a waterlogged pitch in County Tyrone, the game has been called off.

Afghanistan win the series 2-nil as a result.

The sides are due to meet again in the first of 3 one-day internationals at Stormont on Monday.

RACING

The 40-1 outsider Alpha Delphini trained by Bryan Smart and ridden by Graham Lee has won a dramatic Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, the feature Group 1 on Day 3 of the Ebor Festival at York.

In a finish so tight it took the Judge five minutes to decide, the seven year old beat Mabbs Cross by a Nose, with Blue Point third.

The man who has paid out a one million pound bonus to connections of Stradivarius after his win in the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup won’t be put off putting it up again.

Stradvarius scooped the jackpot offered by Weatherbys Hamilton for winning four of the nominated races, culminating in the big stayers race on the Knavesmire.

Charles Hamilton is thrilled with the success of the whole venture, despite having to pay the seven figure sum.