Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

The Republic of Ireland women’s side will look to maintain their 100 per cent start to Euro 2021 qualifying tonight.

Vera Pauw is in charge of the side for the very first time as Ukraine visit a sold-out Tallaght Stadium.

Kick-off is at 7.30.

Germany continue to dominate Ireland’s Group I.

They were 5-nil winners away to Greece this afternoon.

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James McClean trained away from the rest of the Ireland squad today ahead of Saturday’s Euro 2020 qualifier away to Georgia.

The Stoke winger is nursing a back injury.

While Ireland need a win in Tbilisi on Saturday, Conor Hourihane says a draw is not without its merits

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has retired from football at the age of 35.

The midfielder won the World Cup with Germany in 2014, a year after helping Bayern Munich lift the Champions League.

Schweinsteiger’s spent the past 3 years at Chicago Fire in MLS.

The future format of the League of Ireland will be decided at a club convention next month.

An all-island league remains on the table, with a meeting on that issue to be take place in Dundalk later this month.

RUGBY

Scrum-half Cobus Reinach made World Cup history to help the Springboks reach the quarter finals.

He scored a twenty-minute hat-trick – the fastest in tournament history – to help Rassie Erasmus’ side to a 66-7 bonus point win over Canada.

South Africa could still end up playing Ireland in the quarter finals.

GAELIC GAMES

Dublin forward Lyndsey Davey has been crowned the LGFA Player of the Month for September.

Davey put in a player of the match performance in the All Ireland final win over Galway.

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Kilkenny manager Brian Cody says he couldn’t speak highly enough of Mick Dempsey.

The strength and conditioning coach is leaving the Cats’ backroom team after 15-years.

Meanwhile, it’s expected Kilkenny legend DJ Carey could become a senior selector with Derek Lyng taking over the county’s under-20s.

BOXING

It was a disappointing day for Irish boxers at the World Elite Championships in Siberia.

Cavan flyweight Ceire Smith lost her last-16 contest to reigning world champion Mi Choi Pang.

While Michaela Walsh got the worst of a split decision in her last-16 contest with home favourite Liudmila Vorontsova.