Friday Morning Sports Update

Cycling

The 2019 Kerry Group Rás Mumhan gets underway today with over 155 elite riders set to take part in the four-day event around Kerry and into Limerick.

The 100 km first stage will start in Killorglin at 2.50 this afternoon.


The riders will face 3 climbs on the route which takes them through Kilcummin, Scartaglin, Castleisland, Currans, Ballyfinnane, Firies, Milltown and finish in Killorglin at around 5pm.

Soccer

Arsenal and Chelsea are into the Europa League semi finals.

The Gunners beat Napoli 1-0 in Italy to progress 3-0 on aggregate.

Arsenal will now play Valencia in the last four and Ainsley Maitland-Niles has a lot of faith in the methods of manager Unai Emery.

 

Chelsea defeated Slavia Prague by 4 goals to 3 at Stamford Bridge.

Pedro found the net twice as the Pensioners went through 5-3 over both legs.

Chelsea’s semi final opponents will be Eintracht Frankfurt.

 

Waterford won’t be able to play in the Europa League qualifying rounds next season.

A club must be 3 years in existence to take part in European competition, and the Waterford FC parent company was only established in late 2016.

It leaves St Patrick’s Athletic in line to take the spot. A final decision by the FAI has yet to be announced.

 

In the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division tonight, Waterford host Cork City, with St Patrick’s Athletic at home to Sligo Rovers.

Derry City, who lie second, entertain leaders Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell.

It’s Bohemians against UCD at Dalymount Park, with Dundalk versus Finn Harps at Oriel Park.

All of the games kick off at 7.45.

 

There’s a full programme in the English Championship today.

Third placed Sheffield United will look to keep the pressure on Leeds United when they welcome Nottingham Forest to Bramall Lane for a 12.30 kick off.

Leeds host Wigan Athletic from 3pm.

Leaders Norwich City take on Sheffield Wednesday from 7.45.

 

 

Golf

Shane Lowry is the leader after the opening round of the US PGA Tour’s Heritage tournament in South Carolina.

Lowry carded a bogey free 6 under par round of 65 at Hilton Head to lead a quintet of players by 1 shot.

Graeme McDowell and Seamus Power are 3 under par.