Lunchtime Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

Limerick captain Declan Hannon can’t wait to bring the Liam MacCarthy Cup home.

Thousands of fans are expected to greet the newly crowned All Ireland Hurling champions when they return to the Gaelic Grounds this evening.


The Treaty County held off a late come back to beat Galway at Croke Park yesterday and win the title for the first time since 1973.

Hannon says it is a time to savour

SOCCER

Liverpool will aim to build on their promising start to the Premier League when they play Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park tonight.

The Reds head to London after a 4-nil thumping of West Ham at Anfield.

Both sides are aiming to make it two wins out of two, as Palace beat Fulham 2-nil last weekend.

Kick off is at 8.00.

7.45 is the start time for this evening’s S-S-E Airtricity League Premier Division game between Dundalk and Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds.

A win will move the Lilywhites 3 points clear at the top of the table.

Cork City drew level on points with Dundalk following a 1 all draw with St Patrick’s Athletic at Turners Cross yesterday, but the Leesiders have played two extra games.

RUGBY

Leo Cullen has been nominated for the Guiness Pro 14 Coach of the Season award.

The Leinster boss makes the shortlist after guiding the Province to the domestic and European double.

New Munster lock Tadhg Beirne will battle it out with his former Scarlets team mate Hadleigh Parkes and Leinster’s James Lowe for the Player’s Player of the season award.

Jordan Larmour is among the nominees for the Young Player of the Season.

RACING

There is racing at Roscommon today, with the first of an eight race card underway at 4.45.

Tralee’s Bryan Cooper ensured that the trip to Tramore was a worthwhile one as he rode Matin D’Anjou to victory in the Three.ie Rated Novice Chase. Formerly in the care of Jim Culloty, the six-year-old is now with Curragh trainer Robbie McNamara and made no mistake at odds of 11/10 favourite when accounting for Barry Murphy’s Cesar Du Gouet in the colours of Dr Ronan Lamb.

The Tramore card also produced a winner for a Kerry rider as Dingle’s Jack Kennedy steered Mill Quest to glory in the McCarthys Irish Bar, Lexington Handicap Chase. The eight-year-old was sent off the 10/11 favourite for the 2m6f contest and made no mistake to score by two-and-a-quarter-lengths for Gordon Elliott.

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