Lunchtime Sports Update

SOCCER

The first of today’s three FA Cup fifth round games is under way.

Brighton and Derby County have played just over 25 minutes at the Am-Ex Stadium, with a quarter final place on the line.

That game remains scoreless.

At three o’clock, West Ham’s conquerors Wimbledon will hope to cause another upset.

The League 1 side host Championship strugglers Millwall.

The late kickoff sees League 2 side Newport County continue their remarkable cup run against the 5-time winners Manchester City.

Carlow native Padraig Amond is expected to lead the line for the Welsh side, after helping them defeat Leicester City and Middlesbrough in previous rounds.

A shock win for Newport would make them the first club from the fourth-tier to reach the quarter finals in 29 years.

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In Scotland, Rangers have the chance to cut the gap on Premiership leaders Celtic to three-points this afternoon.

Steven Gerrard’s side host Saint Johnstone at Ibrox, while third-place Aberdeen face basement side Saint Mirren.

Both games kick off at three o clock.

GAELIC GAMES

A place in next month’s A-I-B All-Ireland Club Football Championship final is on offer this afternoon.

Both semi finals take place today, with the first throwing in at half past one, as defending champions Corofin take on Donegal’s Gaoth Dobhair (pron: Gwee-door) at Carrick-on-Shannon.

Semple Stadium in Thurles is the venue for the other semi final, as two time winners Dr Crokes of Kerry face off against Longford’s first-time Leinster champions Mullinalaghta (pron: Mullin-yac-tah) at half-three.

Meanwhile in the Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup, the first of the 2019 semi finals takes place in Mallow at three o clock.

The last two winners of the competition go head to head, as UCD meet St Mary’s.

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In Division 1A of the Allianz Hurling League this evening, Cork host Clare, looking for their first win of the season.

Midlands rivals Laois and Offaly clash in Portlaoise in Division One B with both sides win less in their opening matches.

Carlow, who drew with Galway two weeks ago, make the trip to Fraher Field to face early leaders Waterford.

RUGBY

Leinster and Connacht can make it a clean sweep for the Irish provinces in the PRO 14 today.

Conference B leaders Leinster are in Italy to face Zebre at 2.30pm Irish time.

The defending champions are currently 17 points clear in their conference table, but are without most of their frontline internationals.

Senior Coach Stuart Lancaster says it presents an opportunity for younger players to shine.

Connacht will hope to take advantage of last night’s defeat for the Ospreys.

The 2016 winners can move back into third place if they get the better of the Cheetahs in Galway.

Kick off is at 5.30.

Snooker

Its semi final day at the Welsh Open. Joe O Connor, who surprisingly knocked out John Higgins yesterday is up against Stuart Bingham, that game is just after getting underway.