Morning Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship will be decided this afternoon as Galway and Limerick meet at Croke Park.

Limerick are chasing their first Liam McCarthy Cup in 45 years, while Galway are bidding to retain their crown for the first time since 1988.


Galway make just a single change from their semi-final replay win over Clare, with Gearoid McInerney coming in for Niall Burke at centre-back.

Limerick are unchanged to the side which overcame Cork 3 weeks ago

Throw in today is at 3:30.

The curtain raiser at Croke Park pits Galway against Kilkenny in the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship from 1 o’clock.

In Ladies Football, Cavan and Tipperary face off in the TG4 All Ireland Senior Championship Relegation Final with both aiming to retain senior status for 2019.

Today’s game is a repeat of May’s Division 2 final which Tipp won to gain promotion to the top flight.

Throw in is at 1:30.

This years Senior Camogie Championship final will pit the winners of the last 2 titles against one another.

Cork will play Kilkenny in the decider on September 9th, after both sides progressed at Semple Stadium.

Kilkenny defeated Galway by 3 points.

Cork defeated Tipperary by 0-21 to 0-9.

GREYHOUNDS

Liam Dowling’s 7/2 priced Coolavanny Pet won heat 17 of the opening round of the Boylesports Irish Derby, by 1 length in 30-38.

At Limerick 2/1 shot Lissycasey Ruth took race 8 for Jayne Donlon of Listowel, by 2 lengths in 31-87.

The 12th at Curraheen Park went the way of 4/1 shot Glow Bullet, going for David Fleming of Rathmore, by 2 lengths in 28-76.

RUGBY

Dan McFarland is expected to start his role as Ulster’s new head coach tomorrow.

The Sunday Times reports that McFarland has obtained a release from the Scottish Rugby Union to leave his role as the national side’s assistant coach.

It’s been 4 months since the 45 year old was announced as Jono Gibbes successor, but The SRU were insistant up to this point that McFarland serve out a 9 month notice period.

After a compensation payment was negotiated, McFarland looks set to take charge of Ulster just 12 days before their Pro 14 season opener.

SOCCER

Arsenal have started the Premier League season with back-to-back defeats.

They went down 3-2 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge – despite battling back from 2-nil down to draw level.

Three sides aim to maintain their 100% starts to the Premier League season this afternoon with Waterford and both Manchester clubs in action.

At 1:30, Manchester City play host to a Huddersfield side who fell to an opening day defeat to Manchester United.

At the same time Watford go to Turf Moore to face Burnley.

At 4, Manchester United play their first away fixture of the season when they go to Brighton.

BOXING

Carl Frampton stopped Luke Jackson in the ninth round of their featherweight contest in Belfast last night.

The win means Frampton now has a shot at the IBF world title, which is currently held by Josh Warrington.

The two-weight world champion won in front of 24-thousand fans at Windsor Park.

Paddy Barnes failed in his bid to win a first World title.

Cristofer Rosales beat the 31 year old via third round knockout.

BASKETBALL

Ireland were 72-40 victors over Kosovo in their group phase clash at the FIBA U16 European Championship Division B in Montenegro.

Kerry’s Siofra O’Shea scored 6 points for Ireland, who will face Switzerland in the next group phase tomorrow.

RACING

The curtain comes down on Tramore’s four-day August Festival today with a seven-race jumps card kicking off at 2.10pm.

The feature race of the day is the McCarthys Irish Bar Lexington Handicap Chase (4.15), worth €20,000 in prize-money, and a field of 11 has been declared. The betting looks sure to be headed by the Gordon Elliott-trained Mill Quest who was a wide-margin winner of a handicap hurdle at Downpatrick on his most recent start. Jack Kennedy takes the ride.

Elliott comes into Sunday on the back of a five-timer at Perth so his team could not be in better form.

The going at Tramore is good.

The Burke family from Holycross near Thurles took the honours in the feature 2m Assembly Techniques Handicap at Tramore on Saturday evening, as Wayne Lordan partnered the mare Like An Open Book to a convincing victory in this 2m contest, the mare is owned by Elaine Burke and trained by her brother John.

Held up at the back of the field, she travelled nicely into contention and picked up well inside the final furlong to win going away by a length-and-three-quarters from You Can’t Catch Me. The mare carried the colours of last December’s 200-1 Thurles winner Killahara Castle.

GOLF

Graeme McDowell is the only Irish contender in action heading in to the final day of the Wyndham Championship.

The Ulster man will resume from 3 under par later today, well off Brandt Snedeker’s 16 under par lead.

Snedeker has 11 holes still to play of his third round after play was suspended yesterday due to inclement weather.

The 30 affected players will resume at 1pm Irish time, with the final-round tee times scheduled for after 4 o’clock.

AIG Senior Cup – Munster Final

Dungarvan 3-2 Tralee
Alan Thomas beat Mark Leahy 3&2
Peter Mullaney halved with Darren O’Sullivan called in
Kevin Stack beat Eoghan O’Donnell 2&1
Gavin Smith halved with Fergal O’Sullivan called in
Danny Raher beat Anton O’Callaghan 5&4

Semi-Final Results:
Dungarvan 3.5-1.5 Monkstown
Alan Thomas halved with Eoghan Long called in
Peter Mullaney beat Donal McDonnell 2&1
Danny Raher beat Sean Desmond 2&1
Gavin Smith beat Martin Poucher 3&2
John Reynolds lost to Michael Gaffney 4&3

Tralee 3-2 Castletroy
Eoin Goggin lost to Andrew McCormack 4&3
Darren O’Sullivan lost to Eamonn Haugh 1dn
Eoghan O’Donnell beat Dean McMahon 5&3
Fergal O’Sullivan beat Stephen Moloney 2up
Anton O’Callaghan beat Jason Tobin 1up

AIG Junior Cup – Munster Final

Clonmel 3-2 Ballybunion
Billy Hewitt lost to Edmund Healy 2&1
Brian McLean beat Ronan Cross 1 up
Darragh Lynch beat James O’Callaghan 19th
Jack Alton beat Brian Slattery 1 up
Denis Conway lost to Frank Geary Jnr 3&2

Semi-Final Results:
Ballybunion 3-2 Shannon
Barry O’Callaghan lost to Neil O’Brien 4&2
Brian Slattery beat Jim O’Grady 19th
Ronan Cross beat Chris Willets 2 up
Adrian Walsh lost to Keith Buckley 3&2
Frank Geary Jnr beat Liam Lenihan 5&4

Clonmel 4-1 Kinsale
Billy Hewitt beat Brian McCarthy 1up
Brian McLean halved with Jody Costello called in
Darragh Lynch beat Eoghan Cassidy 3&2
Jack Alton beat Robert Walsh Jnr 4&3
Peter Gaffney halved with Cathal Foley called in