Morning Sports Update

GOLF

Padraig Harrington has dropped back to six under par at the Czech Masters, but still remains in contention for a first European Tour title in two years.

After yesterday’s opening round of 66, he made a great start with a birdie on his first hole today, but that’s been cancelled out with a bogey on his third hole.


There’s a five-way tie for the lead on eight under, among them being two time major winner John Daly, and Belgium’s Thomas Pieters.

Gavin Moynihan and Paul McBride are among the afternoon starters – they’ll resume from 2 under par and level par respectively.

Mel Deasy (Bantry Bay) has added the Munster Boys Under 16 Open title to the Munster U15 title he won two weeks ago.

SOCCER

Burnley manager Sean Dyche was left disappointed by the referee as his side lost 3-1 at Olympiakos in the Europa League last night.

Ben Gibson was shown a disputed red card for handball in the second half of their play-off tie first leg

Celtic were held to a 1 -1 draw with Suduva in their first leg.

Olivier Ntcham’s early away goal could prove vital when they sides meet in the second leg in Glasgow next week.

Celtic’s old firm rivals Rangers claimed a 1 – 0 win at home to FC Ufa.

Here at home it’s a busy night in the second round of the FAI Cup, with seven games down for decision.

Champions Cork City host non-league Maynooth University.

Derry City and St Pats meet in a repeat of the 2014 final, which was won by Pats.

Shamrock Rovers’ conquerors Drogheda are at home against Waterford.

Premier Division leaders Dundalk host Finn Harps, Bohemians travel to Galway, Limerick and Cabinteely meet at the Markets Field, and First Division leaders UCD are away to CIE Ranch.

In the Championship, former West Brom manager Tony Pulis comes up against his firmer club tonight.

His Middlesbrough side host the Baggies at 7.45.

Both sides could end the night top of the table with a win.

GAA

Paddy Tally is the new Down senior football manager.

It’s the Tyrone native’s first spell in senior intercounty management, but Tally has been part of several successful intercounty setups.

He was on the backroom team for the Tyrone footballers when they won their first All-Ireland title in 2003, as well as helping out with Down when they reached the decider in 2010.

More recently, Tally has worked under Kevin Walsh with the Galway footballers.

He also managed St Mary’s University College to the 2017 Sigerson Cup

ATHLETICS

Orla Comerford is the only Irish athlete in action today at the World Para-Athletics European Championships in Berlin.

The Raheny Shamrocks runner has already claimed a bronze in the Women’s 200m T13 event earlier this week.

Comerford goes in the Women’s 100m T13 Final at around 5:30pm Irish time.

RACING

It could be an evening to remember for Willie Mullins at Kilbeggan on Friday evening as the champion trainer saddles five runners with excellent chances, including the top two in the market for the feature Get Free Tips Daily On attheraces.com Mares Novice Hurdle.

Unbeaten Supreme Racing Club-owned mare Robin De Carlow has been impressive in both starts to date and will be partnered by Paul Townend in the two miles and two furlongs event, while Patrick Mullins gets the leg-up on Masons Daughter, who bolted up on her last couple of outings.

This week likely couldn’t get much better for JP McManus after victory for his beloved Limerick hurlers in Sunday’s All Ireland Final but the leading owner will be hoping his Padraig Roche-trained Thecraicisninety can build on his Ballinrobe maiden win when lining up in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Handicap Hurdle.

With Sean Flanagan sidelined for six weeks through injury there could be some strong rides available from the Noel Meade stable and Jonathan Moore looks set to capitalise, including when partnering Niven in the Michael Moore Car Sales Mercedes Benz Beginners Chase, having been just touched off late on at the same venue last time.

Racing gets underway at Kilbeggan at 5.10pm and the going is currently good.

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