Morning Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

Doctor Hyde Park hosts both semi-finals of the TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Championship this afternoon.

First up, the side who have dominated the modern era – Cork – take on Donegal.


That throws in at quarter-to-3.

That will be followed by the meeting of defending champions Dublin and Galway.

Tipperary manager Liam Cahill has named an unchanged side for Sunday’s Bord Gais Energy All Ireland Under-21 Hurling final with Cork.

David Griffin is restored to full-back for the Rebels, with John Cashman the man to make way.

The sides have met already in this year’s Championship, with Cork romping home 13-point winners in the Munster final.

ATHLETICS

Orla Comerford brought Ireland’s medal total to 8 at the World Para-Athletic European Championships in Berlin.

She claimed bronze in the women’s 100-metres T-13.

It’s the Raheny sprinter’s second bronze of the week, after also finishing third in the 200-metres.


SOCCER

Manchester City will take their 100 per cent start to the Premier League on the road this lunchtime.

Pep Guardiola’s side are away to Wolves, with kick off at 12.30.

Liverpool are the only top flight side yet to concede a goal – they welcome Brighton to Anfield in the 5.30 start.

Among the four 3 o’clock kick offs, Jack Wilshere and West Ham go to his former side Arsenal,

Bournemouth could continue their bright start with Everton visiting the Vitality.

Leicester travel to Southampton,

And Huddersfield face fellow early strugglers, Cardiff.

UCD went from being a minute away from a shock exit to sealing a comprehensive victory in the F-A-I Cup second round.

Ten-man C-I-E Ranch led 2-nil at one point, but UCD fought back with Jason McClelland forcing extra time with an 89th minute strike.

The Students dominated in added time, and progressed to Monday’s quarter final draw with a 6-2 win.

Holders Cork City breezed into round-3 with a 4-nil thrashing of Maynooth University.

St. Pat’s missed an injury time penalty that could have forced extra-time with Derry, but Liam Buckley’s side instead lost 1-nil at the Brandywell.

At Oriel Park, Dundalk beat Finn Harps 2-nil.

Bohemians are through to the quarter finals for the first time in 4-years following a 2-nil win at Galway.

Limerick were 2-1 winners at home to Cabinteely.

While Waterford won 1-nil at Drogheda.
There’s one outstanding second round tie to be played this evening, with Longford Town entertaining Shelbourne.

In the First Division, Athlone Town and Cobh Ramblers finished goalless

An injury-time Daniel Ayala strike saw Middlesbrough beat West Brom 1-nil in the Championship.

GOLF

Padraig Harrington is well-placed heading into the third round of the Czech Masters.

He’ll start the day from 10-under par, and just two-shots adrift of the leader, Gavin Green of Malaysia.

Gavin Moynihan and Paul McBride both missed the cut yesterday.

It was a day to forget on the greens for Tiger Woods at golf’s FedExCup Play-off.

He almost missed the cut in New Jersey as he had 35 putts in total – his most in a single round since 2006.

England’s Tommy Fleetwood ended on 7-under – that’s 3 shots off the lead.

Paul Casey is on 2-under.

CYCLING

While Chris Froome may not be defending his crown, there are four former winners starting this year’s Vuelta (PR: V’welta).

Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde, Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru are among the field for today’s 8-kilometre individual time trial in Malaga.

There’s Irish interest as well, with Dan Martin riding for the UAE team, and Nicolas Roche is part of the BMC contingent.

RACING

There’s an eight-race card at The Curragh this afternoon where the first is off at quarter-to-2.

The Group 3 Comer Group Irish St Leger Trial Stakes (3.25) is the feature race, with the first of seven races due off at 1.45pm.

Willie Mullins holds a strong hand in the €63,000 contest over 1m6f with three of the eight runners declared – Laws Of Spin, Renneti and Thomas Hobson – while Aidan O’Brien, successful with Order Of St George in this race for the last three years, launches a four-pronged challenge. It’s headed by Group 2 Comer Group International Curragh Cup winner Flag Of Honour, who is joined by Royal Ascot runner-up Southern France, Gowran maiden winner Family Tree and dual scorer Giuseppe Garibaldi, fitted with blinkers for the first time. The octet is completed by the Jim Bolger-trained Twilight Payment.

The supporting Curragh Stakes (4.00) includes the hat-trick seeking filly Bailly from the Ger Lyons Glenburnie Stables in Dunsany. Partnered by champion rider Colin Keane, she faces some stiff opposition, notably Ballydoyle’s Gossamer Wings ridden by current championship leader Donnacha O’Brien returning to action after suspension and Indigo Balance representing the formidable Jessica Harrington/Colm O’Donoghue alliance.

The successful Kildare Under 20s All Ireland winning team will be guests of honour at the meeting along with newly crowned 2018 Rose Of Tralee Kirsten Mate Maher.

The going at the Curragh is good, good to yielding in places on the straight course and good on the round course.

Champion trainer Willie Mullins was doubly represented in the Get Free Tips Daily On attheraces.com Mares Novice Hurdle at Kilbeggan on Friday evening, and the money which came for the Patrick Mullins-ridden Masons Daughter proved significant.

Patrick made all on the daughter of Sandmason and she had all of her opponents seemingly seen off when she jumped the last flight a little bit awkwardly, but she picked up again on the run to the line to beat Awayinthewest and stable-companion Robin De Carlow by a length-and-a-half. She looks a smart mare.