Morning Sports Update

RUGBY

Leinster staged a late comeback to get their PRO 14 title defence off to a winning start.

Bryan Byrne’s late try, converted by Ross Byrne, gave them a bonus point 33-32 win away to the Cardiff Blues


It was Byrne’s second try of the night, with one each for Jamison Gibson Park and James Tracy.

Connacht are the first Irish side involved today, with a match against Glasgow at the Sportsground which kicks off at 3.

At 5.15, Munster host the Cheetahs at Thomond Park and Ulster face the Scarlets at the Kingspan Stadium.

SOCCER

Liverpool and Chelsea both put their 100 percent record on the line today in the Premier League.

The Reds travel to Leicester City in today’s early kickoff, with Jurgen Klopp’s side yet to concede a goal in their three games to date.

Chelsea take on Bournemouth at 3, with Chelsea starting impressively under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

Bournemouth have also begun the season well, picking up seven points from a possible nine.

Bottom of the table West Ham will be hoping to pick up their first points of the campaign, they host Wolves.

Another side yet to win, Huddersfield, go to unbeaten Everton.

Crystal Palace are at home against Southampton and Brighton host Fulham.

In the late game, champions Man City host Newcastle, who are still looking for their first win.

In the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Dundalk have moved into a six point lead at the top of the table.

The Lilywhites struck late to beat Limerick 1-0, Patrick McEleney on target.

Cork suffered a surprise 2-1 home defeat to Sligo Rovers.

There’s one game here at home tonight in the First Division.

Longford Town can climb up to fourth if they win at home against Cabinteely.

Kick off is 7.30.

The early pace setters in the Championship, Leeds and Middlesbrough, have played out a 0-0 draw at Elland Road.

It means both keep their unbeaten league records.

Celtic are set to lose striker Moussa Dembele to Lyon.

The Scottish champions have now accepted an offer from the French club for their forward.

Dembele has made comments on his official Twitter account about broken promises after a previous bid was rejected – and he’s also liked posts which criticised the club.

Manager Brendan Rodgers says the move is now in the club’s best interests.

The Republic of Ireland women’s finished their promising World Cup qualifying campaign in impressive fashion.

Colin Bell’s side have beaten Northern Ireland 4-0 at Tallaght Stadium, wrapping up a third place finish in Group 3.

The first three goals came inside the first 25 minutes, with two for 19 year old forward Leanne Kiernan, either side of one for captain Katie McCabe.

McCabe then made it 4-0 from the penalty spot on the hour mark.


TENNIS

At the US Open, defending women’s champion Sloane Stephens was impressive in reaching round four.

The third seed was a straight sets winner, 6-3 6-4 against former champion Viktoria Azarenka.

GOLF

Munster completed an amazing comeback to win the Interprovincial Championship on a dramatic final day.

Geoff Lenehan’s one-hole win against Alan Fahy ensured Munster had the six points necessary for a match victory over Leinster.

That result pushed Munster ahead of Ulster, who had earlier beaten Connacht, and so, for the first time since 2014, Munster were crowned champions.

RACING

 With three Group 3 races down for decision along with the €100,000 Tote Irish Cambridgeshire, the Curragh hosts a top quality seven-race card on Saturday afternoon starting at the earlier time of 1.10pm.

A big field of 22 will face the starter for the Tote Irish Cambridgeshire at 4.00pm with Kildare trainers’ Michael Halford and Johnny Murtagh responsible for two of the market principals.

Halford has course and distance winner Terzetto owned by Godolphin and vying for favouritism in the line up along with stable companions’ Saltonstall, Katiymann and Kerineya while former top class rider Murtagh will be hoping to capture the coveted prize with the grey Sirjack Thomas who carries the Qatar Racing colours, with light-weight Lethal Power also flying the Murtagh flag.
The race also includes two British-trained challengers with David O’Meara sending over four-time winner Firament under Declan McDonogh and Greatest Journey representing the in-form Charlie Appleby.

The Group 3 Flame Of Tara Irish EBF Stakes (1.40) has attracted a field of nine with three of those – Fleeting, Just Wonderful and Peach Tree – representing Aidan O’Brien who last won this race with Kind Of Magic three years ago while the Ballydoyle maestro has two fillies in the Group 3 Snow Fairy Stakes (2.50). This looks a real quality contest with seven of the 11 declared rated 101 or more, including British raider Snowy Winter who won for Archie Watson at 25/1 on his last visit to Ireland at Gowran last time. Sir Michael Stoute sends over the highest rated runner in the line up Desert Diamond partnered by Chris Hayes while Mick Channon has employed the services of Ronan Whelan to team up with his challenger Adorable.

The other Group 3 contest on the card is the John Sisk & Son Round Tower Stakes (3.25) with a field of eight declared with Aidan O’Brien holding strong claims with impressive course and distance maiden winner Ten Sovereigns who is joined by stable companion Fantasy.

The going at the Curragh is good to yielding.

One thing Jessica Harrington’s Woodland Opera loves is good ground and with conditions in his favour at Down Royal, he battled hard to record victory in the feature Irwins Bakeries Hurdle under Robbie Power.

Power had to be at his strongest to hold off the attention of Peregrine Run in the finish. Woodland Opera was returned a 5-1 chance and had just under a length to spare from the second.

Ballingarry trainer Charles Byrnes sent out Run For Mary to win the concluding Tayto Group Mares Flat Race at Down Royal.

Run For Mary was carrying the familiar silks of the Top Of The Hill Syndicate, which were made famous by Byrnes’ legendary hurdler Solwhit.

Indeed, Run For Mary could have quite a nice future, as she won stylishly in the hands of Ray Barron.