Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland side have suffered another humiliating night’s work.

They were thrashed 4-1 by Wales in their opening Nations League game in Cardiff.


Wales impressed in their first competitive game under new manager Ryan Giggs, scoring three first half goals.

They added a fourth early in the second half, before Shaun Williams grabbed a consolation for Ireland.

Irish captain Seamus Coleman says they made things easy for the opposition

Manager Martin O’Neill must rally his troops for Sunday’s friendly away to Poland, before back-to-back home games with Denmark and Wales next month.

The Irish boss says he is lacking a number of key players

Poland are in Nations League action tonight, taking on Italy in Bologna.

It looks like a full-strength Denmark side will face Ireland and Wales over the course of the next month.

The squad’s dispute over commercial rights was brought to a temporary close last night.

Last season’s finalists are both on the road in the F-A-I Cup quarter finals this evening.

Holders Cork City travel to First Division Longford.

Limerick welcome last year’s runners up Dundalk to Markets Field.

Also tonight Waterford visit U-C-D.


GOLF

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods share a one shot lead heading into the second day of the B-M-W Championship in Pennsylvania.

The Ulsterman was on course for an incredible first round of 59, but hit back to back bogeys before the final hole.

It means he shares the top of the leaderboard with Woods on 8 under par.

GREYHOUNDS

Race 5 at Shelbourne Park was won by 6/4 shot Saeed Tashadelek, going for Ballylongford’s Tom Lynch, by 2 and ¾ lengths in 29-20.


RUGBY

Tadhg Beirne is set to make his Munster debut tonight.

The former Scarlets lock is on the bench for their Pro 14 trip to Glasgow.

Jaco Taute is also among the replacements.

The South African centre has not played in 11-months due to a knee ligament injury.

Ulster will look to build on last week’s narrow win over the Scarlets when Edinburgh visit Kingspan Stadium tonight.

Jordi Murphy makes his Ulster debut in the back row, while Rob Herring is restored to the front row.


TENNIS

Naomi Osaka has become the first Japanese woman to reach a Grand Slam final.

The 20 year old will play Serena Williams for the U-S Open title, after beating American Madison Keys in straight sets.

Williams defeated Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova, to move a step closer to a record equalling 24th major title.

Osaka was just one year old when Williams won her first Grand Slam in 1999.

Tonight is men’s semi finals night at the US Open.

First up, top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal faces the 2009 winner Juan Martin Del Potro.

That will be followed by the meeting of Kei Nishikori and Novak Djokovic.

CYCLING

Scotland’s Rhona Callander sprinted into Castlecomer, County Kilkenny at the end of 71km tough kilometres to win stage two of Rás na mBan.

The Team GB rider from Stirling led in Luxembourg’s Anne Sophie Harsch of Andy Schleck Cycles Women’s Project and Desirée Ehrler (CCN Momentum) of Switzerland at the front of a large bunch which had faced treacherous conditions throughout.

Overall race leader Nina Kessler (Team NH )and Irish national road race champion Eve McCrystal (Team Ireland) were among a large number of riders who crashed with ten kilometres remaining. Both regained their position in the main field before the finish.

But there was no stopping Callander who was a slightly surprised and delighted winner, emulating Team GB’s win by Alice Barnes into Castlecomer 12 months ago.

Callander collected her All American Launderette Stage Winners jersey which she will wear on stage three.

Iris Sachet finished fourth for the second day in succession and the Frenchwoman’s consistency means she takes over the overall leader’s jersey on count back of finishing positions ahead of stage three.

Sachet is also the leader of the Irish Dairy, The Complete Natural Points Classification.

Claire Faber of the Andy Schleck Cycles Women’s Project retains the lead of the womenscycling.ie Young Rider Classification while Nicola Juniper was first at the second of two tough climbs of the day at Firoda to extend her lead in the Wicklow 200 Queen of the Mountains Classification.

And Bandon CC rider Agniezka Wozniak racing with Team Verge was safely in the main bunch in 30th to retain her status as the best placed local rider for the Kilkenny County Council green jersey for a second day.

The riders now face 110km of tough roads on stage three which takes them to a summit finish on Mount Leinster.

RACING

There’s a seven-race card at Kilbeggan this afternoon where the first is off at 4.30.

While at Down Royal, the first of seven races goes to post at 4.15.

Irish eyes may have been on Laytown last afternoon but Gordon Elliott was busy making hay across the water and sent out four winners at Sedgefield.

Make My Heart Fly, High Expectations, Kings Song and Dinons made it brilliant day at the office for the Cullentra House boss. British champion jockey Richard Johnson rode all of the winners bar Dinons, who was partnered by James Bowen.

Sarah Lynam secured the second win of her short training career when Tyrconnell landed the Melbourne 10 Handicap at Laytown.

Tyrconnell, winless before this, showed a gritty attitude to beat the sponsor’s My Got Brother in a driving finish. The winner was ridden by young Danny Sheehy.

Lynam, daughter to Eddie Lynam, nicknamed fast Eddie for his expert handling of speedsters such as Slade Power and Sole Power, trained her first winner earlier this year at Sligo.

Mayo people haven’t had a lot to shout about this year, with their footballers making an earlier than anticipated exit from the championship, but cries of ‘up Mayo’ were heard at Laytown when the Westerners Syndicate registered a winner with Denis Hogan’s Cyrus Dallin at the beachside track.

Cyrus Dallin galloped all over his rivals before putting the Scotch Hall Shopping Centre Claiming Race to bed under the trainer-jockey, who admitted the owners had a right few quid on the horse to win.

With 10 runners on the day, eight of which were trained by Jamie Osborne, the Melbourne 10 Racing Syndicate were unlikely to leave Laytown empty handed. In the end, the group supplied three of the winners on the six-race card and certainly made their presence felt.

Lisa O’Neill partnered two of those, Florencio and Waqaas, while champion Flat jockey Colin Keane partnered their final winner on the day, Monumental Man.