Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

For the second successive season Dundalk have opened with a draw on the first night of the S-S-E Airtricity League Premier Division.

Edward McGinty saved Patrick Hoban’s (pron: Hoo-ban) first half penalty in a man-of-the-match performance as Sligo secured a 1-all draw at Oriel Park.


Dundalk midfielder Robbie Benson was stretchered off with an ankle injury after winning that penalty.

Ethan Boyle grabbed a 92nd minute for Shamrock Rovers as they came from behind to beat Waterford 2-1 at the R-S-C.

St Pat’s beat last year’s runners-up Cork City 1-nil at Richmond Park with Bohemians winning by the same scoreline against Finn Harps.

Derry City inflicted a 3-nil defeat on last year’s First Division champions U-C-D.

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Watford are the first team into the last-eight of the F-A Cup.

The Hornets won 1-nil at Q-P-R last night.

GAELIC GAMES

It’s semi-final day in the A-I-B All-Ireland Club Football Championship.

Corofin’s bid to retain the Andy Merrigan Cup sees them take on Donegal’s Gaoth Dobhair (pron: Gwee-door) at Carrick-on-Shannon at half-one.

While Semple Stadium plays host to the meeting of Longford’s first-time Leinster winners Mullinalaghta (pron: Mullin-yac-tah) and Kerry kingpins Doctor Crokes at half-three.

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Pairc Ui Rinn plays host to a Munster derby in Division One A of the National Hurling League this evening.

Cork, who prop up the top-flight having lost their first two matches, face a Clare team who overcame Kilkenny last time out.

Midlands rivals Laois and Offaly clash in Portlaoise in Division One B with both sides chasing their first win of the campaign.

Carlow, who drew with Galway two weeks ago, make the trip to Fraher Field to face early leaders Waterford.

Rugby

Munster remain top of Conference A in the Guiness Pro 14.

The Reds scored seven tries in a bonus point win over the Southern Kings 43-nil in Cork last night.

Meanwhile Stuart McCloskey grabbed the game’s only try in Ulster’s 8-nil victory at Ospreys.

RACING

The Henry de Bromhead-trained Monalee steps up his Cheltenham preparations by facing three rivals in this afternoon’s Grade 2 Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park.

Waterford trainer De Bromhead is aiming to win the race for a second time having been previously successful with Smashing in 2016.

Killultagh Vic, one of three Grade 1 winners in the race, will represent champion trainer Willie Mullins at his local track, while 2018 Irish Gold Cup winner Edwulf and the Tony Martin-trained Anibale Fly complete the line up.

While last year’s winner Forge Meadow heads a field of seven for the Grade 3 Red Mills Trial Hurdle.