Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Pat Hoban’s injury time penalty saw Dundalk return to winning ways in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division last night with a 1-nil win at home to Bohemians.

Derry are up to second in the table following a 3-1 win away to ten-man St. Pat’s.

Cork had Garry Comerford dismissed as they lost 2-1 away to UCD, with Gary O’Neill converting an injury-time spot kick to win it for the Students.

Elsewhere, Sligo and Waterford drew a blank at the Showgrounds.

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Arsenal are back inside the Premier League’s top-4 this morning.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal in a 1-nil win away to Watford.

The hosts’ efforts weren’t helped by Troy Deeney’s red card, which came just a minute after conceeding.

There’s a real relegation six-pointer in the Premier League tonight.

Cardiff start the night five-points from safety, and travel to the side directly above them in Brighton.

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Manchester United return to the scene of their greatest comeback tonight.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side are at the Camp Nou to face Barcelona, and for the second round running need to come from behind away from home to progress in the Champions League.

United trail by a goal to nil going into tonight’s quarter final second leg.

Tonight’s other tie is even more delicately poised.

It’s 1-1 between Juventus and Ajax ahead of tonight’s second leg in Turin.

Midfielder Frenkie de Jong is a doubt for Ajax with a hamstring strain, while Mario Mandzukic misses out for Juve.

Both games kick off at 8.

SNOOKER

Ken Doherty’s hopes of a return to the World Championships came to an end last night.

The 1997 Crucible winner lost his second round qualifier 10-4 to Scott Donaldson.

However, Dubliner Michael Judge could make history today.

He faces James Cahill in the final qualifiying round, but whoever wins will become the first ever amateur to reach the first round proper at the Crucible.

RUGBY

Billy Vunipola says he didn’t wish to cause suffering with his recent social media posts.

The England number-8 voiced his support for disgraced Australia full-back Israel Folau by claiming, “Man was made for woman to pro create”.

Saracens have given Vunipola a formal warning about his future conduct over the remarks, but he is free to play in Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup semi final with Munster.

Joey Carbery will almost certainly miss that game in Coventry.

Munster head coach Johan van Graan says the out-half is “highly unlikely” to be risked, as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Tyler Bleyendaal could start on Saturday, much has he did when Munster lost to the same opposition at the same stage of the competition two-years ago.

But Van Graan says they’re not leaning too heavily on that encounter as they prepare for Saturday’s game.