Thursday Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Republic of Ireland under-18 midfielder Ryan Nolan is in line to make his European debut for Inter this evening.

The Shannon-born player has been named on the Serie A side’s bench for their Europa League last-32 first leg away to Rapid Vienna.

There was a 5.55 start in the Austrian capital where it’s Rapid 0 Inter 0.

They kicked off at the same time in Belarus where it’s BATE (PR: Bah-tay) Borisov 0 Arsenal 0.

At 8, Chelsea are in Sweden to face Malmo.

While Celtic face a tricky task with Valencia visiting Parkhead.

Turners Cross has been a hive of activity on the eve of the new SSE Airtricity Premier Division season.

Two players have departed Cork City today, with another adding some firepower.

Ronan Coughlan and Aaron Barry have left for Sligo and Bohemians respectively.

While striker Matty Gillam has joined on loan from English League One side Rochdale until July.

RUGBY

Iain Henderson’s recovered from a thumb injury to start for Ulster in tomorrow evening’s Pro 14 meeting with Ospreys in Bridgend.

The second row’s selection puts him in line for a return to the Ireland side for next week’s Six Nations game with Italy in Rome.

John Cooney’s also been released from the Ireland camp to start at scrum half tomorrow night in Bridgend.

Chris Farrell and Andrew Conway both start for Munster in their meeting with the Southern Kings at Irish Independent Park tomorrow.

Niall Scannell, John Ryan and Billy Holland are the others freed from Ireland camp to start in Cork.

GAELIC GAMES

Aaron Gillane was Mary Immaculate’s key man as they reached a third Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup final in four-years.

The All Ireland winner struck 1-12 for the Limerick college in a 1-18 to 18-point win over N-U-I Galway in Ennis.

Mary-I will face 38-time champions UCC in the final on Saturday-week.

SNOOKER

There’s been a major shock at the Welsh Open.

Four-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan has been beaten in the third round by 4-frames to 2 by world number 71 Alexander Ursenbacher.

Mark Allen also suffered a third round exit today, with the world number 6 beaten 4-2 by Ian Burns.