Thursday Lunchtime Sports Update

SOCCER

Vinny Perth’s Dundalk will have to travel to Sligo Rovers in the semi-finals of the FAI Cup.

The draw was made this morning, with the other last four tie handing a home draw against Shamrock Rovers to the winners of Crumlin United and Bohemians.

Those sides meet in their quarter-final clash on Monday at Richmond Park.

Both last-four games will be played on the weekend ending September 29th.

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Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

The 20-year-old England underage international made his Premier League debut in April of last year.

The specific end date of his new contract at the London club has not been disclosed.

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BOXING

Wicklow flyweight Regan Buckley has been beaten on a 3-2 split decision against Indonesia’s Aldoms Suquor (PRON: Soo-kur) in the last 64 at the World Elite Boxing Championships in Russia.

Portlaoise Boxing Club light welterweight Wayne Kelly will meet Matthew Alexander from Trinidad and Tobago.

The Westmeath fighter should be in action at around 1.30pm Irish time.

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GOLF

Padraig Harrington is on 1 under par after shooting an opening round of 71 at the KLM open in Amsterdam.

Gavin Moynihan is one under par through 15 holes.

That leaves both Irish players in a tie for 20th.

The lead is jointly held on 6 under by England’s Callum Shinkwin and South African Haydn Porteous. (PRON: HAYDEN POR-TEE-US)

Paul Dunne and Michael Hoey tee off later.

Seamus Power is in the field for a US PGA Tour event in West Virginia later.

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CRICKET

England lost an early wicket earlier on day one of the final Ashes Test at the Oval.

Joe Denly was dismissed for just 14 runs by Pat Cummins.

A short time ago, England were 79 for 1.

Joe Root’s side need to win the match to level the series – with the tourists having already retained the urn.