Thursday Morning Sports Update

GOLF

Rory McIlroy has got off to a winning start at the W-G-C Dell Technologies Match Play tournament in Texas.

The Ulsterman, who can regain the World Number One spot if he wins the competition, beat Luke List by 5 and 4.

He now plays the South African, Justin Harding.

McIlroy is just two weeks away from another tilt at finally winning the Masters.

He thinks match play is the ideal preparation for the first major of the year.

Shane Lowry suffered a 4 and 2 defeat to Sergio Garcia last night.

The Offaly man now takes on the reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed.

SOCCER

The F-A-I could be served a punishment for the tennis ball protest during the Republic of Ireland’s win over Georgia at the Aviva Stadium.

UEFA are SET to launch an investigation after fans showed their anger over the John Delaney controversy.

A partial or full stadium ban could be imposed, but a fine is more likely.

RUGBY

Munster are continuing preparations for their quarter final against Edinburgh in Scotland.

The game has a 12.45 kick-off time on Saturday.

Centre Chris Farrell is expecting plenty of supporters to follow Munster to Murrayfield.

Robbie Henshaw says he should be back in action in two weeks.

The Leinster centre has been suffered from a troublesome leg injury since the Six Nations defeat to England and will sit out Saturday’s Champions Cup quarter final against Ulster.

Henshaw travelled to the U-K to see a specialist about the issue last week, and should be available for selection if Leinster reach the semi finals.

SWIMMING

Niamh Coyne, Shane Ryan and Darragh Greene are among those in action on the second day of the Irish National Swimming Championships in Dublin.

Darragh Greene sealed qualification to this summer’s World Championships in Korea last night.

The Longford man won the 100-metre breaststroke final in a record time.

19-year old Jack McMillan swam a new Irish record in the 400-metres freestyle.

RACING

Once again, there’s no action today in Ireland.

They in the UK at Newcastle (good to soft) at 2.00pm, Warwick (good) at 2.10pm and on the standard tracks at Wolverhampton and Chelmsford City at 2.20pm and 5.30pm respectively.