Thursday Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Three Republic of Ireland teams are in action today.

The seniors welcome New Zealand to Dublin for a friendly international which has a 7.45 kick off at Lansdowne Road.

17 year old Troy Parrott will become the youngest player since Robbie Keane to debut for the Boys in Green.

Defender Lee O’Connor will also make his debut, with Shamrock Rovers creator Jack Byrne and goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara making their full debuts.

Manager Mick McCarthy has also given starts to Robbie Brady, Ciaran Clark and Seanie Maguire.

The Ireland boss says there’s no pressure on Troy Parrott.

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After losing in Iceland, the Under 21’s are in Yerevan to play Armenia from midday.

At the same time, the Under 19’s are away to Switzerland in Salzburg.

England will confirm their qualification for Euro 2020 tonight with a point at home to Montenegro.

There’s no Raheem Sterling in Gareth Southgate’s side after his spat with Joe Gomez.

ATHLETICS

Greta Streimkyte (PRON: Stryma-keet-eh) has finished 5th in the women’s 1500 metres T13 final at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai.

RACING

The Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase is the feature at the Tipperary track this afternoon.

‘Monalee’ and ‘Douvan’ are the market leaders for the main event at 2.50.

There’s a 7-race card with the first off at 12.40. The going in Clonmel is soft, soft to heavy in places.

Cross channel…

They run at Sedgefield from 12.30 – soft

Taunton, 12.55 – good

Ludlow, 1.15 – soft, good to soft in places