Wednesday Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Tonight could be the defining night in the destination of the Premier League Title.

The Manchester derby kicks-off at 8 o’clock as United welcome City to Old Trafford.

A victory for the champions would give them advantage over Liverpool with just three games to go.

United will be hoping to restore pride though after a humiliating 4-nil defeat to Everton at the weekend.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s made it clear to his players that Sunday was unacceptable:

Elsewhere tonight Arsenal can move into the top four with a victory over Wolves at Molineux, where there’s a 7.45pm start.

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy insists that the ongoing governance scandal around the FAI will not negatively impact upon football that’s played.

Questions have been raised over the last six weeks over a controversial €100,000 loan that former Chief Executive John Delaney gave to the organisation as well as expenses racked up on a company credit card.

The Boys in Green have won two out of two so far in their Euro 2020 qualifiers.

McCarthy is confident that matters off the pitch won’t hinder future performances.

SNOOKER

Mark Allen is out of the Betfred World Championships in Sheffield.

Despite winning 5 frames in a row, the Antrim-man’s fightback against Zhou Yuelong of China ended in a 10-7 first round defeat.

Earlier on, Judd Trump survived a big scare to reach the second round, edging past Thailand’s Thepchaiya (pron: tep-cheye) Un-Nooh 10-9.

RUGBY

Three Leinster players are in the running for the European player of the year award.

Hooker Sean Cronin, prop Tadhg Furlong and centre Garry Ringrose are joined on the five man shortlist by Saracens’ Mako Vunipola and Alex Goode.

Cronin, who has six tries in eight games in the Heineken Champions Cup this season, is a doubt for next month’s final after suffering a calf injury in Sunday’s win over Toulouse.

The winner of the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy will be announced after that decider at St James’ Park on May the 11th.

GOLF

Ian Poulter is set to play the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch this summer, in what will be his first appearance in the Republic of Ireland in 13-years. 

The Englishman, who has won five of the six Ryder Cups at which he’s competed, is playing the tournament for the first time since Portstewart in 2017.

He joins major winners Padraig Harrington, Danny Willett and Graeme McDowell as well as former world number one Lee Weswood and defending champion Russell Knox in the field.

Three of the current top five players on the Race to Dubai – Shane Lowry, Justin Harding and Louis Oosthuizen will also tee up.

Poulter says he’s excited to get playing on the County Clare course.

RACING

Cape of Good Hope took the first major derby trial of the new season by landing the Investec Derby Trial at Epsom this afternoon.

The Aidan O’Brien trained 3 year old took the race ahead of the fast finishing Cap Francais.

O’Brien has trained 5 of the last 8 winners of Britain’s premier flat race and Cape of Good hope was quoted as short as 20/1 to win the classic on June 1st.

The owners Coolmore’s UK representative Kevin Buckley gave this reaction to the success.