Wednesday Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

The FAI say they’re shocked and disappointed by SIPTU claims that the association’s finances are in a “precarious situation”.

The trade union has sought a meeting with Minister for Sport Shane Ross to discuss their concerns over the associations finances.


But the FAI say SIPTU’s claims are unfounded.

Meanwhile, FAI President Donal Conway says they’ve held discussions with UEFA and say European football’s governing body has assured the FAI of its full support through its current processes.

Former Waterford United director Paul Cooke was today appointed to the sub-committee overseeing the current investigations into the FAI.

Cooke is expected to be confirmed as the new honorary treasurer of the association at July’s AGM.

Chris Hughton might not be out of work for long.

West Brom plan to meet with the former Brighton boss next week about spearheading their Championship promotion push next season.

The Baggies lost to Aston Villa in their playoff semi final last night, and have been without a permanent manager since sacking Darren Moore in March.

Leeds hold a 1-nil advantage over Derby ahead of tonight’s Championship playoff second leg.

Aston Villa await the winners at Wembley later this month, and kick off is at 7.45.

These fans outside Elland Road are confident of getting to Wembley.

RUGBY

Connacht have signed Australian Sevens international John Porch.

The 25-year old winger previously worked with Connacht head coach Andy Friend during their time together in the Aussie Sevens programme in 2015.

CYCLING

Pascal Ackermann came through the rain to claim victory on stage five of the Giro D’Italia.

The German picked up his second stage victory of this year’s race, beaing Fernando Gaviria into second into Mediterranean coastal town of Terracina.

Primoz Roglic retains the leader’s pink jersey with a 35-second lead over Simon Yates.

CRICKET (5.45pm)

Despite a knock of 130 from Paul Stirling, Ireland could be set for another defeat in the Tri Nations Series.

Stirling’s innings helped Ireland set Bangladesh a winning target of 293 in Clontar.

A short time ago in response, the visitors were 196 for 2 with 22-overs of their innings remaining.

RACING

Invincible Army has lived up to his name by running away with the Duke of York Stakes,the feature on Day 1 of the Dante Meeting at York.

Mike Vince was watching