Wednesday Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Carlow striker Padraig Amond describes earning an F-A Cup tie against Manchester City as ‘an unbelievable feeling’.

The former Shamrock Rovers and Sligo player hit the back of the net to hand Newport County a 2-nil victory over Middlesbrough last night.


The Welsh minnows have already knocked Leicester and Leeds out of the competition, and held Tottenham to a draw at Rodney Parade last year.

They now have 10 days to prepare for the visit of Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions.

Newport boss Michael Flynn can’t wait.

Another Irishman, Matt Doherty, scored twice as Wolverhampton Wanderers came from behind to beat Shrewsbury 3-2 at Molineux.

Queens Park Rangers secured a home tie with Watford by beating Portsmouth 2-nil at Loftus Road.

Brentford ended non league Barnet’s cup dream with a 3-1 win.

The last 16 line up will be completed tonight, with the last fourth round replay to be decided.

Chris Hughton’s Brighton and Hove Albion travel to West Bromwich Albion

The winners will earn a home tie against Derby County.

Manchester City can return to the top of the Premier League tonight.

Pep Guardiola’s side travel to Merseyside to take on Everton.

Victory will move City ahead of Liverpool on goal difference, although they will have played an extra game.

Kick off at Goodison Park is at 7.45.

RUGBY

There will be at least three changes to the Irish Rugby team for Saturday’s Six Nations match against Scotland at Murrayfield.

Garry Ringrose and Devin Toner have become the latest players to be ruled out of the game.

They are suffering from hamstring and ankle problems.

Coach Joe Schmidt was already planning without back row C-J Stander due to a facial injury.

Ireland will be looking to bounce back from the devastating defeat to England.

Prop Tadhg Furlong says it’s vital to channel the disappointment productively.

GAELIC GAMES

The Sigerson Cup reaches the quarter final stage this afternoon, with Maynooth University facing St. Mary’s at 2.

Among this evening’s three games, defending champions UCD face DCU at Belfield.

Last year’s beaten finalists N-U-I Galway face Ulster University in Abbotstown.

While the Mardyke hosts the meeting of UCC and I-T Carlow.

RACING

There’s no racing in Ireland today but there are four meetings in the UK

Ayr – 1.30 – the going is soft
Ludlow – 1.40 – good to soft

They run on the standard tracks at Kempton and Wolverhampton at 1.50 and 5.10 respectively.