Wednesday Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

The Republic of Ireland sit top of their Euro 2020 qualification group following a 1-nil win over Georgia at the Aviva Stadium.

Conor Hourihane scored a superb free kick to send the Boys in Green on their way to a second successive victory under Mick McCarthy.

The Aston Villa midfielder’s first international goal came straight after a delay as fans threw tennis balls onto the pitch in protest over the John Delaney controversy.

McCarthy was glad his players didn’t get distracted.

Hourihane says he has Shane Duffy to thank for helping him with the goal.

The result leaves Ireland two points clear of Switzerland at the top of Group D.

The Swiss let a three goal lead slip as Denmark came from behind to draw 3 all in Basel.

The equaliser came in the third minute of added time.

Ireland’s next game comes away to Denmark on June 7th, before the visit of Gibraltar on June 10th.

Liverpool’s run-in in the Premier League title race has been given a timely boost.

Defender Joe Gomez has returned to full training after missing the last 3-and-a-half months with a fractured leg.

RUGBY

Rory Best has refused to rule out playing for Ulster after the Rugby World Cup.

The Ireland captain will bring the curtain down on his international career after this year’s tournament in Japan.

The 36 year old, who will turn 37 in August, says he will sit down with his Province before making a final decision.

GOLF

Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy are both among the field for the W-G-C Dell Technologies Match play, which gets underway in Austin today.

McIlroy’s first opponent in Group 4 is the American, Luke List, and they’re set to tee off at around 6.20 this evening, Irish time.

Shane Lowry is in the third-from-last match to head out today, and he goes up against Sergio Garcia.

RACING

There isn’t any racing in Ireland today but there are four meetings in the UK

The going at Market Rasen is good and they’re off at 2.10

They run on the standard tracks at Lingfield, Southwell and Kempton at 2, 2.20 and 5.30 respectively.