Martin O’Neill’s side drop two places despite wins over Georgia and Moldova earlier this month.However they now find themselves above Northern Ireland who have dropped six places to 36th.Qualification rivals Wales are down one place to 11th, one place above England who are unchanged in 12th.
St Colman’s College Fermoy beat the Tipperary school 2-12 to 1-13 in the final replay of the Munster Post Primary Schools hurling competition.The sides first met in the decider at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, seven days ago but, despite extra-time being played, couldn’t be separated.
Staying on Merseyside and Liverpool great Jamie Carragher says next month’s game with Chelsea could be a crucial in the Premier League title race.The Merseysiders are six points behind Antonio Conte’s leaders – after beating Everton 1-nil.Carragher tells Sky Sports News his old club couldn’t afford to lose last night’s derby.In Scotland, Celtic will go 14 points clear with a win at home to Partick Thistle this evening.Skipper Scott Brown is available for the Hoops having served a suspension.Kick off is at 7.45 Everton hope that James McCarthy can make a speedy recovery from the injury he sustained in last nights defeat to Liverpool at Goodison Park.The Ireland midfielder was withdrawn at half time in the match and replaced by Gareth Barry.It remains unclear if he’ll be available for their next match against Champions Leicester on Saint Stephens day.
He also thought there should have been a couple of minutes more time played because there was an injury, there was a booking and the referee was entitled to add on time. Sligo defeated the Premier County 2-14 to 1-16 at Semple Stadium in the second match of the new season yesterday.Tipp’s hopes of victory were hindered by the sending off of Jimmy Feehan early in the second-half as well as by the injury suffered by Philip Austin.Tipp manager Liam Kearns felt the two yellow cards were a bit harsh adding it was “a crucial decision” but that’s life and it “went against us but we just have to live with it”.
Sanchez’s contract runs out next year – and Wenger hopes a new one can be sorted.Yet again Wenger has refused to clarify his own position at the club and it remains unknown if he will stay on past the Summer. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is under the impression Alexis Sanchez doesn’t want to leave.The Chile forward’s been linked with a move to Chelsea.The Daily Mirror reports he could stay, if the club can prove their ambition with big signings this summer.
In Group 4 Killenaule faced off against Eire Og Annacarty in Leahy Park Cashel.That game finished up on a scoreline of Killenaule 2-20 Eire Og Annacarthy 1-19.Also in group 4 Mullinahone came out with a win over Burgess. The final score there was 1-17 to 18 points.
Paddy Codd – who missed the Cavan game with a hamstring problem – and Willie Connors could also be in the mix.But Kearns says Colm O’Shaughnessy is unlikely to make this weekend’s match after going off injured in Kingspan Breffni last Saturday.Tipp and Armagh throw-in at 5 o’clock on Saturday evening in Semple Stadium – Tipp FM’s live coverage is in association with Jim Strang and Sons, Kilsheelan, main Peugeot dealers. The Tipperary Footballers could be set for a significant boost on the injuries front ahead of their all Ireland qualifier against Armagh.Philip Austin and All-Star Michael Quinlivan could be in line to start the game in Semple Stadium on Saturday after coming off the bench during the victory in Cavan last weekend.Manager Liam Kearns says the pair will be monitored in training this week but he’s hopeful they’ll be available from the throw-in.
Photo: Pixabay There’s plenty of local action taking place around the Premier today.In the Munster Junior Cup 5th round, St Michaels take on Murroe at 2pmWhile Southend United play Cahir Park at the same time. In the TSDL Premier league, it’s Peake Villa taking on Glengoole, and Old Bridge go up against BanshaBoth those games have 12 noon starts.While at 3pm it’s a local derby, as Clonmel Town face Clonmel Celtic.In the Tipp Cup 2nd round, BT Harps play Nenagh Celtic at 12And in the NTDL Premier division, Cloughjordan face Kilavilla at 11am, while Ballymackey play Thurles Town an hour later.
The event, the only IAAF bronze label race in Africa for 2016 has attracted a strong field of elite athletes racing for the $15,000 top prize money on offer for the respective male and female winners.Spokesman for the race Dare Esan is delighted Nigeria, through the Okpekpe race is now attracting the attention of the world.“I am delighted to be a Nigerian and delighted to be involved in this race which has placed Okpekpe in particular and Nigeria in general in the consciousness of the whole world, especially the athletics community,” said Esan who is convinced a better view of Nigeria has been engendered by the race.“Many race fans across the world yesterday saw how Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya produced an awe-inspiring marathon performance to defend his Virgin Money London Marathon title in 2:03:04, just seven seconds off his countryman Dennis Kimetto’s world record.“After the event, the 35th in the calendar of IAAF label road races in 2016, attention is now on the 36th race, the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race.“Like London, the Okpekpe race is bound to be fiercely contested too going by the quality of elite athletes our international Elite Athletes Manager, Walter Abmayr, has assembled for the race,” adds Esan.“At the last count we have as many as five women who are of gold level running rating and four who are of silver level running ratings for a bronze label event while for the men as many as three gold level running athletes have been confirmed while there are as many as eight silver level running athletes. These are requirements for either a gold or silver label race but because we want a truly competitive event, we decided to go for the very best.“In fact, one the female athlete confirmed for the race, Kenya’s Edith Chelimo is the third fastest (31:07) 10km runner in the world so far this year while for the men, Edwin Kiprop Kiptoo is in the list of the top 15 best performers so far this year. This is an indication of how explosive the race will be on May 7,” Esan declared.The Okpekpe International 10km Road Race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing in conjunction with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria. This year’s edition, the fourth in the series, will hold in Okpekpe in Edo State, Nigeria next month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With the 35th Virgin Money London Marathon in the books, the world focus now shifts to the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race as the next in the calendar of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) label races.
Newcastle yesterday won a Premier League home game for the first time since October with a surprise victory over second-placed Manchester United. It was same nightÂ Liverpool moved to within two points of of Mourinho side after goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah secured a comfortable victory over struggling Southampton.Matt Ritchie scored the only goal in the second half as the Magpies climbed out of the relegation zone and left the visitors 16 points adrift of leaders Manchester City.The Red Devils missed a string of chances to take something from a ground at which manager Jose Mourinho is yet to win a league match.But debutant Martin Dubravka was excellent in the Newcastle goal, denying Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Ashley Young and Michael Carrick.And the hosts could have had a first-half penalty when Chris Smalling tripped Dwight Gayle.Defeat for Manchester United raises the prospect of Manchester City being crowned champions when the teams meet at Etihad Stadium onÂ 7 April.Should both teams win all of their league matches prior to that, City would only need to draw with their fierce rivals to secure the title that day.Mourinho said after the game that Newcastle had fought “like animals” – and the hosts certainly produced a fierce and committed performance.The Magpies made more sprints (553 to their opponents’ 490), ran further (115km to 105km), and in DeAndre Yedlin and Ritchie had the game’s fastest and most industrious players.Manager Rafael Benitez may be hoping recent signing Islam Slimani, who missed this game, can add more to an attack that only managed three shots on target, but Ritchie was clinical when it mattered.Â The impressive Jonjo Shelvey sent in a free-kick that the equally eye-catching Florian Lejeune headed down, and Ritchie collected Gayle’s flick to shoot past David de Gea.That ended a run of 43 shots without a Premier League goal for Ritchie – and gave Newcastle their first home win in the league since 21 October.Prior to the match they were just one point better off than in their 2015-16 relegation season, but this win moved them up to 13th – and only three points behind 10th-placed Bournemouth.Mourinho’s decision to select the same starting XI that lost convincingly to top-four rivals Tottenham last month may have unsettled some visiting fans.But, while the Red Devils were much better here than during an abject display at Wembley, some familiar flaws resurfaced.Then, Phil Jones missed a crucial first header in the build-up to Christian Eriksen’s early goal. Here, nobody tracked Lejeune as he ran between Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba to head down for Ritchie to score.Smalling won just 53% of his headed duels, compared to 77% and 75% respectively for Newcastle’s central-defensive pairing of Lejeune and Jamaal Lascelles.It suggests a defensive diffidence at odds with a manager who traditionally builds title-winning teams from the back.Overall, the visitors had the better chances but were thwarted by Dubravka, who notably stuck out a leg to deny Martial as he latched onto a wonderful, defence-splitting pass from Nemanja Matic in the first half.Had that chance – or a header from the French forward – gone in, there may well have been a different outcome.Instead, with Spurs and Liverpool increasing the pressure on them, Mourinho’s side must assert more aerial dominance and show better focus at the back.In the Liverpool match, Brazil forward Firmino gave his side an early lead with his 20th goal of the season when he finished off a Liverpool counter-attack after being teed up Salah.Southampton then twice brought saves out of Reds goalkeeper Loris Karius, before Liverpool added a second through Salah after he exchanged passes with Firmino.It was the Egypt international’s 29th goal of the season for the club from 36 appearances in all competitions.Liverpool looked the more likely to score again after half-time as they controlled possession, and only some last-ditch defending prevented a greater margin of victory.The win ensured Liverpool took advantage ofÂ United’s 1-0 defeat by Rafael Benitez’s NewcastleÂ side earlierÂ on SundayÂ and leapfrogged Tottenham back into third place.Southampton drop into the relegation zone, a point behind Huddersfield who beat Bournemouth 4-1, with further scrutiny of the position of manager Mauricio Pellegrino likely.Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram