Minor final controversy, irate fans and another Limerick FC loss are today’s biggest local sports talking points.
Hurling - Time keeping controversy taints Munster final
Referee Joe Larkin looks to have got his time keeping wrong in yesterday’s Munster minor hurling final. Limerick were beaten 0-20 to 0-17 but it was announced that there was at least two minutes of added time to be played when Larkin blew the final whistle. Limerick’s Eoghan McNamara had just seen his 21-metre free saved in the first minute of injury time when the ref blew for full time with the clock in Semple Stadium showing 61.21. Limerick protested but the result stands.
Hurling - Limerick manager TJ Ryan reacts to poor 2015
“It’s been a disappointing year.” That is according to Limerick senior hurler manager TJ Ryan after the Dublin loss in the All Ireland SHC Qualifiers on Saturday. The result means that Limerick have exited the championship before the quarter final for the first time since 2010. Ryan thanked the players for their commitment but accepts that criticism is part and parcel of sport: “They will be criticised and I will be criticised and that’s the nature of sport and we have to take that on the chin and see what happens in the coming weeks.”
To make a bad day even worse, Ryan was confronted by an irate Limerick supporter after the game
Soccer - Russell vows to fight on
Limerick FC manager Martin Russell has insisted that he will not be stepping down even though his side are still to register a victory in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division this season. Limerick lost 4-2 to Galway United and they travel to Derry City in their next game on Friday evening. Russell has also said that he hopes to bring more players in to bolster an under performing and understrength squad.
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GAA - Draws made for football qualifiers
This morning the draws have been made for rounds 3B and 4A of the All Ireland Senior Football Championship. Round 3B sees Tipperary v Tyrone and Galway v Derry. Round 4A sees Kildare v the loser of Cork v Kerry and the other tie is Fermanagh v Westmeath.
UFC - McGregor wins interim title
Conor McGregor remains unbeaten as he knocked out Chad Mendes in the early hours of Sunday morning to win the featherweight interim title. McGregor will now expect to fight Jose Aldo, the man who pulled out of last weekend’s clash, in the coming months for the real belt.
ON TV TODAY.......
2pm: Athletics - European U-23 Championship, Eurosport
7pm: Horse Racing - Killarney and Windsor, Sky Sports 3
8.30pm: GAA - Weekend Highlights, TG4
11pm: Soccer - Soccer Republic, RTE2