Na Piarsaigh into Munster club final, Munster earn bonus point win and former Premier League star takes over Limerick FC acadmey are the top sporting stories in Limerick today.
GAA - Na Piarsaigh reach third Munster club final
Na Piarsaigh remain on track for a third Munster title in five years after Sunday’s 2-15 to 0-17 semi final win over Thurles Sarsfields. The Limerick champions had second half goals from Limerick All Ireland U-21 winners Peter Casey and David Dempsey as the platform for their victory. In front of 2,892 of an attendance in the Gaelic Grounds, Na Piarsaigh showed all the composure of a side that are now unbeaten in eight provincial championship games. For Jerome O’Connell’s full report on the game click here.
Rugby - Late late show gives Munster maximum points in Champions Cup opener
Munster kicked off their European Champions Cup campaign with a hard-earned 32-7, bonus point victory over a plucky Treviso side at a wet and windy Thomond Park on Saturday night. It took hot favourites Munster until the 76th minute of the tie to secure a try bonus point through winger Simon Zebo as Pro12 basement side Treviso provided stubborn resistance. Just 12,348 of the 17.763 supporters who had bought tickets for the pool opener braved the driving rain and howling wind on a four night at Thomond Park. Click here for Colm Kinsella’s report on the game.
Soccer - Boland appointed as Limerick FC academy director
Forty year-old Limerick native Willie Boland has been given a three year contract to oversee the underage structures Limerick FC. Boland had a successful playing career in England spanning 17 years, as a midfielder with Coventry City, Cardiff City and Hartlepool United. He also had a brief stint at Limerick in 2010. “I’m looking forward to coming into the Academy, working with the people involved and bringing ideas to the table,” Boland said.“It’s my hometown city, it’s where I grew up, and I’m hoping to implement ideas into the Academy from my experience in England,
Soccer - Ireland hold slender advantage after first leg away draw
Martin O’Neill’s Ireland go into tonight’s second leg playoff against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Aviva stadium with a slight advantage after earning a 1-1 draw in Zenica last Friday. Robbie Brady gave Ireland the lead with a super goal that not many saw due to the heavy fog that descended in Bosnia. The lead was short lived however as Edin Dzeko equalised for the home side three minutes laters. Ireland should welcome Jon Walters and John O’Shea back into the team after suspension while Shane Long is also in line to return from injury for the game that kicks off at 7.45pm.
GAA - Galway panel vote to oust Cunningham
It now looks certain that there is no way back for Galway senior hurling manager Anthony Cunningham after his panel of players voted against him staying in the role. A large proportion of the panel have also said that they will not be part of the setup of the St Thomas’ clubman is kept on. Galway’s County Board had set up a mediation process between the players and management but that was fruitless as last night’s vote proved. There is a meeting of the Galway County Board tonight when the senior hurlers situation is likely to be the major talking point.
SPORT ON TV TODAY
12noon: Tennis - ATP World Tour Finals, Sky Sports 1
5.45pm: Soccer - U-21 Euro Qualifying, England v Switzerland, BT Sport 2
7.45pm: Soccer - Euro 2016 Playoff. Ireland v Bosnia & Herzegovina, RTE 2 & Sky Sports 1
8.30pm: GAA - Club Championship Highlights 2015, TG4
11.05pm: Soccer Republic, RTE 2