Munster fall to Connacht, Breen takes Limerick break, and Limerick FC U-19’s reach semi-finals after a penalty shootout are the top sporting stories in Monday’s Limerick sports update
Rugby - Connacht’s 29 year wait for Thomond Park win ends
Munster suffered their first defeat against Connacht at Thomond Park for 29 years as Connacht scored a famous 18-12 success in their top-of-the-table Guinness Pro12 clash on Saturday night. Tries in either half from Tiernan O’Halloran and Man of the Match Bundee Aki late on helped Pat Lam’s side score their first competitive success over Munster in Limerick in the professional era. Munster, odds-on favourites at 2/9 before kick-off, were soundly beaten by their impressive opponents, who displayed a huge intensity throughout, bossing the collisions and breakdown area.
GAA - Breen ops out of Limerick hurling panel
David Breen has opted out of the Limerick senior hurling panel for 2016. The Na Piarsaigh man has confirmed that he is to take a break from inter-county hurling due to work commitments. But has left the door open for a comeback in the future, if his circumstances change. “There were a few different reasons but it was mainly work. It just got to a stage where I couldn’t do both at the standards that I wanted. Work was always going to come before hurling for me,” confirmed Breen.
Soccer - Limerick FC U-19’s edge 10 goal thriller after penalties
Limerick FC will face St Patrick’s Athletic or Dundalk in the semi-finals of the Under-19 National League play-offs after the Blues scored a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Sligo Rovers after a 10-goal thriller. Killian Brouder scored the decisive penalty after a dramatic 5-5 draw at a rain and windswept Showgrounds on Saturday. Limerick were 4-2 to the good just past the hour mark but Sligo fought back. After Limerick captain Paudie O’Connor was harshly sent off, Sligo levelled to send it to extra time. The hosts then took the lead before Sean mcSweeney’s wonder goal sent the game to penalties. Limerick had vice captain Val Feeney also sent off but went on the clinch a semi-final spot thanks to Brouder’s spot kick.
Soccer - Towell seals move to Brighton
SSE Airtricity Premier League Player of the Year Richie Towell has signed for table topping English Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion. Towell moves to the Chris Hughton managed side after winning back to back titles and scoring the winning goal in this year’s FAI Cup Final. Towell has signed a two and a half year deal with the seaside club. “Richie’s had a wonderful season in Ireland and scored a lot of goals for the champions Dundalk from midfield, and that really caught our eye,” said Hughton. “He had a lot of good options available for his next move; here in England, in Scotland, in Ireland with Dundalk and in Europe, so we are delighted he has decided to join us,” said the former Ireland full back Hughton.
Basketball - Kobe Bryant to retire at the end of the season
One of the greatest Basketball players ever, Kobe Bryant, has announced that he is to retire from the sport at the conclusion of the 2015/16 season. The LA Lakers star has had a glittered 20 year career but there have been signs that the level of play he once possessed has been on the wane. Bryant has also suffered a number of injuries in the last number of years and the announcement is not a surprise. “I can’t love you obsessively for much longer. This season is all I have left to give,” said Bryant who announced his retirement on the Player’s Tribune website.
SPORT ON TV TODAY
1pm: Snooker - UK Championship, BBC 2
3.30pm: Cricket - T20 International (Pakistan v England), Sky Sports 2
6pm: Soccer - Serie A (Sassuolo v Fiorentina), BT Sport Europe
7.45pm: Soccer - Sky Bet Championship (Bolton v Brentford), Sky Sports 1