Leinster Hurling title up for grabs, Ireland lose to Armenia


GAA

The rivalry between Henry Shefflin and Brian Cody is back under the microscope tonight.

Galway will face Kilkenny again – this time in the Leinster Hurling final, with a throw-in at 7pm.

The curtain raiser at GAA headquarters is Cup decider Joe McDonagh between Antrim and Kerry.

After 20 minutes it was Antrim 2-09 Kerry 0-04, with Ciaran Clarke and James McNaughton providing the goals for Saffrons.

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Clare has booked her place in the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship.

Le Banner beat Laois by 21 points at 1-15 at Cusack Park to advance to the round-robin quarter-final with Galway.

They will now progress to the last four alongside provincial champions Offaly and Tipperary.

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It’s the opening day of the All-Ireland Football qualifiers.

Steven Sherlock scored 8 points to give Cork a 2-12 2-8 win over Louth at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Last year’s battered All Ireland runners-up Mayo host Monaghan with this game underway at McHale Park. At half-time, Cillian O’Connor’s penalty made Mayo 1-7 Monghan 0-6.

There is a 6 p.m. departure for the Clare and Meath meeting at Cusack Park.

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New York played their first inter-county match on Irish soil since 2001 this afternoon when they traveled to O’Connor Park for their Tailteann Cup quarter-final with Offaly.

Faithful County had no problem putting New York to the sword with a 3-17, 0-11 win at Tullamore to advance to the Cup semi-finals.

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Cork is aiming for three out of three wins in the Glen Dimplex All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship.

The Rebellettes have made the trip to Blakestown to face Dublin in Group 1 with this match in progress.

Already today, Wexford beat Clare by just one point at Sixmilebridge.

Joanne Dillon scored the goal in a 1-9, 0-11 point win for Model County.

Soccer

Republic of Ireland’s Nations League misery continued as Eduard Spertsyan powered Armenia to victory in Yerevan.

The midfielder hammered in a 75th-minute long-range effort past goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, making his competitive debut for Ireland, to hand League B newcomers victory and revenge for their controversial defeat in Euro 2012 qualifiers in Dublin.

Stephen Kenny’s men, who have not won in 11 attempts since the competition was introduced, could have few complaints on a night when their eight-game unbeaten streak came to a disappointing end at a Republican stadium stuffy.

Ireland took the upper hand for long stretches but failed to convert their dominance into chances.

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National Women’s League leaders Shelbourne will be looking to extend their winning streak to seven games tonight when they take on Galway at 5pm.

Meanwhile, second-placed Wexford Youths left for Sligo Rovers after that game kicked off at 12 noon.

In the day’s other matches, Peamount take on Cork City, Treaty United take on DLR Waves and Bohemians travel to Athlone, all with a 5pm kick-off.

Rugby

Leinster lead Glasgow Warriors in their URC quarter-final clash this afternoon.

Dan Sheehan has crossed twice for the home side at RDS as they have 7 tries on the board so far.

The Blues lead 64-14, with 10 minutes to play.

Earlier, the Bulls had booked their place in the next round with a 30-27 win over fellow South Africans, the Sharks.

Tennis

World number one Iga Swiatek dominated the French Open final this afternoon.

The Pole extended her unbeaten run to 35 matches by beating American Coco Gauff at Roland Garros 6-1 6-3.

Golf

Rory McIlroy is three shots off the lead going into the third round of the PGA Tour Memorial Tournament.

He will start from five under par just before 6 p.m. Irish time in Ohio, with Australian Cameron Smith the man to catch up at eight under.

Shane Lowry is back on the course in the next few minutes from three under.

Races

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Desert Crown, ridden by jockey Richard Kingscote, won the Derby at Epsom.

The 5-to-2 favorite formed by Sir Michael Stoute finished ahead of Hoo Ya Mal and Westover.

It is a 6th victory in the race for the British coach.

It was held in memory of former rider Lester Piggott, while Britain’s Queen Elizabeth – celebrating her Platinum Jubilee – watched from home as she missed the event for just the third time in his reign.

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