Let’s take a look at some of the stories making the headlines on KCLR for your Tuesday morning.
Breen laid to rest
Beginning with motorsport and as you’ve been hearing this morning, large crowds are expected in Ferrybank later as Ireland’s star on the World Rally Championship stage is laid to rest. Slieverue native Craig Breen was killed last week during a pre-event test ahead of this weekend’s Croatia Rally with tributes flowing in from all of the world since the news broke on Thursday.
We heard on Full Time last night from Motorsport Ireland’s Larry O’Shea told KCLR “Craig was a legend. He was such a young man but knocking around in the rally scene 12 or 13 years. He had already hit that legend status and with no doubt that was a legacy he was going to build on further in the coming years.”
We’ve had confirmation of Kilkenny’s Electric Ireland Leinster minor hurling championship quarter-final against Offaly. Niall Bergin’s side will head to Faithful Fields in Kilcormac for a midday throw-in this coming Sunday with tickets on sale now. Laois and Dublin will play their minor quarter-final on Monday night in Portlaoise.
Last night saw plenty of action in both Carlow and Kilkenny. The Cental minor hurling spring league in Carlow saw wins for Éire Óg who put 8-6 past Grange and Clonmore who hit the back of the net seven times against Bagenalstown Gaels in a 7-14 to 3-5 win. In all, four games threw up 37 goals last night with some huge scores recorded. The Carlow senior football league also saw Palatine beat Tinryland 0-15 to 0-10 in Division 3.
The Kilkenny Vehicle Centre minor hurling leagues moved into round 4 with the minor A side of things seeing St. Patrick’s beat O’Loughlin’s 2-17 to 2-14, Young Irelands beat Mooncoin 6-18 to 0-12 while Clara fell to St. Martin’s 2-17 to 1-16. Tonight, there’s more from the Bolger Shield with Carlow Town hosting Mount Leinster Rangers from 7pm while at the same time, Burren Rangers take on Kildavin/Clonegal.
Kilkenny head back to Tipp to meet Cork
Kilkenny’s Very Camogie League Division 2B final replay against Cork has been set for Saturday – that much we knew – but has now been booked for a 2pm throw-in at The Ragg, the home for Tipp camogie. Tickets for that game are available now via universe.com.
Senior football draws
In football, the draws for the JJ Kavanagh & Sons senior football championship quarter-finals have been made.
Dates and venues are TBC but we’ll see Thomastown take on the winner of Danesfort/Kilmoganny, Mooncoin host Clara, Mullinavat face Dicksboro and league-finalists Tullogher Rosbercon meet James Stephens. We’ll have full draw details on Scoreline later this morning.
Racing at Gowran later
Last week’s cancelled card at Gowran Park goes ahead today. There’s a seven-race card at the Kilkenny track with the first going to post at 4.03 and the last race of the evening at 7.15pm. The going there is soft.
Liverpool thrash Leeds
Liverpool picked up their first win in five last night and managed to score away from home against a team in the bottom half of the table for the first time this season by hitting six past Leeds at Elland Road. Two each from Diogo Jota and Mo Salah were paired with goals from Cody Gakpo and a late contribution from Darwin Nunez to see out a 6-1 win and heap pressure on Leeds who sit two points clear of the drop with seven games to go.
Liverpool stay in eighth but at least it’s three more points on the board for Klopp’s side while Leeds slip further under pressure in a bid to avoid the drop.
The first two of this season’s Champions League semi-finalists will be decided tonight. Real Madrid take a 2-0 lead to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of their quarter-final with Chelsea while Napoli must overcome a 1-0 first-leg deficit at home to AC Milan.