As the early morning showers fall around Kilkenny and Carlow, let’s take a look at some of the headlines on KCLR and Scoreline.ie for your Monday.
Beginning with Gaelic games and a look back over some of the weekend’s action and Kilkenny took their second win of the year at Corrigan Park yesterday with a 5-31 to 3-20 win over Antrim yesterday. A Mossy Keoghan hat-trick and two goals from TJ Reid should go down well given concerns about a lack of goals against Westmeath and Galway.
We caught up with Lyng after the game who was somewhat disappointed with his side’s second-half performance. Hear his thoughts in the latest Scoreline Extra, out now.
That result leaves Kilkenny trailing Galway on scoring difference in the Leinster senior hurling championship standings, both counties on five points. Dublin are also on five after their win over Wexford at the weekend and will make the trip to UPMC Nowlan Park in a fortnight’s time.
Carlow’s good showing of form in the Joe McDonagh Cup continued yesterday as well in our other live game of the day as Tom Mullally’s side came away from Ballycran with a 6-23 to 0-28. Conor Kehoe, Marty Kavanagh, James Doyle and Jon Nolan all hit the back of the net with Chris Nolan adding two goals of his own. The importance of yesterday’s result wasn’t lost on Mullally and you can hear his thoughts on Scoreline Extra above.
Offaly are next up, they’ll make the trip to Netwatch Cullen Park this Saturday evening with Carlow knowing a win will send them to this year’s Joe McDonagh Cup final, also against Offaly. Destiny, as they say, very much in their own hands but with four wins from four, Offaly won’t make it easy, even if they’re already in the final.
The county’s senior footballers will also start their Tailteann Cup journey this coming weekend with another trip to Aughrim to take on Wicklow on Sunday afternoon. Limerick and Longford are also opponents for the group stages. Also on the football front, Carlow’s ladies were beaten by Wexford in round two of the Leinster intermediate championship yesterday. Two injury-time goals for Wexford saw the game finish 3-13 to 2-07.
On the camogie front, Kilkenny can look forward to a Leinster senior championship final this coming weekend thanks to a 4-21 to 0-6 win over Westmeath. They’ll now face Dublin in this coming Saturday’s provincial decider. Kilkenny and Carlow’s intermediates are also involved in Leinster semi-final action this coming weekend but have been kept apart in the draw. Kilkenny will take on Wexford while Carlow face Wicklow, both games also this coming Saturday.
Evergreen crowned champions
Evergreen have once again claimed the St. Canice’s Credit Union Premier Division title in Kilkenny after beating close rivals Freebooters in a winner-takes-all clash on the Kells Road. Goals from Decky McQuillan, Mikey Drennan and Adrian Cleere helped seal a 3-0 win. Elsewhere, St. Canices made it a league and cup double for the season, claiming the Division 1 Cup title in Derdimus yesterday with a 2-1 win over Deen Celtic.
Castlewarren meanwhile booked themselves a Division 2 cup final after beating River Rangers. They’ll face Freshford in the decider.
In the Premier League, Arsenal are back within a point of Man City thanks to a 2-0 win over Newcastle yesterday while Man United’s Champions League hopes are far from certain as they were beaten 1-0 by West Ham. They’re still fourth, still have a game in hand over Liverpool, but the gap is a point and Liverpool are all of a sudden knocking on the door of the Champions League.
The relegation battle takes centre stage in the Premier League today. Leicester go to Fulham at 3pm, while second-from-bottom Everton are away to Brighton from half-five. The other sides in the bottom three – Nottingham Forest and Southampton – meet at the City Ground at 8.
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