The roads may be quiet across Kilkenny and Carlow in the mornings this week (it’s mid-term don’t you know) but there’s plenty of action on pitches around the two counties with hurling and football to the fore.
Division 1 of the Carlow football league last night saw St. Patricks beat Bagenalstown Gaels 4-7 to 1-10 while Eire Og picked up a 3-14 to 2-6 win over Old Leighlin. In Division 2, Clonmore saw off Ballinabranna 2-7 to 0-6. There was also plenty of minor hurling action in Kilkenny as the Kilkenny Vehicle Centre minor leagues moved into round 2. Among the fixtures we saw St. Patrick’s edge Dicksboro 1-15 to 0-16 while Thomastown had a 3-15 to 1-11 win away to St. Martins.
You can find the full Carlow results here and Kilkenny results here.
The Eirgrid Under 20 Leinster football championship continues tonight with the meeting of Carlow and Longford at Netwatch Cullen Park. Throw-in for that game is at half past seven. The county’s minor footballers will be in action tomorrow night.
The county’s senior footballers are heading into the first round of the Leinster senior championship this weekend against Wicklow in Aughrim. Speaking on last evening’s Full Time, midfielder Jordan Morrissey told Martin Quilty that while they’ve played Wicklow already this year, knowing they weren’t going to get promoted this season allowed them to start prepping a bit more for this year’s Championship. You can hear Jordan’s thoughts on the latest Full Time podcast, out later this morning (or check back here in a half hour).
In hurling, it’s also being reported that Limerick will be without the services of midfielder William O’Donoghue for this weekend’s Allianz Hurling League Division 1 final against Kilkenny. His suspension comes following a pre-game tussle between O’Donoghue and Tipp midfielder Alan Tynan when the sides met in the semi-final over a week ago.
Kilkenny’s minors are also in action this week with All-Ireland favourites Galway coming to UPMC Nowlan Park for a Good Friday clash. Manager Niall Bergin has a young side at his disposal but it’s played into their hands in terms of preparation and support this season. Again, you can hear Niall’s thoughts on the latest Full Time podcast out later this morning.
The Leinster minor ladies football championship gets underway this evening with a local derby. Kilkenny and Carlow are set to meet in the SETU South Campus in Carlow for a 7.30pm throw-in. It’s ticket only again and you can get yours online now at Universe.com.
Streets of 5K
Ahead of this Thursday’s Streets of Kilkenny 5K, organisers Kilkenny City Harriers are asking as many people as possible to collect their race number on Wednesday evening at The Watershed between 5.30pm and 7pm to reduce pressure and queues on Thursday evening.
The will also be a collection on Thursday evening ahead of the race but as of Monday afternoon, there were already nearly 900 registered – with registration still open – so it’s expected to be busy. If you were among the early birds to sign up, you’ll also be able to collect your race t-shirt on the night if you have a chance to collect your number on Wednesday, that’s the preferred route.
Registration continues online at KCH.ie with the 5k underway from The Parade at 7.30pm on Thursday.
Leinster injury update
Having made light work of Ulster at the weekend, Leinster will meet Leicester Tigers in Dublin this Friday night in the quarter-final stages of the Heineken Champions Cup.
Leo Cullen’s Monday update provided some good news for Hugo Keenan and Garry Ringrose with both set to be available for selection on Friday night.
Caelan Doris and Josh van der Flier are the only other concerns but may find themselves in contention later in the week.
Premier League latest
A late screamer from Michael Keane saw Everton move out of the Premier League dropzone last night.
His goal salvaged a 1-1 draw with Spurs at Goodison Park. Keane had earlier conceded the penalty from which Kane gave Spurs the lead. Kane’s theatrics led to the sending off of Everton midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré while Spurs had Lucas Moura dismissed late on for a wild challenge on Keane – one he was able to get up from and level the game.
Tonight sees Chelsea welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge at 8pm, Leicester take on Aston Villa, Bournemouth host Brighton while Elland Road is the backdrop for Leeds v Forest in a 7.45pm kick-off.
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