It’s shaping up to be a bumper weekend of live action here on KCLR and on scoreline.ie so let’s take a look at some of the stories making headlines for your Friday morning.
Live sport to the fore
To give you a flavour, we’ll be starting off Saturday by keeping an eye on Kilkenny’s VERY Camogie League Division 2B final replay against Cork at The Ragg from 2pm. At 3pm , we’re in Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow as Tom Mullally’s side host Laois in the third round of this year’s Joe McDonagh Cup.
Carlow played out an absolute cracker against Kerry last weekend, that one ending 21 points apiece in Tralee with Mullally telling KCLR after the Kerry match that the performance could well take a toll on his heading into tomorrow afternoon’s clash. Coverage of that game comes thanks to Ray Whelan Limited.
At 4pm, we’re in UPMC Nowlan Park for the ONeills.com Leinster U20 championship meeting of Kilkenny and Dublin thanks to MW Hire Group before we focus on Derek Lyng’s start in the Leinster senior hurling championship as the Cats host Westmeath in the second part of the doubleheader, that one courtesy of Laharts Kilkenny. We’ll have more on Sunday too but that’s enough to be getting on with for the minute.
Back to the football
Tonight sees a number of games in the Carlow Football League as Bagenalstown Gaels host Palatine while Old Leighlin head to Rathvilly for a 7.30pm throw-in. At 8pm it’s the meeting of Éire Óg and Fenagh while at the same time in Division 2 Grange are away to Ballinabranna. In Kilkenny, the JJ Kavanagh & Sons senior football championship is in the knockout stages with Danesfort hosting Kilmoganny at 7.30pm in their preliminary quarter-final / relegation semi-final.
There’s also plenty of junior hurling, all-county league hurling and underage hurling and football later.
Provincial Towns Cup beckons for Tullow and Kilkenny
As much as there’s a busy weekend on the Gaelic Games front between league finals, All-Ireland semi-finals and championship games, there’s a massive weekend happening on the rugby front too. Last night we aired the first of two preview shows we’ve held this week as we got the inside track on Kilkenny’s preparation for their Provincial Towns Cup Final against Tullow on Sunday.
Tonight it’s the turn of Tullow Rugby Club but you can listen back to our Kilkenny preview show below courtesy of Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan.
Craig Breen remembered
The WRC family gathered in Croatia yesterday in tribute to Slieverue’s Craig Breen who was killed a week ago in preparation for Croatia Rally.
Racing does continue this weekend with Hyundai Motorsport’s cars decked in a special Irish livery for the next few days while Breen’s race number 42 has been retired for the remainder of the season.
United out of Europe
Locally tonight we’ll see St Cancice’s and Evergreen B head to the Water Barracks for the Billy Leahy Memorial Cup quarter-finals. Kick off these is 6.45pm.
Last night though saw Man Utd blow their chances of a slot in the Europa League quarter-finals as they turned in a shocking performance away from home to lose to Sevilla 3-0 on the night and 5-2 on aggregate. David de Gea might have to do a lot of soul-searching heading back into a run of Premier League games after two howlers last night.
Roma hit two goals in exta time to beat Feyenoord 4-2 on aggregate last night, a 1-1 draw against Sporting was enough to send Juventus through while Bayer Leverkusen had a 4-1 win on the night away to Union St. Gilloise. Sevilla will play Juve in the semis with Roma taking on Leverkusen.
There’s League of Ireland action close to home tonight as well with Waterford hosting Athlone in the first division at 7.45pm. Arsenal also take on Southampton at home for a chance to go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League.