Saturday, May 13, 2023


Munster beat Leinster with a late drop goal from young starlet Jack Crowley to reach the URC final.

In a pulsating game at a packed Aviva Stadium, Munster came out on top by a single point winning 16-15.

Leinster scored a try in both halves through Jason Jenkins and Joe McCarthy. Tadgh Beirne scored the only try for Munster in the first half.

Earlier, Connacht came up short against the reigning URC champions the Stormers losing 43-25 in Cape Town.

Stormers fly-half Libbok finished with 23 points, including two key first-half tries, as the home side rallied from an early 8-0 deficit to claim victory in a thrilling 10-try clash.

The impressive Angelo Davids, Paul De Wet, Marcel Theunissen and Ruhan Nel also crossed for the South African side, with Mack Hansen, Conor Oliver, Shamus Hurley-Langton and Byron Ralston touching down in a losing cause for battling Connacht.

Connacht captain Jack Carty – who kicked his side to victory over Ulster in the quarter-finals – drew first blood when he slotted over a straightforward early penalty as the visitors capitalised on a mistake from Stormers hooker Joseph Dweba and then a collapsed scrum.

Connacht continued to fight and gave themselves a lifeline when Ralston touched down on the right, but the Stormers would not be denied and late scores from Theunissen and Nel clinched a place in the final.



Southampton’s 11-year stay in the Premier League is over.

A 2-0 defeat to Fulham has seen them relegated to the Championship.

Boss Ruben Selles says, it’s a “dark day for the club”.

Manchester United beat Wolves 2-0 and move level on points with third-placed Newcastle, who were held to a 2-all draw at Leeds.

Tottenham remain sixth despite a 2-1 reverse at Aston Villa.

There was a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest, while Crystal Palace sealed a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth.

In Scotland, SPL Champions Celtic have been beaten 3-0 by Glasgow rivals Rangers.

Here at home Sligo Rovers take on Shelbourne in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division this evening.

Kick off at the Showgrounds is at 7.45m.

In the First Division, Longford town play Treaty United from 7.30pm.

In the Women’s Premier Division, Treaty United trail Peamount United by 1-0 at Markets Field.

Earlier Shelbourne beat DLR Waves by 2-0 at Tolka Park.



Kildare are the Eirgrid All Ireland Under 20 Football champions.

The young Lillywhites saw off Sligo by 1-17 to 0-12 in the final at Kingspan Breffni Park.

It is also day one of the Tailteann Cup.

Cavan have beaten Laois 2-20 to 1-14 at Breffni Park.

Down are 1-05 to 1-02 up on Waterford in Newry.

It is Limerick 1-07, Longford 0-07 at the Gaelic Grounds.

It is Meath 0-03, Tipperary 0-03 in Navan.

Clare lead Waterford by 1-10 to 0-10 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship round-robin game at Semple Stadium.

Clare are bidding for their second win, Waterford their first.



Ben Healy’s won Stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia which takes the riders from Terni to Fossobrone.

The 22-year-old is the second-youngest Irish winner of a stage on one of cycling’s Grand Tours.

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