Sligo Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic are both in the third round of the Europa Conference League and €850,000 better than yesterday morning after last night’s wins. Rovers beat Scottish Premiership club Motherwell 2-0, with victory at The Showgrounds sealing an impressive 3-0 aggregate win. St Pat’s beat NŠ Mura after a penalty shootoutwhere two misses apiece meant the shootout ended in sudden death and the Saints finally advanced after Mura’s replacement Tio Cipot ran his effort over the crossbar.
The United Rugby Championship fixtures have been confirmed, with Munster to host Leinster at Thomond Park over the Christmas period. The first matches take place on the weekend of September 16-18, notably for the first Irish interprovincial derby of the season when Ulster host Connacht at the Kingspan Stadium. Johnny Watterson explains why the the rugby hemispheres are placed on a collision course on the 20 minute red card: “There are few arguments that red cards can ruin games. Likewise, head injuries can ruin lives. To wrestle with choosing who is most important to rugby seems both ludicrous and shameful.
Kevin McStay has put his name forward to become Mayo’s next manager – with a backroom team that includes former manager Stephen Rochford, former Kerry and Mayo coach Donie Buckley, his coach with Roscommon and St Brigid’s Liam McHale and Damien Mulligan who is a much-loved coach on the scene Mayo clubs.
Meanwhile, jockey Liam McKenna enjoyed a fairy tale return to action as he helped Tudor City become the first horse in nearly 40 years to win the Galway Hurdle for the second time. Check out Brian O’Connor’s report on all the action from Thursday at the Galway Festival here.