Wednesday 15 August 2018

Your complete guide to a bumper weekend of sport

It's a big sporting weekend
It's a big sporting weekend

Mícheál Ó Scannáil

It's an action-packed weekend so here's a handy guide of all of the best sporting action.

Soccer

A big weekend in the Airtricity League Premier Division as Cork City look to overtake Dundalk at the top of the table. Cork, with a game in hand, host bottom side Bray while Dundalk have to travel to Bohemians who are looking to make it three wins in a row. Elsewhere José Mourinho's Manchester United and Antonio Conte's Chelsea battle it out for an FA cup.

 

Friday:

Airtricity League Premier Division:

Bohemians vs Dundalk- Dalymount Park, 19:45

Cork City vs Bray Wanderers- Turner's Cross Stadium, 19:45

St. Patrick’s Athletic vs Derry City- Richmond Park, 19:45

Waterford vs Limerick 7:45 p.m- Waterford RSC, 19:45

 

Saturday:

Airtricity League Premier Division:

Sligo Rovers vs Shamrock Rovers- Showgrounds 19:45 p.m.

 

FA Cup final:

Chelsea vs Manchester United- Wembley 17:15 (TV3,  BT Sport 2; coverage from 14:00, BBC 1; coverage from 14:10)

 

Sunday:

Scott Brown Testimonial:

Celtic vs Ireland XI- Celtic Park, 14:00

 

Gaelic Football

Expect heated affairs in the Munster Championship as Limerick take on local rivals Clare and two up and coming teams, Waterford and Tipperary, face off. Ulster will be as competitive as ever this year. Fermanagh face Armagh and in possibly the game of the weekend, Tyrone host Monaghan.

 

Saturday:

Munster Senior Football Championship quarter-finals:

Limerick vs Clare - Gaelic Grounds, 19:00

Tipperary vs Waterford - Semple Stadium, 19:00

 

Ulster Senior Football Championship quarter-final:

Fermanagh vs Armagh - Brewster Park, 19:00

 

Sunday:

Tyrone vs Monaghan - Healy Park, 16:00

 

Hurling

The Munster Hurling Championship is back as Tipperary travel to Limerick and Cork host Clare. The introduction of the new championship format means that every game is important and no team from Munster will want to give up an early advantage. Elsewhere, in Leinster, Dublin travel to Wexford Park seeking their first win of the Championship but Davy Fitz' men will look to emulate Kilkenny last week and win their first Championship game.

 

Saturday:

Joe McDonagh Cup Round 3:

Antrim vs Laois - Dunloy, 13:30

Carlow vs Meath - Netwatch Cullen Park, 15:00

 

Christy Ring Cup Round 2:

Group 1: Mayo vs Kildare - James Stephens Park, 15:00

Roscommon vs Wicklow - Athleague, 15:00

Group 2: Armagh vs Derry - Athletic Grounds, 13:00

 

Nicky Rackard Cup Group Round 2:

Group 1: Warwickshire vs Monaghan - Páirc na hÉireann, 14:00

Longford vs Louth - Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, 15:00

Group 2: Donegal vs Leitrim - Letterkenny, 15:00

 

Lory Meagher Cup Round 1:

Lancashire vs Sligo - Old Bedians Sports Ground, 16:00

Fermanagh vs Cavan - Brewster Park, 17:00

 

Sunday:

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round 2:

Wexford vs Dublin - Innovate Wexford Park, 15:00

Kilkenny vs Offaly -Nowlan Park, 15:00

 

Munster Senior Hurling Championship Round 1:

Limerick vs Tipperary - Gaelic Grounds, 14:00 (RTÉ coverage from 13:30)

Cork vs Clare - Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 16:00  (RTÉ coverage from 13:30)

 

Joe McDonagh Cup Round 3:

Kerry vs Westmeath - Austin Stack Park, 15:00

 

Christy Ring Cup Round 2:

Group 2: London vs Down -McGovern Park, 14:30

 

Rugby

Guinness Pro14 dominates rugby fixtures this weekend. A huge derby match between Leinster and Munster in the semi-final will determine the provinces' season. Leinster are straight off a Champions Cup final victory while Munster seek to prove themselves worthy of a place in the final.

Injures on the Leinster team gives Munster a chance, while home advantage puts Leinster in the driving seat. Elsewhere, Ulster play Ospreys for a place in next year's Champions Cup. A win will finish what has been a tough year for Ulster rugby and will allow them to start building again for next year.

 

Friday:

Guinness Pro14 semi-final:

Glasgow vs Scarlets - Scotstoun Stadium, 19:45 (Sky Sports Action from 19:30)

Saturday:

Guinness Pro14 semi-final:

Leinster vs Munster - RDS, 13:15 (TG4 from 14:50, Sky Sports Actions from 15:00)

 

Sunday:

Pro 14 Champions Cup playoff:

Ulster vs Ospreys - Kingspan Stadium, 13:05

 

Golf

The PGA tour and European Tour continue this weekend. Seamus Power has had an impressive five under start in the Trinity Forest Golf Club. Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington are also in the chase on four under par and two under par respectively.

 

Friday 17th - Sunday 20th

PGA Tour:

AT&T Byron Nelson- Trinity Forest Golf Club

 

European Tour:

Belgian Knockout- Rinkven International Golf Club (Sky Sports Golf from 10:00)

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