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Weekly Sports Roundup – UCC’s Double, Sarri’s Strop and Ireland’s Rugby Hopes

Bogged down with assignments? Had no time to watch any matches last week? Here’s our weekly sports roundup!

GAA

University College Cork (UCC) completed the first Sigerson – Fitzgibbon double in 31 years after the hurlers triumphed over Mary Immaculate in the Fitzgibbon decider in WIT on Saturday. Tipperary forward Mark Kehoe picked up man of the match, posting 1-4 from open play to beat Mary I 2-21 to 13 points.

Meanwhile, UCC’s footballers tasted Sigerson glory in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise on Wednesday, defeating St. Marys 0-16 to 1-9. Kerryman Sean O’Shea scored seven for UCC as they surpassed the Belfast side who were reduced to 14 men after Aaron Boyle was sent off in the second half.

Dublin got the better of Mayo in both games of a double-header in Croke park on Saturday. The Dublin ladies team surpassed the western side 1-1 to 3-09 in round 3 of the Lidl National Football League, with the win taking the defending champions to the top if Division 1.

In the Men’s game, Dublin put themselves back in the chase to win the division title after comprehensively beating Mayo 1-12 to 7 points. Impressive performances by Cormac Costello, who scored 1-04, and goalkeeper Evan Comerford helped give the boys in blue the edge in the game.

Elsewhere Kilkenny edged past Tipperary by a point in Thurles in the National Hurling league, Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford side were beaten by a goal against Fitzgerald’s native Clare, and in one of the heavier defeats of the week, Louth beat Sligo 5-16 to 16 points in the NFL division 3.

Football

Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League is just one point after a scoreless draw at the home of arch-rivals Manchester United. United had to make three first-half substitutions due to injuries and Jurgen Klopp also had injury worries after being forced to take Roberto Firmino out of the game in the first half. The best if the chances came United’s way, and the Red Devils did have the ball in the net after Liverpool Defender Joel Matip drove it into his own goal, the goal was ruled out though for offside.

Manchester City won the Carabao Cup after a penalty shootout against Chelsea. The games main talking point came when Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to leave the pitch after Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri attempted to sub him off. The incident is another embarrassment to the Italian boss who is already under pressure at Chelsea after incurring heavy defeats in the Premier League, including a 6-0 defeat to Manchester City.

In the League of Ireland, Shamrock Rovers made it 2 wins from 2 against Derry City on Friday night, whereas defending champions Dundalk drew their second game of the season, showing a slow start to life after Stephen Kenny.

Around Europe, Dortmund beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 to maintain a 3-point gap over title rivals Bayern Munich, Barcelona came from behind to win 4-2 at Sevilla, and Juventus remain unbeaten in Serie A after 25 matches.

Rugby

In the Six nations, Ireland overcame a first-half scare to get a bonus point win against Italy in Rome. The Italians led 16-12 at half time, but second-half tries from Keith Earls and Conor Murray meant that Joe Schmidt’s side went home with a 26-16 win.

Meanwhile, the Italian Women’s Rugby team beat Ireland in the six nations for the first time ever, although the Irish do pick up 2 bonus points after losing 29-27

The game of the weekend was Wales vs England where both teams were looking to come away from the principality stadium in Cardiff with their grand slam hopes alive. The Welsh came out victorious, defeating Eddie Jones’ men 21-13, mainly thanks to a late try by Josh Adams who excellently finished from a cross-field kick from Dan Biggar.

Meanwhile, France beat Scotland 27-10 in Paris, leaving France fourth in the Table, a full 3 points behind Ireland.