We'll Leave It There So: Schmidt names Ireland team, brave Dundalk fall short and today's sport

Elsewhere, Man United suffer defeat in Turkey, the Gaelic football All-Star team is revealed and New Zealand name their starting 15 for Saturday’s Test.


Dundalk’s Chris Shields. Mikhail Kireev / INPHO Mikhail Kireev / INPHO / INPHO


Belgium Soccer Europa League Mainz's fans celebrate a goal against Anderlecht. Olivier Matthys Olivier Matthys

  • It’s been another miserable night for Jose Mourinho as his Manchester United side fell to a 2-1 Europa League defeat against Fenerbahce.
  • West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has hailed Andy Carroll’s bravery after the striker was targeted in an attempted armed robbery.
  • Swansea City boss Bob Bradley is reportedly interested in bringing former Spurs and Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov to the Liberty Stadium.
  • Former Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese is preparing for a WWE debut alongside Ireland’s Sheamus in Munich tonight.
  • Fullback Leigh Halfpenny will start his first international Test match in 14 months when Wales take on Australia on Saturday.

The Best Thing We Shared

Daryl Horgan proved his class once again tonight with this stunning goal against Zenit St Petersburg. It was just a shame the result didn’t go Dundalk’s way.

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On The Record

Is it arrogant for me to say that it’s just because of me? People are going to say it is, but let’s call a spade a spade: I’m the one this is about.

Bellator star James Gallagher is under no illusions as to how valuable he is to the promotion. Sounds familiar…

Where we were today

Ryan Bailey caught up with Racing 92 out-half Dan Carter today. The former All Black was in Dublin to announce his new role as a brand ambassador for SoftCo, a finance software provider. You’ll be able to see the piece on The42 tomorrow morning.

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Murray Kinsella and Sean Farrell are soaking up that winning feeling in Chicago and, of course, attending team announcements ahead of Ireland’s Test against New Zealand on Saturday.

Jonathan Sexton with Josh van der Flier Jonathan Sexton with Josh van der Flier at training in Chicago today. Dan Sheridan / INPHO Dan Sheridan / INPHO / INPHO

The Fixture List

  • Three of the Irish provinces are in action in the Guinness Pro12 tomorrow night, minus their Ireland internationals of course — Newport Gwent Dragons v Connacht (7.15pm), Munster v Ospreys (7.35pm) and Edinburgh v Ulster (7.35pm)
  • Drogheda United host Wexford Youths in the second leg of their promotion/relegation playoff for a spot in next season’s SSE Airtricity Premier Division. Wexford take a 2-0 lead into the tie.
  • In golf, Pádraig Harrington is in action at the Turkish Airlines Open while Seamus Power and Graeme McDowell are in Las Vegas for the Shriners Hospital for Children Open

Showbiz, Baby!

Moussa Sow’s overhead volley put Fenerbahce 1-0 up against Manchester United in just the second minute tonight. Pick it out.

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