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Dublin: 9°C Tuesday 20 April 2021

The Morning Score: Tuesday

Here’s everything you need to know this morning — except for the words to the Champions League theme tune.

Aidan Price celebrates with St Pat's goalkeeper Barry Murphy, who saved three penalties in last night's FAI Cup quarter-final shootout win over Drogheda.
Aidan Price celebrates with St Pat's goalkeeper Barry Murphy, who saved three penalties in last night's FAI Cup quarter-final shootout win over Drogheda.
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1. #FAI CUP Goalkeeper Barry Murphy was the penalty king as St Patrick’s Athletic took another step towards ending their 51-year FAI Cup famine against Drogheda United last night.

Derek Prendergast looked to have seen Drogheda through to the semis when he put the hosts in front with 11 minutes to play but a 90th minute equaliser by Saints striker Vinny Faherty forced the game into extra time and, ultimately, penalties.

Murphy saved three Drogheda penos as Pat’s progressed 3-2 in the shootout, setting up a semi date away to Dundalk. Derry City will host Shelbourne in the other semi-final.

2. #PREMIER LEAGUE Everton were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Newcastle United last night, a result that will be overshadowed by the goal-line technology debate after referee Mike Jones failed to award the Toffees a clear goal.

Leighton Baines and Demba Ba traded goals either side of the break but when Victor Anichebe’s header crossed the line in the 78th minute, officials controversially — and incorrectly — allowed play to continue.

Anichebe then appeared to have stolen all three points for Everton when he struck in the 88th minute, only for Ba to pop up with a late equaliser as the clock turned to 90.

3. #CAMOGIE Wexford partied late into Monday night as the county celebrated a famous three-in-a-row in the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship.

Thousands of fans turned out to welcome the victorious ladies as the O’Duffy Cup travelled to towns including Gorey and Enniscorthy before finishing with a civic reception in Wexford Town.4. #WORLD T20

4. #NEVIN SPENCE Ulster’s RaboDirect Pro12 match against Zebre, scheduled for Friday 21 September, has been postponed following the death of centre Nevin Spence last weekend.

Books of condolence for Spence, his father Noel and his brother Graham have been opened at Ulster’s Ravenhill training grounds and at the IRFU offices on Lansdowne Road.

5. #WORLD T20 The World T20 cricket begins this afternoon when tournament hosts Sri Lanka take on Zimbabwe in Hambantota

Ireland, who finished their preparations with a five-run win against Bangladesh yesterday, play their first group game against Australia tomorrow.

6. #CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Rejoice, for the Champions League returns this evening — there are eight matches as teams set out on the road to Wembley 2013.

Arsenal are in France to face national champions Montpellier while Manchester City face an unenviable trip to face Real Madrid in the Bernabeu.

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