A goal in either half from Dele Alli – both headers – saw Spurs beat Chelsea 2-0 to go third in the table. Chelsea themselves were denied a record 14th consecutive league victory, and skipper Gary Cahill feels they were punished for being below par.
Tipperary – who won their opening match away to Offaly – face Cork in Group 1 at The Ragg.The action there begins at 2.00pm.
Meanwhile Atlético returned to Madrid with a 4-2 advantage after their first leg against Bayer Leverkusen in Germany. The French League champions went 3-1 up thanks to a brace from former Man United striker Falcao before City fought back. Two goals from Sergio Aguero and one each for Leroy Sané, John Stones and Raheem Sterling gave City a 5-3 lead to take to the second-leg in Monaco. Manager Pep Guardiola says it’s an important win
The West Tipp side defeated Bandon 12-10 in the final, which was played in Charleville.It’s their first victory in the competition in quarter of a century.Meanwhile, Clanwilliam are through to the quarter-finals of the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup. They booked their place in the last eight by defeated Cobh Pirates 21-9 in a re-arranged tie in Cork.
Their manager Adrian Walsh says their opponents are a little bit of a mystery.In the Munster Junior Cup holders St Michael’s travel to meet Dungarvan.All these matches kick-off at 2 o’clock.Updates from all three games throughout the afternoon on Tipp FM. Two Tipperary clubs are hoping to advance to the last four of the FAI Junior Cup.Peake Villa have home advantage for their last eight tie with holders Sheriff YC of Dublin.Carrick Utd are at home too – they meet Boyle Celtic from Leitrim.
Conor McDonald is a major doubt for Wexford’s Leinster Senior Hurling Final with Galway on Sunday week.The star forward will have a scan on an ankle injury sustained in training last weekend and his chances of featuring in the final have been rated as ’50-50′.Meanwhile Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald’s revealed that he’s considering watching the game from high in the stand rather than patrolling the side-line.
Photo: © UEFA.com Both Celtic and Dundalk are looking to book their place in the third qualifying round of the Champions league.The Lillywhites are locked at 1-all with Rosenburg ahead of tonight’s tie in Trondheim while the Hoops take a 2-0 lead into their clash with Linfield at Celtic park.Kick off in Trondheim is at 6.15 while in Glasgow they start at 7.45. Irish Independent football writer Dan Mc Donnell is with the Dundalk squad in Norway and says Stephen Kenny’s side might struggle defensively.
Tipp fans are being warned to secure their tickets fast for this weekend’s game with Stand ticketsexpected to sell out this evening.There’s been huge demand for the first game in the redeveloped Pairc Ui Chaoimh and speaking onlast nights Extra Time with Ronan Quirke,County Board Secretary Tim Floyd explained why Stand tickets were less plentiful Photo © Tipp FM
Tipperary senior footballers will go into Sundays League clash against Louth in confident mood.However Tipp FM analyst Tom McGrath says Liam Kearns side won’t underestimate their opposition.The sides meet in Semple Stadium as part of a re-fixed double header following last weekend’s cancellations. A win would guarantee Tipp at least stay in Division 2 for next season.However speaking on Extra Time last evening Tom McGrath said Louth won’t go down without a fight.The game will be live here on Tipp FM in association with John Kennedy Motors, the home of Toyota Hybrid in Tipperary.
“I always look on the bright side, said Enrique.“That has been being able to be with him for three years in the first team and to be able to enjoy and see infinite things with my own eyes.”Victory at the Bernabeu brought Barca level with Madrid on 75 points at the top of the table.Real still have the upper hand as they have a game in hand.But despite both sides appearing to have manageable run-ins, Enrique expects more twists and turns in the final month of the season.“There will be surprises for sure,” he added.“Results that no one expects and we have to be prepared so that we don’t slip up.”Barca can put more pressure on their title rivals as they host rock bottom Osasuna on Wednesday a few hours before Madrid travel to Deportivo la Coruna.And Enrique is hoping to build on the momentum gained by Messi’s strike with the last kick of the game to snatch all three points from El Clasico.“Clearly it has an important psychological value.“It was a huge confidence boost and serves as a stimulus to face up to the rest of the season.“It is evident that we have to be very consistent for the run-in to the end of the season.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barcelona boss Luis Enrique insisted on Tuesday that he will revel in his memories of coaching Lionel Messi, rather than miss him when he steps down at the end of the season.Messi blew the La Liga title race wide open once more by scoring twice to bring up his 500th Barcelona goal in a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.However, Enrique will only be in charge of Messi for six more games as Barca aim for a La Liga and Copa del Rey double.