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John O'Sullivan Sat, Jun 29
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  • 10:46
    Good morning, John O'Sullivan here and I'll be taking you through a great day's sport, starting with the second test between Australia and the LIons.

    We about 20 minutes from kickoff.

  • 10:47
    Here are today's teams.

    Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Christian Leali'ifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 James O'Connor, 9 Will Genia, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Ben Mowen, 5 James Horwill (c), 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Benn Robinson.
    Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 James Slipper, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Rob Horne, 23 Jesse Mogg.

    British and Irish Lions: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Brian O'Driscoll, 12 Jonathan Davies, 11 George North, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sam Warburton (c), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Alun Wyn Jones, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Makovina Vunipola.
    Replacements: 16 Richard Hibbard, 17 Ryan Grant, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Tom Croft, 20 Sean O'Brien, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Alex Cuthbert.

    Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)


  • 10:49
    Just time for you to read Gerry Thornley's preview here
  • 10:50
    It's a great day for the Youngs family, scrumhalf Ben and hooker Tom. They become only the fourth set of brothers to play together in a test for the Lions in their 125 year history.  
  • 10:52
    Jamie Roberts is not playing but he was after a fashion last night when he lined out with the Welsh group, the Manic Street Preachers, to play guitar at a concert.  
  • 10:53
    For those who like to leaf through the history books. Here are the most recent series results between Australia  and the Lions.

     Previous results:
    2013: Lions won 23-21 in Brisbane
    2001: Australia won 29-23 in Sydney - Australia won 35-14 in Melbourne - Lions won 29-13 in Brisbane
    1989: Lions won 19-18 in Sydney - Lions won 19-12 in Brisbane - Australia won 30-12 in Sydney


  • 10:55
    We won't only be blogging the Lions match but keeping you up to date with events at the Irish Open at Carton House, Wimbledon, and all of today's football and hurling matches.
  • 10:57
    Eight minutes to kickoff. A view inside the Lions dressing room. It's quiet and focused by the looks of things.
  • 10:58
    Australia in a huddle inside.
  • 11:00
    Here come the LIons, Sam Warburton carrying Bill the mascot.
  • 11:01
    Ben Alexander, winning his 50th cap, leads out the Wallabies
  • 11:02

    Lot of tight faces and pinched expressions from both sets of players. It's time for Advance Australia Fair.

  • 11:04
    Right we're ready to go.
  • 11:05
    Lovely shot of the Youngs brothers in one final embrace.
  • 11:07

    Kurtley Beale kicks off and the Lions soon have the first turnover. Brian O'Driscoll chips through but Will Genia covers well.

  • 11:09
    Good catch by Tommy Bowe. Great hit by O'Driscoll on Adam Ashley Cooper. From the ruck, Sam Warburton forces the penalty.
  • 11:09
    Leigh Halfpenny, 35 metres, to a backing track of a Welsh anthem but the penalty hits the bar.
  • 11:12
    First scrum of the match. Aussie put-in and they're very solid but another penalty to the Lions at the ruck. Jonathan Sexton nudges it down the line. Jamie Heaslip forced the penalty.
  • 11:15

    Superb catch and drive from the Lions and forces another penalty. Warburton gives it to Sexton to push it into the corner. Half the LIons backs join the lineout for the catch and driv. Another penalty. Craig Joubert warns the Aussie captain James Horwill that a yellow card is in the offing.

    This time Warburton points to the posts and Halfpenny is called up.

  • 11:15
    PENALTY: Halfpenny.

  • 11:16
    Great steal from Mako Vunipola
  • 11:19
    Good continuity from the Aussies in the Lions 22. Take the ball through 11 phases but the Lions defence is good. Cross-kick from Beale to Izzy Folau and the Wallaby winger beats George North in the air but knocks on in contact.
  • 11:20
    First Lions put-in. The scrum crabs and buckles. It'll be re-set.
  • 11:20
    Free-kick Aussies. Harsh. Aussies go for scrum.
  • 11:21
    Scrum goes down. Re-set.
  • 11:22
    Aussies win a penalty. Vunipola penalised, rightly. Fears about his scrum work realised there.
  • 11:24
    PENALTY: Christian Leali'ifano

  • 11:25
    Jonathan Davies loses the ball in contact. The LIons lineout is a little shaky. They're winning ball but not cleanly.  
  • 11:27
    Sexton fails to find touch with a penalty down the line. Lions back in their own half.
  • 11:29
    Lions are racking up the errors. They need to be a little more precise.
  • 11:31
    A quarter of the match gone and it's all square on the scoreboard. But maybe not for long, Vunipola penalised in the scrum again. Joubert had just waqrned Warburton is the previous break in play.
  • 11:31
    PENALTY: Christian Leali'ifano

  • 11:33
    Vunipola knocks on. Not a great pass from Youngs.
  • 11:34
    Lions are very patterned, backing a little heads-up nous in playing what is in front of them.
  • 11:35
    Vunipola wins a penalty at a scrum. Halfpenny called up to have a go from 47 metres.
  • 11:35
    PENALTY: Halfpenny.

  • 11:37
    Sexton kicks a penalty down the touchliner after Bowe blocked in the air. Tom Youngs misses his jumper on the Aussie 22.
  • 11:39

    James O'Connor knock-on. It's all a bit  nervy from both sides.

  • 11:40
    Fair play to Vunipola. Another penalty at a scrum as the Lions eight get the nudge on and the Aussies splinter.
  • 11:40
    It's Halfpenny again.
  • 11:41
    PENALTY: Halfpenny.

  • 11:43
    Meanwhile at Carton House, Peter Lawrie's moved to five under par for the tournament, four under for his round after 15 holes.
  • 11:43
    Vunipola catches Ashley Cooper with an elbow. It's not spotted.
  • 11:44
    Dan Lydiate miles offside. Silly penalty. Coming way out of the line early. So soft.
  • 11:45
    PENALTY: Christian Leali'ifano

  • 11:48
    Good work from North and Sexton. Heaslip straightens well and the Aussies concede a penalty at the ruck 10 metres from their own line.

    Halfpenny time.
  • 11:49
    PENALTY: Halfpenny.

  • 11:51
    It's half-time. It's been pretty scrappy with precious little subtlety from either team; 40 minutes of collisions where referee Joubert's interpretation at the scrum has had a big influence on the scoreboard. The LIons have sorted out their travails there, at least for now.
  • 11:53
    Lions better at the breakdown where they have foced several penalties. The two teams are trying not to make mistakes and it's a little conservative, manifest in high balls and kick chase. There is a battle royale on the fringes. The LIons led at half-time 12 years agoin the second test but went on the to lose heavily
  • 12:03

    Lineout to the Aussies

  • 12:03
    Sexton up and under and Bowe forces the fumble.
  • 12:04
    Beale with the knock on
  • 12:04
    Lions scrum 30 metres out.
  • 12:06
    Sexton knock on in contact after wrap around with O'Driscoll
  • 12:07
    Vunipola penalised at scrum for driving across.
  • 12:09
    Vunipola poor pass to O'Driscoll, Lions offside. Genia goes quickly but Tomane turnover in contact.
  • 12:10
    Scrum is becoming the defining contact point and source of points in the match so far.
  • 12:10
    Re-set. Joubert's interpretation is going to be pivotal to the outcome of this match.
  • 12:11
    Aussies take it against the head but two rucks later Warburton is brilliant in forcing the Aussies to concede a penalty.
  • 12:15

    O'Driscoll poor pass which was intercepted and then 90 seconds later he is penalised for hands in ruck.

  • 12:16
    Wallaby lineout on LIons 22
  • 12:16
    Great work from the Lions pack to drive the ball into touch.

    Conor Muray is on for Ben Youngs
  • 12:18
    Murray forces penalty with great work at ruck. That's the 10th turnover for the Lions. It is keeping them in the game. 30 minutes to go.
  • 12:19
    Great box kixk from Murray, Bowe contests, Aussies win it and from Halfpenny's up and under Murray can't hold onto the riccochet.
  • 12:20
    Richard Hibbard on for Tom Youngs.
  • 12:21
    Scrum. Which was will this one go?
  • 12:23
    Murray puts boot to loose ball and makes 40 metres. The Aussies are dominating and definitely on the front foot. They're more inventive and they're getting more possession. Parling penalised at lineout.
  • 12:23
    Lineout on Lions 10 metre line.

    Dan Cole for Adam Jones. Aussies change both their props.
  • 12:26
    Incredible sight North carries Folau and ball back 10 metres. Lions supporters go ballistic
  • 12:26
    North injures himself but back on his feet.
  • 12:27
    Scrum LIons on Aussie 10 metre line. New front rows all round
  • 12:28
    Great scrum by Lions, forces penalty. Halfpenny trots forward and removes his scrumcap.
  • 12:28
    PENALTY: Halfpenny.

  • 12:29
    Wonderful strike from the Lions fullback and it creeps over the crossbar.
  • 12:29
  • 12:30
    Another great boxkick from Murray and chase from Bowe. Sean O'Brien is on for Heaslip.
  • 12:31
    There are 15 and a half minutes left.
  • 12:33
    Aussies getting good continuity but Beale spills a routine pass. Sexton and Warburton down injured.
  • 12:34
    Warburton gone, Tom Croft on. Sexton staying on. Lions have made double the number of tackles than their opponents.
  • 12:35
    Lions scrum on their own 10 metre line
  • 12:36
    Great chase and catch by Bowe but Wyn Jones get isolated. Penalty Australia. 10 minutes left.
  • 12:38
    O'Driscoll hoofs down the pitch but Australia counter-attack brilliantly. Folau beats a couple of defenders. Lions offisde in their own 22. Aussies go for scrum.
  • 12:39
    Scrum is eight metres from the Lions' line. Look out for Folau.
  • 12:39
    The defining moment in this test match.
  • 12:41
    Folau knocksa on from a poor pass. Sexton clears to edge of Lions 22.
  • 12:41
    Richard C Keep updating....can't get tv or radio in Cape Verde , bunch of Lions Supporters huddling around low bandwidth text feed
  • 12:41
    Aussies on Lions 22
  • 12:41
    Eight metres out
  • 12:42
    Four metres out
  • 12:42
    TRY: Adam Ashley Cooper
  • 12:43
    Lions caught numbers wise on the short side.
  • 12:43
    George North has ball, takes man as well.
    George North has ball, takes man as well.
  • 12:44
    CONVERSION: Christian Leali'ifano
  • 12:45
    Three minutes left
  • 12:45
    Lions have lineout inside Aussie 22.
  • 12:45
    Genia had cleared downfield but the ball had been taken back inside 22.
  • 12:46
    Two and a half minutes. Hibbard to throw.
  • 12:46
    Genia was actually outside the 22. Half a metre.
  • 12:46
    Lions turnover lineout.
  • 12:46
    And the Aussies get a penalty
  • 12:47
    The Achilles heel for the Lions all tour and it's come back to haunt them
  • 12:47
    90 seconds left
  • 12:47
    It looks like this series will be up for brabs next Saturday in Sydney
  • 12:48
    50 seconds left. Aussies in possession.
  • 12:48
    Two more carries and the clock will be in the red
  • 12:48
    Penalty LIons. Murray goes.
  • 12:49
    Lions 60 metres from Aussie line
  • 12:49
    Another penalty for the LIons. Just inside their own half. Halfpenny has to go for it.
  • 12:50
    Halfpenny has his scrumcap off. He's five metres inside his own half.
  • 12:51
    HALFPENNY short
  • 12:51
    Australia have won
  • 12:52
    As soon as he struck the ball, it looked short. All roads lead to Sydney for this test series. Wallabies unlucky last week but got their reward for playing a little bit more rugby this week.
  • 12:53
    Nerve shredding excitement. For the second week in succession the Lions didn't fire creatively.
  • 12:55
    Lions players look distraught.
  • 12:55
    Aussies looked to do more with the ball, particularly in the second half.
  • 12:56
    Next week's referee is Romain Poite who favours the dominant scrum. Lions will be desperate to get Alex Corbisiero fit.
  • 12:58
    Brian O'Driscoll: "We were a bit loose with aspects of our game and we ghave them an opportunity. We weren't able to build enough phases in a couple of games. It's not over. We have a massive week next week. It's a huge challenge. The momentum from today's game is with them but we won't let that faze us."
  • 12:58
    He took over the captaincy when Warburton went off.
  • 13:00
    Warburton: "Felt something in my hammy. The physio will assess it in 24 hours. It's game on for next week." 
  • 13:00
    Warburton limping.
  • 13:00
    The LIons medical team are going to have plenty of work to do in the next seven days.  
  • 13:02
    Adam Ashley Cooper: "It was very important to retain that belief. But in the end test match football is about grinding it out to the 80th minute. Key messages were possession and ball security.

    "I am very proud to be part of this team and score a try tonight but it is not about me it is about the team.
  • 13:03
    So Adam who holds the momentum now? "We do." Hard to argue.
  • 13:04
    Lions will reflect on the last quarter when they needed more composure, precision and game management. They needed to retain the football more and be accurate in their patterns. From a creative perspective they didn't offer much. 
  • 13:05
    Gerry Thornley's match report is due presently.  
  • 13:07
    The most frustrating aspect from a Lions perspective is that for all their defensive resilience it is their option taking and patterns with the ball that have been below par for large tanches in both test matches.
  • 13:08
    The Aussies had 68 per cent possession in the second half.

    Warren Gatland: "We had too many turnovers and didn't control territory well enough. We didn't play enough territory."
  • 13:09
    The Lions coach has focused in on the game management area in his post match comments. That's going to make for an interesting discussion with his key playmakers.
  • 13:11
    LIons players will have two days off before recalibrating for the third test.
  • 13:13

    Team selection for the Lions next Saturday is going to be interesting. Conor Murray did very well when he came on. Tommy Bowe chased brilliantly. The 10-12-13 axis hasn't gelled. The lineout remains an issue. The scrum too. The Lions work at the breakdown was brilliant.

  • 13:15
    The tourists may have to throw off the shackles of conservatism if they're to win the third test. Either that or do more kjicking for territory. They've fallen between two stools in both matches. They' forced passes. They've hesitated from turnovers or made poor decisions.
  • 13:18
    Great performance from Leai'ifano from the kicking tee.
  • 13:20

    The Australian captain James Horwill will face a new hearing into his stamp on Alun-Wyn Jones during the week. He would be a big loss if the original verdict is overturned.

  • 13:23
    Will Greenwood bottles the changes for the Lions question prefering to talk about the injuries instead.
  • 13:26
    He's got a point but given he's got to do some interviews with players he's hedging his bets a little here.

    It promises to be a fascinating tussle in Sydney next Saturady but for now we're moving our attention to the rest of the day's live sport starting with the Irish Open at Carton House.
  • 13:28
  • 13:35

    Peter Lawrie has posted a superb 67, to move to six under par for the tournament , a mark that's currently three behind the leaders.

    Gareth Shaw is on the same mark, three under for his round after 12 holes.

    Simon Thornton is on four under (16), Alan Dunbar three under (17) BUT IT'S Shane Lowry who leads the Irish challenge and he's one under for his round after five holes, eight under for the tournament and just one off the lead.

  • 13:36
    Seamus Power (71) is on one under while Damien Mooney (76) is on two over.
  • 13:39
    Robert Rock (level, five holes) and Pablo Larrazabal (-3, seven holes) lead the way on nine under, one clear of Lowry, Jose Maria Olazabal, Joost Luiten, Peter Whiteford and Raphael Jacquelin.
  • 13:41
    Joint overnight leader, Peter Uihlein briefly took the lead with a birdie on the first hole but a double at the par three, third has been him fall to eight under, the final member of that cluster tied for third place.

    Lowry's just dropped out of that group with a bogey on the sixth.
  • 13:48
    Jacquelin, moves to nine under, where he is joined by Luiten
  • 13:53
    Uihlein drops another. Had only 121 yards in with a wedge but caught a flier and scampered through the green. His chip was mediocre and he missed the par putt from eight feet.

    Rock has taken the lead with his first birdie of the day.
  • 14:00
    Gareth Shaw has joined Lowry on seven under par. He's four below regulation figures for his round with four to play. There are 13 players within three shots of leader Rock.
  • 14:04
    Alan Dunbar signs for a 69 and five under for the tournament.

    Larrazabal moves to 10 under with a birdie on the ninth.

    Lowry misses from six feet for birdie on the par five, eighth.
  • 14:09

    Peter Lawrie: "I played nicely, could have been a whole lot better starting out. missed a few chances and then had those three birdies in a row. Then that poor tee shot off 10 into the bunker and another poor tee shot on 11, but got myself back together, three birdies in a row and finished with a nice birdie at the last."

  • 14:12
    Uihlein's tee shot, an eight iron to the par three, seventh has finished in a different post code. He's hoiked it way left.
  • 14:20
  • 14:23

    New Zealand's Marina Erakovic leads Britain's golden girl Laura Robson 4-1 in the first set at Wimbledon.

  • 14:25

    South African Kevin Anderson has taken the first set against seventh seed Tomas Berdych 6-3

  • 14:27
  • 14:29
    IRISH OPEN: Shane Lowry has bogeyed the 10th (-6), Gareth Shaw (-6) the 16th.
  • 14:31
  • 14:32

    WIMBLEDON: Robson loses the first set 6-1

  • 14:35
    IRISH OPEN: Shaw's dropped another shot and goes back to five under
  • 14:36
  • 14:38

    Joost Luiten won a second tour title in Austria a few weeks ago and he's now leading the Irish Open on 11 under.

    Irish Times golf correspondent Philip Reid backed him prior to the tournament so if you're around Carton House tomorrow and the Dutchman wins, Philip might even buy you a drink with his winnings!

  • 14:50
    Shaw finishes on five under (70) but will be disappointed with the last three holes of his round, two bogeys (16 and 17) and only managing a par on the 18th.

    Lowry's round has stalled a little while most of his rivals are clicking through the gears and away from the Irishman.
  • 14:53
    IRISH OPEN: Paul Casey signs for a superb 67, to move to nine under.
  • 14:55

    WIMBLEDON: Andy Murray's brother Jamie, is currently involved in a marathon doubles match. Playing with Australian John Peers against James Blake and Jurgen Meltzer, it's currently 10-10 in the fifth set.

  • 14:56
    WIMBLEDON: Laura Robson is a break down in the second set, 4-2, having lost the first 6-1
  • 15:01
  • 15:03

    IRISH OPEN: Lowry needs to find two or three birdies in his lasr five holes if he is to guarantee decent crowds at Carton House tomorrow

  • 15:06

    IRISH OPEN: Lowry needs a few birdies in his last five holes to guarantee an Irish interest tomorrow.

  • 15:06
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  • 15:10

    WIMBLEDON: Robson breaks for 5-5 in the second set. She lost first one 6-1

  • 15:11
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  • 15:16
    IRISH OPEN: Luiten takes the lead(-12)  with a birdie on the driveable par four, 13th.
  • 15:17
    WIMBLEDON: Blake/Meltzer bt J Murray/Peers 14-12 in the fifth set
  • 15:18
    Wimbledon: Former champion Petra Kvitova showed impressive resilience to avoid becoming another high-profile first-week casualty at Wimbledon this morning, when she beat Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-3 2-6 6-3.
  • 15:19
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  • 15:24

    Larrazabal join Luiten at the top with a birdie on the 15th.

  • 15:25
    WIMBLEDON:  Robson shows her mettle to nudge ahead 1-6, 7-5, 1-0
  • 15:27
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  • 15:40
  • 15:47
    WIMBLEDON: Robson is 4-1 up in the final set
  • 15:51
    IRISH OPEN: Luiten (-13) and Larrazabal (-12) are both six under for their rounds today. Rock with a brace of birdies moves to 11 under. Lowry is six under with two to play. He won't find much cheer from how the Offaly footballers are doing as they are trailing Tyrone 0-1 0-15 at half-time in their All Ireland football qualifier
  • 15:52
  • 15:59

    IRISH OPEN: Unfortunately another bogey for Lowry (-5) on the par three 17th. Missed the green and couldn't get up and down.

    Alan Dunbar (-5): " I was a bit hard on myself because I didn't play great yesterday either, but level par was a good score in those conditions. Happier walking off the course today, chipping in for an eagle. I didn't play great, but I'm happy.

    "I'm going to go and do some work on the range now and hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to give myself a few more chances early doors to have a good chance of shooting a low score."



  • 16:02
  • 16:04

    WIMBLEDON: Robson wins in three sets, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3

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  • 16:15
    IRISH OPEN: Lowry finishes with a 74 and is five under, eight shots behind leader Joost Luiten
  • 16:17
  • 16:21
    LAWN BOWLS: Ireland beat Wales by two shots 108-106 in their opening game in the Home internationals at St James Gate in Dublin this morning.
  • 16:22
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  • 16:27

    IRISH OPEN: Gareth Shaw(-5)  "Around the turn I started to play really well, hit some shots really close and hit some nice putts. But two bogeys in the last three leaves a sour taste. Still encouraging to shoot a couple under par on a Saturday in The Irish Open."

  • 16:27
  • 16:30
    Offaly fans look away. Tyrone 1-26 Offaly 0-6.
  • 16:31
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  • 16:47

    Joost Luiten leads on 13 under by one shot from Pablo Larrazabal. Peter Lawrie (67) is the leading Irishman on six under one clear of Shane Lowry (74) and Gareth Shaw (70)
  • 16:48
  • 16:58

    IRISH OPEN: Leader Joost Luiten (-13) "There are some great holes, we had a lot of crowd out there, and 17 is great with the whole grandstand around it. It's like a football stadium you play in. This tournament is always great. I think it's the tournament with the most crowd, and it's always fun to play in front of them."

  • 17:35
    TOUR DE FRANCE: German Marcel Kittel has won the first stage of the Tour de FRance 
  • 17:38
    TOUR DE FRANCE: Given a major crash five kilometres from the line, all the riders were given the same time. Ireland's Nicholas Roche was listed as 14th and his cousin Dan Martin 92nd.
  • 17:58
    Brian O'Driscoll and Sam Warburton remain defiant despite the Lions narrow defeat in today's second test. Read their reaction.
  • 18:00
    Gerry Thornley's match report on the Australia's victory
  • 18:02
    Shane Lowry comes a cropper at Carton House in the Irish Open
  • 18:23
  • 18:34
    Rule of the World has been well beaten in the Irish Derby at the Curragh, fifth, behind Jim Bolger's winner Trading Leather with Kevin Manning on board.
  • 19:40
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  • 20:06
    Dubs lead by two (0-13 to 0-11) against Kilkenny after 51 minutes
  • 20:09
    Goal for Dublin from Danny Sutcliffe!! Dotsy O'Callaghan's shot blocked on the line by Lester Ryan and Sutcliffe gathers the rebound and fires it into the net (1-13 to 0-12).
  • 20:17

    Nine minutes left in Portlaoise and Dublin still lead by four (1-15 to 0-14)

  • 20:21
  • 20:26
    The Cats are two points behind and a man down after Richie Power is sent off. Injury time now and the Dubs fans are celebrating already!
  • 20:28
    The last time Dublin beat Kilkenny in the championship was 1942. Well, until just now, that 71-year gap has been bridged with a 1-16 to 0-16 win in Portlaoise.
  • 20:42
    A remarkable result in Portlaoise. Elsewhere, Monaghan have booked a spot in the Ulster football final against the mighty Donegal, after a 1-10 to 0-12 win over Cavan in Clones.

    We'll have reports from Gavin Cummiskey and Malachy Clerkin shortly.