SPORTS ROUND-UP: Injuries mount up for Munster Rugby

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Tadhg Beirne who is due to make his 50th appearance for Munster.

INJURIES are racking-up for Munster, the latest additions to the list being Peter O’Mahony and Tadhg Beirne who were absent for the URC loss to Leinster in front of a 45,000 attendance at the Aviva Stadium.

On the rising injury tally, Munster coach Graham Rowntree said: “It’s been challenging. The injury list has been mounting. Everyone gets injuries. I’m not blaming that, it’s a fact.”

He also indicated that Munster could make short-term signings as their injury problems continue.

Said Leinster coach Leo Cullen: “Munster have a lot of young guys there in their 23. They have a fair few injuries leading into the game. I thought they dug in and scrambled unbelievably well.”

Munster host Ulster at Thomond Park on Saturday, 5.15pm.

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Gaelic Games: THERE’S a repeat of the 2021 Limerick Senior Football Championship final on the cards next month, following weekend semi-final wins by Adare and Newcastle West.

Both finalists each returned 1-10 on Sunday.

In Askeaton, holders Newcastle West edged-out Monaleen 1-10 to 0-10, with the goal in stoppage time courtesy of Diarmaid Kelly. Monaleen had led by a point at the interval.

At Kevin Long Memorial Park in Feenagh, Adare emerged 1-10 to 0-8 winners over Fr. Casey’s (Abbeyfeale). The goal arrived near the finish from Shane O’Connor.

Meanwhile, Croagh/Kilfinny and Na Piarsaigh will contest the Intermediate Hurling Final after semi-final defeats of Pallasgreen and Grangh/Ballingarry, respectively.

Soccer: TREATY United will host Waterford United in the first leg of their SSE Airtricity First Division promotion play-off semi-final at the Markets Field on Wednesday night. The away leg will be played at the Regional Sports Centre the following Saturday.

Waterford will start as favourites.

In their last regular league fixture of the season, Treaty suffered a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Wexford Youths on Friday, but the play-off berth had already been secured by Tommy Barrett’s side before kick-off.

The other semi-final is between Galway United and Longford Town.

On the local front, Pike Rovers have joined Fairview Rangers at the top of the Premier League following a terrific 4-0 win at Carew Park, with the goals arriving from Eoin Hanrahan, Steve McGann, Aaron Murphy and Kevin Barry.