Prydie kicks Dragons to victory

first_imgTom Prydie kicked the Newport Gwent Dragons to a famous victory as they handed Leinster their first defeat at the RDS since March 2013. Press Association Prydie converted Pat Leach’s 10th-minute try and booted three penalties, including the match winner with 11 minutes left, steering the Dragons to only their second win on Irish soil in 11 years. The 16-14 victory carries even more merit as the Welsh region had forwards Nick Crosswell and Rhys Thomas sin-binned in the first half. However, defending champions Leinster could only score two penalties to trail 10-6 at half-time. center_img Jimmy Gopperth’s third successful strike made it a one-point game, but he was unable to convert Dave Kearney’s try in the 66th minute and Prydie had the final say as the defending PRO12 champions dropped to fifth place in the table. The third-from-bottom Dragons took a surprise lead when centre Leach broke through the home defence, via excellent build-up play from Thomas and Dorian Jones, for a converted try. Although shorn of his Six Nations-tied players, Leinster boss Matt O’Connor was forced into further changes when Noel Reid and Tom Denton went off injured, and a third change saw Aaron Dundon come on for Richardt Strauss. Two Gopperth penalties in the 16th and 30th minutes opened Leinster’s account, but even with the sin-binnings, the Dragons were proving a tough nut to crack and Prydie split the posts just before the break to give his side a four-point buffer. Reid’s replacement Luke Fitzgerald appeared to have touched down 10 minutes into the second period following a magnificent run from Ben Te’o – only for referee Ben Whitehouse to award a five-metre scrum to the visitors, instead. The hosts had to be content with a third Gopperth penalty before Prydie cancelled it out with another accurate strike at the other end. O’Connor’s side finally made the breakthrough past the hour mark. Te’o was once again the fulcrum of the attack and after receiving his neat offload, replacement scrum half John Cooney’s kick towards the right corner was finished off by full-back Kearney. Gopperth was off target with the tricky touchline conversion, though, and the determined Dragons quickly retook the lead at 16-14 thanks to a close range Prydie penalty. That proved to be the game’s decisive score as the region held on to win in Ireland for the first time since overcoming Ulster, by the same scoreline, back in September 2008. last_img read more

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FAI launches second probe into Limerick FC matches

first_img Submit Related Articles Share Igor Labuts has match-fixing ruling overturned July 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Limerick FC unveils partnership with online betting firm December 18, 2017 Share FAI investigates suspicious betting on Irish football matches May 20, 2019 The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has confirmed that it has launched a second investigation into football matches involving Limerick FC after identifying a number of unusual betting patterns. The football association explained that they are looking into bets placed on the recent FAI Cup game between Sligo Rovers v Limerick FC on August 24, in which Sligo Rovers won 6-2.This new investigation follows on from a separate, ongoing investigation into a First Division fixture between Shelbourne and Limerick in April, in which Limerick lost  2-0 to Shelbourne.An FAI statement has confirmed that “both investigations were launched following the receipt of reports from UEFA to the FAI concerning unusual betting patterns around the two games.”An FAI spokesperson explained that the FAI has a “zero tolerance policy on match fixing”: “We have acted on the back of the UEFA report into two Limerick games, against Shelbourne in April and Sligo Rovers last month, and our investigations are ongoing.“We are committed to a zero tolerance policy on match fixing in conjunction with UEFA. The FAI, as stated earlier, is also aware of a Garda investigation into match fixing.”Irish Gardaí took part in a thorough search operation of Limerick sports ground as part of the investigation, in which documentation and electronic devices are understood to have been seized.The FAI were also investigating a League of Ireland First Division match between  vs Limerick FC in relation to suspicious betting back in May of this year.A 3-2 victory for underdogs Limerick was placed under scrutiny with regards to betting activity witnessed on a market that was reported to have attracted ‘significant volume’ for an encounter that usually holds little punter interest.last_img read more

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