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Sport in brief: June 30, 2022

MEN’S FOOTBALL: England face Israel in this evening’s European Under-19 championship final at Slovakia’s Anton Malatinsky stadium. The Young Lions are the only unbeaten team in the tournament, having already beaten Israel 1-0 in the group fixtures, and conceded their first goal in Tuesday’s 2-1 semi final win over Italy. Israel beat France by the same score in the other semi.

WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Sion Swifts turned the form book on its head as two goals in extra time from Cora Chambers sealed a 2-0 win over Cliftonville Ladies in the north of Ireland’s League Cup final. Chambers had earlier missed a second-half penalty. Cliftonville are five points clear in the Women’s Premiership, with a 100 per cent record, but were missing six players who are on international duty for the upcoming Euros.

MEN’S CRICKET: Play starts at Edgbaston this morning in the fifth Test of a much-delayed series between England and India. The visitors were leading 2-1 when the series was curtailed in September last year due to fears that a Covid outbreak could derail the Indian Premier League season. Only five of England’s players who appeared in the fourth test are in the squad for today’s game and both teams have new captains.

MEN’S FOOTBALL: Reigning champions Shamrock Rovers take an eight-point lead in the League of Ireland into tonight’s match at struggling Finn Harps while second-placed Dundalk, who have two games in hand, host bottom of the table University College Dublin. Derry travel to Bohemians and St Patrick’s meet a Drogheda team that are unbeaten in five games in this evening’s other fixtures before Shelbourne travel to Sligo Rovers on Saturday.

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