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Keith Earls scores Ireland's third try in their rugby World Cup warm-up match against Wales on Saturday
Limerick FC’s great escape is on, Earls flies on Irish return and O’Donnell’s injury nightmare are today’s top Limerick sports stories.

Limerick FC’s great escape is on, Earls flies on Irish return and O’Donnell’s injury nightmare are today’s top Limerick sports stories.

Soccer - Bohs thriller gives Super Blues real hope

Limerick FC’s sensational 4-3 victory over Bohemians has given them a realistic chance of avoiding relegation. Martin Russell’s side are now four points behind second from bottom Sligo Rovers. Shane Tracy, scorer of Limerick’s goal from the penalty spot said the Blues dramatic win {http://www.limerickleader.ie/sport/limerick-sport/limerick-fc-s-tracy-spot-on-as-survival-bid-gathers-pace-1-6894530|showed the character that exists within the squad.|} “The result will instil a lot of belief. We are concentrating on ourselves at the moment and if we can keep putting in performances like we did second half. I think we have a great chance of surviving at the end of the year,” said Tracy.

Rugby - Earls outstanding in Irish romp

Keith Earls was the star turn in Ireland’s 35-21 World Cup warm-up game against Wales on Saturday. Earls, making his first appearance for Ireland in 29 months, {http://www.limerickleader.ie/sport/limerick-sport/flying-earls-back-in-business-with-ireland-1-6894588| boosted his chances of being included|} in Schmidt’s 31-man final World Cup squad with a classy display in Cardiff. ““I’ve probably had the worst 24 hours of my life with nerves but it was great to get back and get my first game under Joe (Schmidt). Thankfully everything went well,” Earls said after the game.

Rugby - O’Donnell ruled out of World Cup

There was not such good news for Tommy O’Donnell whose World Cup dreams are over. O’Donnell left the Welsh game on a stretcher late on with a hip injury. It has today been confirmed that he has dislocated his hip and will be out of action for at least six weeks. It was especially unfortunate for the Munster flanker as he was having arguably his best game in an Irish shirt against Wales.

FURTHER AFIELD....

GAA - Cats reach 14th All Ireland Final under Cody

Kilkenny stormed past Waterford in yesterday’s All Ireland Hurling semi-final. Led by TJ Reid and Richie Hogan, Kilkenny were full value for their six point win and in truth could have won the game by more. Reid hit 1-9 of Kilkenny’s total of 1-21 while Hogan chipped in with five points from play. It is a remarkable achievement that Kilkenny have now reached 14 All Ireland finals since Brian Cody’s tenure began in 1998.

Golf - Lowry blasts into the big time with Firestone win

Shane Lowry is now in the top 20 best golfers in the world after his stunning win at the Bridgestone Invitational last night. The Offaly man carded a flawless final round 66 to beat Bubba Watson by two shots. As well as earning a major paycheck, Lowry now has a three year exemption on the US Tour and eligibility for the lucrative end-of-season FedEx Cup play-offs.

SPORT ON TV TODAY
7pm: Soccer - Barclays Premier League, West Brom v Man City, Sky Sports 1

8.30pm: Gaa - Championship 2015 Highlights, TG4

10.55pm: Soccer - Soccer Republic, RTE 2