Earls performance down to father’s text, Clarke confident ahead of Galway trip and a roundup of GAA action from the weekend are the big talking points in Monday’s sports update.
Rugby - Earls flies high thanks to father’s text
Ireland winger Keith Earls has revealed that a text from his father Ger was behind his outstanding man of the match performance against Romania. The Munster back crossed for two tries at Wembley and after the game told reporters about the early morning text: “He text said something like ‘from the fields of Moyross to Wembley Stadium, you have come a long way. That is what dreams are made of!” Earls explained. Ireland won the game by a score of 44-10,
Soccer - “There is no reason why we can’t go to Galway and win” - Clarke
Limerick FC’s Dean Clarke is confident that his side can come away from their next league game against Galway United with all three points. Martin Russell’s side trail second-from-bottom Galway by three points but Galway have a game in hand. Clarke opened the scoring in Limerick’s 3-1 defeat against Dundalk on Saturday and says that every game is now must win. “We will have to look forward to Galway and win our next four games essentially. That is what we have to do, we know we have to do that.”
GAA - A roundup of local GAA action from the weekend
The Limerick JHC quarter-finals took place over the weekend with wins for Doon, Castletown-Ballyagran, Dromcollogher-Broadford and Na Piarsaigh while Bruff and St Senan’s marched on to the last four in the Limerick IFC. For a roundup of all the action click here.
Soccer - Grealish picks England over Ireland
Former Republic of Ireland U-21 international Jack Grealish has finally made a decision on his interntional future by declaring for England. The Aston Villa midfielder has been courted by both Irish manager Martin O’Neill and his English counterpart Roy Hodgson. “I have decided to give my allegiance to England,” said Grealish. It was not an easy decision as Ireland has a special place with me through my family. However, I have decided to represent my country of birth,” Grealish said in a statement.
Golf - Spieth hits the jackpot with East Lake win
Jordan Spieth topped off what has been an unforgettable year by winning the Tour Championship on Sunday. The Dallas born golfer won the tournament by four shots and in doing so earned a cool $10 million in the process. He carded a final round 69 to finish on -9 for the tournament. Spieth also went back to the top of the world rankings with the win, overtaking Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.
SPORT ON TV TODAY
8pm: Soccer - Barclays Premier League, West Brom v Everton, Sky Sports 1
8pm: Soccer - Serie A, Atlanta v Sampdoria, Setanta & BT Sport 1
8.30pm: GAA - Championship Highlights 2015, TG4
11.05pm: Soccer Republic, RTE 2