Sport can be a rollercoaster of highs and lows from week to week. Here’s a quick look back at who had a good/bad week in sport this week.
As if it wasn’t special enough to earn your 100th cap for your country, O’Shea then went on to captain Ireland in the last twenty minutes on Tuesday night scoring the all important equalising goal against the recently crowned World Cup Champions.
Later in the week he then went onto sign a new two year contract with Sunderland. His good fortune did come to a dramatic end at around 3pm on Saturday as he captained Sunderland to an 8-0 loss against Southampton.
On Tuesday night/Wednesday morning most of the media attention focused on Martin O’Neill’s Ireland’s dramatic 1-1 draw with Germany, Northern Ireland’s fantastic 2-0 win away to Greece seemed to slip under the radar.
Northern Ireland were in complete control of the game running out comfortable winners away to the number one seed team in their group. They now sit top of the group on 9 points after three wins from three games putting themselves in a very strong position to qualify for Euro 2016.
Alabama Crimson Tide
In the world of American College Football, on Saturday Alabama put on a devastating performance offensively, defensively and on special teams (which was their perceived weakness) running out 59-0 winners over Texas A&M.
They managed to keep the nation’s No. 4 ranked offense scoreless and seemed to score at will with a point-a-minute offence (including 35 points in the second quarter alone).
It was announced during the week that Leinster and Irish prop will require shoulder surgery and will be out of action for the next 12 weeks. This injury will rule him out of the November Internationals where he would have had expected to feature against both South Africa and Australia.
This will leave the likes of Stephen Archer, Declan Fitzpatrick and Rodney Ah You battling for the vacant spot in the match day 23 for these games.
The Northampton centre looked to be about to score a crucial try in his team’s first round European Champions Cup game against Racing Metro until he dropped the ball with no one around him 10m shy of the try line.
To make things worse, the Samoan seemed to pull a muscle as tried to stop to recover possession. Racing Metro went on to win the game 20-11.
At the start of the week Dundalk were level on top of the SSE Airtricity league table with a game in hand, three games left to play and a vastly superior goal difference over second placed Cork City.
Since then they dropped four points in their two games this week and find themselves needing a win against Cork in the final game of the season to claim the title.
Conor Luttrell, Pundit Arena.
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