Ireland women waltz past the Matildas; Rory McIlroy on Ryder Cup history

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Ireland women beat Australia 3-2 in Tallaght on Tuesday night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland women beat Australia 3-2 in Tallaght on Tuesday night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland women ended a run of seven-consecutive defeats and earned a statement win last night, as they beat Sam Kerr’s Australia 3-2 in a five-goal thriller in Tallaght. A crowd of 3,341 witnessed Vera Pauw’s side spoil the Chelsea striker’s 100th cap party, with Louise Quinn’s 49th-minute header proving enough to see off the Matildas. Gavin Cummiskey reports: “Tigers one and all. That is how manager Vera Pauw described this workaholic group of equally paid Irish internationals. The night was supposed to belong to Sam Kerr but a trademark header by Louise Quinn, naturally from a Katie McCabe corner, allowed the Republic of Ireland to snap a seven game losing streak in front of 3,341 mostly young girls in Tallaght. Maybe, just maybe, something special is stirring ahead of world number two Sweden coming to town for the World Cup qualifier on October 21st.”

It is just two days until the start of the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits and Rory McIlroy has discussed a motivational tool captain Pádraig Harrington has used to remind Team Europe of their special place in golfing history ahead of the competition in Wisconsin. Each of the European players have been assigned a number to reflect their participation in the Ryder Cup, with debutant Bernd Wiesberger the highest at 164. McIlroy said: “570 people have been into space. I think over 5,000 people have climbed Everest. 225 have won a men’s major. When you sort of break it down like that it’s a pretty small group and it’s pretty cool.”

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