The Stat-Smith is on hand with the best stats of the week from the sports of soccer, GAA, rugby, and baseball…
Cork City striker Sean Maguire bagged a last-gasp winner in Cork’s extra-time FAI Cup final victory over Dundalk today. The goal sealed Cork’s first FAI Cup since 2007, and was Maguire’s 29th goal of the season. The goal denied the Lilywhites an historic second successive double.
Joe Schmidt has become the first Ireland manager to beat New Zealand. Ireland beat the All Blacks 40-29 in a thrilling clash in Chicago yesterday, ending a 111 year winless run against the Kiwis in the process. The boys in green had lost all 28 of their previous meetings with the All Blacks.
Wayne Rooney’s assist in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Swansea today means that he has become only the third Premier League player to register over 100 assists, after Frank Lampard and Ryan Giggs. Zlatan Ibrahimovic also ended his 9 hour duck with a brace, and scored the 25,000th Premier League goal in the process.
Mayo forward Diarmuid O’Connor scooped the Young Footballer of the Year award for the second year running at the 2016 All Star awards on Friday night, a feat which his older brother Cillian also managed.
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea have won five of their last six league matches at Stamford Bridge, including yesterday’s stunning 5-0 dismantling of Everton. The London side only managed five home wins in the entirety of the 2015/2016 Premier League season. Eden Hazard has also scored in four consecutive Premier League matches for the first time in his career.
Spurs’ entertaining 1-1 draw with Arsenal today means that Mauricio Pochettino is the first Tottenham manager to go unbeaten in his first five games against the Gunners. Harry Kane’s penalty also takes his record to 5 goals in 5 games against Spurs’ bitter rivals.
The Cubs come of age
The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 109 years this week. The American baseball club beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 in the final.
Liverpool registered more shots on target today (17) in their 6-1 demolition of Watford than any other team has managed in a Premier League game since records began. However, Daryl Janmaat’s goal for the visitor mean that the Reds have kept just one clean sheet in the league this season (in a 0-0 draw with Man United).
Jermain Defoe scored the winner in Sunderland’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday, to hand the Black Cats their first league win of the season. The English striker has now scored against 35 of the 38 different sides that he has faced in the Premier League. Clinical.