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Ranking The Best Ever Goals Scored Against Ireland

DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 7: Thierry Henry of France celebrates after scoring during the World Cup Group 4 Qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and France at Lansdowne Road on September 7, 2005 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

There have been some truly remarkable strikes against Ireland down through the years.

When going through the history of Irish football, there have been many heart-breaks. When mentioning the low points for the Boys in Green in modern times, names like Toto Schillaci and Antoine Griezman spring to mind.

However, while these were the highest profile goals, what were the highest quality ones which rattled the Republic of Ireland net?

Here we attempt to rank the seven best. Of course, do get in touch if you feel there were any goals unfairly omitted.

7. David Alaba

The Bayern Munich star failed to make an impact in Vienna two weeks ago as Ireland recorded a famous victory; a win that was all the sweeter considering the hurt caused by Austria in the past.

The 2014 World Cup campaign looked to be back on track with Ireland leading Austria 2-1 with minutes to go in Dublin.

However, Alaba stood up and sent a rocket into the net. Granted, there was a slight deflection, but what a strike it was.

6. Mario Balotelli

The controversial Italian rocked up to Euro 2012 with a focus. His exploits in Poland/Ukraine will be best remembered for how he single-handedly dismantled the Germans in the semi-final, but his volley against Ireland wasn’t half-bad either.

He parried John O’Shea as if he wasn’t there, to rifle the ball past Shay Given.

5. Sean Maloney

On the night which Martin O’Neill’s reign as Ireland manager hollowed out, Maloney scored a screamer from a well-worked Scottish set-piece.

4. Toni Kroos

As Ireland embarked on their 2014 World Cup campaign, the Giovanni Trapattoni era was beginning to go stale. The World Cup champions elect travelled to Dublin and wiped the floor with Ireland.

It was Toni Kroos’ decisive sixth goal which was the pick of the bunch, running backwards into the ball to hit a low left-footed volley past Kieren Westwood.

3. Tornike Okriashvili

Could David Forde have done better? Probably. But Tornike Okriashvili hit the ball and it stayed hit.

Funnily enough, it wasn’t even the best goal of the match, as Aiden McGeady spared Irish blushes at the death with a screamer.

2. Jimmy Quinn

It was a famous night for Irish football, but Jimmy Quinn opened the scoring with an outrageous volley.

1. Thierry Henry

Mention the name of Thierry Henry to Irish football fans, and this effort is not what springs to mind. But credit where it is due, this strike in the old Lansdowne Road was simply divine.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.