Anyone that wasn’t in Thurles on Monday evening was likely glued to Ireland’s opening World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Belgrade.
Woeful defending allowed Jeff Hendrick put the Boys in Green ahead with just three minutes on the clock. Serbia hit back through Filip Kostic and a dubious penalty before Daryl Murphy equalised with 10 minutes remaining.
There were a number of key talking points though – at least as far as Twitter users were concerned!
Robbie Brady’s efforts
— Jamie O'Sullivan (@_JamieOSullivan) September 5, 2016
Robbie Brady superb again ??
— Aidan Brady (@aidiebrady) September 5, 2016
We’re giving the goal to Jeff Hendrick too. Just because…
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) September 5, 2016
Some of the locals were not so impressed early on…
We're losing to Ireland….. Ireland
— Nidjo⚽️ (@nikstarbornstar) September 5, 2016
Reasonably safe prediction: Ireland to be victim of some very dodgy refereeing decisions #SerIre
— Matt Cooper (@cooper_m) September 5, 2016
— John Peavoy (@johnpeavoy) September 5, 2016
Not one of Ireland's most entertaining games made worse by ref… #COYBIG
— Elaine Fitzpatrick (@Blathanna_Dearg) September 5, 2016
Two very harsh yellow cards for Ward and Hendrick considering what Ivanovic, Long and Tadic got away with
— Mark Rodden (@MRodden) September 5, 2016
No matter how bad we're playing, we don't deserve to be behind due to a dive leading to a peno. Enough of that nonsense. #coybig
— Anthony Mc Guinness (@anthonymcg) September 5, 2016
The Newcastle connections were delighted by Daryl Murphy’s first international goal…
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 5, 2016
There Will Be A Few #NUFC Fans Changing Their Opinion On Murphy Tonight Including Myself..Anyone For Humble Pie? ?
— #FordeHaveMercy (@FordeEsq) September 5, 2016
Rafa has already made Daryl Murphy a better player. #nufc
— Quinnin (@AdamQuinnin) September 5, 2016
— Matt Rowland (@Matt_Rolo) September 5, 2016
— Danny Pascoe (@DannyPascoe11) September 5, 2016
A performance that was, overall, fairly disappointing though…
Don't know what's worse this god awful referee or Ireland's complete lack of coherence and composure. #SerIre
— Simon Blackmore (@SimonBlackmore) September 5, 2016
Ireland haven't beaten a seeded team away from home in a qualifying group since the 2-1 win over Czechoslovakia in Prague in November 1967
— Karl Reilly (@HistoryLOI) September 5, 2016
A LOI team can comfortably keep the ball against good European clubs yet lads playing in England can't string two passes together. Baffling
— Gavin McLaughlin (@McLaughlinGavin) September 5, 2016
We are so much better when we are losing !!!
— Stephen Elliott (@SleevesElliott) September 5, 2016
watching Ireland play football is as relaxing as drinking a wasp smoothie
— David O'Doherty (@phlaimeaux) September 5, 2016
This is a desperately poor Ireland performance so far
— Richie Sadlier (@RichieSadlier) September 5, 2016
The inevitable ‘supportive’ tweets…
— Shay Given (@No1shaygiven) September 5, 2016
Tweet of the Night… ahem
— chris morley (@stagmor13) September 5, 2016