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Ireland Fans In Confident Mood Ahead Of Austria Qualifier Following Uruguay Win

Having lost out to Mexico in America on Thursday night with a pared back squad, Martin O’Neill had many of his regulars back in action on Sunday for Ireland’s 3-1 victory over Uruguay. 

The performance was an encouraging one after a lacklustre effort in the States, with Cyrus Christie’s display on the right side of defence standing out while Jon Walters finding the back of the net gives O’Neill at least some hope that he could yet prove pivotal next weekend. However, the less said about his miss from three yards out in front of an open goal the better. 

Elsewhere, Kevin Long’s first start in an Irish shirt provides some positivity for the future of the Boys in Green’s defence.

Harry Arter also performed admirably, earning the Man of the Match award, and after captaining the side in America James McClean returned home with a bang, scoring a carbon copy of his goal against Austria away earlier in the campaign to seal the win. Let’s just hope he didn’t recreate the goal one match too early.

With a solid friendly win now under the belt, the main theme amongst Ireland fans following the game was one of confidence going into Sunday’s key qualifier at the Aviva.

Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena

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