On a night dominated by debuts, Ireland’s new recruits could unfortunately just could not gel quickly enough to get past their Icelandic opponents.
Cork natives John Egan and Conor Hourihane dominated the pre-match discussion, being the only two to start the game who were earning their first senior caps.
Whether Martin O’Neill saw any immediate roles for the duo looking ahead to June remains to be seen but there are signs there at least that a healthy crop of new and talented players are coming through.
Part of the this new crop of course consists of ex-Dundalk and current Preston duo Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle who both made their debuts tonight in what is a vote of confidence in the quality currently within the League of Ireland.
— eirSport (@eirSport) March 28, 2017
The game itself was, however, less than spectacular and leaves O’Neill with more questions than answers about his squad ahead of this summer’s fixtures against Mexico, Uruguay and Austria.
As ever, Twitter users were on hand to provide some immediate reaction to the night’s proceedings.
This is painful viewing #IreIce
— Mr. Doyle (@NewbridgeSaint) March 28, 2017
— Neál Martin (@NealKnows) March 28, 2017
— Patrick Mannion (@Pat_Mannion) March 28, 2017
— Preston North End FC (@pnefc) March 28, 2017
Iceland’s defensive discipline is superb, and has been for years now. So hard to break down. #IREICE
— Philip O’Connor (@philipoconnor) March 28, 2017
#irlice Iceland totally unable to keep possession, still taking a win. Robby Brady has shown real class tonight at least.
— Conor Keaney (@conjoekeaney) March 28, 2017
I’ve attended masses that were more exciting than Ireland/Iceland.
— Ronan Mullen (@RonanReigns) March 28, 2017
Worst international break ever captain breaking his leg, 0-0 draw with Wales and losing 1-0 to Iceland good god
— jack (@Jack_W25) March 28, 2017