What a goal from Conor Hourihane!
Ireland face into a crucial month which will make or break their World Cup campaign. The Boys in Green know that anything less than six points against Moldova and Wales will not be enough to see them into the play-offs.
Martin O’Neill saw his side offer two disappointing performances against Georgia and Serbia earlier this month, which derailed any hopes of topping the group, and plunged a second-placed finish into doubt.
If Ireland are to turn things around, they will need to be at their very best in Dublin and Cardiff.
Many are calling for a change in personnel following two flat performances, as O’Neill ponders who can come into the side.
Conor Hourihane is yet to prominently feature for Ireland, but the Cork native is finding his feet at Aston Villa, showing impressive form.
Yesterday, the Villans gained a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest, thanks to a remarkable Hourihane free kick.
The midfielder stood over the ball outside the box, bending it around the wall and low into the net.
— Na Glinntí Glasa (@NaGlinntiGlasa) September 23, 2017
Villa have recovered from a slow start this season to work their way up the Championship table. The Birmingham outfit are eager to return to the Premier League, and if Conor Hourihane continues to produce goals of this quality, they may be onto a winner.