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13 Quickfire Conclusions As Harry Wilson Stunner Breaks Irish Hearts

UEFA Nations League, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 16/10/2018 Republic of Ireland vs Wales Ireland's Shane Long dejected after conceding a goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Ireland suffered defeat at the hands of Wales in their crucial UEFA Nations League game thanks to Harry Wilson’s spectacular second half free-kick for Ryan Giggs’ side.

The Boys in Green started well but eventually fell to a bright young Welsh side that were missing key players such as Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

Here are 13 quickfire conclusions as Ireland fall to Wales by a single goal to nil at the Aviva Stadium.


1) Ireland are a far superior side with two up front as opposed to one isolated frontman.

2) Callum Robinson’s pace and endeavour brings something completely different to this Irish side, and the Preston man fully deserves his spot in this starting XI.

3) Ireland struggled when they went one down and looked extremely panicked for 5 minutes after, which is not the kind of trait any team wants.

4) They gained some urgency after conceding but the fact that it took going one down to trigger it is incredibly frustrating for Irish fans.

5) Harry Wilson sure knows how to strike a ball. 

6) Wales have an exciting young squad and the likes of David Brooks, Tyler Roberts and Harry Wilson all have incredible potential.

7) Jeff Hendrick is much better dropping deep to receive the ball, than playing higher up off the striker where he can’t affect the game as much.

8) Harry Arter is playing like he has something to prove following his return to the Irish setup, but perhaps it was his overeagerness that led to his foul for Wilson’s goal

9) Despite playing in the Championship Joe Allen is still a tremendous footballer. The type of dynamic midfielder this Irish side is desperately in need of.

10) Once again Cyrus Christie performed relatively well in the midfield and it’s looking more and more likely that it’ll be his position in an Irish shirt going forward.

11) The Fulham man needs to work on his composure in front of goal however.

12) Matt Doherty looks a shadow of the player he has been in the Premier League for Wolves.

13) Despite a bright start Ireland eventually tasted defeat once again, this could be the loss that sees the end of Martin O’Neill’s reign in charge of the Boys in Green.

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