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Walters The Star As Ireland Book Place At Euro 2016

Jonathan Walters booked the Republic of Ireland’s place at next summer’s European Championships in France with a fine display against a lacklustre Bosnian side in Dublin on Monday night. After a solid performance last week in Sarajevo, Martin O’Neill’s men knew that either a goalless draw or a win would seal their destiny. It was to be the Stoke man’s …

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What Should The Republic of Ireland Boss Do With Brady On Monday Night?

The Bosnian fog may have clouded what was a rather poor Irish performance in Zenica, but amidst the blatant lack of visibility at the Bilino Polje Stadium, one thing was clear for Irish fans – the importance of Robbie Brady. Brady’s 82nd minute strike was enough to hand Martin O’Neill’s side a slender advantage heading into Monday’s return leg at the Aviva …

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New-Look Spain Looking To Finally Put World Cup Nightmare Behind Them

Sixteen months ago in Salvador, Spain endured the worst 90 minutes of its recent football history. They arrived at the World Cup with all of the confidence and swagger one would expect from a squad expecting to retain their trophy, and to become the first nation since their temporary Brazilian hosts in 1962 to win back-to-back tournaments. That confidence lasted …

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With Whelan And McClean Suspended For Germany Clash, Who Replaces Them?

The Republic of Ireland put some distance between themselves and fourth placed Scotland last night as Jon Walters 69th minute strike was enough to seal Ireland a vital win over Group D strugglers Georgia. However, the win was slightly soured by suspensions to Stoke City’s Glenn Whelan and West Bromwich Albion’s James McClean. The win for Ireland means that O’Neill’s …

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Ireland Overcome Tricky Georgia, Set Sights On Euro 2016

Republic of Ireland manager, Martin O’Neill, admitted that his side will need to find a win in their next two matches, against Germany and Poland respectively, to secure at least a playoff spot for next summer’s European Championship finals in France despite earning three points over Georgia in Dublin on Monday night. The pace in the first half suggested this …

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Netherlands’ Euro 2016 Campaign Has Descended into Farce

It’s become an unwelcome characteristic of this Dutch side that Sunday night’s 3-0 defeat to Turkey in Konya is no longer the massive shock it once might have been. Looking at the sheer mediocrity perforating through this team it’s hard to imagine that just fourteen months ago they were destroying Brazil to finish third in the World Cup. If anything …

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Ireland’s Plight Will Get Worse Without Major Revamp

They say it’s the hope that kills you. For the first 40 minutes on Saturday, Ireland played with the sense of directness and urgency, the passing and general movement, that had been sorely lacking from an Irish team for the past few years. Where was this Ireland in Glasgow last November? Why couldn’t they have started like this against Poland …

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Ireland Need To Discover Big Game Mentality To Beat Scotland

This week saw the 25th anniversary of the day evening that Ireland began their 1990 World Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw with England in Cagliari. Earlier that day incidentally, Scotland had been defeated by Costa Rica in their opening game. As it stands, 1990 remains the last time that these two nations have appeared together in a major tournament …

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Manchester United Legend Scholes Doesn’t Hold Back When Analysing Ireland-England Game

Paul Scholes was never one to hold back on the pitch and today he translated that no-nonsense attitude to the ITV match day studio, where he provided a rather unvarnished analysis of the friendly game between Ireland and England. The Manchester United veteran wasn’t impressed in what was a lacklustre game with a minimal number of goalmouth incidents. During the post-match analysis, the 40-year-old …

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Video: Shane Long – ‘We’ve Kept It In Our Own Hands’

Following his equalising goal against Poland last night, Shane Long spoke to the FAI about how it felt to come on and save Ireland from what would have been a crushing defeat. Long also spoke about the fact that James McClean’s tackle on Arkadiusz Milik was one of the turning points in the game and it notched up the atmosphere within the …

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An Irish Fan On The Atmosphere That Surrounded Irl vs Pol

David Cullinane relives the thoughts, sights and sounds from Ireland’s spirited come-back against Poland.  There was a sense from early yesterday upon arriving in Dublin that this was more than a normal game. This was huge, this was massive; it was essentially do or die trying. As is ritual, a stroll into town to check out the atmosphere uncovered the surreal …

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McCarthy & Whelan Must Not Hide In Hoolahan’s Shadow

Wes Hoolahan’s performance last night was at times majestic and he constructed most of what was positive about Ireland’s play in the second half, however James McCarthy and Glenn Whelan mustn’t be allowed to hide in his shadow.  Hoolahan, this morning, will be waking up to a plethora of column inches surrounding his outstanding display last night and how he helped Ireland valiantly came back …

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Offence Will Be Ireland’s Best Defence Against Poland

To paraphrase Liam Harrison and the Goal Celebrities’ famous Italia ’90 song, this writer very much hopes Martin O’Neill gives ‘it a lash’ against Poland on Sunday night. This will have to be tempered of course against a side which boast names such as prolific striker Robert Lewandowski. The Polish talisman is what the focus will be on from the off for Ireland’s …

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The Case For Ireland’s No.1 Jersey: Will Fortune Favour The Brave?

Tonight sees Ireland take on Poland in a crunch Euro qualifier game with all their goalkeepers in contention for a place.   The Polish management have already declared that Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski has ousted his former Arsenal teammate Wojciech Szczesny to start in goal, despite the latter’s previous excellence between the sticks against  Germany. Fabianski’s promotion was something of a …

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