Dundalk are now one game away from the Champions League group stages and are guaranteed at least a place in the Europa League.
It’s a stunning achievement for the side who went into last night’s crucial second leg a goal down against BATE Borisov.
Football fans rushed to congratulate them after their 3-0 victory, but when the FAI joined a lot of League of Ireland fans were unimpressed.
FAI CEO John Delaney’s reference to the League of Ireland as ‘a problem child’ came up a LOT - we’re guessing he sincerely regrets that line.
There were many sarcastic references to the €5,000 per club in funding the FAI announced last week.
ah lads seriously it was extra 5,000 euros that did it. Ye are geniuses up there👍— Brian Heneghan (@BrianHeneghan) August 2, 2016
You might consider giving them more than a measly £5,000 per club so.— Timmy Birchall (@tbirchall) August 2, 2016
That €5000 made all the difference 👌 Fair play lads. John Delaney is a genius.— Adam Byrne (@AdamByrne123) August 2, 2016
And even more scornful references to Delaney’s well-known fondness for joining in fan celebrations.
is John Delaney in a chopper on his way to Tallaght with a load of drink vouchers??— Eoin Scully (@Eoin_Scully1) August 2, 2016
One word in particular kept getting mentioned.
— Bohemian FC Futsal (@SCBohemian) August 3, 2016
not like the fai to hop on a band wagon— Mark Thomas (@tarkmhomas) August 2, 2016
Oh dear, maybe it would have been better to say nothing.