WATCH: Irish viewers overjoyed to see Après Match back last night

The Après Match crew made a welcome return to our TV screens last night, with the first episode of new show Après Match of the Day shown on RTE2 after the match.

Football fans worn down by watching the uninspiring Euro 2016 qualifier between Ireland and Georgia cheered up at the thoughts of new material from the crew.

According to RTE the new show will have “Ireland's premier league comedy team bring back to life the matches that defined three decades of glory with the type of post and pre-match analysis that we wish we'd had back then”.

They started last night by mixing sketches with archive footage to take a unique look back at the greatest day of them all - Ireland's 5-4 penalty shootout victory over Romania to reach the quarterfinals of the 1990 World Cup.

The mix worked well, with an overdubbed musical reference to Portmarnock Golf Club’s Men Only status just one of many giggles.

There was serious attention to detail shown in the show - for many the ads were the highlight of the show.

The new show caught a lot of viewers by surprise, with some switching over when they saw it mentioned on Twitter, and other disappointed to find they had missed it.

The bad news, due to rights issues it won’t be available on RTE Player to watch back.

The good news, it was just the first in a new series, yay!

Watch the next episode next Monday on RTE2 at 10.ffpm - when the lads take a look back at Liam Brady’s debut against the USSR in 1974.

Welcome back lads, you were missed.

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