The dream start of a fourth-minute Shane Duffy goal gave way to something more like a prolonged nightmare for Martin O’Neill’s team in Tbilisi on Saturday, as an abject performance and a third successive draw in qualifying put a significant dent in Ireland’s World Cup ambitions ahead of the crunch meeting with Serbia tomorrow night.
Mon, 04 Sep, 2017
Thu, 03 Nov, 2016
In the usual manner, Ireland made this harder for themselves than was strictly necessary, not for the first time surrendering an early lead in a game, before a second half James McClean brace reasserted the visitors’ general superiority and deservedly sent them joint top on points of Group D with Serbia.
Mon, 10 Oct, 2016
In the immediate aftermath of a 1-0 win over Georgia which could so every easily have been a draw or worse for Ireland, Martin O’Neill described his team’s first-half performance as “very ordinary.”
Sat, 08 Oct, 2016
Far from familiarity breeding contempt, Martin O’Neill’s still fresh memory of how hard-earned were Ireland’s six points against Georgia in Euro qualifying means he has spent much of his media time in the run-up to tonight’s World Cup qualifier emphasising just how difficult a challenge he expects.
Thu, 06 Oct, 2016
Thu, 16 Jun, 2016
Argentina are at that stage of development where they are potentially both giants and giant-killers at this World Cup, and, having come up short in their attempts to stun the All Blacks last Sunday, the key objective for them in Gloucester yesterday was not to become the victims of shock.
Sat, 26 Sep, 2015
Joe Schmidt’s side may have got off to an impressive start at this Rugby World Cup with their dismissal of Canjada in Cardiff, but Michael Bradley recorded the first Irish success story of the tournament in Gloucester some hours earlier.
Sat, 19 Sep, 2015