“We’re at home and we know that we can turn up,” said Shane Duffy, expressing confidence that Ireland can put their scare in Gibraltar behind them and produce what, it hardly needs saying, will need to be a far better performance against tricky customers Georgia in Dublin tomorrow night.
Mon, 25 Mar, 2019
The only bit of good Nations League news out of last night for Ireland is that, with Denmark’s stand-off with their federation now resolved, they are sure to present a rather more formidable obstacle to Wales in Aarhus on Sunday than sorry Ireland were able to muster in Cardiff.
Fri, 07 Sep, 2018
Forget weary Wembley’s limp and half-hearted response to England’s recent qualification for Russia, forget those cynics who say international football doesn’t matter - anyone wanting to get a real flavour of what the World Cup really means should take a look at what happened on an historic night in Cardiff.
Tue, 10 Oct, 2017
“We have to win the games and the equation is really simple,” was Martin O’Neill’s decisive summation yesterday, as he contemplated Ireland’s World Cup qualifying landscape with two group games to go.
Fri, 06 Oct, 2017
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
Even though the club made it clear that he would not be their Number One choice this season, prompting his decision to drop down a division to join Middlesbrough, Darren Randolph takes no pleasure in seeing his former employers West Ham propping up the Premier League with no points and eight goals conceded after three games.
Fri, 01 Sep, 2017
There is a theory that playing for England isn’t the draw it used to be, given the pressure that comes with it, and the ever-increasing rewards that are now the norm at the higher end of the club game, but there are no signs of it gaining currency on this side of the water.
Sun, 26 Mar, 2017