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State of Play: IRELAND 3 ANDORRA 1

keane v andorra Shay Given – couldn’t do much for their goal; would Joe Hart have saved that? At times it was more enjoyable watching Shay running through his warm up techniques during the match than watching this turgid game itself. Shay seems to have built up quite the repertoire and at times I had to remind myself that I wasn’t at the circus. He’s a top top goalkeeper. Let’s hope Joe Hart breaks his leg. Continue reading →

Good On Paper: Game of Column Inches for Trap’s Ireland

Ireland team IRELAND’S quest for victory in Europe no doubt begins with a great deal of goodwill from the worldwide footballing family. The fall-out from Paris generated a tremendous amount of sympathy towards the Irish team and fans, most notably from the French people. However, the saying goes that sentiment means nothing in sport and no one will be more aware of that than Giovanni Trapattoni. Continue reading →

Ranty Cause: Friday kick-off? Yerevan a laugh

players paris IRELAND kick off their European Championship qualification campaign at the relatively inconspicuous time of 4pm this Friday. It’s a return to midweek matches and a throwback to a time when primary school children would pack into one classroom or a PE hall in the afternoon, crowded around a small TV, to witness the latest escapades of Jack’s Boys in Green. Continue reading →