Republic of Ireland fans came to this match armed with tennis balls and hope. They threw the former on to the pitch as part of a planned protest but they did not let go of the latter, rather their hope was inflated by their team’s performance. Mick McCarthy’s first match since returning for a second spell in charge of his country yielded three points thanks to a wonderful goal by Conor Hourihane and an uplifting collective display.
True, Darren Randolph had to make two exceptional saves in the second half to preserve Ireland’s lead but the home team’s performance was brighter than any in the recent past. Suddenly the future does not look so bleak.
Source: Football News
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