McCarthy and Coleman's Ireland beat Besic's Bosnia

16/11/2015  25 Comments  [Jump to last]

It was a great night for the Irish in Dublin as they scored two goals to seal a playoff win that takes them to France and Euro2016 at the expense of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Mohamed Besic was a half-time sub for the visitors while James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman played the full game ending with a 3-1 win on aggregate.  

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Barry McNally
1 Posted 16/11/2015 at 20:50:57
Mo Besic on at HT for B&H away to Ireland in Euro playoff.
Ciaran Duff
2 Posted 16/11/2015 at 22:10:58
I thought both McCarthy and Coleman played well defensively. Ireland never really looked like conceding (okay, B&H one decent shot off the bar right at the death). Good to see Besic back on the pitch for 45 mins.

B&H reminded me of us last season, lots of possession but little creativity and hardly troubled the keeper. Randolph in goal has looked pretty solid in all the games that I have seen him.

Shane Corcoran
3 Posted 16/11/2015 at 22:13:10
COYBIG and thanks to Besic for being shite tonight.
Oliver Molloy
4 Posted 16/11/2015 at 22:23:17
Great that four from five made it to the finals... pity that Scotland got there also...

The Irish fans will bring the criac all right but the teams will bring the same boring shite they have been bringing the last 12 years.

Des Farren
5 Posted 16/11/2015 at 22:32:36
Bosnia had the skills, Ireland the character.

Character, however, can only take you so far.

Jamie Crowley
6 Posted 16/11/2015 at 23:19:45
That may be true, Des, but character makes the trip a hell of a lot more enjoyable.

Very, very happy for Ireland.

Des Farren
10 Posted 17/11/2015 at 00:12:17
Agreed Jamie and at least they are making the trip.
But are they equipped to go any further?
Last time was a bit of a let down.
Derek Thomas
11 Posted 17/11/2015 at 00:52:21
The Republic will be 4th(?) seed in any group, all depends who they get drawn with. They might have an outside chance of getting out of the group... maybe... on a good day.

Well done any way.

John Brereton
12 Posted 17/11/2015 at 01:15:57
COYBIG!!!! Great result!! Can't wait for France next year with FOUR Toffees in the squad!
Harold Matthews
13 Posted 17/11/2015 at 01:40:44
So pleased. What a massive achievement.
Jay Harris
14 Posted 17/11/2015 at 04:22:22
Small nation, big hearts and character.

Well done Ireland.

Duncan McDine
15 Posted 17/11/2015 at 06:56:38
I wonder if Irish fans are as bothered by a lot of the back-handed compliments on this thread, as us Evertonians have been when labelled 'plucky' etc in the last 15 years?
Jim Bennings
16 Posted 17/11/2015 at 07:46:51
Bosnia had the skills?

I can barely remember many serious threats to the Irish goal until the tie was completely done and dusted.

Ireland played the game with their heads more than Bosnia who seemed to lose it in the heat of the occasion.

Can't say I'm sorry to see Bosnia go out after those thugs' behavior during the minute of silence last night, what is worrying though and it blatantly obvious security needs tightening is Bosnia had sicko fans in the stadium last night that were supportive of a sickening terror attack, that basically is saying you still have no control over who is being allowed into football stadiums.

I find that more worrying than anything.

Kevin O'Regan
17 Posted 17/11/2015 at 09:10:21
Duncan (12), not bothered one bit – the fighting Irish are back and well able to take it on the chin. Still feel bad for the Scots to be honest.

But big Credit to the lads in green for a great effort. Whatever about the quality, they deserve their reward as they have worked hard for it. Now we need to make sure we give it a better shot then in Poland. As Keano says, it's not all about partying – but a few days of it will be just grand.

And by the way, our 2 toffees did very well – don't forget Seamus please – all round soiid performance, despite playing too defensively for my liking.

Oliver Molloy
18 Posted 17/11/2015 at 09:21:44

I agree... and you know what, their actions could have influenced the referee giving that dodgy penalty.


it is great that Ireland are going to France but I'm more interested in how McCarthy, Coleman and any other international player on our books perform for Everton.

Tony Abrahams
19 Posted 17/11/2015 at 09:31:10
Delighted for the "Boys in Green". There'll possibly be half-a-million people going to France, just from Britain and Ireland alone. Shame about The Jocks, especially considering they were the better team against Ireland over the two games.

As someone as already mentioned though, character can take you a long way, and if Ireland are going to be fourth seeds, it will definitely be in the so-called group of death.

Loved the pictures of Seamus Coleman walking round the pitch at the end with McCarthy. He looked to be close to being overwhelmed, and is an absolute credit to himself, this kid. Started late, and probably appreciates everything so much more, because of this. Made up for him!

Shane Corcoran
20 Posted 17/11/2015 at 09:56:09
Great result although I can't say I enjoy watching the football we play.

Martinez should sign Randolph, put in him in instead of Howard and get him sharp for next summer. By the same token he should release McGeady in January and either play or release Gibson too as Ireland need Gibson in midfield.

I will be refreshing the Ryanair page on 12th December before Trickey Mickey gets a chance to hike the prices.

Jim Bennings
21 Posted 17/11/2015 at 10:53:53
Martinez should forget Father Christmas and just get Randolph in a blue stocking in the January sales!

The guy looks solid and let's be honest even if Tim Howard was Peter Schmeichel and Neville Southall reincarnated (which he ain't!) there's no getting away from the fact that his age means he's going to need replacing sooner rather than later.

Mark Fitzgerald
22 Posted 17/11/2015 at 11:30:22
Gotta give a shout out to Seamus Coleman who I thought was terrific over the last few group games.

When this lad joined Everton he was an immediate hit with his marauding runs forward though some, quite rightly, questioned his defensive abilities at the time. For me, he has improved immensely defensively. Once again last night he seemed in total control of his game, not only winning his individual duels but always covering his CBs.

At club level we probably would love to see him revert to the all out attacking force he once was, but do not underestimate his importance defensively. Here's hoping that Bainesy rediscovers his best form and we can once more have the best full-back duo in the game.

Jim Knightley
23 Posted 17/11/2015 at 12:49:02
Are we seriously considering a goalkeeping replacement based on international performances? After Howard has a fantastic World Cup and returned for his worst performance in an Everton shirt? Or when Ospina has performed fantastically for Columbia time and time again, but makes regular errors in an Arsenal shirt?

Well done to Ireland. Bosnia have some really talented players, especially Pjanic, but Ireland deserved to go through. No reason they can't make it out their group either, if the draw is favorable.

Alastair Donaldson
24 Posted 17/11/2015 at 13:16:39
Well done to both the Republic of Ireland for winning the playoff last night and to Northern Ireland for finishing top of their group and comfortably qualifying for their first major tournament since 1986!!!
Shane Corcoran
26 Posted 17/11/2015 at 14:23:14
Of course not Jim, we're just flying high at the minute. Still reckon he'd be better than Howard though, would cost very little and wouldn't demand wages like Tim. But no, just acting the maggot.
Harold Matthews
27 Posted 17/11/2015 at 15:35:19
Yes, Coleman played very well. Didn't notice McCarthy so much but he must have been in there doing his job. O'Neill and Keane know the score and Ireland will be tough opponents at the Euros.

Very pleased to see Besic come through okay despite taking a knock whilst making a sliding tackle. Obviously nowhere near peak fitness, he looked comfortable on the ball and Martinez might need him over the Christmas period.

Andrew Clare
28 Posted 17/11/2015 at 17:30:01
Congratulations to Ireland. A very spirited performance and a fantastic crowd. The Bosnians were quite clearly the more skillful team but their discipline left a lot to be desired at times.

With the exception of the odd player and one team – Scotland of the mid '60s – all of the teams from Ireland and the UK have and do perform in that dogged physical style that isn't for the football purist. Hard graft and no flair is the order of the day for our international teams.

Having said all that, I am sure it was a very exciting night if you were at the game yesterday.
Des Farren
29 Posted 17/11/2015 at 17:57:47
Yes Jim @13. Really.

Ireland won for a reason, they imposed their game on the Bosnians. Tough, uncompromising and resilient, they indicated from the off that they were "up for it". Surely you can recall games where less skilful teams than Everton blew us away. Stoke, for one, do it occasionally.

"Security needs tightening" you say. Why? Where? At the Aviva? Because a couple dozen Bosnians, ignorant, drunk, not understanding, whatever, did not observe the minute's silence? And you find this "more worrying than anything"?

Btw there were no reports of thuggish behaviour nor any arrests.

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