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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1 Posted 16/11/2015 at 20:50:57
2 Posted 16/11/2015 at 22:10:58
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.
3 Posted 16/11/2015 at 22:13:10
4 Posted 16/11/2015 at 22:23:17
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.
5 Posted 16/11/2015 at 22:32:36
Character, however, can only take you so far.
6 Posted 16/11/2015 at 23:19:45
Very, very happy for Ireland.
10 Posted 17/11/2015 at 00:12:17
But are they equipped to go any further?
Last time was a bit of a let down.
11 Posted 17/11/2015 at 00:52:21
Well done any way.
12 Posted 17/11/2015 at 01:15:57
13 Posted 17/11/2015 at 01:40:44
14 Posted 17/11/2015 at 04:22:22
Well done Ireland.
15 Posted 17/11/2015 at 06:56:38
16 Posted 17/11/2015 at 07:46:51
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.
17 Posted 17/11/2015 at 09:10:21
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.
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.
19 Posted 17/11/2015 at 09:31:10
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!
20 Posted 17/11/2015 at 09:56:09
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.
21 Posted 17/11/2015 at 10:53:53
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.
22 Posted 17/11/2015 at 11:30:22
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.
23 Posted 17/11/2015 at 12:49:02
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.
24 Posted 17/11/2015 at 13:16:39
26 Posted 17/11/2015 at 14:23:14
27 Posted 17/11/2015 at 15:35:19
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.
28 Posted 17/11/2015 at 17:30:01
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.
29 Posted 17/11/2015 at 17:57:47
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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