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Post by westisbest on Sun 31 Aug 2014, 10:11 am

First topic message reminder :

So this week sees the start of the euro qualifiers.

We start with an away game to Georgia.

Will be very tough for us to qualify.

If we can get 6 points, which will be the target from our first 2 games( Gibraltar h after Georgia). will be good.

Then we have world champions Germany a, can write them off as 2 defeats.

Scotland will be interesting to play, they have picked up a bit.

Poland will be tricky.

Hate to say it, but cant see us making it, but one thing is for sure we will give it a hell of a go.
Also with the great Irish support behind the boys, we may surprise a few.


So C'MON YOU BOYS IN GREEN. Leprechaun

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Post by westisbest on Mon 16 Nov 2015, 10:07 pm

Fernando wrote:
SecretFly wrote:
Fernando wrote:Such a joke penalty Laugh I doubt the irish will calling for a rematch due to fair play now it's gone their way for once Whistle

Dumb but not stupid?

Well considering you spent months complaining over a handball it's kinda ironic that you won't about this one since in your favour Laugh  

Err, slightly different nando. Wink

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Post by Basset on Mon 16 Nov 2015, 11:00 pm

Well Fernando & Hoggy you can pi$$ right off! F**k the begrudgers

C'mon Ireland!
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=I5PT65I2ny8

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Post by liverbnz on Tue 17 Nov 2015, 10:49 am

Bosnia should kick up a fuss and appeal. They'll get their pockets lined at the very least.

On a serious note, well played Ireland. They managed the game very well. Bosnia and their superior technical players did not. I was annoyed at O'Neill for his approach to the Scotland games which left us having to beat Germany and Poland, and then into the unknown of the POs but credit where it's due I think. Hopefully we make a better fist of it than last time.

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Post by SecretFly on Tue 17 Nov 2015, 11:08 am

Ireland's major problem over many years is the weird lack of one distinct skill............... one that all professionals should really have down as automatic instinct............... and that is this uncanny lack of ability to take down a long ball directly to the foot, smother its momentum and take it down tidily to their feet, ready instantly to work with.  
What I've seen far too many times is how much that inability runs through so many Irish sides and plays a big part in that often spoken-of lack of control.  The ball coming in to an Irish player bounces off their feet and often rebounds yards, leaving rich picking for opportunistic opposition players to snatch it.
It's possibly the most important skill in modern football and if I was Irish coach I'd demand players hone it better.

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Post by westisbest on Fri 25 Mar 2016, 9:46 pm

Decent win tonight and a clean sheet.

Good to give a couple of debuts to O'Kane &Hayes.

Great to see Clark score.

Not a bad start for the preperation for the euros.

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Post by westisbest on Tue 31 May 2016, 11:04 pm

squad for euro's

gk given randolph Westwood

df christie coleman keough duffy o'shea clark ward brady

mf mcgeady meyler hendrick quinn mccarthy whelan wessi mcclean

f murphy walters keane long

as expected, shame arter is out, would have had hi. in place of quinn if he was fit.

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Post by westisbest on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 2:12 am

Didn't see all the game last night.
Wasn't great by all accounts.
Got the 3 points though.
Gonna be a tough group whoever wins.
Very tight at this early stage.
Just waiting for the taxi to Heathrow.
Off to Moldova. Looks an interesting spot.
Hopefully another 3 points.

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Post by SecretFly on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 10:29 am

Didn't see the game either but I saw replays of that goal - what a wandering albatross of a score that was. Crazy goal.

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Post by westisbest on Mon 10 Oct 2016, 7:28 pm

Not the best game, but another 3 points.
Quality weekend. Some very good bars over there.

Also happend to meet Brian Kerr and Ray Houghton.

Hopefully can kept the decent start up.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Sat 12 Nov 2016, 6:33 pm

Wes Hoolahan is god
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Post by westisbest on Sat 12 Nov 2016, 6:36 pm

Just subbed off.

Can sometimes be a bit poor for Ireland.
Let's hope we can hold on.

Won £55 on McLean scoring so not to bad.

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Post by westisbest on Sat 12 Nov 2016, 7:31 pm

Great win.

Dont want to get carried away, but no reason we cant win this group.

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Post by Basset on Sat 12 Nov 2016, 7:49 pm

I hope your right West, a draw between Wales & Serbia would suit us tonight, we will miss Robbie Brady against Wales though

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Post by westisbest on Sat 12 Nov 2016, 8:03 pm

Yeah he will be a big loss.

Going to be an interesting game that.

Hopefully a draw tonight.

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Post by Basset on Sat 12 Nov 2016, 9:43 pm

Great result for us with Wales & Serbia drawing and the Ireland rugby team winning all we need now is Conor McGregor to win tonight as well

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Post by westisbest on Sat 12 Nov 2016, 10:06 pm

Yeah it's been a great day.
Fancy McGregor 1st/2nd round ko.

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Post by Basset on Sun 13 Nov 2016, 1:37 pm

You were right 2nd round some finish as well great performance from Conor I'm knackered after staying up to watch it!

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Post by SecretFly on Sun 13 Nov 2016, 1:59 pm

Quite a weekend run for the colour green.  Of course, next week might have a lot of blood red on the field.  Enjoy it whilst it lasts, boys Wink

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Post by Dolphin Ziggler on Sun 13 Nov 2016, 2:43 pm

Just a reminder to how this thread started a few years ago:

super_realist wrote:Ireland were comfortably the worst team at the last Euro's.

I agree I don't think they'll make it.

super_realist wrote:It's way too tough a group for ROI.

They make England look like tournament challengers. International Football in the British Isles is in the toilet.

super_realist wrote:I'd agree Germany could put out anyone and still win group.
Poland most likely next favourites, Scotland third, Georgia and Ireland battling for 4th.
ROI have fallen so far in the last 6-7 years that they are now on the minnow level.

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Post by westisbest on Sun 13 Nov 2016, 4:04 pm

That's super realist for you.


In fairness I thought it would be between us and Scotland for the third spot.

We're going great guns at the moment.
Wales game will be tough. They have to go for the win.
Brady will be a loss for us though.

Fancy us to win though.

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Post by westisbest on Sat 11 Nov 2017, 9:36 pm

Frustrating.
Don’t think we even deserved to draw, but defiantly needed an away goal I feel.

Least we didn’t lose I suppose.

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Post by Basset on Sun 12 Nov 2017, 6:18 pm

Yeah was a tough watch at times we really needed the away goal but least we didn’t get any bookings to rule any players out. Wes has to start on Tuesday. COYBIG!

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Post by westisbest on Sun 12 Nov 2017, 7:42 pm

Think he’ll start with same team.
Would like to see Long start.
I know he hasn’t scored in a long time(excuse the pun).

Just feel his pace may cause them trouble.

Would rather see Wes come on then start.

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Post by Basset on Sun 12 Nov 2017, 8:54 pm

Yeah completely agree with you regarding Long I think Myler will also start going to be another nail biting night!

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Post by SecretFly on Wed 15 Nov 2017, 5:18 pm

Okay...time for the decades and decades of crap to end.  What Ireland needs is footballers that can play football - and let nobody tell me the guys who turned up last night showed that they could.  

So instead of coaches like O'Neill, Trappatoni (and even Big Jack long before them) talking about systems and halfbacks and defenders and set-pieces, why doesn't anyone simply remark on the number of Professsional - I say again, Professional - players who seem eternally incapable of doing a basic professional skill of taking a travelling ball down to their feet and controlling it to stay there without that ball bouncing off their feet, shins, knees, heads, shoulders.... whichever part of them it chooses to bounce off...and ending up 4, 5, 10 or 15 yards away from them.  

This one skill is essential if you want to compete at the highest levels.  You have to be able to kill the momentum of an incoming ball so that it stays at your feet and gives you time to pass it on or take it on yourself.  I've lost count of the generations of Irish players that seem to be incapable of this one skill and it really does have an effect on outcomes and scorelines when five, six, seven or eight players on a team find it difficult to receive a distant ball from their teammates without having to chase after it again when it bounces away from them.

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Post by Pal Joey on Wed 15 Nov 2017, 9:05 pm

I still blame Sepp Blatter for that lack of ball control.
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Post by SecretFly on Wed 15 Nov 2017, 9:19 pm

Well, Sepp's bedroom antics ain't none of my affair - but it seems Henry had to promise to sleep with him to get the Hand of Destiny past the ref's vision.

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Post by Pal Joey on Wed 15 Nov 2017, 9:36 pm

Laugh

Would have been great seeing the RoI qualify, Fly. Feel for you mate. I have happy memories of their '94 campaign in the US... sea of green in the packed stadia and some good entertaining football.

Aus has that same ball control problem too. They always seem to be on the verge of losing possession when in possession, of passing the ball to opposition or simply letting the ball run out when under not much pressure. Add to that last night's instances of goalkeeper or defenders miscuing the ball badly (mis-kicking into the stands!) and turning over possession very cheaply deep in defensive territory. They too easily can have moments where they lack confidence and can be forced into punishable errors.

I never see other teams do these types of things on such a consistent basis.

I'm thrilled we qualified the hard way but I just hope we don't embarrass ourselves too much in Russia.
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Post by SecretFly on Wed 15 Nov 2017, 9:54 pm

thumbsup Congratulations on getting through, Dog.  Hope Australians get behind the boys and make it a party, whatever the results on the field.  But hope you sock it to a few big boys too Wink

I've got two three Aussie nephews so yep, I'll be keeping an eye out.  Even my usual substitute team to support in WCs, (Italy) didn't get through! - felt for poor Buffon, who has always been a gentleman of the game.

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Post by westisbest on Wed 15 Nov 2017, 11:10 pm

I’d say a few will retire now.
Was just dreadful last night.
Shocking annoying disappointing any word will do.

MON and Keane looked lost at times for ideas.

Good luck to Denmark, some good words by Shmicheal afterwords.

Always like Australia in football and rugby.
As a Villa fan, great to see Jedinak score a hatrick.

Hope the Aussies do well.

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Post by westisbest on Tue 16 Oct 2018, 10:03 pm

Very tough to watch.

Going backwards very fast and have been for a while.

Well done to Wales, have some very good youngsters in their team.

Players look void of ideas at times.

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Post by daraghj82 on Wed 17 Oct 2018, 10:56 am


very poor again , we'll be 3rd seeds when the draw for euro is going to be made in December (maybe we could fix it a bit as it will be held in Dublin Smile ) anyway Denmark should have beaten us on Saturday and I think we should have give keane/o'neill their cards after the wales game away , time to get mick back !

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Post by SecretFly on Wed 21 Nov 2018, 10:18 am

Delaney only begins to see that there MIGHT be a problem here when he looks into the crowds at the NI v Irl game and counts 31,000 people.

Hmmmm, you don't say, Delaney? Things ain't going swell, Delaney? Coz of the crowds, Delaney?

It's always crowd numbers and tickets with Delaney. He doesn't have a football theory thought in his head. So as he has his emergency meeting with O'Neill and there is talk of O'Neill getting the sack........ I hope Delaney saves a termination-of-contract form for himself, fills it out and walks out the door too. Someone else will close it for him.

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Post by Just John on Wed 21 Nov 2018, 10:52 am

O’Neill & Keane have departed

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Post by SecretFly on Wed 21 Nov 2018, 11:01 am

Now, there needs to be a campaign to have Delaney go with them. The man is slow stepping Irish football into the sewer. He's the rot, not the coming and going managers.

More League of Ireland players/partnerships..... and maybe even a League of Ireland manager promoted. Use the Rugby Union blueprint - everything coming from within. So we suffer even more for a few years.... so what. Get the Foundation right and then work from there.

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Post by daraghj82 on Thu 22 Nov 2018, 9:11 am


keane and MON reached the point of no return really ! hopefully mick McCarthy can be asked to manage us again, things can only get better (hopefully) Smile

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Post by SecretFly on Thu 22 Nov 2018, 9:58 am

McCarthy had his shot, in my opinion. Let's do the real risky business, since we're already down the hole deep, and just pick Kenny

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Post by westisbest on Fri 07 Jun 2019, 11:16 pm

Good result tonight.

Beat Gibraltar Monday and it’s 10 points from 12.

Decent start to the campaign.

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Post by daraghj82 on Mon 10 Jun 2019, 2:27 pm


yeah great result on Friday against the danes hopefully a 3 or 4 nil tonight v Gibraltar Republic of Ireland thread - Page 4 3845856932

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Post by SecretFly on Mon 10 Jun 2019, 2:46 pm

Provided there's not a breeze. We ain't too good against them lads when the wind gets involved.

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Post by westisbest on Mon 10 Jun 2019, 8:02 pm

Probably won’t be any more than 2-0 at a guess.
Could do with racking up some goals.

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Post by Pal Joey on Mon 10 Jun 2019, 8:50 pm

SecretFly wrote:Provided there's not a breeze.  We ain't too good against them lads when the wind gets involved.

I didn't realise you guys also have a pipe band for these matches. You are so full of wet air, fly. Smile
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Post by daraghj82 on Thu 13 Jun 2019, 12:22 pm

Very Happy yeah the band was the best part of the game on mon

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