Republic 4 Estonia 0

Someon has obviously been waiting for the appropriate moment… Let’s hope they’re not wrong…

  • Republic of Connaught

    Great win for the boys in Green. Still no fan of the Trap’s style of football but if it gets us to tournaments it’s hard to complain.

    It’ll be a big benefit for pubs across the island this summer. We might even have a few Unionists cheering for us considering we are the only representatives of these ancient Isles besides England πŸ™‚

  • PJ Maybe

    What a jolly band of craicsters. With a song in their hearts and a mischievous twinkle in their eyes I’m sure the Poles and Ukrainians can’t wait for the tidal wave of mock mickery. The stories of fans rising from the dead to travel, others selling all their kidneys just to see the green and gold army in action, draped flags you’d normally see wrapped around the coffins of dead “freedom fighters and volunteers”, singing their wee songs about rivers running free and boys from the old (fire?) brigade. And for those that say at home?. I’m sure the preparations for the entirely unrelated riot in Strabane are already well advanced.
    And yet, despite their cross community credentials being the stuff of legend, those intransigent bigots in the Unionist laager won’t embrace this soccer team. Doesn’t it say it all?

  • Dec


    How refreshing to see such bitterness on a crisp Saturday morning. Still, can’t be much fun being a NI supporter this morning after the Republic easily dispatched a team that managed to beat NI home and away.

  • lamhdearg

    good luck lads, myself, i will be shouting for the other British (isles) team.

  • PJ Maybe

    And the first bleary eyed, black stuff soaked response is a palpable miss. Have something to eat (I hear stuff from O’Brien’s is good) compose your thoughts and try again.

  • I’m sure the preparations for the entirely unrelated riot in Strabane are already well advanced.


    Why Strabane in particular?

  • Henry94

    Let’s just play the second leg and actually qualify before we start getting carried away. Nobody has any business looking beyond Tuesday even with a 4-0 lead.

  • Neil

    And yet, despite their (ROI) cross community credentials being the stuff of legend

    That’s gotta be a pisstake. OWC fan PJ? Any of your players getting sectarian death threats much?

  • lamhdearg

    Neil, any Rangers players on the R.O.I. team?.

  • Harry Flashman

    From CiF;

    “If Ireland are drawn in a group with with Greece, Portugal and Italy, will it be the group of debt ?”

  • Republic of Connaught


    We’d be more than happy to have Steve Davis on the plane to the Ukraine (& Poland).

  • Tomas Gorman

    That made me chuckle Harry.

  • lamhdearg

    R.o.C., steve may be busy, playing for the British O team,yes i know, one can only dream.

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    I’ve no prob congratulating the ROI side – cracking result. The more home nation sides in the finals the better as far as I am concerned – makes it far more interesting. It’s a bit like the begrudgers who love seeing England fail to qualify – you need british & irish sides to generate the interest/hype to make the tournament interesting.

    Traps has done a super job – play boring football but who cares. You gotta play to your strengths.

    Anyway, no real interest in footy, c’mon on Ullsssttttteeerrrrrrrr. off to ravers soon for some proper sport.

  • AGlassOfHine

    Β£50 on them last night @ 13/8.
    I actually had a look on here before the game to see if there was a Thread.
    Ah well,better late than never.
    Sure makes a welcome change from the RWC bore fest !!

  • Harry Flashman

    “you need british & irish sides to generate the interest/hype to make the tournament interesting”

    Quite right, begrudging the RoI team is exactly the equivalent of those tedious Scottish boors who nyam about England.

    I will happily cheer on Ireland and England when they’re playing, as I would Wales and Scotland and of course Northern Ireland if they got through.

  • sonofstrongbow

    What is it about ROI football ‘fans’ from NI that has them seeing a win on the pitch as having defeated two teams, the one they are actually playing and (in absentia) Northern Ireland?

    Could it simply be naked sectarianism channeled through sport? Surely not?

  • stewart1

    Interesting to see quite a number of NI youth team players openly showing their support for Trap’s men on Twitter last night. They seem to have got a lot of abuse for it but carried on regardless.

    Perhaps a few future young stars for Trap to look at over the next couple of years πŸ™‚

  • Will

    Good result for ROI, impressive that they took full advantage of the 1 then 2 man advantage over the Estonians. Any NI fan wanting the Republic to lose last night is as bad as the bitter Irish fans who go out of their way to support whoever is playing England in major tournaments

    I look forward to seeing Ireland in the Euros and hope to see NI qualifying for a major tournament soon enough as well. All we need is a period of resurgence like the Welsh team are currently experiencing. Oh and a Northern Irish Gareth Bale would do nicely too. . .

  • Greenflag

    Spare a thought for the hapless Estonians . Having defeated NI they must have cherished some hope of defeating the Republic at least on home turf . this was to be their first major international tournament qualification . The Estonians have only had a ‘national team’ for about ten years so they’ve done well to get this far . Some of their players last night had ‘Russian ‘ names which is part of the history of soccer in that part of the world where Russians, Ukrainians and Armenians tended to produce almost all the players who played for the USSR .

    For several stretches of the game the Estonians looked as good and sometimes better than the Irish so don’t be surprised if they sneak a win next week at the Aviva . It’s not over till it’s over πŸ˜‰

  • lamhdearg

    i did not see the game, where the sending offs sound?.

  • Into the west

    were I a “NI” fan, I’d be thinking of a united team.
    Don’t know if the ROI team would want yuz though !

  • Alan N/Ards


    I wasn’t disappointed by your post. I was wondering how long it would take you post tripe that that. Well done. Keep it up.

    Well done to the republic. Great result! It’s a shame the decent fans have Neil supporting their team.

  • lamhdearg

    Into the west, where you a N.I. fan you would not be thinking of a united team (i am assuming you mean uniting with the R.O.I. team) otherwise you would not be an N.I. fan.

  • AGlassOfHine

    I’m thinking ITW means a return to the Commonwealth,seeing as things are a little precarious
    down Southern way. πŸ˜‰

  • JH

    Want to do a one for one comparison of the southern economy with the northern one Hine?

    People in glass houses…

  • lamhdearg

    Both need baled out by london and the south of England.

  • JH

    Much as I’m sure some people love to see it that way, it’s disingenuous!

    One is taking a yearly bail out from the “south of England” in order to maintain a failing economy. The other took out a loan from England and Europe on behalf of it’s private banking industry, which it will pay back.

    I know which situation I’d rather be in.

    Great win for the team btw :-j

  • Congal Claen

    Hi Into the West,

    “were I a β€œNI” fan, I’d be thinking of a united team”

    Do you think the Republic will win as many medals at the Olympics this time around?

    Maybe unite with GB and NI?

  • Hopping The Border

    Congal Claen

    Don’t you mean Team GB?

    And as far as I know it’s Team Ireland.

  • Neil

    I wasn’t disappointed by your post. I was wondering how long it would take you post tripe that that. Well done. Keep it up.

    No problem Alan. Of course it’s hardly tripe to point out when someone accuses us of sectarianism that it’s a bit rich coming from a fan of a team who sent death threats to one of their own players. Not because he was shit, no no, because he was a filthy kethlict.

    Well done to the republic. Great result! It’s a shame the decent fans have Neil supporting their team.

    I know, scum who would defend us of accusations of sectarianism. Hard luck NI, it’s an additional shame that you have to put up with a large rump of fans (not Alan you understand) who would send death threats to their own players.

    Of course it’s in the past, way way in the past so it hardly matters now. Though I think one player in particular might disagree with that, being as how he’s still receiving death threats to this day. I wonder who that was again? Oh yeah, the same one who was threatened out of the NI squad. But there’s no connection there, clearly.

    Wouldn’t want to conflate sectarian Rangers fans with the totally non sectarian Loyalist NI fanbase and that would just be daft. Lol.

  • Abu Mikhail74

    Wow. Brilliant lads, truly brilliant. It’s a post on a football game, 22 men chasing a ball, and you turn it into a pissy little passive-aggressive sectarian slagging match. Absolutely brilliant, didn’t know this blog had Ladies Nights.

    You stay classy, Slugger!

  • Alan N/Ards


    “Not because he was shit, no no, because he was a filthy kethlick”

    More likely it was because moronic rangers fans don’t like celtic players. I don’t recall big Pat, Martin O’Neil etc.. every being abused or threatened.

    Do you know who sent the death threat to Neil Lennon? Does anyone know? Were they even NI fans? Had they ever attended any games? Saying that, it was wrong and a disgrace and brought embarrassment on genuine NI fans.

    I have had a couple of experiences of ROI fans. One good and one bad. I attended the european nations qualifier in Dublin in 78. After the game my four friends and I went to a pub near the ground for a drink. The barstaff refused to serve us. Could have have been our green and blue NI flag that caused it. Four ROI fans who had been at the game went up to the bar and bought us drinks and refused to take the money off us. We chatted to them about the return fixture and had good craic with them. After departing from these decent fans we got ambushed on the way to the train by 15/20 tricolour carrying fans who beat the crap out of us. They seemed to think we were in the orange order and had no fathers. I have no idea if they had been to the match but their hatred for us was real. It kind of spoiled a good day!

    You seem to have a lot of bitterness in you Neil. Maybe you have a good reason to hate NI fans but regurgatating the despicable Neil lennon incident is kind of sad. I never used the word scum ( it’s not in my vocabulary) when referring to you earlier and your constant demonizing of all NI fans kind of weakens your argument and is probably not in line with the majority of fans from the republic. Support your team neil but stop the anti NI stuff as it is not necessary. This NI fan will be cheering on the roi when they play but I will also be cheering on england as well. Live and let live.

  • john

    ”Neil, any Rangers players on the R.O.I. team”

    ??? Sorry dont get it is there someone you know on the Rangers team who qualifies to play for the Republic. Im pretty sure if a footballer from Rangers was good enough and qualified then the FAI would have no problem taking him – they are not picky and rightly so!