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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Oman fans travel to Ireland friendly all way from... Dundalk

Published 04/09/2014 | 02:30

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A small cohort of Oman fans made the journey to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin for last night's friendly against Ireland.

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But they didn't have too far to travel as the group of students from the Gulf state set out from Dundalk, Co Louth, for Ireland's final warm-up match ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifiers. There may have been a small crowd of about 14,000 but that didn't stop the fans turning up in buoyant mood for the match which Ireland easily won 2-0.

Dundalk-based student Ismail Al-Mahrouqi felt watching his home side would help to keep homesickness at bay.

"I have been studying here for three years and everything is very different - from the weather to the craic - but getting to see my team in Ireland is a great opportunity," he said.

Christy O'Neill and his diehard family of supporters from Walkinstown, Dublin, attend all the games and were confident that they will get the chance to follow the team to France in 2016 after qualifying which gets under way at the weekend against Georgia.

Irish Independent

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