Tuesday 17 January 2017

Ian O'Doherty: If only once Ireland could be bad winners rather than good losers

Published 21/06/2016 | 02:30

Our loyal supporters deserve a victory to cheer about: Irish fans Chloe Prendergast, Sinéad Ray, Ann Donnelly, Róisín Gallagher, Orla Core and Rachel Fitzpatrick from Dublin in Bordeaux for Ireland’s clash against Belgium Photo: Mark Condren
Our loyal supporters deserve a victory to cheer about: Irish fans Chloe Prendergast, Sinéad Ray, Ann Donnelly, Róisín Gallagher, Orla Core and Rachel Fitzpatrick from Dublin in Bordeaux for Ireland’s clash against Belgium Photo: Mark Condren

Oh dear. There are other, choicer, phrases which spring to mind. But this is a family newspaper and 'oh dear' is a perfectly adequate replacement for the more industrial language which has been used since the disaster on Saturday.

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'Disaster' might seem like a rather hysterical response to finding ourselves going into the last group still playing for something.

But we knew within a couple of minutes of kick-off that the wheels were about to come off, it was just a question of how soon and how badly.

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