Wednesday 18 October 2017

Eleventh heaven

•Cometh the eleventh hour, cometh the Magnificent 11. Or to be more precise, 11.11pm (local Tallinn time) on the 11.11.11 was the moment when we knew that Ireland's Magnificent 11+11 squad was heading for Euro 11 (plus 1) as Robbie Keane converted the rebound from Keith (Man of the Match) Andrews's free kick to make it 3-0 to the Gladiators in Green.

The pain from previous play-off heartaches, particularly the Paris travail a main, could at last be exorcised.

The Montrose Troika, who seemed to have bought into the national mood of gloom with their half-time analysis -- despite Ireland being one up -- begrudgingly had to acknowledge at full-time a job well done, even if it wasn't the Beautiful Game.

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