•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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