Tuesday 6 December 2016

Hoolahan family left 'speechless' after 'Weso' goal

Martin Grant

Published 14/06/2016 | 02:30

Wes Hoolahan (R) celebrates with his team mate Robbie Brady (L) after firing Ireland into the lead at the Stade de France. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Wes Hoolahan (R) celebrates with his team mate Robbie Brady (L) after firing Ireland into the lead at the Stade de France. REUTERS/Darren Staples

The family of Ireland's goalscorer Wes Hoolahan were left "speechless" after the Dubliner got the Boys in Green's campaign off to a steady start.

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Hoolahan, from Portland Row in Dublin's north inner city, scored Ireland's only goal last night and put O'Neill's men in front against Sweden at the Stade de France.

If it had not been for an unfortunate own goal, Hoolahan would have won the match for Ireland.

The Norwich midfielder's family were overwhelmed by his performance.

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Speaking to the Irish Independent from his family home on Portland Row, Hoolahan's younger brother Darren was still reeling after the match.

"I don't know what to say, I'm just speechless," said Darren.

"It is unbelievable, it's a great feeling. It was amazing. It's a pity we didn't go on and win, but it was a great result."

Darren added that his parents were in Paris cheering on 'Weso', as he is known locally.

"They are all over at the match. I hope to fly out next week. Hopefully there will be a lot more goals.

"O'Neill seems to like him a lot, so we hope it goes well."

A wave of optimism and green jerseys swept across Dublin city last night.

More than 2,000 fans occupied every nook and cranny of Temple Bar and Dame Lane, where a giant wide screen had been hoisted into the air.

Armed with pints in hands and hearts in mouth, the chants started to flow at the sound of the kick-off whistle. Fans were euphoric when Ireland took the lead.

Navan men Andrew Foley and Conor Harte predicted that the goal would seal the win for Ireland.

"That's it, we have the game in the bag," beamed Andrew just after Hoolahan's goal.

But it wasn't to be, as an own goal gate-crashed this Irish football party.

That didn't stop Dubliner Suzanne Ryan from looking on the bright side.

"It was disappointing when that goal went in. But still, it's better than a loss," she said.

Irish Independent

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