Tuesday 17 October 2017

Martin O'Neill was forced to step onto the pitch and intervene after Ireland v Moldova boiled over late on

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A superior Ireland pulled away from Moldova tonight to record a deserved 3-1 win but the home side refused to go away quietly.

With the Boys in Green nursing a two goal lead in the dying moments, Moldova thundered into a number of heavy challenges, with Jon Walters and James McClean taking great exception to the tackles.

McClean spoke afterwards of his anger at Moldova's heavy-handed tactics, while Walters had to be restrained by both his team-mates and manager Martin O'Neill, who ran onto the pitch in an attempt to calm his players as tensions increased.

Read more: 'They need a reality check': Angry McClean lashes out at Irish media and Moldova's rough tactics

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The Ireland attacker was seething after a particularly bad foul, gesturing that a Moldovan had made contact with his torso with his boot.

Walters was booked by the referee for his heated reaction, and will probably be thankful that his manager ran onto the pitch to keep him from antagonising the referee even further.

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