Thursday 14 December 2017

Glory elusive in Bangalore as Ireland stumped by favourites

Fiona Ellis

DOWN but not out. The Irish cricket team was beaten by India in the World Cup yesterday but fans say all is not lost. The team put up a heroic fight in Bangalore against the competition favourites and made the the 'Blarney Army' proud.

More than 100 fans and family of the team turned out at the Russell Court Hotel in Dublin to watch the match on the big screen, including Paul, Conor and Ger O'Brien, the brothers of Irish stars Kevin and Niall.

They told how when they were young they were dubbed the "demolition brothers" because of the amount of windows they accidentally smashed while playing.

Indian nationals living in Ireland found their loyalties were torn.

"My soul is for India but the body is for Ireland," Anand Rajagopalan said, downing a pint of the black stuff while glued to the screen.

The crowd kept up the energy throughout the game but the atmosphere was subdued at the end.

Only one lone Indian voice cheered among the silence when the match finished but was quietened by friends.

Although disappointed, everyone agreed all was not lost yet.

"To lose within five overs, there's no disgrace in that," Ger O'Brien said.

He was positive about Ireland's next match against the West Indies on Friday.

His brother Conor agreed: "I think they can pull it back for next week."

Irish Independent

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