Monday 18 December 2017

Lise Hand: A dream start but crowd keeps its lips sealed for Keano

Shane Long hands the match ball to his nephew Eamon Long (7) after the game last night.
Shane Long hands the match ball to his nephew Eamon Long (7) after the game last night.
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

Roy Keane's patience was tested very early. Just before kick-off in the Ireland v Latvia match in the Aviva night, the mournful sounds of 'The Fields of Athenry' wafted through the loudspeakers.

Mindful of the Corkman's rant after we were stuffed by Spain in Poland and the fans sang the ballad after the whistle, that "we aren't here for a sing-song", the crowd wisely didn't join in.

No point annoying Keano too soon.

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