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Joyful scenes as fans mob Rovers' stars in airport homecoming

They played their socks off and made history -- and the Hoops showed no signs of fatigue when they returned home heroes to the adulation of hundreds of supporters.

Pat Sullivan, who scored the stunning equaliser against Belgrade, embraced cheering fans at Dublin Airport.

One young man shook Sullivan's hand -- then jokingly asked if he could shake his foot.

General manager Noel Byrne described the team's success as a "whirlwind".

"It's been well-deserved and the fans have never been happier," he added.

Supporter, Robert Mcanapsie (24), from Clondalkin, said the victory still hadn't sunk in while club chairman Jonathan Roche described it as "an unbelievable few days".

Supporters in tricolour hats, scarfs, and some with green hair, had gathered at the airport from 8pm.

Following rapturous applause, the Rovers embraced fans, signed autographs and then made a quick exit to their waiting coach.