Monday 20 November 2017

Trap feels wrath of fans after Doyle's surprise withdrawal

AFTER MONTHS of build-up, over a year of qualifiers, and weeks of hope, it only needed two minutes for everything to start going wrong.

Ireland's dream in tatters and best laid plans ruined. Yes, there was a brief spell where Ireland equalised and the dreams were reignited, however it wasn't to be. It's probably as simple as the quality of player is simply not there any more. But it was a nice dream for a while.

Kevin Doyle was part of that dream. The former Adamstown clubman was arguably his country's most influential player in the first-half, running the channels, drawing in defenders to win free-kicks, controlling long balls and laying it off.

Indeed, there was times when the mind drifted back to Tullamore earlier in the afternoon and I wondered if 'Doyler' could have done a job under the aimless, booming long balls that Wexford humped in towards the inside forwards during the second-half; alas, more on that later.

But for a while the Wolves man was producing most of what was good for Ireland. So much so that, despite being two goals down, it was a surprise to see the one viable outlet being hauled ashore for Walters - a man equally as unlikely to grab you a vital goal. Twitter, unsurprisingly, had an opinion. Ma r ie Kennedy

(@ Kennedy5Marie) tweeted: ' Bad move by Trapp #wexfordunhappy' while Irish fan Danny O'Leary (@ DannyOLeary2) shared: 'Should leave Kevin Doyle on, working hard and making good runs, take off Robbie Keane'.

Even the Wexford footballers, fresh from their narrow win over Longford, had a say: 'Trapattoni jst (sic) hasn't a clue has he'. P.J. Banville (@ pj123_) opined, on the man who's won 22 major trophies as manager, including the UEFA and European Cups, as well as league titles in Italy, Germany, Portugal and Austria.

Talking of the footballers, it was a gutsy win in Tullamore on Sunday afternoon, although nobody could claim it was pretty. From the stand Ciarán Lyng (@ cielyng) tweeted: 'Tough game, can't help but feel sorry for Longford. So hard to watch but a great comeback!!'

On the field Ben Brosnan (@ Ben_Brosnan) fired over some crucial late scores and later tweeted: ' Thanks everyone for the tweets before and after the game. Great to get the win…FINALLY.'

Last word, this week, is left to the man between the posts who did everything that was asked of him. He even had time to berate the left umpire for the late 'fisted' point, claiming it was palmed. Anthony Masterson (@ antomasterson1) mused: ' Hard to sum that game up, Longford were v good but we kinda stole it, but kicked some serious scores in the end #meath08revisited'.


You'd think after a superb late win that one of the footballers would get the crowning glory this week. However, 'Tweet of the Week' wants, actually needs, to reward little gems from around the place that others might have missed.

So it's only fair to flag up former Wexford Youths, current Exeter City, striker Jimmy Keohane's (@ CJkeohane) bit of brilliance this week: 'Happy Independence Day America.!! #4thJune'. You can take a man out of Kilkenny…

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