'Absolutely brilliant' – Irish supporters laud cricket heroes after stunning World Cup victory
Another cricket World Cup, another win for Ireland against one of the leading nations and the reaction has been one of widespread praise for William Porterfield and his team.
Porterfield's team won their opening Pool B match by four wickets at Nelson, chasing down their opponents' score of 304 for seven with 25 balls to spare.
Paul Stirling (92), Ed Joyce (84) and Niall O'Brien (79 not out) impressed with the bat to put Porterfield in buoyant mood.
Irish supporters near and far were quick to acknowledge the incredible performance against such illustrious opponents.
"Great to wake up and see the @Irelandcricket result this morning! Fantastic result," Munster player Johne Murphy tweeted.
"Truly memorable victory for #Ireland over the West Indies at the Cricket World Cup.Congratulations.Onward & upward !! @Irelandcricket," Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness added.
Well I was completely wrong!! Absolutely brilliant by @irelandcricket so proud of all the guys. Gutted I couldn't stay up to watch,— Aidan Dulohery (@aidanous) February 16, 2015
Fair play @Irelandcricket - lucky I'm in Dublin this week to show you how to celebrate!— Jason Beese (@BeeseyBristol) February 16, 2015
Great to wake up and see the @Irelandcricket result this morning! Fantastic result.— Johne Murphy (@MurphyJohne) February 16, 2015
There have now been 5 successful 300+ run chases in World Cup cricket. Three of them by Ireland. #CWC2015— Rupert Upshon (@RupertU) February 16, 2015
Excellent win for @Irelandcricket. Good to see one member of the British Isles doing well at the Cricket World Cup— Jon Bergdahl ن (@JonBergdahl) February 16, 2015
West indies have fallen off in the cricket so much, losing to Ireland is a joke— Tom Bassett (@TomBassett09) February 16, 2015
I love Ireland. We beat another country at a sport they're great at, and all of a sudden we're cricket experts. #shurwe'llwintheworldcupnow— The Green Fairy (@AnSiogGlas) February 16, 2015
Here is a flavour of the reaction.