Wednesday 13 December 2017

'We had a bit of bad luck...Roll on Bordeaux' - Fans leaving the Stade de France remain upbeat

Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Fans leaving the Stade de France this evening said it was two points lost rather than a point gained.

Speaking shortly after Ireland's nail-biting encounter with Sweden fans were disappointed with the draw but most were happy with the performance of Martin O'Neill's charges.

Nora Morgan, from Dalkey, explained that she was hurt when a fan celebrating Wes Hoolahan's second half goal fell on her.

“It hurt even more when Sweden scored, especially because we scored it ourselves.”

You’ll never beat the Irish. Well, the fans anyway. Photo: PA
You’ll never beat the Irish. Well, the fans anyway. Photo: PA

Paddy Morgan said he was delighted with the performance.

“We had a bit of bad luck so what more can the team though. Roll on Bordeaux.”

Alan Beatty (35), from Ennis in Co Clare agreed that there was many positives to take from the performance.

“I thought it was very good. Whelan, Hoolahan, O'Shea, all played very well. Bit unlucky not to win of course.

“The goal we gave away was a bit annoying.”

Friend Gerry O'Sullivan (36) from Co Kerry, said he was dreaming of greater things when Hoolahan scored in the 48th minute.

“I was definitely dreaming, of quarter finals, semi-finals at that stage but it wasn't to be. We'll take out the Belgians next week on Saturday and we'll give them a go.”

Alan added: “If we play like that we can get a result against Belgium, why not.”

Sean Maguire (33) was at the game with his mother Eilish. They are over for the first three games.

“We are going down to the next match now so hopefully we can produce a result.”

The travelling Swedish fans were also slightly disappointed with the result.

Andreas Liendblom (27) and Johan Grahn (25) said they felt that Sweden could have taken the game.

“It was a good game. Ireland had the first half, Sweden had the second. They put pressure on the Irish team in the second half and I thought they deserved at least one more goal.”

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