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Green shoots for Kenny but moral victory is all he gets as Irish again struggle to finish

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Alan Browne was one of our best players despite starting off the bench. Photo: Sportsfile

Alan Browne was one of our best players despite starting off the bench. Photo: Sportsfile

Alan Browne was one of our best players despite starting off the bench. Photo: Sportsfile

Risk and reward. They don't always match up, no matter how strong the desire is, and that was the case for Stephen Kenny's Ireland side in Slovakia. That European dream, the vision of seeing the Republic of Ireland play in a major finals on Irish soil next year is over.

The improvement on the woes of Ireland's senior team over the last four years was there to be seen as Ireland deserved more than the heartache of defeat in a penalty shoot-out, salt poured into the wounds of defeat with subsequent news that Northern Ireland had done what the Republic had failed to do - win a penalty shoot-out away from home.


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