Euro 2012: Internet pranksters have fun with Irish fan’s lick
THE Irish contingent in and around the city of Gdansk is adamant the Republic will pull off a result against World and European champions Spain tonight.
The second group stage is a virtual must win after the dismal opening against Croatia last Sunday.
But the 30,000-strong green army refuses to lie down and fans feel tonight is the night when Giovanni Trapattoni's men turn things around.
However, fans found some time to have fun with images of Kildare student Eamon Keegan (20) who was pictured licking the breast of a Croatian fan who exposed herself at last Sunday’s game.
The image of Keegan from Sallins and the unnamed woman went viral and the Paddy Power Blog decided to have a little fun by mocking up images of him with other famous faces including Janet Jackson, Madonna and Simon Cowell.
Others shared a mocked up image of the FAI logo with the words: Carry on it’s only Spain.
Meanwhile back in the real world Gavin McCloskey, 33, from Derry, said: "Good luck to Spain, they're playing the best team in the world."
The Irish supporters are less concentrated along the Baltic coast than they were in the old market square in Poznan.
Thousands have divided up the destinations with options stretching up to 31 miles along the Gdynia-Sopot-Gdansk metropolis.
Stephen McKenna, 34, said he expects the match has the makings of a game that will be remembered for a long time.
"The fans know there will be a moment in this tournament that will go down in history," he said.
"If the players can rise to the unbelievable support here, this is the moment."
Mr McKenna added: "I doubt (James) McClean will get a game unless he comes on against Italy if the game is a dead rubber. I hope I'm wrong but the first game didn't inspire."
Sitting across a table full of half drunk pints, Mark Watson, 25, from Ardoyne in north Belfast, backed his friend's optimistic assessment.
"Every tournament we have been in, we have one massive game. This will be that game," he said.
Gerard Armstrong, 31, from Belfast said: "Park the bus and tell my folks to wire over €500."
Last night Northern Ireland band Snow Patrol played to about 2,000 fans in Gdansk shipyard, mostly jersey-wearing members of the green army.