Tuesday 20 August 2019

VIDEO: Jason McAteer couldn't bear to watch Jon Walters' penalty against Bosnia

Tom Rooney

All in attendance at the Aviva Stadium waited in nervous anticipation as Irish international Jon Walters stepped up to the spot to take his penalty against Bosnia and Herzegovina, but Jason McAteer couldn’t even look.

As is often the case, McAteer was in Dublin to lend his support to the Boys in Green as they chased their European dream.

The tie was on a knife edge when Ervin Zukanović was rather harshly adjudged to have handled Daryl Murphy’s cross after 24 minutes of the absorbing contest.

Walters strolled up to face his old Stoke teammate Asmir Begović as a nation held its breath.

The 52-time capped McAteer turned his back with arms crossed, prior to Walters’ run up and then allowed himself a brief smile as the crowd’s roar confirms that Begović had been beaten.

Of course, Walters went on to double the advantage and seal Ireland’s place in France next summer.

It's now more than 21 years since McAteer burst onto the scene for Ireland at the 1994 World Cup in America. He and fellow tyros Phil Babb and Gary Kelly would soon be household names around the country.

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