Monday 11 December 2017

GALLERY - Harry Arter makes it a special night for lucky Ireland fans after Moldova qualifier

Harry Arter of Republic of Ireland poses for a picture with Jamie Monaghan and his dad Philip, from Togher, Co Offaly, after the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Moldova at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Harry Arter of Republic of Ireland poses for a picture with Jamie Monaghan and his dad Philip, from Togher, Co Offaly, after the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Moldova at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Harry Arter may have been disappointed to miss out on a starting spot in the Ireland side of Friday night’s qualifiers with Moldova at the Aviva Stadium, but he warmed the hearts of some fans as he took time out for a stream of photographs after the game.

Bournemouth midfielder Arter was a late substitute for Ireland as he overcame a calf injury to ply a part in the 2-0 win and he may now be in contention to start in the crunch Group D decider against Wales on Monday.

Harry Arter of Republic of Ireland poses for a picture with Jamie Monaghan and his dad Philip, from Togher, Co Offaly, after the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Moldova at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Harry Arter of Republic of Ireland poses for a picture with Jamie Monaghan and his dad Philip, from Togher, Co Offaly, after the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Moldova at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
6 October 2017; Harry Arter of Republic of Ireland poses for a sefie with supporters after the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Moldova at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
6 October 2017; Harry Arter of Republic of Ireland poses for a sefie with supporters after the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Moldova at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
6 October 2017; Harry Arter of Republic of Ireland picks up Republic of Ireland supporter Kayleigh Murphy, age 2, from Roundwood, Co Wicklow after the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Moldova at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
6 October 2017; Harry Arter of Republic of Ireland shakes hands with Jamie Monaghan and his dad Philip, from Togher, Co Offaly, after the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Moldova at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Yet even if his role in the final World Cup qualifier in Dublin was less than significant, he still made an impact with the fans when the final whistle had sounded.

Most of the Aviva Stadium had emptied out by the time Arter wandered over to greet the remaining few Ireland fans before he posed for photographs for several minutes.

Disabled fan Jamie Monaghan and his dad Philip were especially chuffed to get a chance to meet Arter with these images confirming the Premier League star added a little sparkle to the evening for some lucky Ireland supporters.

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