Monday 19 August 2019

'In Ireland we jump up and down about mediocrity' - Ruby Walsh slates Ray Houghton's USA 94 moment on RTE list

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RTE's quest to find Ireland's greatest sporting moment has generated a fair bit of debate over the last two weeks - but jockey Ruby Walsh took it up a level last night with his scathing assessment of Ray Houghton's legendary goal at Giants Stadium.

Ireland got off to the perfect start at the 1994 World Cup in USA when Houghton fired the Boys in Green to a famous 1-0 win over eventual finalists Italy, sealing one of our greatest ever wins.

Most fans hold the goal up as one of the country's greatest sporting moments - but not Walsh.

The successful jockey argued that Houghton's strike didn't belong on a list of best sporting moments of the 90s with Sonia O'Sullivan's world championship gold and Michael Carruth's Olympic heroics as Ireland didn't win another game at the tournament.

"I don't think it should be in it, I don't think it should be there," Walsh said.

"We won the first game in our group, it is like winning a heat. That's all we did. It doesn't matter who they [Italy] were. We then went to the next match and Mexico beat us, we then drew and went to Orlando and the Netherlands hockeyed us and we came home with our tail between our legs.

"This is hyping up mediocrity. We got kicked out of the competition. We are talking about a world champion with Sonia O'Sullivan, an Olympic champion with Michael Carruth, Clare at least won the All-Ireland. Ireland won one match and came home. I wouldn't have it there.

"That's what we do in Ireland. Jump up and down and roar about mediocrity."

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