Wales pip Ireland

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar December 16, 2018 08:55



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By Satish Sekar at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin © Satish Sekar (October 16th 2018)

Fresh from a football masterclass in the friendly by Spain, Ryan Giggs’ young charges put the record straight against Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland tonight, courtesy of a fantastic free-kick by Harry Wilson.

“I was thinking of fining him for scoring against Manchester United [another great free-kick, last month] but I won’t be fining him tonight,” Giggs said.

Wilson’s 58th minute 25-yard effort almost certainly spells the end for O’Neill, although he gave no indication of stepping down just yet. Wales are now certain of being seeded in pot two for Euro 2020 qualification and could still pip Denmark.

Wilson’s freekick gave Darren Randolph no chance. Wales ’win is all the sweeter for being the first achieved without their talisman Gareth Bale, and also Aaron Ramsey, given paternity leave.

Ireland began with the required intensity as a mix-up in the Welsh defence resulted in Matt Smith slipping, gifting a golden chance to Cyrus Christie, but Wayne Hennessey made amends – it was his release that started the error – by tipping it away to hi left for a corner.

Both Tom Lawrence and James Chester could, and really should have given Wales safety, but failed to convert their chances, and in added time James McClean’s effort was well saved by Hennessey.

Giggs lauded the effort of his young team, and praised a ‘man of the match’ performance from hi captain, Ashley Williams. If Denmark avoid defeat against Wales, next month, Ireland will be relegated to Group C.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar December 16, 2018 08:55