Everything appeared to be going according to the script for the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday as they fell behind, battled back, made life hard for themselves, and just about got over the line, only to be stung late on.
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Ireland v Austria preview
As much as the point away to Sweden has lifted the mood in the Republic of Ireland camp, there is a herd of elephants in the room that they have yet to budge.
Ireland high in spirit, low in style against Sweden
Positivity was the buzz word repeatedly uttered as the Republic of Ireland kept their World Cup qualification hopes alive by picking up a crucial point. But it could have been more.
Sweden v Ireland preview
There was a moment earlier this week when Ciaran Clark paused before revealing that the Republic of Ireland didn’t have a plan to deal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It felt strange for them not to have that locked down so close to a crucial World Cup qualifier against Sweden.
League of Ireland fighting to be seen
It may always struggle for coverage in a crowded sporting market, but the League of Ireland is starting to feel like it finally knows its place and what it can deliver.
Time for Trapattoni to think outside the box
Uninspiring was the only way to describe the Republic of Ireland’s 2-0 friendly victory over Poland and they clearly have work to do before key World Cup qualifiers.
Ireland v Poland preview
When results were going well for the Republic of Ireland, the motto repeated by manager Giovanni Trapattoni, through his garbled English, was that it would be foolish to change a winning team.
Pat Fenlon – Fenlon out to bury Hibs’ ghosts
Take one of Edinburgh’s famed ghost tours and you will be brought along the cobble-stoned Royal Mile, where tales of cannibals, graverobbers and banshees will test your limit of believability.
Airtricity League Season Preview (2012)
Even though it feels slightly odd to be welcoming the start of a new season in March, there is no shortage of excitement, or storylines, to get the Airtricity League kicked off.