This was arguably one of the finest performances ever laid down by an Irish International football team.
The Republic of Ireland Women’s Team kicked off qualification for the 2019 FIFA World Cup with away wins and clean sheets in Northern Ireland and Slovakia. The biggest test though was always likely to come against the reigning European Champions The Netherlands.
That came last night, before a sold-out crowd of 12,000 in Nijmegen and the performance that Ireland put in to secure a 0-0 draw was right up there with the best of anything their male colleagues have achieved down the years.
The 1-1 Away draw to Germany in qualification for the Euros in 2014, and the brave rearguard action led by Richard Dunne in Moscow three years before have been celebrated in flags and stories and this is right up there.
We highlighted yesterday that this was a game worth watching and so it proved. Broadcast on eir Sport the game was also seen by a wider audience through the channel and the FAI streaming the coverage live through Facebook to tens of thousands more.
It was a rearguard action but aren’t they the basis of what we do.
We spoke last night to Darragh McGinley from the FAI who told us “We were delighted to be in a position to stream a FIFA World Cup qualifier in Ireland on Facebook Live for the first time.”
“Working with Eir Sport, we were able to provide supporters in Ireland with top quality live coverage of a huge game.”
“It was a superb performance from Ireland away from home against the European Champions and it was fantastic to see such a huge response to the broadcast with more than 50,000 people watching the game online.”
Qualification comes back to Ireland now with back to back home games against Slovakia on April 6th and the Netherlands on April 10th. They deserve a crowd to pack Tallaght Stadium for a team that could yet get us to a World Cup
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