Out of the Euros!
Ireland played their last match in the Euros on Monday night and although they were out of the competition regardless of the result they were determined to go out fighting. The game started well for Ireland as despite Italy dominating for long periods they weren’t able to get the ball past our defense and into the net. That didn’t last as long as we hoped though as Mario Balotelli scored the opening goal for Italy. It wasn’t over yet though and Ireland continued to fight throughout the rest of the first half and into the second. But Italy scored another goal into the second half and that was it for Ireland. Despite another defeat the Irish fans were behind their team again with their renditions of ‘Fields of Athenry’ echoing in the stadium.
Despite a disappointing result on the night, the Irish team went out fighting and did their best to try pay back their fans for their support throughout the competition. We just weren’t up to the standard we needed to be to play against the best in Europe but Trap is not giving up yet. After the match Trap announced that plans will now get under way for the World Cup qualifiers later this year so you never know. If we manage to qualify for the World Cup a lot can happen in two years so we might just have a better chance in the competition. One thing’s for sure though we’ll definitely have the best fans at any tournament!
The Euros might be over for Ireland but this year’s GAA championship is well under way so there will still be plenty of games for me to watch. There are a few games on over the weekend but the one I’m most interested in is the Dublin V Kilkenny hurling match on Saturday. It promises to be a great game and I’m sure the Dubs will put up a good fight against the Cats.
Hope you enjoy whatever you get up to over the weekend!