The Dream is Over (well almost)

Wed 17 Oct, 2007 at 3:03 pm 2 comments

Today was a bad day for the home nations in the Euro 2008 qualifications. Six weeks ago I was reasonably hopeful that Northern Ireland might (just might make it). I was even more excited by the fact that I had tickets for the finals in the ballot (if we qualify). Anyway losing two games in September almost put paid to the qualification dream. To keep qualification hopes in our own hands we needed to beat Sweden today. Northern Ireland managed a very credible draw – a good result – but it will not be enough.

 What is sad is that Scotland lost today – they will qualify if the beat Italy (a tall order).

 England also lost today – their fate is the same as ours. They need others to lose in order to get to Austria.

The good news is that Southern Ireland only managed a draw with the might of Cyprus (ho hum) and will not qualify! Every cloud has a silver lining.


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  • 1. derekryanbrown  |  Fri 19 Oct, 2007 at 12:26 am

    A rather gloomy day for UK football indeed! But you never know for Northern Ireland with Healy on the pitch! Can you believe Scotland? Win all the big matches and then lose to Georgia?! Unbelievable.

  • 2. timothycairns  |  Fri 19 Oct, 2007 at 10:08 am

    I thought Northern Ireland did well – the damage was done in the last two games with Latvia and Iceland.

    I can’t see Scotland winning against Italy – although who knows! As for England they are gone!


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