Ireland beat Moldova to set up Wales playoff decider

Ireland beat Moldova to set up Wales playoff decider

Martin O'Neill isn't ruling out James McCarthy for the Republic of Ireland's last two World Cup Qualifiers against Moldova and Wales.

England just need a victory over Slovenia on Thursday to secure their place in Russian Federation and assuming Gareth Southgate's men do the business, Scotland can climb into second spot in Group F by beating Slovakia.

Ireland, who led Group D early on before three points in their previous four games pushed them back to third place, trail Wales by a point ahead of the decider against their near neighbours in Cardiff on Monday.

"We've looked at the fact that there are some young players coming through - I say "young players", I'm talking about mid-20s - who hopefully will take on the mantle of the older players when they drop out of the squad, so I think there is much to look forward to".

I think most football people would think it's a little premature when we haven't finished the group yet, we have two important games to go.

"I brought him into the squad from the U21s and he's beginning to flourish now; it's good he's getting more game-time at club level, which is very, very important. But he's been excellent for me and I actually think he's enjoying it here, too".

Martin O'Neill has admitted his excitement at what lies ahead for the Republic of Ireland after agreeing to extend his stay as manager for the Euro 2020 campaign.




It has been a forgettable 2017 for Ireland, having scoring just two goals in qualification this calendar year against Austria and Georgia, while recording a solitary victory against Uruguay in a friendly last June.

"I think the season tickets have gone from 4,000 when we started to 16,000, so I think there is some evidence that we're doing okay".

The quartet of David Meyler, Wes Hoolahan, Callum O'Dowda and Jeff Hendrick linked-up superbly throughout the evening, their passing and movement the platform for Ireland's win. We did qualify for the Euros and we are still in the mix for this one.

"But it's not about bringing things over to Cardiff".

While Scotland's win boosted their play-off hopes, the Boys in Green will now be looking for Slovenia to take points off the Scots in their final game.

Thursday night's results didn't leave anything in Ireland's hands in terms of securing a playoff spot but they did offer us another potential out.

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