Archive | October, 2013

YBIG Irish Fans’ Team get back to Winning Ways!

14 Oct


Friday 11th October 2013, Cologne: Germany 2, Ireland 7


The YBIG Irish Fans’ team put two recent defeats against Sweden and Austria behind them on Friday to emphatically thump their German counterparts beside the Rhein Energie Stadion.  Ireland had won 5-0 in the Dublin game and expectation was that the Germans would provide a sterner test in their backyard.  The Irish team however, ensured the five goal margin would be repeated with a ruthless and extremely impressive performance.


From the off, Ireland were on the front foot and in the opening minutes, left winger Ian Kirkwood twice went close and in the 5th minute, captain Ross Zambra went even closer when he ghosted around some German tackles and struck the underside of the bar from the resulting shot.


More chances arrived in the opening 15 minutes with Kirkwood’s headers causing the home defence panic and eventually the floodgates (apt given the incessant rain) opened just past the 15 minute mark.  Zambra released Kirkwood with a lovely pass inside the full back and Kirkwood finished in Mesut Ozil style to dink the ball over the keeper, 1-0 Ireland.


The second wasn’t long in coming.  Zambra again was the architect, finding Kirkwood with a lovely ball and Kirkwood completely wrong-footed the German defence with a pass inside to Liam Murray and Murray slammed the ball home from 10 yards.  Lovely goal.  It should’ve been three just minutes later when  Adrian Heffernan’s pass from deep released Bob Bashford who was clear, but Bashford’s finish went past the far post. 


The third goal arrived on the half hour, a loose ball dropped into Zambra’s path 25 yards out and before anyone could say shoot, the ball was past the overworked German keeper and rattling the net.  Typical Zambra strike this one. 


The 3-0 lead saw the Irish team take the foot off the gas a little bit and momentum understandably wilted and the Germans got a goal back after 35 minutes when Ireland conceded a sloppy free kick 25 yards out and though Franny Carragher got a hand to the free, he couldn’t prevent it from going in, 3-1 Ireland.


Just on half time however, Ireland made it 4-1.  Germany’s corner was cleared and John O’Neill made space really well for himself and his pass found Zambra who ran from his own half unchallenged, rounded the keeper and scored with ease and that concluded the first half action.


Warren was able to give everybody plenty of 1st half minutes, so he started the second half with almost his strongest starting XI again and that proved  key in the opening to the second half as Ireland raced into a 6-1 lead within 10 minutes of the restart.  Zambra completed his hat trick with the fifth goal when Germany were unable to clear a left sided corner and when the ball went loose, Zambra’s low shot found the corner, sparking the first fan pitch invasion of the day.


Another goal and another invasion followed for the sixth goal, Liam Murray finally showing the centre forwards how it’s done when they initially fluffed their lines and when the Irish fans again invaded, it was left to Irish Fan Declan Foley to be unable to pick himself off the ground due to an overdose of Jaegermeister.  Alan Connolly re-entered the pitch to help his stricken and drunken fan out and Foley left the pitch to a terrific ovation.  Foley pulled a hamstring and missed the main match later on……….


Germany were awarded a penalty midway through the second half for what can only be described as sympathy as nobody could actually tell what the offence was, but nobody really minded either.  Ireland completed the scoring after 80 minutes when Ciaran Flanagan raced through but was foiled by the keeper, but Dave Hannon was on hand to score from a tight angle left footed and that made it 7-2 to Ireland.


So that was it, Ireland back to winning ways and despite the drenching everybody got, there was some excellent football to enjoy, some tremendous goals and Declan Foley’s cameo, which quite frankly, was hilarious.  A fine day’s entertainment all round with some of the players and fans happy that Paddy Power would be paying out on some of the bets they so kindly offered for this game, so a big thanks to “Chili” Ken Carney and Paddy Power for getting this together as well!


Ireland:  Fran Carragher; Adrian Heffernan, Kevin Haughey, Dave Byrne, Conor Higgins; Liam Murray, Ross Zambra, John O’Neill, Ian Kirkwood; Ken Carney, Mark Duggan; Ciaran Flanagan, Paul Flanagan, Bob Bashford, Francis Creaven, Damien Ryan, Dave Hannon, Fergus Bishop and Donnacha Hassey.


Report:  Phelim Warren.