Flags in Limerick for Ireland v South Africa
Update; Republic of Ireland 1 South Africa 0
A great result for the Republic Of Ireland in Thomond Park with victory achieved over the World Cup Hosts South Africa known as Bafana,Bafana ,who looked a very good side in the recent Confederations Cup( Pre World Cup Summer Tournament) in which they lost to the eventual Winners Brazil in the semi – Final.
A Crowd of 11,400 witnessed a very much second string Irish Team gain valuable experience under Giovanni Trappattoni in their quest to reach next years World Cup in South Africa.Trap has a plan and everyone plays to it simple as that ,boring it may be sometimes but effective.How many Italian National Teams have been boring down through the years and have been extremely lucky also,they have also won World Cups.We have to remember we have not a large pool of players to select from compared to the populations of Italy,Brazil,Argentina etc …in a GAA Country with Rugby curently in its ascendency also.
The atmosphere was much better for this match than the previous clash with Australia with less people in attendance 8000 down on the Australia game ,then we are in a recession and the Limerick public are awaiting the Magners League clash at the same venue on Friday Night.Thank Heaven for the schoolchildren who were allowed in and kept the chanting ” Ireland,Ireland “going..
Goals make games and what a goal it was by Liam Lawrence from a free kick ,then we had some clown gatecrashing the party celebrating with the players before been escorted off .
Overall it was good game ,with a useful workout for the management of Giovanni Trappattoni,Marco Tardelli and Liam Brady to check out fringe players .
Check Out SOCCER REPUBLIC HERE and Limerick’s Karl Spain interviewing Liam Lawrence on his winner v South Africa.