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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Nervous start - but it's three points in the bag for the Boys in Green

IT was a nervous start, but the Boys in Green managed to take an important step in the right direction towards a coveted place in the Euro 2016 finals.

Fans were beginning to wonder if the campaign would begin on a low, after Georgia equalised to make it 1-1 just before half time.

But fans who had made the trip got their money's worth, when star man Aiden McGeady struck a fabulous last minute finish - his second goal on the night -to give Ireland a 2-1 win.

Around 500 Ireland fans made the trip eastward and turned a section of the Boris Paichadze Stadium in Tbilisi into a sea of green decked out with tricolours.

VOICE

They were in full voice as the referee blew his final whistle, with chants of "you'll never beat the Irish" ringing around the ground.

The victory meant that Ireland has maintained a 100pc victory record over the former soviet state in six games.

The victory will send the team and supporters into next month's double-header against minnows Gibraltar and group favourites Germany brimming with confidence. But one Irish player might be in for some disappointment when he returns home.

Striker Shane Long, who came on towards the end of the second half in the game, had taken to Twitter to voice his optimism for his native Tipperary in the All-Ireland hurling final.

"Big game for us tonight, need to start off with a win! Then find out afterwards how much Tipp won by," the footballer and former hurler wrote.

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