One word perfectly captures the first half of Ireland v Wales: cagey. There were few memorable moments of actual football played so perhaps the most interesting thing to occur was the debut of an Irish brass band. Fans at the Aviva were treated to brass band renditions of 'Stand Up For The Boys In Green' and 'Ole'.
The bum note at the end of 'Stand Up' will live forever in the memory of all Irish fans present on this massive evening for Irish football.
It was an interesting debut considering that the FAI banned the famed Welsh brass band The Barry Horns from performing at the Aviva tonight.
So it's a band of approx 7/8 brass & percussion, stood in front of singing section & mic'd up to PA system
— Mark McCadden (@markmccadden) March 24, 2017
Who let the fucking English band in? #IRLWAL
— Dodge 😷 (@seidodge) March 24, 2017
Also disappointingly it seems the Irish fans now have some sort of band. Won't be in any rush to head back to the Aviva if that persists..
— connorj (@connorj67) March 24, 2017
Initially, it was largely Wales fans on Twitter airing their frustrations at the sound of the Irish brass band.
— Muhz (@therealmuhz) March 24, 2017
— GEMSport (@GEMSportNews) March 24, 2017
— Chris Peplow🏴 (@chris2803) March 24, 2017
@thebarryhorns were banned so they didn't make the Irish band sound even worse than they are.
— Welsh not British (@welshnotbritish) March 24, 2017
Think the Irish FA banned the wrong band #IRLWAL
— SΔM 🏴 (@TwmbarlwmSam) March 24, 2017
We thought the England band were annoying.... the Irish mic theirs up! 🙉 #ROIvWAL
— Grange Hill (@grang3hill) March 24, 2017
There really wasn't any point in @thebarryhorns going to the game, no one could hear them over the shit Irish band playing over the tannoy 😂
— Jack Evans (@Jevski7) March 24, 2017
But after the brass band's second half performance, Irish fans began to rage in unison.
Sonia from Eastenders was better on the trumpet than this prick #ireland/wales
— Bry McCormick (@BryMccormick) March 24, 2017
Easily the most unpopular Irish trumpet player since Joey the Lips rode Imelda Quirke
— ConorMcKeon (@ConorMcKn) March 24, 2017
I am going to shove that trumpet up someone's arse sweet Jesus. #COYBIG
— Rachel Ní Néill (@ronronzo) March 24, 2017
More on #trumpetgate as it reaches us.