If we thought the crushing 5-1 defeat at the hands of Denmark last November was bleak, Martin O'Neill's side somehow found a lower ebb tonight in Cardiff.
After a disastrous build-up shrouded in negativity, Irish fans hoped more than they might have expected something positive to emerge on the field once the new nations league season kicked off. But any hint of optimism was quickly eviscerated by a first half horror show that saw Wales storm into a 3-0 lead, which merely confirmed the opinion of many Welsh fans inside the stadium.
"You're just a shit Northern Ireland" sing the Wales fans
— Daniel McDonnell (@McDonnellDan) September 6, 2018
For as bad as Ireland were, Wales it must be said were clinical and decisive in every action and were well worth their comfortable 4-1 victory in Giggseh's first competitive outing as manager. Unfortunately for us, our misery was compounded by the exuberant Welsh reaction on social media.
"It's like watching Brazil play"
Former defender Danny Gabbidon on Wales racing into a 3-0 half-time lead over the Republic of Ireland #WALIRL
Read more here 👉 https://t.co/T1OYODx9oP pic.twitter.com/gGpZZqefFa
— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) September 6, 2018
Mad to think Wales are actually going to win Euro 2020 🏴
— Damen Griffiths (@DamenLG) September 6, 2018
Wales 🏴 have just took the piss for 45 minutes 👌🏻👊🏻
— James Thomas (@JamesTh25355186) September 6, 2018
Yeah sex is good but is it Wales 3-0 Ireland at half time good.
— scott 🏴 (@scttlws) September 6, 2018
Didn't Ireland used to be worthy opponents? 😉💔
— Border Outpost (@BorderOutpost) September 6, 2018
— Liam Mackay (@caerau10) September 6, 2018
So as Irish football stares into the abyss, it might be comforting for some to think back and remember happier times.....
You'd miss the traditional September friendly against Oman
— Neil O'Riordan (@noriordan) September 6, 2018