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The Timeline Of A Truly Breathtaking Day Of Irish Sport

The Timeline Of A Truly Breathtaking Day Of Irish Sport

Has there ever been a crazier thirteen hours in Irish sport? James McClean, Ultan Dillane and Conor McGregor all achieved hero status. Did you miss any of it? Not to worry, Balls have put together our timeline from a hectic 24 hours.

15:50 - Ireland team named

A strong Irish team including Harry Arter and Wes Hoolahan is named: the Ireland team the media and the fans all wanted. Eamon Dunphy will have nothing to complain about. We can dream of an attacking performance away from home.

17:48 - Halftime whistle in Vienna, nil all.

Remember all of those hopes for an attacking game? Yeah, they're dead now. Pundits and fans alike are a little annoyed, as Austria are there for the taking. Jon Walters captures the nations mood.
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18:05 - James McClean scores!!!

Footballing ecstasy, as Ireland go from one end of the pitch to the other in about ten seconds. Meyler to Hoolahan  to McClean and BOOM.

But was it too soon?

18.43 We might do this, but why McGeady?

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18:51 - The Janko Miss

Ireland have been hanging on for dear life. With seconds left on the clock, the ball falls to Mark Janko six yards out. Hearts sink. He has to score. He nods wide instead. Irish fans breathe again and celebrate seconds later at the full time whistle.

18:52 - Ireland win! We have done the impossible and beat a decent team away from home

19:01 - Seamus Coleman speaks

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Seamus Colmena is bolloxed. But that doesn't stop him giving a post match interview which encapsulates how ever fan feels.

19:21 - First Ireland try

After a quick 10 minutes of rest, we're straight into the rugby and it doesn't take long for Ireland to score . Keith Earls touches down in the corner after just six minutes

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19:55 - Tiernan O'Halloran scores a delicious try

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This game isn't going as smoothly as expected, but Connacht combines to change that. Finlay Bealham offloads to Tiernan O'Halloran and the fullback grabs his first try for Ireland.

20:58 - Tiernan O'Halloran scores a delicious second try

An hour passes and now Ireland are in control. O'Halloran grabs his second try of the game with time running out. The build up is fantastic.

21:02 - Dave Kilcoyne nearly hurdles a guy

The clock is in red but that doesn't stop Dave Kilcoyne from considering a change of sport to the 110m hurdles. His leap helps set up James Tracy to touch down and get Ireland past the 50 point mark.

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21:05: Canada defeated with a frenetic closing 15 minutes, 8 players capped, can the 2023 World Cup start today?

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21:15 - Flip over to Wales-Serbia, Wales lead 1-0

21:30 - Mitro equalises!

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9:45 -Top of the group of lads, top of the group!

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22:00-5.30 Hazy dreams/hallucinations of Roy Keane barking orders in Russia and Ireland demolishing the All Blacks next Saturday.

5.30 - Wake up

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The phone/clock goes off and the  TV's/laptops/totally legal streams are fired up ... or you rustle yourself back to consciousness at your McGregor Party for the headliners at UFC 205.

5.45 - Crazy Round 4 of Woodley/Thompson

Anyone still with bleary eyes is quickly woken by an incredible end to round four of the Woodley-Wonderboy fight. After a few huge hits, Woodley goes in for the kill with a guillotine, only for Thompson to escape in an incredible sequence.

6.18: The Ringwalk

It's time. The wait is over as the familiar sound of Sinead O'Connor hits Madison Square Garden, and Conor McGregor makes his walk to the ring.

6.24 - The First Knockdown

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About a minute into the fight and we get the first sign. Alvarez hits the floor for the first of three times in the first round after a huge left hand from McGregor.

6.30- The Knockout

Lights out for Alvarez and history made in the UFC. McGregor rocks him with a combination and makes history.

7:44am - We're Not Here To Take Part.

The Irish takeover of New York City is complete.

Either party through the morning or stumble to sleep.

David Kent

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