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Ireland Hit By Greece Lightning

Weds 14th November 2012. International Friendly
Republic of Ireland 0-1 Greece

In the game dubbed the “Austerity Derby”, Ireland put on arguably one of their best performances of the year, only to end the 2012 with a defeat in front of a small crowd at Lansdowne Road.

For the brave souls in attendance there was a sense of excitement as the “new look” Ireland took to the field with David Forde, Seamus Coleman, Ciaran Clarke, James McClean and Shane Long in the starting line up.

Ireland should have had an early advantage after a clear handball in the penalty area inside the opening two minutes, however whether the referee didn’t see it, or didn’t want to give such an early penalty, the game stayed in full flow.

Despite some good interchange between, deserved man of the match, Seamus Coleman, James McClean and Shane Long, it was Greece that opened the scoring after half an hour when Loint Cholevas fired the ball past David Forde and into the bottom corner of the net.

The biggest cheer of the game came just as the second half was about to start when the number 21 was raised by the 4th Official, signalling Wes Hoolahan’s return to the International scene.

Despite an energetic display from the home side, they just couldn’t force a way past the Greek defence and so the “fantastic year”, as Marco Tardelli put it, came to an end with Ireland’s fifth loss from twelve games in 2012.

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Man of the Match, Seamus Coleman is hauled down during Ireland’s midweek clash with Greece

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