Andorra v Ireland Ireland v Armenia

It is my understanding that contrary to recent speculation on this board Richard Dunne is available for the Armenia match.

Off The Ball have now said the same, I don’t know what to think. Can someone please consult a rulebook

Am expecting a text from Platini at some point between half 10 and half 11. Will keep ye posted

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i think its time for my online support & love for trap & the boys to be taken to going to games-larry sort me with a ticket

Larry, sort us all with a ticket.


I’d sort you out with tickets but currency changeover could get a little tricky.

The outcome of the Slovakia-Russia match is quite a paradox for the 26. We need Slovakia to win for us to have any chance of winning the group. But a win for Slovakia over Russia would keep them in the hunt to catch us. Beating Armenia would then win us the group, but failure to win that match would mean likely elimination.

Russia avoiding defeat in Slovakia would mean a draw against Armenia would guarantee us a play-off. But we’d have no chance of winning the group.

Only south stand upper on Ticketmaster. WTF is that about? Says tickets only went only sale yesterday.

Thanks for clarification Larry. Huge games in store.

If you took your head out of larryduffs arse for a second you might be able to consult the rules yourself…

So lads, what did those of you who watched Slovakia-Armenia make of the Armenians?

I didn’t see last night’s game but they looked a good side in losing 3-1 away to Russia in June when I watched them. They were very unlucky that day.

Was trying to recall what they were like when we won over there and my memory is fairly hazy even though it was only a year ago. I think Doyle really bullied them in the air in the first half in particular and Robbie hit the post when put through from a flick on.

They weren’t too good but I think they improved a lot in the second half before Fahey’s late goal. I believe they play one upfront and like to counter attack with players flooding forward from midfield.

We’re likely to have our midfield duo outnumbered again. The guy Mkhitaryan that plays with Shakhtar is an outstanding footballer - I see he was on target last night.

Wasn’t too impressed with Armenia when we played them anyway. Don’t remember ever being particularly worried they’d score and I remember us getting enough joy against their defence to retain hope we’d score, which we, of course did. I think they’re the kind of team we’re suited to playing, or were then anyway. Perhaps their midfield has come on plenty since then?
Certainly don’t remember anyone being too hopeful afterwards that they’d beat any of our rivals though plenty thought they may nick points here and there.
Haven’t seen them since but that’s my memory anyway.

They were very impressive last night. Slovakia had more possession in first hour but Armenia always looked really dangerous particularly on the counter. They broke with speed and could play very good football. They sent numbers forward quickly and they looked a quick side. Their form in this group of late has been excellent. I was impressed with them in the win we had over them in first game but they have clearly improved since then also. Even going back to that game stats back up my recollection of the game in that while we played well we were perhaps lucky to get the win.

ArmeniaRepublic of Ireland
Goals scored 0 1 Attempts on target 7

4 Attempts off target 7

4 Corners 9

5 Fouls committed 13

16 Yellow cards 1

1 Red cards 0


Have looked through their other games and it really confirms what a decent side they are…
After the loss to us and draw away to Macedonia they beat Slovakia 3-1 away and it could have been more than that. They did look vulnerable at back in that one I remember. They hammered Andorra 4-0 and 3-0 and draw with Russia at home. There despite Russia easily having more corners Armenia had more shots on target managed to keep them scoreless. Even in loss to Russia the stats don’t make pleasant reading (Russia had 5 on target compared to Armenia’s 4).

WTF is the story with buying tickets from the FAI website? Booked it in work and expected to see a confirmation email when I got home but there’s nowt. Is this how John Delaney has so much money?

Does anyone else fear we could do a ‘Liechtenstein’ against Andorra?

I wouldn’t put it past us :frowning:

In Robbie we trust

Farmer fears this. Think he mentioned it on the Russia-Ireland thread.

I’ve feared it in every away game against a minnow ever since we did it, in fairness. They’re a fairly physical gang, the Andorrans, iirc. At least our offensive game, which hasn’t been wheeled out since May, should get a bit of much needed practice in preparation for Armenia.

It happened the last year Dublin won an All-Ireland and the country threw its collective knickers at a US President.