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World Cup Play-Off: Ireland vs. Denmark – Ireland’s Key Players

By Evan Coughlan November 10, 2017 (No)
In November 2015, Jonathan Walters wrote himself into Irish footballing folklore after scoring two goals in the Euro 2016 play-off against Bosnia to send the Irish team to France. We placed that moment pretty highly on our list of Ireland’s most memorable play-offs! Now in November 2017 Ireland find themselves in a play-off yet again, this time against Denmark, and you know what, we fancy our chances! Martin O’Neill has announced the squad that will try and take Ireland to its first World Cup since Korea/Japan in 2002, but who from O’Neill’s squad will make the difference. Well, we here at The Sharpe think these three men will be key […]

The Republic of Ireland’s Most Memorable Play-Offs

By Evan Coughlan November 7, 2017 (No)
Well, somehow we’ve done it again. After the disappointment of Ireland’s World Cup qualifying matches in September, it looked very unlikely that the boys in green would be in the mix for a World Cup play-off come November. Lo and behold, after Scotland did us a favour by beating Slovakia and then drawing with Slovenia, we were now in with a chance of getting a play-off spot. Now, all we had to do was beat Wales in Cardiff and our play-off spot was secure; no small feat, mind you. After a beautiful run by Jeff Hendrick and the sweetest of strikes from Jimmy McClean, we overcame the Bale’s boys and […]

James McClean: The Rise Of The Republic’s Footballing Hero

By Evan Coughlan October 16, 2017 (No)
Phew…. has everyone recovered from what happened on that marvellous evening in Wales? I’m sure there are a few people who haven’t even made it back from Cardiff yet! Well, yet again, we had one of those nights, where somehow, we got a win when we needed it most. After looking back on the goal for about the 673rd time, I can confirm that James McClean, if he wasn’t already, is now up there with the past greats of the Irish team, but what about James McClean, the man. McClean has become a household name due, in part, to his exploits on the field for the Republic as well as […]

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