Ireland all but secure Euro 2012 spot after Estonian escapade

Keith Andrews runs off to celebrate after scoring Ireland's opening goal in Tallinn

THIS time two years ago Ireland were gearing up for France, and their arrival to Croke Park for the first leg of a World Cup 2012 play-off.

As we all know; what happened in the following leg was possibly one of footballs biggest scandals with Thierry Henry hand-balling not once, but twice and assisting William Gallas to score the all-important decisive goal in ET.

However, in 2011, Ireland are all but guaranteed their place in Poland and Ukraine following a very comprehensive four nil thrashing of Tarmo Rüütli’s Estonia, in Tallinn.

Keith Andrews nodded the first, whilst Robbie Keane grabbed a brace; one a real poachers effort and the second from the penalty spot after Stephen Hunt was taken down.

The impressive victory marked another clean sheet for Trappatoni’s men - and the Boys In Green have only conceded one goal in nearly 1000 minutes of football.

A very impressive feat considering the vulnerability of our back line.

Although we’re not technically guaranteed a spot in Poland-Ukraine; it very much looks like Keith Andrews, Glenn Whelan, Stephen Kelly, and even Paul McShane will play in one of Europe’s elite competition - despite being very average footballers.

Saying that - it’s great to see the likes of Damien Duff, Robbie Keane, Richard Dunne, John O’Shea & Shay Given will get one last crack at a major tournament: their first since South Korea & Japan, back in 2002.

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