Awful day, not a wonderful match but Martin O’Neill was rightly happy to see his team adapt better to the conditions and come away with three more invaluable points (see also Sixer’s Sevens) …
It was a great result for us, especially as the conditions were so desperately poor and they were deteriorating by the minute.
I’m delighted that when we got the goal the referee saw fit to let the game continue and we went on to get the three points.
There never seemed to be any doubt that the game would go on.
In the first half the snow seemed to brush off, but then in the second half it got worse by the minute.
However, I don’t think that the referee was ever going to stop the game.
It was a different game than the players are used to playing in – they just had to adapt.
Sometimes it became very difficult and players who would normally run with the ball left it behind them.
There were times when players were trying to pass out from defence and the ball was getting caught in the snow, but overall I thought we adapted very well to the conditions.
It’s delightful to get the three points on the board as they are very important to us and it’s a great win for all of the fans who travelled down to watch us play.
We have given them something to cheer about on the way home.
All the best,
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