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The Laois Twitter reaction as Ireland take step closer to World Cup qualification

James McClean celebrates his winning goal for Ireland against Wales in Cardiff

You can’t beat a big Ireland soccer match for bringing the country together. And what’s better than watching it on the telly than sharing our views and our witty observations with the world via Twitter.

And that’s exactly how it was this evening as Ireland got the better of Wales in Cardiff thanks to James McClean’s thunderous goal in the 57th minute.

We still had to hang on for another 33 minutes plus agonising five of injury time – nearly as many as was played in the Laois intermediate football final last week.

This time, though, there was to be no goal in time added on, although there was plenty of high balls into the box.

Ireland were able to survive the Welsh onslaught which was futile enough anyway – Chris Coleman’s side would have needed to score twice to get into the playoffs themselves.

So it’s on to a two-legged playoff to see if we’ll make it to Russia next summer. We’re not there yet but we’re closer than we were this morning. A two-legged qualifier in mid November is next up and the draw to find out our opponents will be made next week.

In the meantime, we’ve picked out some of the best tweets from an another enjoyable evening on Twitter.

Big Shay Mulhare is a happy man …

Hard to argue with Peter O’Leary on that one …

Or Brian Ramsbottom on that either

Well said, Dean Cullen

Castletown man James Mullaney had a couple of good ideas

Good girl Aedin …

Very good point, Gary Walsh. Very good point …

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