Newcastle Scouts Draw A Blank


If the purpose of Newcastle scouts in Vienna tonight was to check out Daryl Horgan in the Austria vs Republic of Ireland game then they left disappointed with Horgan an unused substitute who still has to make hos first appearance for his country.

Of course there could have been some other players Newcastle were watching, but the news over the last couple of weeks has been that Rafa Benitez is keen on signing the 24 year-old Dundalk player.

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James McClean after scoring vital winner

Ciaran Clark had a good game for Ireland at the back and looked composed throughout the game.

In the first half when Austria hit the cross-bar the Newcastle center-back made a critical clearance and this lad certainly looks a very good player under the coaching of Rafa Benitez.

Ireland won the game with a goas from former Sunderland winger McClean in the second half, when he broke well down the left and hit the ball home from a narrow angle as it went through the legs of the goalkeeper.

As the game drew to a close there was more and more pressure from Austria but Ireland defended well.

The home side however missed an excellent opportunity to equalize in the last minute of the four minutes of stoppage time, when Janko somehow headed wide from only three yards out.

It was a great win by Ireland and the first time they have beaten Austria for 53 years.

Ireland currently head Group D with 10 points from their four games so far, but Wales have to take on Serbia tonight in less than an hour in Cardiff.

And we wonder if it was indeed a wasted journey for the Newcastle scouts?



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18 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 12, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #1

    This is a pressure game for the Welsh now. If they lose, Serbia and the republic open up a bit of a gap at the top.. Question is, which Serbia is going to turn up?

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 12, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Wasnt just our scouts I watched the game for no reason as well! Clark looked decent though I forgot he’d be playing and McClean played well

    Now to watch the Welsh the joys of international football eh

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 12, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Imagine having a player of Alabas quality and booing him though

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 12, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Schicklgruber looked menacing!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 12, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Bale Bale Bale is on fire, Bale Bale Bale is on fire.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 12, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #6

    Bales chin will be on the floor if Mitro scores a couple. Literally.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 12, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Very quiet on here tonight, they all must be watching the best player on the planet.

    Come on Bale.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 12, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Very quiet game to be honest.

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  • archaeomag

    Nov 12, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #9

    MITRO !!¬!!

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 12, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Crap game but two good goals

    Howay Mitro get a few more

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 12, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Nitro!!!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 12, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Mitrovic is on fire 1-1

    Ha ha ha

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  • archaeomag

    Nov 12, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #13

    1:1 . . . . Mitro Breaks Welsh hearts etc etc

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 12, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Bale should have scored his second though.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 12, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Has Bale been on the pitch second half?

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Nov 12, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Great header from Mitro. Get the crosses in, he will score.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 12, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #17

    LR
    He’s done nothing else though tbf

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  • Legolas

    Nov 12, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Mitro on fire your defence is terrified.

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