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A Bittersweet Ending For Newcastle Defender In Euro Qualification


Ciaran Clark made his return for the Republic of Ireland for the first time in over a year in their 3-1 victory over New Zealand last Thursday. Tonight, Clark played in a match that mattered.

A win against Denmark and the Republic of Ireland would qualify for the European Championships. Anything else meant they could be watching next summer from home.

Ciaran Clark was brought in for Sheffield United’s John Egan to start the second half with the match scoreless.

Denmark’s Martin Braithwaite opened the scoring in the 73rd minute to give the Danes the one-goal advantage.

Wolves’ Matt Doherty was able to level the proceedings with a header from a corner in the 85th minute, giving Ireland everything to fight for. But it wasn’t enough, and the game ended 1-1 in a heartbreaking finish for Ciaran Clark and his teammates.

Switzerland did what they had to do in beating Gibraltar 6-0 to win Group D and qualification. With the draw, Denmark got second place and will join the Swiss in next summer’s European Championships.


53 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 18, 2019 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Gutted.

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  • Jib

    Nov 18, 2019 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #2

    A win against Denmark and the Republic of Ireland would qualify for the European Championships. Anything else meant they would be watching next summer from home

    Nope

    There are play-offs in March

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  • RobLeenio

    Nov 18, 2019 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #3

    geordietom from earlier, that was the goal I meant. It was a sweet strike made all the sweeter for being the winner vs the Mackems.

    Imagine having that kind of dead ball talent stood over the ball though, with Shearer and Nobby as options along with Emre.

    Frightening!

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  • RobLeenio

    Nov 18, 2019 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #4

    This is the link that geordietom shared for anyone who missed it

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsXJ913kx4c&feature=youtu.be

    Memories.

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  • jane

    Nov 18, 2019 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Jib can you explain how the Republic of Ireland qualified for the play-offs?

    1
  • lesh

    Nov 19, 2019 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #6

    The night shift’s near clocking on and the chat can go wherever it goes.

    Carltoon,

    From last night, it’s obvious you’re more in tune with the realities of life than some. Good for you, stay strong.

    And

    Online (and probably Carltoon’s young man), have a look back to BBC4 TV, Sunday 17th, 1055pm – ‘The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clarke’. Musical history, good craic and great music.

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 19, 2019 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Bill,

    I see you’re doing a grand job of keeping tally on the transfer rumors. I may have to revise my prediction though 🙂

    1
  • NY Mag

    Nov 19, 2019 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #8

    After just catching up on today’s blog…..the biggest mystery is, how many Amazon shares does jib own 😀

    4
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 19, 2019 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Lesh, realities in life, no such thing mate.

    There are only possibilities and they are infinite!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 19, 2019 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #10

    NY Mag

    I wouldn’t worry about it yet, the count will increase exponentially as we get closer to January!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 19, 2019 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #11

    NY Mag

    JIb is probably one of these posh people who claim to be working class and call the poor people ‘paups’ a prime target for Lesh to sneer at!

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 19, 2019 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Bill,

    I’m sure the rumor mill will reach fever pitch by January. I wonder if there is a study to be done, the correlation of number of rumors vs volatility of posts.

    My amazon shares reference was just tongue-in-cheek.im sure jib will treat it as such 🙂

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  • Online Guy

    Nov 19, 2019 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #13

    This is disgusting

    She was a girl scout.

    If one voices an opinion is one safe to do so ?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-50452136

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  • Just a fan

    Nov 19, 2019 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #14

    Lesh
    Just watched the Byrd that flew alone.
    He was in the new Christie minstrels.
    Also did not know Crosby was in the Byrd’s.
    Very watchable program.

    1
  • Online Guy

    Nov 19, 2019 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #15

    Lesh , I missed that programme . Will check it out . Thanks .

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 19, 2019 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #16

    NY Mag

    I’m sure he will let you know if he’s offended! 🙂

    My question is, is he talking about the massive online shopping organisation or a wee bit of the rainforest?

    0
  • NY Mag

    Nov 19, 2019 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #17

    Bill,

    LOL, I never thought of that 😀

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 19, 2019 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #18

    OLG

    It is sad and disgusting for her to lose her life to this senseless violence but as sad is that kids are growing up in the environment that breeds acts like this, these youngster don’t have a sense of morality and seem to think they can do whatever they want.

    As the police officer who led the investigation said lets hope the heavy sentences are a real deterrent but somehow I doubt it it will be.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 19, 2019 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #19

    Anyway another short shift for me tonight, up early again later today so G’dNight NY Mag and any other night owls.

    1
  • NY Mag

    Nov 19, 2019 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #20

    Goodnight Bill

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  • lesh

    Nov 19, 2019 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #21

    Essex Geordie Bill

    The realities of life are there for all to be seen – if people choose to look beyond the media that court the attention of those that are sitting relatively pretty. Let’s not worry too much about the poor sods who can’t afford to pay their rent let alone their heating and rely on food banks to feed their bairns.

    Sorry all, the society we live in makes me really angry and people continue to fall for it.

    It’s much akin to the way Ashley’s screwed the life out of NUFC, fleeced it and its supporters dry and people still turn up at SJP to have their noses rubbed in it’s

    Again, sorry for the rant but things are getting me down.

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  • lesh

    Nov 19, 2019 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #22

    Just a Fan

    Glad you enjoyed that show…. what a time….. set up for a show then adjourn to a nearby bar to have a few martinis and a bit of acid while preparing for the set……

    Heady days

    1
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 19, 2019 at 4:35 AM

    Comment #23

    lesh
    the masses of poor people have fell for the lies of the church government and papers for 1000s of years. cant see it changing any time soon unless those in power decide to invest in equality of education in deprived areas. in the old days the british aristocracy and american slave owners were terrified of the poor learning to read. then they learned to semi control what they read and all was well. the papers and courts will rarely turn on a man like ashley because like their owners hes in the billionaires club albeit a despised uncouth member.

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  • Jib

    Nov 19, 2019 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #24

    lesh
    It’s much akin to the way Ashley’s screwed the life out of NUFC, fleeced it and its supporters dry and people still turn up at SJP to have their noses rubbed in it’s

    Demagoguery and silly exaggeration and hyperbole
    don’t help the situation
    NUFC are currently 13th in arguably the best league
    in the world.
    I don’t think the supporters feel either fleeced or bled dry
    and if they do they vote with their bums on seats which
    currently seems to be the trend.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2019 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #25

    I think we’re ran like the Nazi party by a cruel dictator and his slavering henchman, fed lies and propaganda.

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  • Jib

    Nov 19, 2019 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #26

    Jail @25
    Yes
    You probably do

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2019 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #27

    No probably about it Jibbers old bean.

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Nov 19, 2019 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #28

    Olg that was an appalling stabbing in london. I dont know what you are talking about re voicing an opinion though ??

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2019 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #29

    So apparently Ireland could have lost their last 21 games and still been in the playoffs due to them being in Nations league B.

    2
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 19, 2019 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #30

    I can all too easily imagine Charnley “slavering”. Gurgling, slobbering and wheezing away like some imbecile kept locked in the basement, but henchman is proving a stretch.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2019 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #31

    So Scotland could get a back door pass one year when they drop down to division G.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2019 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #32

    Nicky,
    I think we underestimate Churnley, I think he’s very much a driving force in the way we’re ran. You can’t imagine him having any kind of guilt or remorse over those training ground plans.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 19, 2019 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #33

    Mmmm, ok, how about slavering idiot savant then?

    2
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 19, 2019 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #34

    id compare Ashleys running of the club to mao. its very difficult to tell if maos disasters were a result of evil or of great miscalculations. in both cases i think the latter is the better explanation.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2019 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #35

    That’ll work.

    0
  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 19, 2019 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #36

    It’s amazing how 13th is now seen as good. Expectations have been lowered to such a degree now.

    4
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 19, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #37

    I think Ashley is just plain too cheap to own a club like us. Simply didn’t spend enough money on enough quality players or hold onto managers good enough to stop us getting relegated twice, and we’ve been paying for it for twelve long years. Hard to quantify the damage those two relegations did to us, but I’d say without them we’d quite naturally be top ten.

    4
  • RobLeenio

    Nov 19, 2019 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #38

    Rotonda “It’s amazing how 13th is now seen as good”

    Not sure anyone said that, but given the state of the fixture list, new coach and having to bed in a whole new front line, I think most of us expected to be lower down the table than that by this stage when the league kicked off.

    We’re actually only 3 points off 5th place, which is actually ridiculous and proves that the league is rapidly becoming two separate competitions – top 4/6 and the rest.

    So, 13th at this point is a decent start, 13th at the end of the season will be below par.

    2
  • Jib

    Nov 19, 2019 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #39

    Rotonda heights
    It’s amazing how 13th is now seen as good.

    Didn’t say that

    lesh said
    Ashley’s screwed the life out of NUFC

    the usual major over-reaction

    1
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Nov 19, 2019 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #40

    The club may be 13th in the league at present but its in the lower echelons of the premier league.

    Apart from the mysterious 5 year plans I’ve seen nothing in 13 years that suggests Ashley is trying to improve the club on any level.

    If the odd fleeting visit to the top half of the league and out of the cups at the first hurdle floats your boat Ashley’s Nufc is the club for you and jib.

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