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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

  • Jib

    Nov 19, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #41

    It doesn’t float my boat at all
    The fellas a knobhead and needs replacing
    but comparing him to Hitler
    gimme a break

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Nov 19, 2019 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #42

    It might not float yoire boat as you claim but you’re more than happy to paddle in the same direction whilst sight seeing and enjoying the ride.

  • Jib

    Nov 19, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #43

    More than happy to paddle in the same direction whilst sight seeing and enjoying the ride.

    Quite right
    I’m a supporter
    Not a bitter twisted saddo

  • Just a fan

    Nov 19, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #44

    Ashley has been here here twelve years but actually I’ve had fifty years of hurt.
    Man united had years of success but I bet there fans are hurting now.same as arsenal.
    Its all relative.
    There are only two games I dwell on.the last one and the next one.im happy with the last one..a win.

  • Australian Pie

    Nov 19, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #45

    Just a fan well said, can’t understand why a large chunk on here bother being a so called fan when you can tell they are always slightly annoyed by us winning so they have to wait 24 hours to start whinging again

  • Jib

    Nov 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #46

    The Daily Star, say Arsenal could use Granit Xhaka as a makeweight
    in their pursuit of BMG ‘s Denis Zakaria.
    The 22-year-old is one of the most highly sought after young players in
    European football and Arsenal could offer Xhaka to Borussia
    Monchengladbach (who they bought Xhaka from) in return.
    They then say this would be a blow to NUFC getting GX on loan

    I don’t see that – a six month loan to us in the interim could be an
    ideal solution for all parties – not least Xhaka -who needs game time
    before Summers Euro tournament

  • geordie157

    Nov 19, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #47

    On subject of Ireland, I know they lack quality up front but in midfield surely they have better options than Whelan! Good pro yes but at home to Denmark, show a bit more ambition.

  • martoon

    Nov 19, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #48

    As Bobbybee often says “We’ve nearly always had crap owners”. The only decent owner I can remember in my life time is Sir John Hall and then Hall & Shepherd despite their obvious faults at least provided us with a decent team.
    Is Mike Ashley worse than the likes of Westwood, McKeag & Seymour – I’m not sure what do people think?

  • Jib

    Nov 19, 2019 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #49

    It’s just a shame SJH hadn’t been younger
    (Freddie was useless)
    Unlike any other owner , he acknowledged
    his ignorance of things footy and deferred
    to those he saw as more clued up than him.

  • Jib

    Nov 19, 2019 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #50

    The big debate on NUFC social media seems to be
    who should captain us next Monday evening in the
    absence of Jamaal
    Perhaps Neil could do a poll ?

  • geordietom

    Nov 19, 2019 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #51

    give it to Fed…

  • stan anderson

    Nov 19, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #52

    AshLie is the only Billionaire to own the club.
    None of the others come close to the man’s wealth.
    He just doesn’t want us to win anything,not the 1st one in that regard.
    Only Sir John and Shepherd seemed to want to take us to our real potential as a club

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 19, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #53

    It’s fair to say we’ve been mostly terrible as a club in my lifetime with mostly terrible owners ,
    on average we’ve always been a lower mid table team – SJH had a vision and brought in KK, spent money and pretty much upgraded the whole infrastructure, Hall and Shepherd were a bit useless but always had ambition.
    I’d say bar KK (1st time) and SBR we’ve also mostly had mediocre managers


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