Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

'Well beaten' - O'Neill admits Ireland were second best

'Well beaten' - O'Neill admits Ireland were second best

But the manner of the performance, with talented youngsters Ethan Ampadu, 17, and 21-year-old David Brooks excelling on their first competitive starts and Bale at his brilliant best, gave a tantalising glimpse of a bright future. "Even more so than that, as a person, he's so balanced and mature for such a young player". I'm not shell-shocked. I know what our lads can do and I think, regardless of whether they've not played some football or not, regardless of whether they might get exhausted towards the end of the game, I think we know we can do it.

They added a fourth early in the second half, before Shaun Williams grabbed a consolation for Ireland.

Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey were on the scoresheet as Wales thrashed Republic of Ireland 4-1 in Ryan Giggs' first competitive game in charge.

The home side are the clear favourites to win the match with Ireland only picking one Premier League player (Jeff Hendrick) among all the midfielders and forwards in their squad. Ethan is going to be a magnificent player.

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Never was that more apparent than the game that stood out on this evening: with Djokovic serving while down 4-3 in the second set. The effort took its toll on a suddenly weary-looking Del Potro as a 95-minute set was claimed by Djokovic in the tiebreak.

"We try to be braver on the ball, that's important regardless of what division they play in and the time they've had on the field of play". There are things we didn't do so well, but overall, with the performance as a team and certain individuals - I told them to trust themselves on the ball, that's what I got and I was pleased with what I got. I think you have to look at everything.

"He's not only a great player but a really good bloke as well".

By all accounts, he played a starring role during Wales' win over Ireland, and now has set his sights on more game time for Chelsea FC. Bale, who has started his season with Real Madrid in top form to help make up for the void left behind by Cristiano Ronaldo, delivered a left-footed thunderbolt, curling an 18th-minute strike by a helpless Darren Randolph to make it 2-0.

"I think we've done exactly what the gaffer wanted".

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