Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Trapp gives players the day off

Published 29/03/2009

The Republic of Ireland players are getting the afternoon off after last night's 1 - 1 draw against Bulgaria at Croke Park.

Giovanni Trapattoni is holding an early training session in Malahide at the moment after releasing the squad for the rest of the day ahead of the trip to play Italy in Bari.

Richard Dunne gave the boys in green an ideal start, scoring with a header just 35 seconds into the game

But an own-goal from Ireland defender Kevin Kilbane after 73 minutes sealed a deserved point for Bulgaria

The result leaves them trailing the Italians in their World Cup qualifying group after the World Champions bagged a 2 - 0 win over Montenegro.

Captain Robbie Keane is adamant the draw wasn't a bad result.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland are top of their World Cup qualifying group after an impressive 3-2 win over Poland at Windsor Park.

Manager Nigel Worthington said he wants more of the same against Slovenia.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More


From Belfast Telegraph