Belfast Telegraph

'I'm gutted': Fans left disappointed as Ireland miss out on World Cup place

Heartbroken Ireland fans streamed out of Dublin's Aviva Stadium with their dreams of World Cup qualification shattered.

Thousands of fans left before the final whistle and there was an admission - "We weren't good enough".

Niall McNamee, from Dundalk, said: "I'm gutted. We weren't good enough tonight. We scored too early. We just weren't good enough."

Edward Corless, from Galway, said: "I'm so disappointed. We are hoping it might even go to penalties. It was great for the first 15 minutes or so. And then it went downhill."

A family from Longford added: "We are devastated. All those fans that left in the 60th minute, they should never be allowed into a game again."

Lorna Mulroy added: "We are delighted to get as far as we did. Well done to the boys."

Thousands of Irish and Danish fans streamed away good naturedly.

One Ireland fan turned to a Danish supporter and said: "Good luck in the finals, lads".

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