Walters fires Ireland into Euro 2016

2015-11-17 12:19
Jon Walters (Supplied)

Dublin - Jon Walters was the toast of Lansdowne Road as his brace against Bosnia-Herzegovina in a 2-0 victory fired Ireland to next summer's European Championship Finals in France.

The Stoke City striker missed Friday's play-off first leg through suspension but he more than made up for that with a goal in each half that saw Martin O'Neill's men progress 3-1 on aggregate.

"There was a whole team of heroes out there - we got there in the end. It is the best moment of my career in any shirt - to qualify for the European Championship finals is unbelievable," the hero of the night told Sky Sports.

Bosnia manager Mehmed Bazdarevic will be bitterly disappointed with his side's poor showing, but for Ireland it was the most complete performance of a roller coaster campaign, on the most crucial night.

The hosts were simply better in every department, bullying the visitors in the first half and taking their chances when they arrived.

"I couldn't be more proud of this team," said O'Neill.

"I hold the players in the highest esteem. They don't have everything, but courage and determination are things they have in abundance."

Read more on:    ireland  |  soccer


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

After Stuart Baxter stepped down as Bafana Bafana head coach, who would you like to see take over?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.