despite Ireland’s 3-1 defeat to Croatia at Sunday night’s Euro 2012 match, the Republic of Ireland Supporters Club in Newbridge still have a glimmer of hope for Thursday’s match against the reigning European and World Champions Spain.
“Of course we were disappointed,” said Supporters Club member Phil Wolfe who watched the match in the Curragh Inn. “It is going to be hard now. That was the game we thought we were going to win. Our backs are to the wall now. We didn’t expect too much from our group - it was a very hard group.”
It was the first time the Republic lost an opening game at a major championship, stretching back to 1988, and the first time they have conceded more than two goals in any of those tournaments.
Ireland now face the reigning European and World Champions Spain, in Gdansk on Thursday, and they need at least a draw to keep their chances alive.
There are about ten people from the ROI Supporters Club in Newbridge out in Poznan, Poland supporting the team and enjoying the craic.
“We have about ten people out there and they are all enjoying it,” he added. “It is very hard to say now who is going to win it - Russia looks good and Germany looks good. We might pull off a shock on Thursday. We’ll be meeting up once more to watch it and for moral support. We can only hope for the best.”
Giovanni Trappatoni now faces a a massive challenge with Spain on Thursday night if they hope to reach the knock-out stages of Euro 2012. The members of the ROI Supporters Club in Newbridge at least will be with them every step of the way.