Ireland’s Harry Arter in action against Wales during their World Cup qualifier in Cardiff. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Harry Arter has saluted his Republic of Ireland team-mates for getting it right on the night once again to preserve their World Cup dream. Just as th(...)

James McClean’s goal gave Ireland a 1-0 win over Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty

Monday night’s rousing win 1-0 against Wales has put Ireland two games away from a first World Cup appearance since 2002. Martin O’Neill’s side secur(...)

Ireland’s James McClean watches his shot go fly past Wayne Hennessey in the 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Wales in Cardiff. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

James McClean’s right-footed strike in Cardiff on Monday night was enough to book Ireland a 2018 World Cup playoff place with the situation helpfully (...)

Martin O’Neill saw his Ireland side qualify for the World Cup playoffs thanks to a 1-0 win over Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP

Things come full circle. After another spine-tingling football night of thrills and spills from the Ireland football team, Martin O’Neill didn’t quite(...)

Shane Duffy challenges Wales’ Ashley Williams during Ireland’s 1-0 win in Cardiff. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

23 Darren Randolph Terrific display. Acrobatic save from Robson-Kanu shortly after half-time kept Ireland alive. Tipped a Ramsey effort over from dis(...)

 Jeff Hendrick challenges for the ball with  Tom Lawrence of Wales  during the  World Cup qualifier at the Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Jeff Hendrick praised the spirit shown by the Republic of Ireland as they claimed second spot in Group D with a smash-and-grab raid against Wales in C(...)

 James McClean (second from right) celebrates scoring his goal with his Republic of Ireland  team-mates  during the  World Cup qualifier against Wales at Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Wales 0 Republic of Ireland 1 For countless generations the Irish have been passing through Wales en route to what they hoped would be better times i(...)

 Shane Long rues a missed chance against Moldova at the Aviva Stadium on Friday night. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Shane Long’s admission to Martin O’Neill after Friday’s game that he “can’t buy a goal” just now is a fair reflection of the striker’s struggles aroun(...)

Ireland arrive for training on Friday ahead of their crucial double header against Moldova and Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill, it seems, will not be going anywhere when this qualifying campaign is over. We still don’t know about his team but John Delaney, the m(...)

Burnley’s Jeff Hendrick scores his side’s winning goal at Goodison Park. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Everton 0 Burnley 1 Ronald Koeman said it would take four consecutive home wins for him to enter the international break with a smile. He goes into i(...)