Harry Wilson pulled another delightful freekick out of the bag as Wales sealed another strong victory over the Republic of Ireland in the Nations League on Tuesday night.
Shorn of the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Ethan Ampadu (all of whom starred against Ireland in the 4-1 win in Cardiff last month), Ryan Giggs’ re-jigged selection still managed to get the job done in Dublin, if only by the narrowest of margins.
The only goal of the game came in the 58th minute as Wilson sent a 20-yarder humming over the Irish wall and into the far side of the goal past a motionless Darren Randolph…
As well as settling the tie in Wales’ favour, Wilson’s freekick provided watching fans with instant flashbacks to his near-identical effort scored for Derby County against Manchester United in the League Cup a few weeks ago. As habits go, it’s a decent one to saddle yourself with.
Anyway, the result in Dublin sees Giggs’ young charges strengthen their position at the top of Group E with two wins from three Nations League outings.
Ireland are not fairing quite so well, with the Aviva Stadium atmosphere appropriately despondent while watching their boys extend a measly record of just one win in their last nine outings.
How much longer Martin O’Neill survives as manager through this pallid slump remains to be seen.