Long features in Ireland draw

By SFC Media Fri 24 Mar International
Photo by Reuters | Shane Long

Shane Long played the full game for Republic of Ireland, as they drew 0-0 at home with Wales in a World Cup qualifying clash.

Neither side could find a breakthrough in Dublin, but the draw was enough to move Ireland level on points with Dušan Tadić’s Serbia at the top of Group D, as the road to the 2018 finals in Russia reaches the halfway stage.

There was a shadow cast over the night for Ireland, however, as they lost Seamus Coleman to a serious injury following Neil Taylor's tackle, which saw the Welsh player sent off.

In a touching moment, Long hugged and helped console his distressed teammate on the pitch before he was stretchered off, as the game ended on a sour note.

Martin O’Neill’s side will be in action again on Tuesday, when they welcome Iceland for a friendly match.