Stephen Kenny's young team came within a whisker of holding FIFA's third-ranked team in Dublin on Monday night as one error and a remarkable save saw them lose their opening Group B fixture 1-0. Qualification always looked a tall order when the draw was made, but Monday night's performance has increased belief that Ireland can certainly compete in the group.
The Football Association of Ireland last week called in police after members of the nation's Under-15s boys team were targeted on multiple social media platforms. On Monday evening, Cork-born Norwich striker Idah, who has a Nigerian father and an Irish mother, was part of a Republic squad which included five players with African heritage - Gavin Bazunu, Andrew Omobamidele, Chiedozie Ogbene and Michael Obafemi are the others - for the Euro 2024 qualifier against France.
Kieffer Moore's first-half header made the difference, with the victory following a 1-1 draw away to Croatia three days ago. It gave Wales four points out of a possible six, with Moore's 10th international goal separating the sides.