John Mooney at the 2011 World Cup March 2, 2011

Luxury in Bangalore with England in store

The opening game against Bangladesh last Friday was my 100th for Ireland in all competitions, and I should really have been celebrating a win
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The opening game against Bangladesh last Friday was my 100th for Ireland in all competitions, and I should really have been celebrating a win. I suppose if we don’t qualify for the quarter-finals it will never get out of our system. That said, it’s gone and now my complete focus is on the England game this afternoon. It’s disappointing, but it’s a game of cricket, and unless it’s a tie like the other day, someone has to lose.

Although I didn’t have a happy time with the bat, I was pleased with the way I bowled. It wasn’t easy coming on after they had got off to such a quick start, but I had a game plan to bowl tight on leg and middle stump to deny them room, and it worked.

It was a great bonus to get the wicket of Imrul Kayes thanks to a brilliant piece of work from Nobby (Niall O’Brien) standing up. He’s as good as anyone in the business, and I think he showed just what he’s capable of. If you’re a batsman and you make the slightest mistake, then you’re gone, as we’ve all seen over the last coupe of years with him.

I can’t leave the Bangladesh game without a word about their supporters and the atmosphere they created, not just at the game, but also in the surrounding environs of the stadium. It’s hard to convey the passion they have for cricket to fans back in Ireland. I suppose a good analogy would be the reception that the Ireland soccer team received in Dublin in the hey days of the European Championships in 1988 or the World Cup in 1990.

That’s the sort of adulation that Bangladesh supporters have for their cricketers, and they were hanging off buildings and telegraph poles in their thousands to pay tribute to their players. They are so fanatical about their cricket and they definitely got Bangladesh over the finish line in what was a vital game for both of us.

We’ve moved onto Bangalore and are staying in the ITC Royal Gardenia hotel with the England and Indian teams. I have to say that it’s a decent little spot! We’ve travelled around as a cricket team a fair bit over the past few years, so when you get to a hotel like this, you really appreciate it. We’ve stayed in some less than salubrious establishments in that time, but this one certainly doesn’t fit into that category.

A lot of the players’ friends and families have arrived here, and my fiancée Helena and my mother Frances arrive this weekend for the India game. It’ll be great to have them in town and it’s a great morale boost to the squad after being away for nearly a month now. We’re proud of ourselves as international cricketers, but that’s nothing compared to the pride our families feel for us. It makes you doubly determined to do well, knowing how much it means to them and friends back home.

We take on England today in what is a huge game for us. They have been in good form, with the bat especially. The opening pairing of Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen is as good as any in the competition, while Ian Bell has looked in supreme touch. We’ve given them a few close run games in recent times, but haven’t beaten them yet. We’ve a lot of respect for England, but no fear of them.

It’s a help having so many county players in our ranks, and they have been great assets in preparing for the game. We’re going to be positive, and take the game to England, and hopefully the next time we catch up, I’ll be talking about a famous Ireland win.

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  • Mezba on March 3, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi, congratulations on your most fabulous win against England.

  • Naveen Hegde on March 3, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    "hopefully the next time we catch up, I’ll be talking about a famous Ireland win."

    Wow.. what a statement at the end and what a game you produced..

    Congratulations on a historical win. Keep the momentum up.

  • tony on March 3, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    John! You prophet!

  • Naveen Hegde on March 3, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    "hopefully the next time we catch up, I’ll be talking about a famous Ireland win."

    Wow.. what a statement at the end and what a game you produced..

    Congratulations on a historical win. Keep the momentum up.

  • Sukrit Munjal on March 3, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    Well done John. As you said, you hope next time we catch up, you'll be talking about a famous Ireland win. You couldn't have been more correct. Waiting for your next piece. And best wishes for the rest of the games.

  • Gaurav on March 3, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Congratulations John on the wonderful win yesterday. I was cheering for you all the way. a wonderful hundred and u sure finished off the English very calmly :)you guys have great spirit coupled with awesome talent!! Have a great stay in India and wish you all the best for the next game!!

  • Manoj on March 3, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    Congrats Mooney and to Ireland for there gr8 show against England... U guys deserve wining few more games :)

  • Zimbly Cricket on March 3, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    Prophetic words :) Brilliantly done. Your team, sir, has a new fan.

  • Tracer on March 2, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    "We’re going to be positive, and take the game to England, and hopefully the next time we catch up, I’ll be talking about a famous Ireland win." So prescient!

  • SR Anik on March 2, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    I was very happy that you lived up to the last sentence of your column today against England. You can now obviously talk about a very very famous victory over England. I hope though, you realized, that Bangladesh has a better bowling attack than England, atleast in their home conditions. England had to figh for their lives back in 2007 against Bangladesh while they chased 170 odd runs to win in West Indese. Your team struggled to reach 200 against Bangladesh, but comfortably went passed 320+ today. These are just stats, but they may show some direction. Its not just the spectators. I have all my support for the Associate teams, because you know what, they make cricket more exciting and less boring.

  • Mezba on March 3, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi, congratulations on your most fabulous win against England.

  • Naveen Hegde on March 3, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    "hopefully the next time we catch up, I’ll be talking about a famous Ireland win."

    Wow.. what a statement at the end and what a game you produced..

    Congratulations on a historical win. Keep the momentum up.

  • tony on March 3, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    John! You prophet!

  • Naveen Hegde on March 3, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    "hopefully the next time we catch up, I’ll be talking about a famous Ireland win."

    Wow.. what a statement at the end and what a game you produced..

    Congratulations on a historical win. Keep the momentum up.

  • Sukrit Munjal on March 3, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    Well done John. As you said, you hope next time we catch up, you'll be talking about a famous Ireland win. You couldn't have been more correct. Waiting for your next piece. And best wishes for the rest of the games.

  • Gaurav on March 3, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Congratulations John on the wonderful win yesterday. I was cheering for you all the way. a wonderful hundred and u sure finished off the English very calmly :)you guys have great spirit coupled with awesome talent!! Have a great stay in India and wish you all the best for the next game!!

  • Manoj on March 3, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    Congrats Mooney and to Ireland for there gr8 show against England... U guys deserve wining few more games :)

  • Zimbly Cricket on March 3, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    Prophetic words :) Brilliantly done. Your team, sir, has a new fan.

  • Tracer on March 2, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    "We’re going to be positive, and take the game to England, and hopefully the next time we catch up, I’ll be talking about a famous Ireland win." So prescient!

  • SR Anik on March 2, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    I was very happy that you lived up to the last sentence of your column today against England. You can now obviously talk about a very very famous victory over England. I hope though, you realized, that Bangladesh has a better bowling attack than England, atleast in their home conditions. England had to figh for their lives back in 2007 against Bangladesh while they chased 170 odd runs to win in West Indese. Your team struggled to reach 200 against Bangladesh, but comfortably went passed 320+ today. These are just stats, but they may show some direction. Its not just the spectators. I have all my support for the Associate teams, because you know what, they make cricket more exciting and less boring.

  • Whatttt on March 2, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    Damn...u guys WON !!!!

  • Jai on March 2, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    Yes John, next timeyou can definitely talk about your fabulous victory against England.

  • Rahul on March 2, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    John, besies being a brave cricketer, you seem to have amazing sixth sense! Bravo, congratulations for your win.

  • Venky on March 2, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    YOU BEAUTY YOU!!! Congratulations!! One of the best matches I've ever seen!!!

  • Anup Gandhi on March 2, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    Yes John - You can certainly talk now (Right after Ireland - England Game) of the famous Ireland win. Never noticed Ireland for its cricket before, but KJ O'Brien and bunch of other spirited guys seem determined to show their mettle to the world. Nice job guys!!!

  • Shihab Shahriar on March 2, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    Famous Irish Win it is. I am officially a fan of Irish Cricket from here onwards. Despite being a pain in the neck against us (Bangladesh), I have always loved the spirit with which Ireland plays the game. Good Luck with the rest of the matches.

  • Bimal Patel on March 2, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Nice 2 see your confidence b4 playing against such a good team like Eng... I already watched Irish win over English..!! Congrats for Win.. and also 4 your all-round performance...!! I hope U guys keep that up for next all matches too..!! As an Indian Fan... I m always like 2 see India Win... but I don't mind if u put same performance as u guys did today..!!! Look forward 2 see u atleast in QF..!! Way 2 Go Irish..!! Cheers..!! & Have Party...!!!

  • Onkar on March 2, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Hey John...heartiest congratulations on your win today against England!! I went down to the cafeteria to have my dinner and had almost dismissed the match as another "Giants vs. Newbies" game with the outcome already apparent.To tell you the truth, me and my friends were rooted to the table for the next 1.5 hours by one of the most stunning display of cricket ever. O'Brien sent a chill down the English spine and was beautifully complemented by Cusack and taken all the way through by you. During the course of watching this, we all became one as Ireland supporters and would clap when someone hit a four/six, sigh when somebody got out or be relieved when someone's catch was dropped ;).We realized post match that this amazing feeling after having seen you win kind of reflects the general sentiment among many, that cricketing world is dominated by only a few teams and each time it is as good as having a world cup between these teams. Reading your blog and seeing your game,I say GO IRELAND!

  • Sooraz on March 2, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    James Mooney is the new "Crickstradamus" (Cricket Nostradamus). GO Green!

  • Yash on March 2, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    GREAT WIN GUYS !!! John, amazing calmness in the end from you after that stunning blitzkrieg by Kevin Obrien !! Wish you all the luck in the future games apart from the INDIA game of course. Great game today !! :)

  • Raj J on March 2, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Wow! What a win! Congratulations!

  • Krishnan on March 2, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    You did take the game to England and in what style!!!!

  • Anwar Qureshi on March 2, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Cheers to Ireland from a Pakistani Fan from USA :-)

    Not that I have forgotten Pakistan's lost against Ireland in 2007... it was a bad time for us to lose against you guys but I rooted for you today and will very much like Ireland to win against India as well ;-)

    Love Ireland, had my honeymoon in dublin, galaway, and belfast... beautiful country, beautiful people !!

  • Elavarasan on March 2, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    U done it mooney.. Its really a famous win...

  • Puneet Gupta on March 2, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    Congratulations on your fabulous win over England... I hope this is the spark that your team needs to qualify for the quarter finals. I am sure India will be now on their guard when they play you on Sunday...If you enjoy playing against India,,, I am sure you can cause another upset especially in Bangalore flat track.

  • Sharif Ahmed on March 2, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    You sure'll be talking about this famous win, mooney!Although the "giant"killed the English, you kept your head cool.That's supreme batting under pressure.Smile.

  • Anuj on March 2, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    In the end, you called it right - you sure can talk abt. a famous win the next time we catch up!!! Very well played, and All the Best for the India game

  • Aatish Garg on March 2, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    what an amazing game against England, one of the best run chases i ve ever seen, will remember the innings of O brien, Cusack and Mooney for a long long time... Thanks for taking the Indian revenge :)

  • Raghu on March 2, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    You guys were awesome mate!! Lots of Guinness gonna flow tonite :) Cheers!!! Though you got help from English players by drop catches, but the way K o'B, Cusack and yourself, played the innings with a calculated effort, it was stupendous. Awesome!! All the very best for the match against India. Hope you liked Bengaluru :)

  • Neeraj Mathpal on March 2, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    WOW !!! You did it and what an innings you played in the end to give the final touch to KB's great innings. Congratulations !! Way to go !

  • Saurav on March 2, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    You guys made proud of what Cricket is today by beating England. You thoroughly deserve this win. Keep up the good work for rest of the world cup.

  • Eshad Zahir on March 2, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Prophetic words mate.... u really made them come true, great knock from u

  • masticoon on March 2, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Buddy, you guys got everybody !! Y’ll definitely be talking about a famous Ireland win....Way to go .. Grreat composure along with mammoth brian !!

  • Gauravjit on March 2, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Excellent play by Irish team. Guess this victory is equal to world cup trophy.

  • Arman Hossain on March 2, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    So... you have done it!!

  • CricketBug on March 2, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    To win a game is one thing but to inspire others is a noble thing. CONGRATULATIONS and Thank you!. I'm glad that you boys had the exposure to Asian passion for Cricket in Bangladesh. But what you would face on Sunday against India would be much more intimidating. If it feels good I can assure you that there would be a soul thousands of miles away in the other corner of the world, and not even Irish, would be cheering/screaming for you.

  • Abhi on March 2, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    And yaah we're all waiting to hear from u on the famous Ireland win :) Kevin completely reminded me of Flintoff... What a Win !! Give it your everything in this world cup guys !!

  • RIZWAN on March 2, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    HI GUYS, WHAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED TODAY IN THE WORLD OF CRICKET IS MORE THAN WORDS CAN JUST EXPRESS. I AM FROM PAKISTAN AND WAS VIEWING SCORE AT CRIC INFO. IT BROUGHT TEARS OF JOY TO MY EYES. WHAT A GREAT GAME OF CRICKET AND WHAT A GREAT GAME FOR IRELAND. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THE TEAM DESERVE ALL THE APPRECIATION IT CAN GET. MOONEY AND KOB..... YOU WERE MY MAN OF THE MATCH. HATS OFF TO KOB, FOR FASTEST WORLD CUP CENTURY. IT WILL TAKE SOME DOING TO BREAK THIS RECORD, BUT I HAVE FEELING IT MAY BE BROKEN AGAIN IN THIS WORLD CUP. ALL THE BEST AND GOOD LUCK WITH THE REST OF THE TOURNAMENT. YOU HAVE GREAT CHANCE TO BE IN QUARTER FINALS. GO GET WEST INDIES...CELEBRATE BUT CALMLY AND LET SANITY PREVAIL SO YOU CAN CONCENTRATE UPON REST OF THE GAMES.

  • Tushar on March 2, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    Fantastic performance tonight against England. Congratulations and good luck for the rest of the tournament.

  • Raj on March 2, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    Kudos to the team! you have won the England match... awesome... Expecting you to write about this famous win!.

  • Anonymous on March 2, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    You have done it John..very well played..congratulations!!

  • Shashi Kanth Tangella on March 2, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    oh.. those last words...

    awesome mate.. congrats on the Historic win... wish you a great worldcup.

  • Deepak on March 2, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Congratulations for ur innings against England :)

  • Ankur Chakravarthy on March 2, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Brilliant work chaps, congratulations.

  • Karan Vaswani on March 2, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    You did win this one. Hard Luck for us

  • Salman on March 2, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    I believe your performance against Bangladesh was very good. Your team pushed the BD team to play at their highest level! I hope BD team has learned a lot from this game, and same goes for Ireland.

    Kevin's performance against England was just mind blowing! This guy has the power, and I was excited to see how he used his power and height to his advantage. You played really well too down the order!

    Overall spectacular performance! Keep it up! I'm positive you will start gaining more fans and supporters if you keep up with this performance, and I sincerely wish Ireland can join the ranks of a cricketing test nation.

  • BigJ on March 2, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    You definitely took the game to England.. What a performance it was.. Great show.. Keep rocking! :)

  • Saad Qaisar on March 2, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Great Game today! True to your word! You did it. Wow!

  • Harsh Desai on March 2, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    Excellent show of team skills. I've always had faith in Ireland to upset one of the bigger opponents at this level. It was a brilliant performance by all, especially, K O'Brien and yourself with the bat. You guys have murdered England's bowling today.

    I wish you all a very good luck for the rest of the tournament and I hope to see you all in the quarterfinal matches. Although, I'm an Indian fan, I would still like to see a very interesting show from the Ireland team. Best of Luck to all of you for the rest of the tournament and I hope to see you boys make your way to the quarters.

    Cheers

  • Anonymous on March 2, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    it was a beutyfull game i ve ever seen all of u guys been played realy realy well. i am a blind indian supporter and best of luck for ur next game vs india. i hope u dnt upset again.

  • Manikandan on March 2, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    You were right..! Now, we wait for your post on the famous Ireland win..! Wow..! What a game..! Thank you guys..!

  • Somasekar on March 2, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    Mooney,

    U rock man. I loved every bit of your batting.You took on the responsibility and made sure Kevin is till the end. Hope u get drunked today and enjoy the day.

  • Shirish on March 2, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    You "hope"d it right! CONGRATULATIONS to all of you for a big win. You guys really let your cricket do the talking and I sure hope that ICC is regretting their decision about future world cups. Bring on more teams to the cricket world cup I say!

  • Nishant Modi on March 2, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    You can talk about the famous Ireland win now. I am a big Irish fan...will cherish this win for quite a time!

  • Ahmad on March 2, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    So man!!! the last sentence..... now you can talk about a famous win....

  • Harsha Veerabhadraiah on March 2, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Congratulations John on a fantastic win against England... You achieved what you hoped for and you can talk about the famous Ireland win now.

  • Fazle Elahee on March 2, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Congratulation! win against England. Good played. Hope ICC will rethink about next world cup.

  • Guruprasad S on March 2, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Well done Mr. Mooney, especially after your gritty and match-winning 33 against England. You batted with great calm, took the pressure off Kevin O' Brien (not that he was feeling any !!), and did not let England back into the game even after Kevin's dismissal. On this evidence, Ireland should go far in this World Cup. Well done once again and hope to see more heroics from Ireland.

  • Ahmed Uzair on March 2, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Famous Irish you wanted, you have one. Great job and a splendid effort.

    Good luck for the rest of the tournament.

  • Sriram on March 2, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    You got it 'Bang On' Mr. Mooney. Would like to listen from you now about the famous Irish victory :D

  • Sumit on March 2, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    Great Performance against England mate. Without those crucial fours of yours in last 4 overs, even that brilliant O'Brein hundred wouldn't have sufficed. Kudos to your team. Congratulations!

  • Shantesh Kanekar on March 2, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    John, you indeed will be talking about a famous Ireland win the next time we catch up. Congratulations and all the best for the rest of the tournament.

  • Kanak on March 2, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    We have lot of respect to Irish Cricket here in Bangladesh. You guys are really playing with full professionalism and sound technique. I believe if Ireland get full membership, it will only bring good for the game. Finally your hope and prediction comes true. Ireland beat England convincingly. Congratulation you all !! Go ahead as far as you can....

    Kanak A Bangladesh Team Fan

  • hemant on March 2, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    1st of congrats for stunning win ovr England and also to ur performance in the match specially with the bat in the finally overs which actually took game over frm the englishmen....hope to see ur performance with Indians on this weekeng....all the best...!!!

  • Mahesh on March 2, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    I will remember your game against England forever - one of the greatest chases!!!!

  • mangesh on March 2, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    yea i wanna kno hw u guys celebrated post the win!!

  • Faisal Saeed on March 2, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Hi Mooney, What a match you people had. You guys made the history and showed the world that game of Cricket's message is 'Never say die' whatever the situation and whoever the opponent is... Wonderful match. A classic match of the history of Cricket

  • Angshuk Pal on March 2, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Way to go Ireland. Now thats what I call whipping an IRISH CREAM!You guys creamed the English nice and propah-----

  • Rakesh Reddy Ponnala on March 2, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    You proved your words are so true... Great show guys.... O'brien and Mooney ... All the best for rest of Matches...

  • K.R.Devaraju on March 2, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    Cheers Ire land!!! I wish you make for quarter finals!!!kevin ,you rock !!!!

  • Siva on March 2, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Thanks for that wonderful entertainment today folks..particularly you, O'Brien & Cusack..that was as good a game as any I've ever seen!

  • rakam on March 2, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    You made it.

  • NetKing on March 2, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    YOU BEAT ENGLAND!!!!

  • Ace on March 2, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Dude, I haven't seen you bowl at all yet and don't even care now, but have you realized that solely considering your batting alone you're a Morgan (or any other brilliant spectacular finisher cricket's ever had) in the making? Totally loved your critical thinking and sensible calmness in that crunch situation with the bat against England, you definitely deserved the win. Hats off x)

  • Prakash on March 2, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Now you have won as you wished!!! Now i will wait for you to write about your famous win... Wish you guys give a scare to other so called big teams.

  • Pankaj on March 2, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    My wishes paid off. You won buddy...hats off to you and the whole team for such a commanding effort (especially for Kevin)!!!

  • Aswin on March 2, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    WOW!!! YOU did win against England. Party all night guys!

  • Karthik Srinivasan on March 2, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    Man! I just hope u read this.. Wat a gr8 game by Ireland. They r really a good team.. They way they go abt their job is fantastic.. Hopefully they get test status soon. Nt rushin.. But they need to play tuf cric so it helps them 2 handle 50 overs better.

    All said Ireland deserved 2 win vs Eng.. Hope they reach semi's in this tournament..

  • Gaurav Bist on March 2, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    You said it - you got it John. I do not want to congratulate on the win - enough have & you won fair square - Bloody Hell you did. I must state that ICC would be Hitler if the World Cup is pulled down to 10 teams, which in layman terms means an Irish will never be a part World Cup again - the greatest showpiece of Cricket. That will not be a shame - It will be a Holocaust. What happened today was not an aberration - it was a revelation. England will probably win most matches against Irish but by no means Irish will be beaten in spirit. Not only Irish - The Netherlands, Canada et al are thoughtlessly termed Minnows deserve every inch of the ground like England, Oz or India. Keep playing - We'll keep rooting for you. Relish the moment - I want encore - Good Luck for the rest of the Cup - See ya in Quarters.

  • kamesh on March 2, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    Hearty Congratulations to you and your team. Kevin O'Brien's batting was stupendous that bit England to dust. Keep up the good work. I sincerely wish team Ireland well and hope they win the WC 2011.

  • Binu on March 2, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Hey...........Stunning performance. I was not a big fan of your team but i didnt moved from my seat. You guys had done it what India couldnt do in their game against England. Great going and I wont miss any of your games.

  • B S Kumar on March 2, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Wowie! Just witnessed you guys beat England. THRILLING!!! And the way you guys finished it off - no nerves at all. Absolutely fantastic and congratulations! Nothing serves the game of cricket more than one of the associate nation teams doing so well against a top rated team, and today you guys were immense. Don't repeat anything like this against India, please.

  • t i on March 2, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    well john boy i guess you proved yourself right!

  • Rizwan on March 2, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Congratulations to you for the good show you people have bought in.. especially today. Man that was a match to watch for. Congrats again. Now this is called predicting a famous win. Kudos to you

  • Sam on March 2, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    You’re some thing, I am an Indian, will not be surprised if you guys repeat this VS India. Good luck.

  • Gaurav J on March 2, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Congratulations for your FAMOUS IRELAND WIN..........You guys were simply awesome....ur partnership with O'brien set the tempo and finally u drove the team home.........Cheers to the Ireland team...

  • Ankur Prakash on March 2, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    Wow !!!!!! Splendid innings against England. You guys did it. Thanks for the great match. I just loved it seeing Ireland win.

  • Prashanth on March 2, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    You are dead right.... Now its the time to talk about your famous win over England... Bloody Fantastic...

  • Ashutosh on March 2, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    " We’re going to be positive, and take the game to England, and hopefully the next time we catch up, I’ll be talking about a famous Ireland win. "

    You did it mate..waiting for your next column..many congrats..

  • Ashutosh on March 2, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    " We’re going to be positive, and take the game to England, and hopefully the next time we catch up, I’ll be talking about a famous Ireland win. "

    You did it mate..waiting for your next column..many congrats..

  • german_cricket_doctor on March 2, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    "We’re going to be positive, and take the game to England, and hopefully the next time we catch up, I’ll be talking about a famous Ireland win."

    Indeed Ireland were, Mooney keeping it together and hitting the crucial boundaries at the right time during the last few overs. Great display, finally an associate nation proving its worth - funnily also against England, which was on the brink of defeat (well, a bit dramatised maybe) against the Netherlands as well...

  • Vasanth on March 2, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    You guys were so calm on the field. You truly deserved the win over England. All the best to your future matches. One of the best victories I have ever watched!!

  • John Galt on March 2, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    good going today, Mooney. Congratulations on the famous win against England. All the best for the upcoming tie against India.

  • Arun on March 2, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Reading this after the end of your game with England. What a show! You guys should be in the quarter finals! Our heart goes out to you for the way you guys fought back and won tonight!

    Hoping to see a great Ireland vs India game next. (Yes, I am an Indian :-))

  • Muhammad Wazim Akram on March 2, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    LOL....YOUR PROPHECY WAS FULFILLED....WAY TO GO MAN !!!!

  • Rajagopalan Ra on March 2, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    What a game! Ireland thoroughly deserved it! Fantastic effort from everyone.. For a neutral supporter like me, Ireland have always fascinated through the consistent effort. You showed it in 2007 and carried on in 2011. Ireland deserve to be promoted from an Associate member. Great going guys and put one over India this weekend to top it up :)

  • Dilshad on March 2, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Good show against England. Ireland has some talented cricketers, some who play(ed) for England. If you focus on cricket more, you have a potential to give the world's top teams a run for their money.

  • Sam on March 2, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    Cant believe what a game in England, sad there are not many cricket fans in Ireland

  • Agnel Pereira on March 2, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Hey John, you little prophetic moron, what a game you had buddy!!! Take a bow mate, just out of this world performance. Not just the Irish performance, but your individual one has been stupendous. To first take 4 wickets and then come and bat like that. Well yes Kevin did the great act,but then none can forget your show. I had seen your record last night on Cricinfo to put you in my Fantasy team but since you hadnt taken even half wicket per game in ODIs, I did not!)

    Mind you, I am not Irish, I am very Indian hailing from this very same Bangalore (mind you, I havent stayed in ITC Royal Gardenia, unless it is the old ITC Windsor Manor renamed!), currently living in another country having missed both these great games my city has produced. Perhaps the greatest 2 games of this world cup, but you never know if some one is going to do something similarly 'ridiculously' heroic to bring about another great game.

    Hope that does not happen against the hosts this weekend.

  • Shafiq on March 2, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Congrats on England Win. Your performance was really impressive with bat and ball.

  • ashok on March 2, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Kept up your word.. man !! Awesome.. really showed the team spirit of Ireland.. Hope you play more matched not only in the WC but international matches... I'm gonna support you guys !! ALL THE BEST !!

  • Sri Lankan supporter on March 2, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Big UP to my Irish brothers for beating England!!! Respect.

  • Nitish on March 2, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    You sure did take the game and smacked the english left and right with it!.. brilliant!

  • kumar on March 2, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Youuuuu areee the mannnnn!!! Great Job!!!

  • Raj from Dublin on March 2, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    John,....you sure can talk on and on about this great Ireland win! This will go down as one of the best World cup match victories ever! Congratulations to you and your team! Keep up the good performance and wishing all the very best to come!!!

  • Faisal Taquie on March 2, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    With a win against Pakistan, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and now England, they are performing much better than some of the other full members. The ICC should wake up and grant Ireland the Test Status or at least permanent full member ODI and T20 status as well as make sure it keeps the upcoming (current) Associates like Ireland, Netherlands, Afghanistan, etc. in the World Cup!

  • joe poe on March 2, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    ..and you did finally take the game to England! Wonderful victory, that! Loud cheers and best for the rest.

  • Shaheed Faiz on March 2, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Great game against England Team Ireland. As you predicted right here, go ahead and lets talk about the famous Ireland win.

  • Umair_umair on March 2, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Love You John Mooney. "We’re going to be positive, and take the game to England, and hopefully the next time we catch up, I’ll be talking about a famous Ireland win." And it really did happen. Congrats men.

  • Ramkumar on March 2, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    "We’re going to be positive, and take the game to England, and hopefully the next time we catch up, I’ll be talking about a famous Ireland win"

    Your dreams have indeed come true!!! Congrats on a real famous win.

    Well played to you and Kevin for the entertainment.

  • Sahan on March 2, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    It Was Indeed A Famous Win...Keep it Up...Soon you guys will be among the Best...Such Rapid Improvement is Amazing....All the Best in Your Quest Mr Mooney...

  • Pradeep on March 2, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Whatta game against England... record worldcup chase... U guyz rocked... way to go Ireland...

    Also good effort with bat from your side personally :)

  • Durgesh on March 2, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Absolutely amazing game mate, You were just too good!!

    Eagerly looking forward to your remaining matches I have never wished/ prayed so dearly for even our own team (India) in a very long time, Kudos to you and your team, Great Cricket!!

  • Faisal Rahman on March 2, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    hey you....

  • Jai Chandra on March 2, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    You've done it!! Congratulations!! Woohoo!

  • Mohsin Abbas on March 2, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Wow Wow Wow!!!!!

    Cannot believe it. I followed your match with England on cricinfo here in my office. You guys are good.....infact very good....too good!!!!. You were calm in your innings, though i thought that Ireland might lose after KOB's wicket. Now i am relieved that we (Pakistan) lost to a talented team in 2007.

  • Suresh on March 2, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    IRELAND BEAT ENGLAND!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kantha on March 2, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Congratulations on your victory against England. Good luck for rest of the tournament.

  • Gerar Prescod on March 2, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Well done John, today it was not Niall, but you and Kevin, you all did well and I am glad to seeyou gave England a good defeat, please give one toeh West Indies whne you meet them also

  • preetam nanga on March 2, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    ".... and hopefully the next time we catch up, I’ll be talking about a famous Ireland win." you said it. And nice batting too. congratulations on a superlative performance.

  • Rahul on March 2, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Love the way how u ended the post. You said it and have done it exceptionally well. Good luck for the remaining world cup matches. It is a shame that the ICC is talking about reducing the number of teams for the next world cup. May be they will learn something from todays game.

  • Jagadish on March 2, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    What a true wish. Mooney you have won as per your wish. Congratulations!!!!!!! May this be the beginning of many and this shows how flawed is the idea of ICC to not have associate teams from the next worldcup.

    Way to go for Associates.

    Jags

  • Tariq khan on March 2, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Paddy, I read your article after your win over England and I am so much over joyed with your fabulous win. Having lived in Ireland for around 10 years as a medic, I have been the biggest supporter/fan of the Irish team unless they are playing the Pakistani Team. irish team rocks and I really enjoyed the Game against the English team. Well Done.... Hope Ireland kicks some serious butt and can qualify for semi finals.

  • Ashish on March 2, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Nice to see your game with O'Brien today, congratulations and I must say what an effort, keep it up!

  • Jahanzeb on March 2, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Congratulations on a great win your cool under pressure was remarkable. Now people will talk about this game as the biggest upset in WC history rather than the Pakistan game!!! Hope the Irish make it to the Quarters

  • James Vincent on March 2, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    Go Ireland !!!

  • Rahgir Nabi on March 2, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Rooting for you guys! Cheers from Bangladesh and sorry about your loss. Best of luck.

  • sujon on March 2, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Congratulations for your good show against Bangladesh. You should have won the game from the position you were in but We should have never got out so cheaply too. I knew we had enough to be honest with you:). But both you and our team need to fix a lot of stuff to become higher ranked teams specially how to make big partnerships.

    Anyways,thank you for your stay in Bangladesh and good luck for the England game. I hope you do win the match and make it better for Bangladesh :). Iam in Canada and will not be able to watch the first half of tonights match. But I will surely catch it up in the morning. Best of luck for the rest of the tournament.

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  • sujon on March 2, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Congratulations for your good show against Bangladesh. You should have won the game from the position you were in but We should have never got out so cheaply too. I knew we had enough to be honest with you:). But both you and our team need to fix a lot of stuff to become higher ranked teams specially how to make big partnerships.

    Anyways,thank you for your stay in Bangladesh and good luck for the England game. I hope you do win the match and make it better for Bangladesh :). Iam in Canada and will not be able to watch the first half of tonights match. But I will surely catch it up in the morning. Best of luck for the rest of the tournament.

  • Rahgir Nabi on March 2, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Rooting for you guys! Cheers from Bangladesh and sorry about your loss. Best of luck.

  • James Vincent on March 2, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    Go Ireland !!!

  • Jahanzeb on March 2, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Congratulations on a great win your cool under pressure was remarkable. Now people will talk about this game as the biggest upset in WC history rather than the Pakistan game!!! Hope the Irish make it to the Quarters

  • Ashish on March 2, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Nice to see your game with O'Brien today, congratulations and I must say what an effort, keep it up!

  • Tariq khan on March 2, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Paddy, I read your article after your win over England and I am so much over joyed with your fabulous win. Having lived in Ireland for around 10 years as a medic, I have been the biggest supporter/fan of the Irish team unless they are playing the Pakistani Team. irish team rocks and I really enjoyed the Game against the English team. Well Done.... Hope Ireland kicks some serious butt and can qualify for semi finals.

  • Jagadish on March 2, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    What a true wish. Mooney you have won as per your wish. Congratulations!!!!!!! May this be the beginning of many and this shows how flawed is the idea of ICC to not have associate teams from the next worldcup.

    Way to go for Associates.

    Jags

  • Rahul on March 2, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Love the way how u ended the post. You said it and have done it exceptionally well. Good luck for the remaining world cup matches. It is a shame that the ICC is talking about reducing the number of teams for the next world cup. May be they will learn something from todays game.

  • preetam nanga on March 2, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    ".... and hopefully the next time we catch up, I’ll be talking about a famous Ireland win." you said it. And nice batting too. congratulations on a superlative performance.

  • Gerar Prescod on March 2, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Well done John, today it was not Niall, but you and Kevin, you all did well and I am glad to seeyou gave England a good defeat, please give one toeh West Indies whne you meet them also