This is the word being used to describe our final match in the World Cup qualifier series, in Paris.
The best performance in a very long time- this is how our performance is being described, but at the end of the day, we lost and we're not going to South Africa.
Depressing, isn't it? It looked so good at full time, we were 1-0 up, but then in extra time we conceded a goal, and that's it. No trip to the World Cup for us.
The commentators and analysts are busy as I write, but I think it wasn't lost tonight. Ireland always seems to coast along in the early stages of competitions, and then at the end, when we're up against it, they give a magnificent performance, but it's too little too late.
The one shining light has been the fans, and I hope I don't speak (write) too soon. They have behaved very well, and stood behind their team, through good times and bad.
Myself, I'm sorry to say that I'm a fair weather fan. If they had gotten through, I'd be a keen soccer fan after a bit of a sabbatical (since the last World Cup, to be precise!). But I'm afraid I won't be visiting this new stadium any time soon. It's the nearly finished Lansdowne Road, due for completion in 2010, and will host both soccer and rugby matches. Well, with no world cup and some fair weather fans, they can't each have their own stadium, can they?