Like many a recent Republic of Ireland fixture, events on the field of play were grossly oversold by the build-up.

After much sabre-rattling from some of the home team in pre-match press conferences, when it came to the heat of battle, the star turn glided across the field without an opposition player so much as getting a foot in.

John Delaney appeared before the Oireachtas Committee on Tourism, Transport and Sport. It is hard to go much beyond that - in total he spoke for less than four minutes in the four-hour  morning session, his contributions somewhat curtailed by this line from his opening statement.

"On legal advice I am precluded from making any further comments at this hearing in relation to the finances of the Association or my former role as CEO or the €100,000 payment either directly or indirectly.

"In the interests of fair procedures and natural justice, while I have made this statement to the Committee and have attended this meeting voluntarily... I am not in a position to answer any such questions here at this time".

It seemed that the aforementioned sabre-rattling of certain committee members had given Delaney little choice, given their "highly prejudicial public pronouncements about me personally prior to my attendance".

Mr Delaney's statement was delayed due to the fact the committee were not given a copy prior to the hearing - a 15-minute adjournment was one of several delays as the hosts struggled to make home advantage count early on.

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy was first to get a sight at goal and, following Delaney's explanation for the 2017 €100,000 bridging loan, she asked Delaney about the FAI finance director's view on whether or not the payment should be reported.

"Deputy, I’ve made it clear from my statement that on legal advice, I can’t add anything to what I’ve said."

The FAI's former CEO and current Executive Vice President was ignored thereafter as his centre midfield partner and current FAI president Donal Conway filled the Didier Deschampsesque 'Water Carrier' role.

Conway had to try and explain why he, as Chairman of the Board, had not signed off on a statement issued by the board in the aftermath of the Sunday Times breaking the story about the loan. He faced many questions about governance and finances before Robert Troy of Fianna Fáil attempted to address Mr Delaney once more.

Would the FAI accept the explanation offered by the organisation if it was put forward by one of their ailing League of Ireland clubs, such as Bray Wanderers?

"Mr Delaney has said he can’t answer questions about his former role as CEO," interjected Conway, once more shielding his No. 10 from the opposition.

This explanation was accepted by committee chairman Fergus O'Dowd. You could wonder why Mr Delaney required multiple comfort breaks, given the armchair ride his statement provided.

Towards the end of the first half Mr Delaney offered the following on the Genesis Report commissioned post-Saipan.

"Genesis arose out of Saipan," said the former chief executive. "All you have to do is speak to Mick McCarthy who said he couldn’t recognise the association from the one he left to the one he walked back into. That's a direct quote from him."

And a direct quote from the former CEO on his former role as CEO. It was noteworthy, for its uniqueness if nothing else.