Albion defender Shane Duffy's World Cup dream with the Republic of Ireland is over.

The towering centre-half suffered heartbreak after heading the Irish into an early lead in their qualifying decider against Denmark in Dublin tonight.

The Danes hit back in the first half with a Cyrus Christie own goal and fine strike by Tottenham's Christian Eriksen.

Two more sublime finishes by hat-trick hero Eriksen after the break and a late Nicklas Bendtner penalty sent Denmark through to the finals in Russia next summer in style with a 5-1 win in the second leg and 5-1 on aggregate.

Meanwhile, holders Albion under-23s completed a gallant Sussex Senior Cup comeback at East Preston.

A young side trailed to goals for the hosts either side of half-time by Jack Barnes and Dan Huet.

A Ryan Longman brace took the second round tie into extra-time and a Max Sanders strike with seven minutes remaining secured a 3-2 win for Simon Rusk's prospects.