With Gary Doherty on the bench, Jason McAteer's goal sealed the win for Ireland, who held on under a barrage of Dutch pressure with 10 men for 30 minutes following Gary Kelly's red card.
Kelly, in effect injured Stephen's replacement at right back, will now be suspended for Ireland's final qualifying match against Cyprus in October - Stephen will no doubt feature if he has returned from a knee injury.
Christian Ziege would not have enjoyed watching the result of the weekend from the bench as England hammered Germany 5-1 in Munich.
Sergei Rebrov's Ukraine took a huge step towards a fascinating play-off against England or Germany with a vital win against Belarus.
Sergei played in a front three and his lethal partner Andrei Shevchenko bagged both goals in the 2-0 win against their rivals for second place behind Poland.
They are now a point in front of Belarus and face Armenia at home on Wednesday.
Oyvind Leonhardsen and Steffen Iversen both started in Norway's 3-0 defeat in Poland - a result that clinched the group for the Poles.
In the same group, Simon Davies earned his third cap for Wales in a goalless draw against Armenia - a result that ruled out any faint hopes of a play-off spot.
Simon, Steffen and Leo could now face each other when Norway host Wales on Wednesday.
Neil Sullivan was in outstanding form as Scotland kept their qualification hopes alive with a goalless draw against Croatia.
Sully saved superbly from Chelsea's Mario Stanic and Zvonimir Soldo in the first half. Billy Dodds had a goal disallowed in the second half and Scotland now face a crunch match against leaders Belgium on Wednesday.
There was also good news for Goran Bunjevcevic, recovering from an ankle knock at Spurs Lodge, as Yugoslavia kept their qualification hopes alive by beating Switzerland.
Stephen Carr admitted he dare not watch Ireland's crunch game against Holland live - he'll now happily sit in front of the video after Mick McCarthy's men guaranteed a World Cup qualifying play-off spot at least.