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Friday, October 7, 2011

IRELAND 2-0 ANDORRA

Early goals by Kevin Doyle and Aiden McGeady in the first 20mins gave Ireland an easy victory against European minnows Andorra in the Principality.

Trapattoni's team looked lively from the off and Kevin Doyle turned in a John O' Shea header on 6 mins to get Ireland off to the perfect start.
Ireland continued to attack and scored the second on 20 minutes when Aiden McGeady fired in a fierce low drive to beat the keeper for his second goal for Ireland.
With Ireland having a 2-0 lead, they began to ease off a little and the first half ended with Ireland ahead.

The second-half was a listless affair as Ireland decided to hold on to what they had, though they had some chances,
Darren O' Dea headed over the bar on 51 mins while Robbie Keane should have scored with a shot from ten yards out but his effort was well over the bar, John O'Shea then headed over on 74 mins.

Ireland Manager Giovanni Trapattoni rang the changes with a view to Tuesday's crunch match against Armenia,
Keith Fahey came on for Glen Whelan, who was on a yellow going into the game as was Kevin Doyle who made way for Shane Long on 70 mins, Steven Hunt also came on for Damien Duff in the latter stages.

It would have been nice for Ireland to have played better and score more goals but this game was all about collecting the win and the three points, sadly Steven Ward picked up a silly yellow for diving in the box which means he misses the Armenia game, otherwise, it was job done.

With Russia having beaten Slovakia 1-0 tonight, it means that the best Ireland can do is finish second in the group and qualify for the dreaded play-offs.

To do that, all we need is a draw at the Aviva against the free-scoring Armenians on Tuesday.

Man of the Match: Aiden Mc Geady
  

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