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Monday 24 July 2017

Republic of Ireland player ratings

Republic of Ireland's Shane Long celebrates his goal against Moldova
Republic of Ireland's Shane Long celebrates his goal against Moldova

Darren Randolph: Could do little about Igor Bugaev's equaliser and was calm with the ball at his feet but looked uncomfortable dealing with crosses at times. 6

Seamus Coleman: Ireland captain was pinned back for most of the night but his cross for James McClean's second goal helped seal three vital points. 7

Ciaran Clark: Unspectacular showing from the Newcastle centre-back but he produced an error-free performance at the heart of the defence. 6

Shane Duffy: Was out of position and then exposed for pace by Bugaev for Moldova's leveller in the last act of the first half. 4

Stephen Ward: Rarely got forward but did most of his defensive work with ease as he was barely tested down Ireland's left. 6

Jonathan Walters: Put in his usual shift down the right of midfield and delivered a couple of inviting crosses before being moved up front as Ireland chased the win. 7

James McCarthy: Kept things ticking over in the centre of the park but it was a relatively quiet night for the Everton midfielder before he was taken off. 5

Glenn Whelan: Lashed a left-footed effort wide midway through the first half and provided decent cover in front of the back four. 6

Wes Hoolahan: Was at the heart of most of Ireland's best play, highlighted by a perfectly weighted pass for his side's opener after just two minutes, before being substituted late on. 8

James McClean: Wasted a host of chances, including a couple of headers, before coming up with the goods with two well-taken second-half goals to secure the victory. 8

Shane Long: Worked hard, as ever, and earned his reward after just two minutes with a calm finish to open the scoring before going off with a suspected hamstring injury. 7

Substitutes

Callum O'Dowda (for Long, 63): His arrival on the left allowed Walters to move up front and McClean to shift over to the right and it seemed to galvanise Ireland. 6

David Meyler (for McCarthy, 81): Made his presence known with a couple of tackles to ensure Ireland held on to their lead. 5

Eunan O'Kane (for Hoolahan, 86): Leeds midfielder had little time to make an impact on his competitive international debut. 5

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