Wednesday 28 June 2017

Republic of Ireland player ratings against Georgia

Seamus Coleman, left, was the Republic of Ireland's best player in Dublin
Seamus Coleman, left, was the Republic of Ireland's best player in Dublin

Darren Randolph - Enjoyed a slice of luck in the first half when Georgia hit the woodwork twice in a matter of seconds, but he was powerless to stop either effort and did everything else that was required of him. 6/10

Seamus Coleman - Capped a typically energetic performance with his first international goal. Almost created a second with a brilliant cross and the Republic captain was a constant threat down the right. 8

Shane Duffy - Part of a Republic back-line that may have been fortunate to keep a clean sheet in the first half but nullified the Georgia threat after the break. 6

Ciaran Clark - Had his work cut out in the first half as Georgia threatened on a number of occasions but helped keep the visitors relatively quiet thereafter with a solid showing. 6

Stephen Ward - A willing runner down the left and, like the rest of his team-mates, helped turn things around after half-time. 6

James McCarthy - Played the full 90 minutes - plus seven of stoppage time - on his return after groin surgery and the Everton man showed no ill-effects to provide a boost to club and country. 6

Jeff Hendrick - Made a couple of bursts forward when he had the chance but will be annoyed to have been booked for a touchline challenge that means he will be suspended for the trip to Moldova. 6

Robbie Brady: Neat and tidy on the ball before being carried off on a stretcher late on following a nasty clash of heads, caused as he bravely tried to turn in what could have been a potentially decisive second Republic goal. 6

Jonathan Walters: Had few opportunities to make an impact in the Georgia box save for a first-half overhead kick that went over, but provided invaluable support to his defence when needed and it was his cross that James McClean headed against the crossbar late on. 6

Shane Long. Tried hard and ensured the Georgia defenders did not have a moment's peace but overall a frustrating night for the Southampton man with chances few and far between. Limped off with an apparent ankle problem in stoppage time. 6

James McClean: Looked arguably the biggest goal threat in a game where defences were largely on top and in the second half had a powerful header disallowed for offside, came close with a spectacular effort from distance and then hit the crossbar late on. 7

Subs

John O'Shea (for Long, 90) - Sent on to help shore things up at the back in stoppage time. 6

Glenn Whelan (for Brady, 81) - Helped ensure Georgia could not take control of midfield in the closing stages. 6

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