Sunday 24 September 2017

David Meyler drafted into the Ireland XI after James McCarthy ruled out before kick off

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Co Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Co Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Jack O'Toole

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has made four changes from his Ireland team that defeated Austria in November.

James McCarthy was initially named in the starting side after being doubtful during the week with a hamstring injury, but was replaced before kick off by David Meyler.

Elsewhere, John O'Shea and Richard Keogh have replaced Ciaran Clark and Shane Duffy to rekindle their on-field partnership from the Euro 2016 qualifiers, while Stephen Ward comes into the side for the suspended Robbie Brady.

Meanwhile up front Shane Long will spearhead Ireland's attack with Jon Walters and James McClean on the wings.

Ireland XI- Randolph, Coleman, O'Shea, Keogh, Ward, Whelan, McCarthy, Hendrick, Walters, Long, McClean.

Wales XI - Hennessey, Gunter, Taylor, Davies, Chester, Williams, Allen, Robson-Kanu, Ramsey, Bale, Ledley.

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