Thursday 30 March 2017

Ireland Player Ratings

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Keiren Westwood 7

No wonder the Coventry keeper was in a rage after Uruguay's third first-half goal. He couldn't be blamed for any of the goals, but was exposed to a number of one-on-one situations which the South Americans converted. Brilliant double stop after the break.

Kevin Foley 6

Was closest to Cavani as he clinically put the South Americans in front, although the genesis of that goal was the length of time that Arevalo had the ball before setting it up. Grew into the game in second half, helping to stem the tide.

Darren O'Dea 5

Endured a torrid time in the first half, with light blue shirts racing forward at will and the Irish centre halves not knowing which way to look. A completely different test to Macedonia, and it went nowhere near as well for the Celtic employee. He regained some composure in second half.

Stephen Kelly 6

Proud night for the skipper, but after the pleasantries there was little for him to enjoy in an unfamiliar role. Sucked out of position in the lead up to Cavani's second goal and, overall, it was just a complete mismatch for a patched up Irish four to encounter football royalty.

Ciaran Clark 6

Solid start for Clark with some adept footwork to thrill the crowd. A bit of an education afterwards though, with sloppy concession of possession early in second half supporting Trapattoni's theory that he needs time. Wasn't given chance to impress in central defence.

Paul Green 7

Tidy start for the much-maligned Derby midfielder who linked play nicely in the build up to Shane Long's equalising goal. Got around the park afterwards, but it was a tough examination against a well drilled Uruguayan engine room. One of his better Irish games.

Keith Fahey 7

The most prominent Irish player during his time on the field, which was a good thing aside from the stray pass which led to third Uruguay goal. Suspicion lingers that his style of play doesn't tie in with Trapattoni's vision for his holding midfielder. Cool penalty.

Liam Lawrence 6

Two sides to Lawrence in first half, with offensive awareness to brilliantly cross for Long header and then a lapse of concentration as Uruguay raced away to score goal number three. Was visible during flurry of activity in second period, unlucky to have one effort blocked.

James McCarthy 5

So much expectation on McCarthy's shoulders yet he was anonymous for the opening half. Better afterwards, winning the penalty and a bit more involved in play but, on this evidence, needs benefit of summer games to fully bed into this environment.

Andy Keogh 6

Surprise inclusion, perhaps, but Trapattoni likes the player and he was bright at the outset with fine through-ball for Long. In tandem with rest of team, poor for rest of first half until coming alive after resumption. Will be dodging the replays of close-range header that should have levelled.

Shane Long 9

Lone ranger up front for Ireland, and was always going to be in for a physical test against rugged first-choice Uruguayan rearguard that was central to their World Cup success. Emerged with credit, and was central to both Irish goals. Looking more like a Premier League striker every day. Outstanding.

Giovanni Trapattoni 6

Had a short build-up and still experimented after many calls for him to do so. A slight complaint that he didn't give Clark a chance in his natural role but, otherwise, it is hard to be too critical after loss against full-strength, high-quality opponents.Keith Treacy for McCarthy 65 mins: Busy upon his introduction, testing Muslera with one effort and sending in devilish free that Keogh should have converted. 7

Substitutes

Darron Gibson for Fahey 65 mins: Two sides of Gibson here. One outstanding pass followed by sloppy concession. Work in progress still. 5

Damien Delaney for Clark 75 mins: Brought on to shore things up and managed to get involved on a few occasions. 6

Aiden McGeady for Lawrence 78 mins: An impressive cameo for the ever improving Russian based 24-year-old when coming on on the wing. 7

Anthony Stokes for Keogh 85 mins: Not on long enough to rate.

Irish Independent

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