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Thursday 14 December 2017

Republic of Ireland player ratings

Goalkeeper Darren Randolph, back, produced a fine fingertip save to keep out Sergiu Platica's dipping volley
Goalkeeper Darren Randolph, back, produced a fine fingertip save to keep out Sergiu Platica's dipping volley

DARREN RANDOLPH - Not one of his busier nights in an Ireland jersey, but produced a fine fingertip save to keep out Sergiu Platica's dipping volley. 7/10

CYRUS CHRISTIE - Worked hard in defence in an attempt to keep dangerman Alexandru Dedov at bay and going forward to assist the men ahead of him. 7

SHANE DUFFY - A quiet evening at the back, but could not quite find his bearings from attacking set-pieces. 6

CIARAN CLARK - A watchful evening in defence and made a nuisance of himself in the Moldova penalty area. 7

STEPHEN WARD - Involved in both goals, he provided a profitable outlet down the left in support of Callum O'Dowda. 7

DAVID MEYLER - Turned in a captain's display, tracking back repeatedly to help snuff out a series of Moldova counter-attacks. 7

JEFF HENDRICK - Helped to provide the protection for the front three to stretch the Moldova defence. 6

WES HOOLAHAN - Hoolahan's invention is often behind Ireland's better performances and he did not disappoint again on a night when winning was the only option. 7

CALLUM O'DOWDA - Handed a first competitive start by manager Martin O'Neill, he did not disappoint as he took the game to the Moldovans in an impressive display. 7

DARYL MURPHY - Went into the game having scored just one senior goal for Ireland, and emerged having trebled his tally with a double inside the opening 20 minutes. 8

SHANE LONG - Suffered a frustrating evening in front of goal as he passed up a series of opportunities and could only look on as strike-partner Murphy helped himself. 5

Substitutes:

HARRY ARTER (for Murphy, 78 mins) - Was busy as the game reached its conclusion, but found himself involved in a series of flashpoints, one of which resulted in Alexandru Gatcan's dismissal. 6

AIDEN McGEADY (for Hoolahan, 78 mins) - Given an opportunity to stretch a tiring defence at the death with limited success. 6

SEAN MAGUIRE (for Long, 83 minutes) - Arrived to warm applause on his debut, but had little opportunity to show what he can do. 6

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