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Brady magic not enough for Ireland

WITH both of these sides facing crucial qualifiers next week, this was never going to be the most intense of battles, and so it proved.

Ireland's Noel King and Danish boss Morten Wieghorst will be happy that their teams came through this Tallaght workout without any injuries and with some more game time under their belts, but for the spectators -- Robbie Brady's wonder goal aside -- it was forgettable stuff.

After a scoreless first half, Brady gave a glimpse of why Manchester United have tied him down until 2014 when, after Rhys Murphy was fouled, he rifled a stunning left-footed free-kick past the helpless 'keeper into the top corner.

The Danes hit back within three minutes with captain Mads Albaek's free-kick deflecting off the Irish wall and leaving Ian McLaughlin stranded in goal.

It wasn't long before the visitors took the lead as Brady brought down substitute Mikkel Kirkeskov in the box and Albaek beat McLaughlin with an excellent spot-kick.

Both managers emptied their benches to give their squad a run-out, but Ireland couldn't get a leveller.

IRELAND -- McLoughlin (McCarey 76); Egan, Cunningham, Duffy, Canavan; Brady (Murray 76), Towell, Hendrick (Clifford 54), White; O'Kane (Hourihane 55), Murphy (Collins 55).

DENMARK -- Larsen; Gundelach, Sviatschenko, Vestergaard (Hoegh 60), Kadrii (Andersen 84); Laudrup (Kusk 84), Sloth (Kirkeskov 60), Christiansen (Pedersen 84), Albaek, Larsen; Helenius (Makienok 64).

REF -- K Clancy (Scotland).

Irish Independent