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Robbie Brady celebrates with team-mates David Meyler, Cyrus Christie, and Shane Long after scoring his Ireland's fourth goal in their friendly against the USA at the Aviva. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Robbie Brady celebrates with team-mates David Meyler, Cyrus Christie, and Shane Long after scoring his Ireland's fourth goal in their friendly against the USA at the Aviva. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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Robbie Brady celebrates with team-mates David Meyler, Cyrus Christie, and Shane Long after scoring his Ireland's fourth goal in their friendly against the USA at the Aviva. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Martin O'Neill hailed the invention of newcomer David McGoldrick and the aptitude of Robbie Brady as Ireland brushed aside the USA at the Aviva Stadium.

After making 11 changes from the side which lost in Scotland, O'Neill's charges finished their year with a 4-1 victory over a USA group that was also exploring new options.

"It was nice to regain momentum from Friday night," said O'Neill, with a nod to Friday's loss in Scotland.

The impressive McGoldrick's assist for Anthony Pilkington set Ireland on their way but Mix Diskerud equalised before the break.

McGoldrick stepped up again after the interval to tee up stand-in left-back Brady for the lead goal.

Then, after James McClean fortuitous 82nd minute strike extended Ireland's advantage, Brady rounded the night off with an exceptionally well-taken free to inflict a heavy defeat on a US side ranked 23rd in the world.

"Robbie Brady was outstanding, an excellent player with a great attitude" said O'Neill. "And we had two excellent debuts from David McGoldrick and also Cyrus Christie and that epitomises what we are attempting to do - to add a wee bit of quality to the side over the course of time."

Meanwhile, O'Neill dismissed a question regarding any discussions he might need to have with Everton boss Roberto Martinez in light of Roy Keane's comments about the Toffees contingent in the squad but joked that he will first speak to chairman Bill Kenwright who was strongly critical of the Irish assistant.

Irish Independent


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