Friday 23 August 2019

How Ireland rated in Euro 2020 Group D victory over Gibraltar

Robbie Brady heads home Ireland's second goal against Gibraltar at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin last night. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Robbie Brady heads home Ireland's second goal against Gibraltar at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin last night. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

John Brennan

Here's how Mick McCarthy's men rated on a difficult evening when Ireland struggled to claim a Group D win at home to minnows Gibraltar.

Darren Randolph: A quiet night for the big man, Darren was a spectator for most of the match. 7

Seamus Coleman: The skipper was ever-adventurous, wanting to join in the attack as Ireland laboured to break down their visitors. 7

Richard Keogh: Never under pressure defensively, Keogh was tasked with carrying the ball out of defence for Ireland. 6

Shane Duffy: Not as busy as last Friday night, but Duffy still had a fair bit of work to do getting headers in as Gibraltar's forwards chased everything. 7

Enda Stevens: Always willing to scamper down the left wing and try to get in a dangerous cross. 6

Jeff Hendrick: Gave the ball away a few times in the first half when he shouldn't have but commanded the middle of the pitch more in the second. 6

Conor Hourihane: Never able to find the pass that might have opened the Gibraltar defence, and that was what Mick McCarthy would have wanted of him. 6

James McClean: Quiet enough night again for the Derryman, until he was able to find space near the end. Then he delivered a belter of a cross for the second goal. 7

Callum Robinson: One of the real successes of the night, Robinson showed flair and nice touches as he gave Ireland an extra attacking dimension. 8

David McGoldrick: Not credited with the international goal he craves in the first half. And then he hit the post in the second! One of Ireland's better players on the night. 8

Scott Hogan: Showed some nice touches, but butchered one great first half chance when he failed to see two unmarked colleagues. 6

Substitutes

Sean Maguire (for Hogan, 65 mins): Got few enough chances as the ball never seemed to run for him. 6

Robbie Brady (for Robinson, 73 mins): He came on with a bit to prove after being left out of the starting team, but worked hard and took his goal brilliantly. 7

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