Wednesday 18 September 2019

Ireland player ratings: Darren Randolph's Man of the Match award sums up frustrating night at Aviva Stadium

15 November 2018; Jordan Jones of Northern Ireland has his shot saved by Darren Randolph of Republic of Ireland during the International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
15 November 2018; Jordan Jones of Northern Ireland has his shot saved by Darren Randolph of Republic of Ireland during the International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Colin Young

Here is how the Ireland players rated after a disappointing 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

Darren Randolph - 8

The Middlesbrough keeper has kept 11 clean sheets this season and made a return to form for his country, pulling off two excellent saves with his feet in either halves to deny Whyte and Jones.

Seamus Coleman - 7

In the wars again, there was claret when the Ireland captain clashed heads with Liam Boyce and he returned after lengthy treatment with his scalp covered in Vaseline to try lead from the wing-back position.

John Egan - 6

Fourth cap for the Sheffield United defender in a back three, which was tested for pace if not physically by the north’s front three. Made one good clearing header in the final minute of the first-half.

Shane Duffy - 7

Deepest of the three centre-backs and the leader helping to guide his younger team-mates through the game, therefore not the happiest individual on the pitch. Missed the hosts’ best chance when he failed to connect with a Brady free-kick.

Darragh Lenihan - 5

The Blackburn centre-half looked solid and efficient in the air but allowed Dallas a dangerous run at goal from a sloppy pass and picked up a daft booking in the first-half. His loose control almost gifted Jones the winner in the second.

Glenn Whelan - 7

Captain for his farewell night, one superbly timed sliding tackle on Whyte, which halted a promising counter attack, perfectly summed up Whelan’s quiet efficiency for his 85 caps. Retired to an ovation on 36 minutes.

Jeff Hendrick - 5

Anonymous in the first-half, the Burnley midfielder dropped into the anchor role after the break and was even more hidden. Defensively sound but gave away possession too easily and struggled to deliver telling passes.

Robbie Brady - 6

Ireland have certainly missed his set piece delivery for the last year and three teasing free-kicks from left and right provided the centre-backs with good opportunities. Not so effective in open play as he struggled with the pace.

Callum O’Dowda - 5

Took a couple of early whacks from Smith and then Saville which may have explained his lethargy. Didn’t see enough of the ball as the No.10 but not busy enough either. Replaced at the break by Ronan Curtis.

James McClean - 5

Not the pantomime villain’s night. A couple of half-chances fell into his path in front of the noisy neighbours and he smashed both into the 2,000 delighted travelling fans behind Peacock-Farrell’s goal. Left to a mixture of jeers and cheers, which followed him all night. 

Callum Robinson - 6

Looked lively for the opening 10 minutes when he actually managed a shot on goal but had to put in a long and lonely shift for 66 minutes, having one more effort which he skied from McClean’s mis-hit cross.

Subs

Conor Hourihane - 6

Steady aside from a caution for kicking out at Jones.

Ronan Curtis - 6

Busy initially and showed some rare urgency but struggled to get the ball.

Enda Stevens - 6

Good outlet on the left and arguably the best of the left-wing backs.

Sean Maguire - 5

Only lasted 13 minutes and certain to miss the trip to Denmark.

Scott Hogan - 5

No time, or touches, to make an impact.

Cyrus Christie - 5

Preferred again to a recognised midfielder O’Neill went to four at back for final stages.

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