Wednesday 24 April 2019

Player ratings: Few standout performers for Ireland on frustrating night in blustery Gibraltar

James McClean of Republic of Ireland reacts during the 1-0 win in Gibraltar. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
James McClean of Republic of Ireland reacts during the 1-0 win in Gibraltar. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Damian Spellman

Here is how the Irish players rated in the 1-0 victory in Gibraltar in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

DARREN RANDOLPH - Had little do do, but was called upon to make a fine save from Roy Chipolina less than a minute after the break. 7

SEAMUS COLEMAN (Capt) - Revelled in the space which allowed him to surge forward at regular intervals, particularly in the first half, and produce a series of dangerous crosses. 7

SHANE DUFFY - Was largely untested defensively on a night when concentration was key. 6

RICHARD KEOGH - Like Duffy, largely maintained a watching brief and made a nuisance of himself in the Gibraltar penalty area on one occasion before the break. 6

ENDA STEVENS - Looked comfortable at left-back and used the ball well when he had it. 7

MATT DOHERTY - Linked up well down the right with Seamus Coleman before the break after being asked to play in a midfield role. 6

CONOR HOURIHANE - Provided the midfield fulcrum for Ireland and used his ability from set-pieces to good effect. 7

JEFF HENDRICK - Turned in one of his better displays for Ireland and capped a good night's work with a well-taken goal. 8

JAMES McCLEAN - Gradually grew into the game after being closely marked for much of the first half. 6

DAVID McGOLDRICK - Made himself available for the ball throughout to drag the home defence out of position and was the architect of Hendrick's goal. 7

SEAN MAGUIRE - Worked hard to provide an outlet for him team, particularly before the break when space was at a premium. 6

SUBSTITUTES

ROBBIE BRADY (for Doherty, 56) - Helped Ireland to keep the ball as they looked to cement victory after Hendrick's goal. 6

HARRY ARTER (for Maguire, 72) - Worked to shut the game down and prevent any late heroics from the home team. 6

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