Monday 18 December 2017

Player ratings from Ireland's win over Switzerland

Ciaran Clark celebrates scoring with his team-mates
Ciaran Clark celebrates scoring with his team-mates
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Three debuts and a decent win for Martin O'Neill's men. Here is how the players rated in tonight's friendly victory over Switzerland.


Had very little to do behind a solid defence but his assured demeanour permeates throughout the side. 7


Very much a senior player now and that showed tonight. Full of energy as usual and put in a quality cross for Shane Long in the first half when the number nine smashed a header off the crossbar. 7

25 March 2016; Shane Duffy, Republic of Ireland, in action against Pajtim Kasami, Switzerland. 3 International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v Switzerland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE


Solid display by the Blackburn man on his second appearance for his country. Made one timely interception to cut out a Swiss attack in the first half. Brilliant header to set up Clark’s goal and didn’t do his chances any harm at all. 8


Put his club problems firmly to one side and produced a performance full of leadership. Won everything in the air, was a helping hand to young Duffy throughout and bagged a goal for good measure. 8


Lethal with his left foot from corner kicks in the first half with one yielding a goal for Clark. Almost got caught out on one occasion in the first half before giving a corner away. 6

Robbie Brady, Republic of Ireland, in action against Breel Embolo, Switzerland. 3 International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v Switzerland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE


Threw in a big tackle after 19 minutes to signal his intent but drifted in and out of the game thereafter. Playing out wide didn’t help the Brentford man but he did show glimpses of what he is capable of, with one sublime dink over a Swiss defender’s foot standing out. 5


Playing in the middle of the park, this was the Corkman’s chance to make a real statement. It just didn’t happen for Meyler as he failed to grab a hold of the game. 6


Gave up possession and free kicks on a couple of occasions and while he certainly doesn’t lack energy, he looked off the pace at times before being substituted after 60 minutes. 5


Only getting back into his stride with first-team football at Sheffield Wednesday. Started off brightly but drifted out of the game: 5


The hero against Germany is now Ireland’s main man. Energetic, clever and efficient in his use of the ball. His pace was a constant threat to the Swiss defence. 8

25 March 2016; Shane Long, Republic of Ireland, rises high and heads towards goal only to see the ball come back off the crossbar. 3 International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v Switzerland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE


His first game in a green shirt for nearly two years ended in heartache after just 23 when he suffered a deep gash to his shin. Had looked sharp while on the pitch and almost hit the target with a deft flick from a Robbie Brady corner. 6


DARYL MURPHY for Doyle (23): As hard working as ever and got himself into good positions. 6

JAMES McCARTHY for Stephen Quinn (60): Tidy and efficient when introduced on the hour mark. 6

EUNAN O’KANE for Meyler (6): Almost a dream debut when he pounced on a loose ball before surging forward and curling wide. Should have hit the target but still got himself into a good position. 7

JOHN HAYES for McGeady (60): Worked hard to get on the ball but struggled to make an impact 5

WES HOOLAHAN for Murphy (78): Players who normally enter the fray after 78 minutes are awarded the stock ‘not on long enough to be rated’. But Hoolahan was full of endeavour and added a bit of class. 7

JAMES McCLEAN for Shane Long (83): Caused problems with his energy and pace. 7

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