Sunday 21 April 2019

Player ratings: McGoldrick stands out as attacking Ireland hit their stride in Georgia win

David McGoldrick of Republic of Ireland during the UEFA EURO2020 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at the Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
David McGoldrick of Republic of Ireland during the UEFA EURO2020 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at the Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

John Brennan

Here is how the Irish players rated in the 1-0 win over Georgia in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Darren Randolph - A brilliant save in the first half was a vital part of the victory. Randolph is Ireland's clear No 1 and can look forward to a few more campaigns as first-choice goalkeeper. 8

Seamus Coleman - The skipper always wanted to get forward, but some of the crosses just never fell to an Irish boot or forehead. This was a good match for the Everton man. 8

Shane Duffy - Made one big block as the Georgians pressed towards the end of the match. Sometimes his passing out of defence was not as sharp as it might have been. 7

Richard Keogh - A quiet night for Keogh, who was tasked with always minding the house. Keogh got his tackles in when he had to. 7

Enda Stevens - Held on to his place when some felt Matt Doherty might be slipped in at left-back. Tried to get forward, but, like so many others, the last pass was never spot on. 6

Glenn Whelan - The warrior came back and grafted in front of the back four in the Aviva. But he gave the ball away a few times. It would be punished by the better teams in the group. 6

Robbie Brady - The Burnley man worked hard, but never quite managed to get the reward for his sweat. Always looking for a good pass, but it never quite came off. 7

Conor Hourihane - Scored a great free kick and is the most likely source of a good pass in this new-look Irish team. Hourihane is really settling into being a regular in the team. 8

Jeff Hendrick - While he had a goal chalked off for offisde, Hendrick was always up for the fight against the physical Georgians in midfield. 8

James McClean - Might have done a bit better with a couple of crosses that ought to have found a green shirt. But McClean was always ready to receive the ball. 7

David McGoldric k- He did everything bar what a striker wants to do - score a goal. Certainly the Sheffield United man is going to lead the Irish line for the forseeable future. 9

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