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Robbie Brady penalty spares Ireland's blushes in Nations League win over Armenia

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Robbie Brady celebrates after scoring his side's third goal, a penalty, during the UEFA Nations League B Group 1 win over Armenia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Robbie Brady celebrates after scoring his side's third goal, a penalty, during the UEFA Nations League B Group 1 win over Armenia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ireland's John Egan celebrates with team-mates Robbie Brady, left, and Jason Knight, centre, after opening the scoring in the UEFA Nations League B Group 1 match against Armenia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Ireland's John Egan celebrates with team-mates Robbie Brady, left, and Jason Knight, centre, after opening the scoring in the UEFA Nations League B Group 1 match against Armenia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Dara O'Shea of Republic of Ireland heads the ball goalwards under pressure from Hrayr Mkoyan of Armenia

Dara O'Shea of Republic of Ireland heads the ball goalwards under pressure from Hrayr Mkoyan of Armenia

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny with Michael Obafemi, centre, and Troy Parrott, right, before the UEFA Nations League B Group 1 match against Armenia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny with Michael Obafemi, centre, and Troy Parrott, right, before the UEFA Nations League B Group 1 match against Armenia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Armenia players before the UEFA Nations League B Group 1 match between Republic of Ireland and Armenia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Armenia players before the UEFA Nations League B Group 1 match between Republic of Ireland and Armenia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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Robbie Brady celebrates after scoring his side's third goal, a penalty, during the UEFA Nations League B Group 1 win over Armenia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

A stoppage time Robbie Brady penalty secured Ireland three valuable Nations League points in a dramatic 3-2 win over Armenia.

The 30-year-old, making his first start for his country since March last year, converted a stoppage-time penalty to snatch victory after Ireland very nearly threw the game away.

They looked to be cruising to just their second win of the Group 1 campaign as they entered the final 20 minutes leading 2-0 through goals from John Egan and Michael Obafemi.

However, goals from Artak Dashyan and Eduard Spertsyan silenced the locals before Brady's last-gasp intervention, the build-up to which saw both Hovhannes Hambardzumyan and Dashyan dismissed.

The win - just manager Stephen Kenny's fourth in 21 competitive fixtures - came as a relief on a night when defeat would have meant relegation, but third place behind Scotland and Ukraine represents a poor return for a nation which set out with ambitions to win the group.

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