Saturday 24 February 2018

Ireland Player Ratings

David Kelly

David Kelly

6 Shay Given

The out-of-favour Manchester City man made an uncharacteristic error when spilling Sergio Moreno's long-range effort early on in the piece and the Donegal man was further shocked to see Martinez' effort zip past him.

7 John O'Shea

Continues to emit an air of unflappability in the right-back area but was guilty of conceding too many free-kicks which allowed Andorra to further undermine the home side's fluency. Great movement for opening goal.

6 Richard Dunne

Went asleep at the wheel when Andorra scored their goal. Had he been more precise in possession in the first place, the visitors would not even had a glimpse of the scoring chance. Silly yellow card late on which could prove costly.

6 Sean St Ledger

Judged at the exalted standards that an international footballer should be assessed, his role in the Andorran goal was a shocking dereliction of duty, insipidly raising his hand and turning away from play to plead offside, thus failing to close down the goalscorer.

7 Kevin Kilbane

Continued his remarkable scoring run against the Andorrans and the 'Killer on the Loose' continues to demonstrate that he is not ready to give up his jersey just yet.

6 Liam Lawrence

Picked up where he left off in Yerevan, although he struggled to reach similar heights as Ireland struggled to persistently include width in their game plan.

5 Paul Green

After the difficulties of last Friday evening, the Derby County man was obviously overly anxious to make an impression. His industry was anomalous on an occasion when guile and craft were demanded from a dominant sector.

6 Glenn Whelan

Clearly fraught at the risk of making too many crunching tackles in midfield, albeit few were needed against such supine opponents.

Almost caught a nosebleed when spotted in the opposition's penalty area at one stage.

7 Aiden McGeady

Would like to think that he has answered critics who persist in questioning his application.

A decent hour against a side redolent of the pub teams he used to play against in Scotland won't wash. Must deliver consistently from now on.

8 Kevin Doyle

Another manly and honest display from the Wexford man, decorated with one of the finest strikes the refurbished Lansdowne Road venue may see for some time.

7 Robbie Keane

Until his second-half strike, Keane's uncertainty in front of goal betrayed a player who is wracked by doubts at club level, although at least he retained his enthusiasm throughout the largely joyless exercise.

8 Giovanni Trapattoni

Few others would perceive beauty within a system harbouring two holding midfielders against a team ranked 201 in world football. But then again, Trapattoni's Ireland can't do aesthetics and the swathes of empty seats indicate many can't be bothered watching.

Darron Gibson (For Whelan, 60)

The Manchester United midfielder emerged unscathed from his bitter condemnation of the manager's contribution to the debate about whether a loan move would be preferable to playing for the reserves. Didn't justify his rant here, though. 5

Stephen Kelly ( For O'Shea, 75)

Alex Ferguson would have been pleased to see O'Shea hauled off with 15 minutes to go as his man is nursing a thigh problem -- especially after the club's anger at what happened last November in Paris. 5

Andy Keogh not on long enough to be rated

Irish Independent

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