Republic of Ireland 4 Oman 1
Debutant Robbie Brady caught the eye as the Republic of Ireland defeated Oman in this international friendly at Craven Cottage, London.Brady, who was drafted up from Noel King's U21 squad, ended up with a goal and two assists in an impressive performance with Ireland's other goals coming from Kevin Doyle, Shane Long and another debutant, Alex Peace.
As against Kazakhstan on Friday, Ireland got off to a lively start with Oman keeper Al-Habsi having to produce a reflex save to keep out a Doyle cross which flew goalward off the knee of defender Mohammed Al-Balushi.
It Ireland just six minutes to find a way past Al-Habsi as Brady delivered a long-range free-kick to the back post where Sean St Ledger nodded back across goal for West Brom's Shane Long to head home.
Oman did try to take the game to Ireland with Ahmed Al Muhaiyri and Amad Al Hosni both shooting over but they went further behind in the 22nd minute when Seamus Coleman's cross was cleared into the path of Brady, who drilled home a low volley from the edge of the box.
Brady's dazzling debut got even better 12 minutes before half-time when the 20-year-old Manchester United player delivered an inch-perfect cross for Doyle to head home from six yards.
That left Ireland leading 3-0 at the break and manager Giovanni Trapattoni brought on Reading defender Pearce and Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph at the break for their international debuts.
Ireland continued to press forward and Andy Keogh cut inside before firing a curling shot that Al-Habsi went full stretch to tip wide while at the other end Randolph had to be equally as impressive in denying Eid Al Farsi.
The introduction of James McClean for Doyle kept Ireland's pushing forward and the Sunderland winger almost made an immediate impression when Al-Habsi brilliantly saved his goal-bound free-kick and denied the Derryman his first international goal. McClean then smashed a fierce volley just over the Oman crossbar after a inch-perfect pass from his Sunderland team-mate Meyler.
Oman pulled a goal back after 71 minutes when Al-Farsi lost his marker and found some space in the box before shooting beyond Randolph. Amad Al-Hosni almost scored another when he beat Stephen Kelly only to shoot into the side-netting.
David Meyler then went close to scoring on his debut before Reading's Alex Pearce achieved the feat in the 85th minute when he outjumped everybody to head home a cross from Aiden McGeady.
The win finished a good week for Ireland after they came from behind to Kazakhstan 2-1 on Friday night in the opening game of the FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.
Republic of Ireland: Forde (Millwall); Coleman (Everton), St Ledger (Leicester City), Kelly (Fulham), Wilson (Stoke City); Brady (Manchester United), Meyler (Sunderland), McCarthy (Wigan), Keogh (Millwall); Long (West Bromwhich Albion), Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers). Subs: Randolph (Motherwell) for Forde (46), Pearce (Reading) for Wilson (46), McClean (Sunderland) for Doyle (61), Cox (Nottingham Forest) for McCarthy (65), McGeady (Spartak Moscow) for Brady (70), O'Brien (West Ham United) for Long (73).
Oman: Al Habsi; S Al Mukhaini, Al Balushi, Al Musalami, Al Ghailini; Saleh, Al Muhaiyri, Al Farsi; Al Hosni, Al Mashri, Al Muqbali. Subs: Basheer for Al Muqbali (70), Al Hudhari for Saleh (70), Al Jabri for Al Muhaiyri (77), A Al Mukhaini for Al Balushi (79 mins).
Referee: Andre Marriner (England).
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