Republic of Ireland 2 - 0 Oman | 2014 - Senior Friendly | 999938500

Senior Men Friendlies Three International Friendly | Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Republic of Ireland 2 - 0 Oman

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Comfortable win for Ireland over Oman

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 2 OMAN 0 - Goals from Kevin Doyle and Alex Pearce gave the Republic of Ireland a comfortable victory over Oman in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium.
Ireland celebrate v Oman.jpg
3rd Sep 2014

With Sunday’s big opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Georgia in mind, manager Martin O’Neill went with an experimental starting line-up. 

Shay Given returned to earn his 126th cap between the posts while midfielders Darron Gibson and Robbie Brady, both back from injury, also made their first appearances under O’Neill. Derby County central defender Richard Keogh skippered the side in winning his sixth cap.

Ireland enjoyed plenty of good early possession with Wes Hoolahan having the first sight of goal with a shot that was blocked away by Abdul Salam Al Mukhaini on six minutes.

Oman responded with Raed Saleh bursting forward to set up Mohammed Al Siyabi who shot not far wide of Given’s right-hand post two minutes later.

Brady, with a deflected shot, and Stephen Quinn, who fired the rebound wide, had efforts at the other end before Ireland took a deserved lead on 20 minutes.

David Meyler won a corner on the right which Brady whipped in to the near post for Doyle to score his 14th goal for his country with a glancing header.

A counterattack saw Given worked for the first time when he got down to hold a shot from Saleh on the half hour.

Ireland, though, twice came close to doubling their lead in quick succession within a minute.

First Gibson and Hoolahan combined to put Anthony Pilkington in on goal to force a corner. Another Brady delivery was then met by the head of Pearce whose effort was cleared off the line by Hassan Al Ghailani.

Well on top now, the woodwork prevented Ireland getting a second goal on 36 minutes as man-of-the-match Meyler’s chip came back off the top of a post.

O’Neill brought on the experience of Robbie Keane, Shane Long and Aiden McGeady just before the hour mark and the latter came very close to extending the lead seven minutes later - Mohammed Al Musalami getting back superbly to clear off the line from the Everton winger.

Ireland finally sealed victory with their second goal on 82 minutes. Another Brady corner fell kindly in the area for central defender Pearce who showed good feet to shoot left-footed to the bottom corner of Ali Al Habsi’s net.

McGeady came within inches of adding a third on 89 minutes, but his delightful chip clipped the crossbar.

Republic of Ireland: Given (Elliot 46); Meyler (Murphy 85), Keogh, Pearce, Ward; Pilkington (McGeady 59), Quinn, Gibson (Whelan 70), Brady; Holohan (Keane 59); Doyle (Long,59).

Oman: Al Habsi; A. Mukhaini, Al Owaisi, Al Musalami; S. Al Mukhaini, Al Mohair (Al Jabri 60), Al Farsi (Al Muqbali 81), Al Ghaailani (Al Busaidi 60); Saleh (Al Mashari 87), Hardan (Al Qasmi 60), Al Siyabi (Al Hadri 76).

Referee: Illias Spathos (Greece).

Martin O'Neill names final 27 man squad

Martin O'Neill names final 27 man squad ahead of Oman and Georgia matches
Martin O'Neill
30th Aug 2014

Martin O'Neill today named a final 27 man squad for Ireland's upcoming matches against Oman and Georgia.

Stephen Kelly and Jeff Hendrick are suffering from injuries and Andy Reid has been withdrawn from the squad to receive medical treatment. Darren Randolph, Ciaran Clark, Paul McShane, Shane Duffy, Damien Delaney, Simon Cox and Conor Sammon remain on standby. Shay Given has been called in to the final squad.

Robbie Keane is carrying a slight injury and his progress is being monitored. A decision will be made later this evening as to when he will travel but it is hoped he will be fit in time for the Georgia match.

Ireland will take on Oman in their final Three International friendly in Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, September 3 at 7.45pm before the opening EURO 2016 Group D Qualifier against Georgia in Tbilisi on September 7.

Tickets for the Three International against Oman in Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, September 3 are currently on sale from www.fai.ie at just '10 for children and starting at '20 for adults.

Name

Club

DOB

Caps

   Goals

David Forde

Millwall FC

20/12/1979

19

0

Keiren Westwood

Sheffield Wednesday

23/10/1984

17

0

Shay Given

Aston Villa FC

20/04/1976

125

0

Rob Elliot

Newcastle United FC

30/04/1986

1

0

Richard Keogh

Derby County FC

11/08/1986

5

1

Marc Wilson

Stoke City FC

17/08/1987

17

1

Seamus Coleman

Everton FC

11/10/1988

23

0

John O'Shea

Sunderland AFC

30/04/1981

96

2

Alex Pearce

Reading FC

09/11/1988

4

1

Joey O'Brien

West Ham FC

17/02/1986

5

0

James McCarthy

Everton FC

12/11/1990

23

0

Stephen Ward

Burnley FC

20/08/1985

23

2

Glenn Whelan

Stoke City FC

13/01/1984

57

2

Darron Gibson

Everton FC

25/10/1987

21

1

Aiden McGeady

Everton FC

04/04/1986

68

3

Anthony Pilkington

Cardiff City

06/06/1988

6

0

James McClean

Wigan FC

22/04/1989

22

1

Robbie Brady

Hull City FC

14/01/1992

6

1

Stephen Quinn

Hull City FC

04/04/1986

7

0

David Meyler

Hull City FC

29/05/1989

8

0

Wes Hoolahan

Norwich City FC

20/05/1982

14

1

Robbie Keane

LA Galaxy FC

08/07/1980

133

62

Shane Long

Southampton FC

22/01/1987

48

11

Daryl Murphy

Ipswich Town FC

15/03/1983

10

0