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Senior Men Friendlies Three International Friendly
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Republic of Ireland 2 - 1 USA

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WATCH: Ireland come from behind to defeat USA

The Republic of Ireland came from behind to defeat USA 2-1 in the final Three International Friendly of the season.
Burke and Lenihan
2nd Jun 2018

In what was his 118th and final appearance in green for Ireland, John O’Shea captained the side. The Waterford native was given a standing ovation by the Aviva Stadium crowd as he was given a guard of honour by players from this two schoolboy clubs Ferrybank and Waterford Bohemians.

For the first time in three games, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill did not hand any players their debuts in the starting lineup, but Graham Burke made his first start in green, after making his debut earlier this week against France.

Ireland had much of the better of the opening period, with O’Shea coming close to scoring his fourth goal for Ireland. The captain headed just wide inside the opening ten minutes. Jonathan Walters also has a decent opportunity, but his effort failed to test USA goalkeeper Bill Mamid.

The visitors also had chances to take the lead, with Tyler Adams’ deflected shot flying just over Colin Doyle’s crossbar and Bobby Wood’s shot just going wide.

Just after the half-hour mark, O’Shea left the field to a standing ovation. The defender, who was ending his international career, was replaced by one starting his. Darragh Lenihan came on to make his debut and in doing so became the first Meathman to every represent Ireland.

With the final kick of the opening period, USA took the lead. Bobby Wood scored from close range, after Matt Miazga’s looping header looked to be going wide.

Ireland equalised ten minutes into the second-half. Callum O’Dowda’s cross to the back-post was headed back into the six-yard box by Kevin Long, to Darragh Lenihan. The debutant’s shot was hit over the line from close range by Graham Burke. It was the Shamrock Rovers star’s last involvement in the game, as he was replaced by Daryl Horgan.

Just under 15-minutes later, Lenihan thought he had scored once more, but this time his effort was ruled out for offside.

Enda Stevens became the second debutant of the night. The defender replaced Shane Duffy in the final 15-minutes to earn his first cap.

Alan Judge scored the winning goal, less than 60 seconds after replacing Callum O’Dowda. The midfielder blasted the ball into the back of the net to score his first goal for his country.

Martin O’Neill’s side return to action in September, away to Wales in the UEFA Nations League.

Republic of Ireland: Colin Doyle; Shane Duffy (Enda Stevens 77), John O’Shea (capt) (Darragh Lenihan 34), Kevin Long; Seamus Coleman, Jeff Hendrick (Harry Arter 82), Declan Rice, Callum O’Dowda (Alan Judge 89), James McClean; Graham Burke (Daryl Horgan 58), Jonathan Walters

USA: Bill Hamid; DeAndre Yedlin (Shaq Moore 70), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tim Parker 61), Matt Miazga, Jorge Villafana; Tim Weah, Tyler Adams, Wil Trapp (capt), Weston McKennie (Joe Corona 81), Rubio Rubin (Luca De La Torre 77); Bobby Wood (Josh Sargent 70).

Referee: Andrew Dallas (Scotland)

By The Numbers: Ireland v USA

The facts and figures from previous meetings with the USA ahead of tonight's game at the Aviva Stadium.
2nd Jun 2018

8 - The Republic of Ireland have played the U.S.A. on 8 occasions and have a won 4,

drew 2 and lost 2 record.     

29 - The number of goals scored in those 8 matches with the Republic of Ireland scoring 17 to the U.S.A.’s 12.

0 - The number of clean sheets kept by both the Republic of Ireland and the U.S.A. in those 8 matches.

5 - The number of players to make their international debut v U.S.A.:  

Chris Hughton (1979); Mike Milligan and Brian Carey both as substitutes (April 1992) and Cyrus Christie and David McGoldrick (2014). Milligan was never capped again.

48 - This evening’s match is the Republic of Ireland’s 48th home match to be played at the Aviva Stadium. Our record is W23, D12, L12, F80, A45.

12 - The U.S.A. will become the 12th different country to play the Republic of Ireland at least twice here at the Aviva Stadium. The others are: Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia (three times), Germany, Oman, Poland, Serbia, Scotland, Slovakia, Uruguay and Wales.


69 - The Republic of Ireland lost to Sweden by 3-1 in a World Cup qualifying match in Stockholm on this day in 1949. Reg Ryan made his debut and Kalle Palmer scored the first hat-trick to be conceded by the ROI.

33 - The Republic of Ireland beat Switzerland by 3-0 in a World Cup qualifying match at Lansdowne Road on this day in 1985. Seamus McDonagh kept a clean sheet on his 22nd international appearance.

28 - The Republic of Ireland beat Malta by 3-0 in a friendly match in Valletta on this day in 1990.

This was the final warm-up match ahead of Italia 90. Alan McLoughlin made his debut and Frank Stapleton was capped for the 71st and final time. 

22 - The Republic of Ireland drew 2-2 with Croatia in a friendly match at the Aviva Stadium on this day in 1996. Ian Harte made his debut in what was our first-ever match against Croatia.

17 - The Republic of Ireland drew 1-1 with Portugal in a World Cup qualifying match at Lansdowne Road on this day in 2001. Roy Keane and Luis Figo were the goal scorers.

14 - The Republic of Ireland beat Jamaica by 1-0 in a Unity Cup match at The Valley on this day in 2004. Aiden McGeady made his debut as a substitute and another substitute Matt Holland (both came on in the 83rd minute) was winning an international cap on his own club’s (Charlton Athletic) home ground.

5 - The Republic of Ireland beat Georgia by 4-0 in a friendly match at the Aviva Stadium on this day in 2013. Stephen Quinn made his debut as a substitute and the Georgian goalkeeper, Giorgi Loria was sent-off in the 20th minute.

61 - Mark Lawrenson who won 39 caps (scoring 5 goals) between 1977-87 celebrates his 61st birthday today.

47 - Jon Goodman who won 4 caps in 1997 celebrates his 47th birthday today.

29 October 1979

The first meeting of the countries took place on the October Bank Holiday Monday at Dalymount Park.

The Republic of Ireland were 0-2 behind after 63 minutes of play but three goals in a four minute spell from Tony Grealish (64), Don Givens (66) and substitute John Anderson (68)  secured victory.

Chris Hughton made his debut and Paddy Mulligan came on as a half-time substitute for Jeff Chandler to win his 50th and final cap.   

Manager Johnny Giles was unavailable as he was recovering from surgery and Alan Kelly Snr was in charge of the team.

The match referee was Eamonn Farrell from Dublin – the only time that a League of Ireland official refereed a senior Republic of Ireland international match.