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  • 2 June 2013
  • • 17:30
  • • Aviva Stadium, Dublin
  • Referee: S. Colțescu
  • • Attendance: 20100
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Live Commentary

  • Thanks very much for reading. I'm Ronan Murphy, and I'll see you all again for the qualifier on Friday.
  • Giovanni Trapattoni will be happy with how his side played, and has plenty to ponder has he tries to decide his starting XI for Friday's World Cup qualifier with the Faroe Islands.
  • Full-time at the Aviva Stadium. Impressive second-half performance from the Boys in Green, with Robbie Keane scoring two well-taken goals, and Ireland entertaining the home support with some slick passing and ball retention.
  • 90' + 2'
    The stadium announcer declares Shane Long as Man of the Match, with Ireland cruising to victory.
  • 90'
    Substitution Aleksandre Kobakhidze Tornike Gorgiashvili
  • 90'
    Three minutes of stoppage time to be added on.
  • 88'
    Assist Jeff Hendrick
  • 88'
    Goal Robbie Keane
    Great play from Jeff Hendrick, who intercepts the ball in midfield, before taking it forward, and slipping in Robbie Keane with a great pass, to see Keane score his 56th goal for Ireland.
  • 87'
    Aiden McGeady opens up a good bit of space for himself, but his curling shot goes just wide. Decent attempt.
  • 84'
    Georgia haven't given up yet, and play some good passes in the Irish area. However, they fail to get through the Irish back four, and can't get a shot away.
  • 81'
    Ireland brimming with confidence as they pass the ball around in front of the Georgia penalty area.
  • 79'
    Simon Cox does well to bring the ball down again, but Conor Sammon doesn't have the pace to beat the defender to the ball down the line.
  • 77'
    Assist Conor Sammon
  • 77'
    Goal Robbie Keane
  • 77'
    Fantastic chase from Aiden McGeady sees the ball fall to Conor Sammon, who crosses for Robbie Keane, who taps the ball home.
  • 76'
    Substitution Wesley Hoolahan Stephen Quinn
  • 75'
    Stephen Quinn comes on for his first Irish appearance. Caps off a great season after winning promotion with Hull City.
  • 74'
    McGeady gets the better of two men out wide, but his cross evades Sammon and wins a corner.
  • 72'
    Substitution James McCarthy Conor Sammon
  • 72'
    Substitution Shane Long Jeff Hendrick
  • 72'
    Shane Long hands the captain's armband to Robbie Keane as he's replaced by Conor Sammon.
  • 70'
    Yellow Card Jaba Kankava
    Late challenge on James McCarthy sees the captain pick up a booking.
  • 69'
    Substitution Davit Kvirkvelia Giorgi Popkhadze
  • 68'
    Shouts for a penalty as the Georgian defender blocks Cox's cross with his arm.
  • 65'
    Substitution James McClean Aiden McGeady
  • 65'
    Substitution Marc Wilson Richard Dunne
    Rapturous reception for Richard Dunne, who slots in at centre-back with Delaney moving to left-back.
  • 64'
    Nice passing play and a good cross from Wilson, the ball is taken down by Cox, but the Nottingham Forest man can't double his tally.
  • 63'
    Great ball out wide from Hoolahan for Long receives a round of applause from the Lansdowne faithful. Ireland win a corner but McClean's delivery is poor.
  • 61'
    Substitution Nikoloz Gelashvili Irakli Maisuradze
  • 60'
    Great run from Keane, who passes off for Wilson. Another good cross from the full-back, but Long fouls the defender and it's a free out.
  • 59'
    McClean does well to win a free-kick from Kashia. Wilson's curled free-kick is poorly headed by Shane Long.
  • 59'
    Lovely through ball from Keane sees Long get in behind the defence, but he shoots straight at the substitute keeper, who reacted well.
  • 58'
    Gelashvili has been a very lone figure up front, and has barely touched the ball this half.
  • 57'
    Rare poor pass from Hoolahan, but he wins it back moments later.
  • 54'
    Substitution Murtaz Daushvili Irakli Dzaria
  • 54'
    McClean plays it out to Cox, who can't find Keane with a chipped ball in.
  • 52'
    Ireland looking more confident this half, passing the ball around better, and not resorting to long balls.
  • 49'
    Cox has been much brighter this half, and has done well since his move out to the right.
  • 48'
    Assist James McClean
  • 48'
    Goal Simon Cox
    Wes Hoolahan plays the ball out to McClean. His cross inside finds Simon Cox, who blasts home.
  • 46'
    Substitution Ucha Lobjanidze David Targamadze
  • 46'
    Substitution Andy Keogh Robbie Keane
  • 46'
    Robbie Keane replaces Andy Keogh, who was disappointing in the first-half.
  • Richard Dunne, Robbie Keane, and Conor Sammon all warming up at the Aviva Stadium.
  • This evening's Irish captain has also impressed. Long did well to get the goalkeeper sent off, but should have done better with an early chance.
  • The midfield duo of James McCarthy and Wes Hoolahan have looked good so far, but wingers Andy Keogh and James McClean have rarely got into good positions out wide, preferring to come inside - and flooding the centre with too many bodies.
  • Giovanni Trapattoni promised plenty of changes in his pre-match press conferences, but past experience indicates that he's unlikely to take off anyone until 10 or 15 minutes into the second-half.
  • The Republic of Ireland lead 1-0 at half-time against 10 man Georgia. However, the Boys in Green have failed to test the substitute goalkeeper, and have been restricted to shots from range.
  • 45' + 2'
    Great ball from McCarthy out to McShane, but the full-back runs into trouble.
  • 45'
    Two minutes to be added on at the end of the half.
  • 45'
    James McClean takes a leaf out of Wilson's book, cutting inside and rifling a shot wide.
  • 42'
    Assist James McClean
  • 42'
    Goal Richard Keogh
    McClean's free-kick finds Richard Keogh at the back post to head in his first international goal.
  • 42'
    Yellow Card Akaki Khubutia
    Long is fouled by Khubutia, winning a free-kick out wide.
  • 42'
    Despite being anonymous on the ground, Cox is looking good in the air, knocking down another ball for Long.
  • 41'
    Some of Ireland's passing has been poor, with Richard Keogh the latest to overhit the ball, missing McShane and sending the ball out for a throw.
  • 40'
    Wilson beats his marker in the corner, but is offered little support, and Georgia get two men across to win back the ball. Ireland not showing enough urgency.
  • 38'
    Hoolahan does well to win the ball from Kobakhidze, with Ireland passing it around until Simon Cox mistimes his run and Georgia regain possession.
  • 36'
    Corner falls to McShane, who hoofs the ball clear.
  • 35'
    Mistake from Paul McShane sees Georgia break down the left, but he does well to give Kobakhidze no chance, forcing a corner.
  • 33'
    Hoolahan looks to be enjoying the man advantage in the middle with some good runs into space.
  • 30'
    The corner only finds Andy Keogh, who heads the ball out, and Ireland regain possession.
  • 30'
    Georgian free-kick into the box is headed clear by Delaney, but the visitors win a corner.
  • 27'
    Daushvili lucky not to be booked for a two-footed challenge on Richard Keogh.
  • 26'
    Ireland keeping it on the ground a lot more since the sending off, taking advantage of the extra man.
  • 25'
    Simon Cox heads down to Long, whose volley goes narrowly wide.
  • 23'
    The debutant does well to tip McClean's free-kick over the bar. Accurate set-piece from the Sunderland winger.
  • 22'
    Substitution Zhano Ananidze Omar Migineishvili
    Omar Migineishvili comes on for his first cap.
  • 20'
    Red Card Giorgi Loria
    Georgia goalkeeper Loria takes out Long after a terrible backpass, and is sent off for bringing down the Irish striker outside the area.
  • 18'
    Short corner to Hoolahan finds Wilson, who queues up another long-range effort, which sails wide again.
  • 18'
    Captain Jaba Kankava is looking up for this game, lunging into tackles, but his passing has not been great so far.
  • 15'
    First real chance of the game. Long breaks, but shoots straight at the advancing Loria.
  • 13'
    Some sloppy passing from Georgia as Ireland begin to gain control in midfield.
  • 12'
    Great pass from McCarthy out to McClean, but his cross is too high for Long to get on to.
  • 11'
    Wilson turns inside his man, but can't replicate his Faroes goal with a long-range shot.
  • 9'
    Ireland being a bit more patient at the moment, but then resort to pumping a long ball forward.
  • 7'
    Shane Long doing a lot of chasing so far. The West Bromwich Albion attacker is suspended for Friday's game with the Faroes, as is James McCarthy.
  • 5'
    Wide pass from Shane Long is overhit for James McClean, who can't reach it as Ireland break.
  • 4'
    Georgia playing some nice short passes, but can't get past the Irish rearguard.
  • 2'
    Georgia trying to play on the break early on, and Kieran Westwood gets caught on the edge of the area, but it's a weak shot from frontman Gelashvili.
  • 1'
    And we're off at the Aviva Stadium.
  • Ireland wearing the new black away kit this evening. While Georgia are in white.
  • Georgia starting XI: Loria, Lobjanidze, Khubutia, Khizanishvili, Kvirkvelia, Kashia, Daushvili, Kankava, Ananidze, Kobakhidze, Gelashvili.
  • Ireland starting XI: Westwood, Wilson, McShane, R Keogh, Delaney, A Keogh, McCarthy, Hoolahan, McClean, Cox, Long.
  • The teams are out and the anthems are underway.
  • Long has been handed the captain's armband for this evening's friendly, the first time he's captained any side at senior level.
  • Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has made nine changes from the side which drew 0-0 with England in midweek, with only Shane Long and James McCarthy retained.
  • Welcome to Goal's live play by play commentary of the Republic of Ireland's international friendly with Georgia at the Aviva Stadium.