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11 September 2012
• Craven Cottage, London
Referee: A. Marriner
• Attendance: 6420
Republic of Ireland
S. Long 7'
R. Brady 23'
K. Doyle 36'
A. Pearce 85'
Eid Mohammed 72'
An experimental Irish side dominated the game from start to finish with goals coming from Robbie Brady, Alex Pearce, Kevin Doyle and Shane Long, with Al Farsi scoring a consolation goal for Oman.
Final whistle blows! Ireland are the victors. Final score Ireland 4-1 Oman.
Simon Cox is carried off the field after being belted just above his foot.
We're into the dying moments of the game and the momentum has fizzled out of the fixture, but Ireland continue to attack.
Andy Keogh is released after some beautiful skill from Aiden McGeady, but the striker is found to be offside.
Oman free kick blazes over the bar after deflecting off the wall.
Just under five minutes to go and Ireland have lengthened their lead through Alex Pearce, whose powerful header leaves Al Habsi with no chance.
Goal Alex Pearce
GOAL! Alex Pearce heads in for Ireland to make it 4-1.
"Ireland look a little disjointed after all those changes. At the moment, they're lining up with Seamus Coleman in midfield and they have lost their dominion over the centre of the pitch. Oman making more chances than before and putting some nice moves together. The Asians deserve their goal on the strengths of their second half efforts. Ireland searching for cohesion." - Peter Staunton.
McGeady misjudges his run and the ball goes out of play for an Oman goal kick
Cox almost dribbles into the box but is stopped in his tracks by a strong tackle.
Mohammed Al Balushi
Abdul Sallam Al Mukhaini
Ahmed Kano Mahaijri
Ali Al Jabri
Oman almost snatch a second. Further weak defending from Ireland allows Saleh to get a shot off, but it goes wide.
Coleman has been sensational this evening. Releases Keogh down the left, who plays a dangerous cross across Al Habsi, but it is over Cox's head.
Randolph the hero for Ireland, as he saves a shot, after some poor defending from O'Brien and St Ledger.
A dangerous cross is headed clear by Kelly, who wins a free kick for his troubles. Coleman once again surges forward, plays the ball to McClean, who wins a corner from a cross.
Goal Eid Mohammed
Oman have been awoken by Al Farsi's goal and they are pressing further forward into the Irish half.
GOAL! Oman score through Al Farsi!
Abdul Aziz Al Muqbali
Raed Ibrahim Saleh
Hussain Al Hadhri
Coleman surges forward from defence to start a wonderful Irish move. Meyler crosses for McClean who volleys over the bar.
McClean forces a great save from Al Habsi. The Oman 'keeper is called into action again from the corner, making another reflex save to stop Pearce's header.
Ireland win a free kick in a dangerous area. Robbie Brady and James McClean stand over it.
McClean runs towards the line and puts in a cross, but it is deflected clear.
James McClean comes on to rapturous applause at Craven Cottage. Such expectation surrounds the Derry man.
Meyler concedes possession but luckily for the Sunderland man the ball trickles back to St Ledger.
"In general, Ireland's fringe players have acquitted themselves well. Andy Keogh has been a useful and tidy option on the left side of the attack. David Meyler has hassled and harried and forced Oman into mistakes in the midfield. He's used the ball well to boot. Robbie Brady is quiet since the break but there's no doubt he's made the biggest impact here tonight." - Peter Staunton.
Randolph makes a good save after Al Farsi unleashes a thunderbolt from midfield.
Meyler makes an interception before being fouled in midfield.
Pearce climbs all over his man and concedes a free kick
Brady skips past three defenders before winning a corner for Ireland.
"Darren Randolph and Alex Pearce both appear at the half time break for Ireland. David Forde and, somewhat surprisingly, Marc Wilson make way. Has Trapattoni seen enough of the Stoke City man?" - Peter Staunton
Doyle slides a wonderful pass through to Keogh, but his strike is saved and pushed behind for a corner.
Long struggles to keep a long ball from McCarthy in play and it goes out for a goal kick.
Coleman tracks back to nick the ball back to Pearce who clears.
Kelly is pressured out of play by Oman conceding a free kick.
McCarthy intercepts a pass in the Oman half and releases Brady, but the Man United winger's cross is poor.
Oman get the second half underway!
Darron Randolph replaces David Forde, while Alex Pearce replaces Marc Wilson for Ireland.
The players are back on the pitch as the second half nears.
Meanwhile, Ireland's Group C rivals Sweden have taken a 1-0 lead over Kazakhstan through Rasmus Elm, while Marco Reus has put Germany 1-0 up away to Austria.
Goals from Shane Long, Robbie Brady and Kevin Doyle have given Ireland a 3-0 lead over Oman at Craven Cottage. Paul LeGuen's men have been struggling to break down the Irish defence, feeding off rare scraps in midfield to launch counter attacks, but Ireland have been dominating proceedings.
There is the half time whistle! Ireland lead Oman by three goals to nil at half time.
The free kick is played out wide and crossed into the Irish box but cleared easily by St Ledger.
Meyler concedes a free kick at the edge of the Irish box.
Al Habsi saves a header from St Ledger.
Just under five minutes to go before half time. Ireland have a corner, Brady to take..
A one-two between Shane Long and Robbie Brady results in an Irish throw in.
Saleh sends a shot towards Forde but it veers wide.
Meyler unleashes an effort from the edge of the box after some nice play between Brady and Coleman, but his shot flies over.
Ireland are comfortably probing Oman. Mixing up their attacking approach, while also defending sturdily.
Assist Robbie Brady
Goal Kevin Doyle
GOAL! Kevin Doyle for Ireland. Brady with a vicious free kick delivery.
Doyle wins a free kick, which is taken by Brady.
Forde catches Al Muqbhali's cross with ease.
Ireland are increasing in confidence. A slick passage of play ends with Jame McCarthy curling a shot over the bar.
Oman attacker Abdul Aziz cynically falls in the Irish box and the referee waves play on.
Irish free kick played straight to the wall by James McCarthy.
Shane Long breezes past four players before winning a throw in deep in the Oman half.
"Ireland have been in complete control of this encounter. Velvety touches, intuitive passing and a relaxed, almost nonchalant, stlye of play have brought them a deserved lead." - Peter Staunton
Brady's wonderful volley has inspired the Irish support to "Stand up for the Boys in Green".
Assist Kevin Doyle
Goal Robbie Brady
Robbie Brady latches on to a loose ball to volley past Al Habsi with his weaker right foot.
GOAL! Brady with an outstanding volley for Ireland!
McCarthy gives the ball away in central midfield allowin Oman to break on the counter, but the attack ends with a wayward shot.
Meyler has been industrious in midfield for Ireland, making a number of crucial interceptions.
Forde watches another long range effort float past his post as Oman are reduced to shooting from distance.
David Meyler takes a knock to the head while challenging for a header and is receiving treatment. He should be ok to continue.
While not exactly desolate, Craven Cottage is only about half full with the Irish outnumbering their Oman counterparts by around nine to one. There is excitement around the ground for Robbie Brady in particular and his delivery for the free kick which led to Ireland's opener was excellent.
Oman attack cut out by Meyler, who ushers the ball back to Forde.
Keogh found free in the box and he heads it straight at Al Habsi, but is ultimately offside.
Keogh sends a cross into the box but it is cleared.
The crowd attempts to stir up some atmosphere as Ireland mount an attack. However it ends as Brady is found offside.
McCarthy gifts possession to Oman after a heavy touch in the centre of the park but the danger is cut out by St Ledger.
Assist Sean St Ledger
Goal Shane Long
St Ledger heads across goal from the free kick to set it up on a plate for the West Brom striker Shane Long who makes no mistake.
Goal for Ireland!
Free kick for Ireland.
The Oman free kick hits the wall and Ireland counter, but Coleman sends his shot straight at the 'keeper.
Danger at the other end as a weak Forde clearance puts the Irish defence under severe pressure. Ends with Meyler conceding a free kick at the edge of the box. Nervy.
Danger for Oman. Al Habsi makes a reflex save to deny Ireland an early lead after his defender almost turns a cross into his own net.
St Ledger slices a pass out for a throw after a period of possession for Ireland.
Ireland get the game under way.
The players assume their positions as pleasantries are exchanged between skippers and officials.
Confusion reigns at Craven Cottage as fans mistakenly stand and applaud for a song that is NOT Oman's anthem, before singing a verse of Ireland's. The correct anthems have since been played and we are all set to start the game, but there is a dismal crowd at Craven Cottage.
Republic of Ireland line-up v Oman: Forde, Coleman, Kelly, St Ledger, Wilson, Meyler, McCarthy, Brady, Doyle, Long, Keogh
And the players are coming out onto the pitch. Oman in red and white, while Ireland are in the traditional green.
The players are emerging from the dressing room. The subs come first and assume their places on the bench.
There is a small crowd in attendance at Craven Cottage this evening, with little under ten minutes to go before kick off.
Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi will captain Oman tonight.
This just in! Paul McShane withdraws from the Irish squad. Sean St Ledger replaces him in the starting line up.
Kevin Doyle says that it is "an honour" to captain his country in the absence of Robbie Keane.
Just under 15 minutes to go before kick off. Giovanni Trapattoni will hand debuts to Manchester United's Robbie Brady and Sunderland's David Meyler in tonight's game. Wolves striker Kevin Doyle will captain the Republic of Ireland.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of Ireland's friendly with Oman at Craven Cottage! An experimental Irish side will lock horns with Paul LeGuen's Oman in just under half an hour. Stick around for news.
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