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June 8, 2013 12:15 AM IST
Aviva Stadium — Dublin
Referee:‬ M. Gestranius‎
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Player Ratings: Republic of Ireland 3-0 Faroe Islands

Robbie Keane marked his record Irish international appearance with a hat-trick to keep the Boys in Green's qualification hopes alive

By Ronan Murphy

  • David Forde
    1
    0
    2.00

    David Forde

    Comfortable in the air, and with the Faroes only threatening from set-pieces, did exactly what was needed. His long-balls weren't always accurate though.

  • John O'Shea
    0
    1
    2.00

    John O'Shea

    Had little to do defensively, and wasted the one chance he had in the opposition half, taking too much time on the ball.

  • Marc Wilson
    0
    1
    2.50

    Marc Wilson

    Showed some neat touches on the ball, and sent in some dangerous crosses from his right foot after coming inside.

  • Sean St Ledger
    0
    1
    2.50

    Sean St Ledger

    Strong in the air, and had an easy evening at the back. Looked confident after keeping Richard Dunne out of the side.

  • Aiden McGeady
    1
    0
    4.00

    Aiden McGeady

    Terrorised the full-back with his trickery, and although he hit a few weak crosses, his positive play injected urgency into Ireland. Delivered a great ball for the opener.

  • Glenn Whelan
    1
    0
    3.00

    Glenn Whelan

    The quieter of the two midfielders, but provided the link between defence and midfield. Made some great tackles and passes.

  • Seamus Coleman
    2
    0
    3.00

    Seamus Coleman

    Got down the right well, and linked up well with Cox. His delivery was also impressive, and looks to have made the right-back spot his own.

  • Wesley Hoolahan
    5
    0
    4.50

    Wesley Hoolahan

    His first competitive start was a delight as he controlled the midfield with slick, precise passing. Will be in contention for the rest of the campaign.

  • Jonathan Walters
    1
    0
    2.50

    Jonathan Walters

    Worked his socks off up front alongside Keane, but had one great chance to set up his forward partner, but just didn't see the run in behind.

  • Robbie Keane
    8
    0
    5.00

    Robbie Keane

    His record-breaking cap was memorable in more ways than one as he scored his second international hat-trick to take his tally to 59 goals for his country.

  • Simon Cox
    1
    0
    3.50

    Simon Cox

    Preferred to James McClean on the wing, and rewarded his manager's decision with a splendid display. Tracked back well, and offered options in attack when he came inside.

Substitutions

  • Stephen Kelly
    1
    0
    2.00

    Stephen Kelly

    Replaced the injured Wilson, but had little time to make an impact. Still in Trapattoni's plans despite the falling out between the two before the trip to Torshavn.

  • James McClean
    1
    0
    3.00

    James McClean

    A great cameo performance, delivering a fantastic ball in for Keane's third.

  • Conor Sammon
    1
    0
    3.00

    Conor Sammon

    Came off the bench to replace Walters, and showed a great bit of skill to find Keane for the third.

  • Gunnar Nielsen
    1
    0
    2.00

    Gunnar Nielsen

    The former Manchester City goalkeeper pulled off a fantastic save from Keane in the first-half, but could have done better for the opener. Preferred to punch rather than catch a few high balls in, keeping the pressure on his side.

  • Atli Gregersen
    1
    0
    2.00

    Atli Gregersen

    The better of the two centre-backs, showing his experience at international level, but found it difficult as the Irish side camped on the edge of the area.

  • Jónhard Fredriksberg
    1
    0
    1.00

    Jónhard Fredriksberg

    The Faroes full-back found it difficult to deal with the trickery of McGeady, but did better with the ball at his feet, and make a couple of decent clearances.

  • Pól Jóhannus Justinussen
    1
    0
    1.50

    Pól Jóhannus Justinussen

    Made a few advancing runs, but was often second-best to Cox and Coleman.

  • Rógvi Baldvinsson
    1
    0
    1.50

    Rógvi Baldvinsson

    Let Keane get in behind him on a few occasions, and was lucky that the Irish passing wasn't too precise, or he would have been severely punished.

  • Súni Olsen
    1
    0
    2.00

    Súni Olsen

    The 32-year-old battled hard in midfield, but had trouble dealing with Wes Hoolahan. Delivered in a dangerous free-kick late on.

  • Símun Samuelsen
    1
    1
    2.00

    Símun Samuelsen

    His biggest contribution was a shot which ended up in the stands after a decent run. Never really made an impact.

  • Ári Mohr Jónsson
    1
    0
    1.50

    Ári Mohr Jónsson

    Spent most of the game camped in his own half, rarely getting into attacking positions.

  • Christian Lamhauge Holst
    1
    0
    2.50

    Christian Lamhauge Holst

    The Faroe Islands' only real danger man. The frustrated Silkeborg midfielder worked hard and barked orders at his teammates.

  • Páll Klettskard
    1
    0
    1.00

    Páll Klettskard

    The inexperienced frontman barely saw any of the ball in his hour on the pitch, never threatening David Forde's goal.

Substitutions

  • Hans Pauli Samuelsen
    1
    0
    1.00

    Hans Pauli Samuelsen

    Only played seven minutes, replacing Holst, and did not offer much of an improvement in midfield.

  • Johan Edmundsson
    1
    0
    1.00

    Johan Edmundsson

    Came on up front, but never really saw any of the action.

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