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.
Showed some neat touches on the ball, and sent in some dangerous crosses from his right foot after coming inside.
S. St. Ledger
Strong in the air, and had an easy evening at the back. Looked confident after keeping Richard Dunne out of the side.
Had little to do defensively, and wasted the one chance he had in the opposition half, taking too much time on the ball.
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.
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.
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.
The quieter of the two midfielders, but provided the link between defence and midfield. Made some great tackles and passes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Made a few advancing runs, but was often second-best to Cox and Coleman.
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.
The 32-year-old battled hard in midfield, but had trouble dealing with Wes Hoolahan. Delivered in a dangerous free-kick late on.
His biggest contribution was a shot which ended up in the stands after a decent run. Never really made an impact.
The Faroe Islands' only real danger man. The frustrated Silkeborg midfielder worked hard and barked orders at his teammates.
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.
Spent most of the game camped in his own half, rarely getting into attacking positions.
The inexperienced frontman barely saw any of the ball in his hour on the pitch, never threatening David Forde's goal.
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.
A great cameo performance, delivering a fantastic ball in for Keane's third.
Came off the bench to replace Walters, and showed a great bit of skill to find Keane for the third.