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February 7, 2013 3:45 AM MYT
Aviva Stadium — Dublin
Referee:‬ S. Delferière‎
Attendance:‬ 43112‎
 
35′ Ciaran Clark
 
 
Top of the Match
Greg Cunningham
Greg Cunningham
Republic of Ireland
Wesley Hoolahan
Wesley Hoolahan
Republic of Ireland
Flop of the Match
Damien Perquis
Damien Perquis
Poland
Jakub Wawrzyniak
Jakub Wawrzyniak
Poland

Ireland 2-0 Poland: Boys in Green record morale-boosting victory

Goals in either half ensured Trap's men head into March's World Cup qualifiers on the back of a hard-earned victory over Poland at the Aviva Stadium

By Ryan Bailey at the Aviva Stadium

International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v Poland, Ciaran Clark & John O'Shea
Sportsfile

Giovanni Trapattoni’s experimental Republic of Ireland side recorded a morale-boosting 2-0 victory over Poland on Wednesday evening ahead of next month's crucial World Cup qualification double-header thanks to goals in either half from Ciaran Clark and substitute Wes Hoolahan.

Spurred on by a large Polish following, the visitors made the brighter start and were inches from opening the scoring when David Forde's poor clearance fell to Ludovic Obraniak but his shot deflected narrowly wide.  

Poland continued to dominate proceedings with highly-rated Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski looking particularly threatening. However, it was the home side who took the lead against the run of play shortly after the half-hour mark. Artur Boruc denied Shane Long from James McClean's corner but Clark was on hand to calmly sweep home the loose ball from 12 yards.

Moments after Ireland had taken the lead, Forde was called into action as Lewandowski looked to draw the Poles level before the referee waved away penalty appeals after Clark appeared to foul the Dortmund frontman in the box.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny came on at half-time and was quickly forced into action as he tipped James McCarthy's half-volley over the bar before Hoolahan sealed the victory with a well-taken goal with a quarter of the game remaining.

James McClean's set-piece was only cleared as far as debutant Jeff Hendrick on the edge of the box, and he picked out Hoolahan with a measured chip before the Norwich playmaker fired past Szczesny to double the home side's advantage.

Ireland travel to Stockholm on March 22 to face Sweden before Austria visit Dublin a couple of days later.



Republic of Ireland

1
David Forde
Goalkeeper
3.00
6
Ciaran Clark
Defender
35′ 84′
3.50
33
4.00
16
John O'Shea
Defender
3.50
15
Paul McShane
Defender
2.50
6
Glenn Whelan
Midfielder
46′
3.00
16
James McCarthy
Midfielder
60′ 71′
3.50
-
James McClean
Midfielder
81′
2.50
18
Conor Sammon
Striker
3.50
11
Robbie Brady
Midfielder
71′
3.50
21
Shane Long
Striker
62′
2.50

Poland

2.50
31
Artur Boruc
Goalkeeper
46′
2.00
15
2.00
25
Kamil Glik
Defender
44′
3.50
17
2.50
14
2.50
-
3.50
-
2.50
16
3.00
35
Daniel Lukasik
Midfielder
77′
2.50
-
2.50
9

Substitutes

20
 - 
13
 - 
2
2.00
11
 - 
26
Alex Pearce
Defender
 - 
-
Jeff Hendrick
Midfielder
71′ 76′
3.50
4
Paul Green
Midfielder
46′
3.00
14
4.00
17
Andy Keogh
Midfielder
 - 
19
2.00
29
 - 
-
Simon Cox
Striker
81′
2.00

Substitutes

 - 
21
3.00
1
 - 
-
 - 
27
 - 
5
 - 
-
2.50
10
2.50
-
 - 
-
Ariel Borysiuk
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
15
2.00
9
 - 
9

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

1.50
-
 
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
Tigres
4 0
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
Earthquakes
3 0
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
2 0
Ivica Olic Ivica Olic
Striker
Wolfsburg
2 0