Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland side continued their positive preparations for Euro 2012 with a 5-0 win over a Tuscany Select XI in ItalyThe Republic of Ireland easily defeated a Tuscan Selection XI at Pitroia as part of their warm-up preparations for Euro 2012.
Playing against a makeshift team of local players, Giovanni Trapattoni's men took an early lead thanks to a nice turn and finish from captain Robbie Keane. Tommaso Pieroni hit the bar for the Italians, but Simon Cox doubled Ireland's lead reacting quickly after goalkeeper Francesco Gaffino stopped his initial shot.
James McClean looked threatening on the right with Stephen Hunt energetic on the left. Robbie Keane added his second before half-time, before Trap made a number of substitutions. Kevin Foley, who was left out of the final 23 man squad came on at right-back and showed his fitness with some nice runs down the flank.
Shane Long was another half-time introduction, and added his name to the scoresheet after breaking free of the offside trap. Jon Walters was the fourth Irish forward to get his name on the scoresheet after Kevin Foley's free was initially saved by the goalkeeper, but Walters pounced on the rebound to make it 5-0.
The result was never in doubt, but the goals for the Irish forwards will definitely help their confidence, but perhaps most importantly was the fact that no players picked up injuries.