Player ratings from last night’s impressive 3-1 win against Uruguay by Darryl Geraghty
Darren Randolph (4): Under pressure from the start, with Uruguay’s big backline causing problems from set pieces. Moment to forget for the goal. Lack of first team affecting him?
Cyrus Christie: (9): The Championships self proclaimed best right back in the league but this was certainly one of his most impressive performances. Offered width throughout, constant threat and deserved his goal. Unlucky to miss out on Man of the Match award
Shane Duffy (7.5): Assured and strong performance that is becoming the norm for his Country. Very unlucky not to open the scoring when he was millimeters away from Robbie Brady’s in swinging cross.
Kevin Long: (7): Solid performance on his first international start. Played as if it was his 30th cap. No doubt giving Martin O’Neill a selection dilemma ahead of the big one next week.
Stephen Ward (6): Defensively sound but a bit too quiet in the attacking sense down the left wing. Maybe a poor Hayes performance didn’t help.
Johnny Hayes (4.5): Worked hard but its struggling to replicate his Aberdeen form that looks to have has earned him the big move to Celtic. More questions over his International class than answers. Largely ineffective and surely Horgan breathing down his neck.
Harry Arter (9): Top class performance from the Bournemouth man. Ran the game throughout, committed performance and showing his class and composure in possession. Big player for us.
Glenn Whelan (7): Didn’t put a foot wrong, moved the ball quickly from defence to the midfielders higher up the park. Reliable as always
Jeff Hendrick (7.5): Dominated midfield along with Arter and Whelan. Kept possession well and did not give the Uruguayan’s a minute on the ball. Could offer more of a threat in the final third
Robbie Brady (8): That left foot is a dream. Played a couple of positions, starting on the right, eventually dropping into the middle and should have had an assist prior to the goal. Always looking to play forward and his through ball for McClean’s goal was inch perfect.
Johnny Walters (8): Lead the line brilliantly. Strong hold up play and linked well with the midfield. Could have done with someone closer to him at times but hit a superb opener. Less said about “that” miss the better.
Kieren Westwood (7): Looked a lot more assured than Randolph and looks to be in pole position to start next week. Excellent left handed save to deny Jose Giminez a second.
Wes Hoolahan (7.5): Although the game lost a bit of momentum in the second half, “Wessi” was an undoubted bright spark. Looked sharp in possession and like Brady, constantly looking to create. Another headache for the gaffer next week given how well the midfield played first half.
James McClean (8): An absolute monster in the green shirt. His pace and directness is frightening at times. Showed great composure to smash home the third after outstripping Gimenz and unlucky not to get a second being denied from a last ditch tackle.
Alex Pearce (6): Under no real threat from the Uruguay front line during his cameo, unable to stake a claim as the visitors had largely thrown in the towel at that point.
Daryl Murphy (6.5): The Newcastle front man showed a glimpse of why he’s such a good target man, battling well with the experienced Uruguay back line and fashioning an effort out of nothing. Maybe not enough to start next week but a certain threat if a goal is needed.
Aidan McGeady (5): Fastly becoming the marmite of the selection. Had a half hour to impress and force his way into the reckoning following Hayes quiet performance, but again failed to offer anything in the attacking sense. As frustrating as ever given his form at club level.
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