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Ireland player ratings v Moldova

Darren Randolph: 6. Comfortable enough night. Pulled off a top class save on 26 minutes to deny Dedov and quick off the line to save Meylors soft back pass.

Cyrus Christie: 6. Quiet enough night but energetic enough when in possession, although a lot of the play came down the left wing.

Shane Duffy: 7. Not much to do at the back and constant threat in the opposition box. Winning a vital flick on for the opener

Ciaran Clarke: 6. Solid enough performance under little threat. Hopefully forming a solid a partnership with Duffy.

Stephen Ward: 7. Big part in both goals. Cross for the second was outstanding. Offered a great threat.

Callum O’Dowda: 8. Linked up very well with Ward in the first half coming inside to allow the left back to overlap. Constant threat.

Jeff Hendrick: 6. Kept the ball moving quickly in the first half, quieter second half and shifted out to the right wing after the substitutions.

Wes Hoolahan: 7. Continues to look like our most creative player. Hopefully starts Monday.

David Meylor: 7 Skipper for the evening in an immensely proud night. Never stopped working throughout and anchored the midfield superbly.

Shane Long: 2. Just can not see him scoring in this form. Missed two glorious sitters in the first half and the less said about the open goal miss in the second half the better. Not clinical enough, poor hold up play, struggled to control the ball at times.

Daryl Murphy: 9. 2 goal hero, settled the nerves and won most of his aerial duels. Excellent night all round and deserved Man of the Match.


Aiden McGeady: 5. Not much of the ball, drew massive groans from the fans trying to dribble past 3 defenders only to inevitably lose the ball.

Harry Arter: 6. Not much time to make an impact on the ball but drew a red card right on the final whistle.

Sean Maguire: 6. Unfair to rate, disgracefully brought on with just minutes to go, hardly got a touch. Deserved much better and should have gotten at least a half hour. Got the biggest cheer of the night.

Darryl Geraghty 

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