Friday September 3, 2010 Group Stage: Group B Finished Hanrapetakan

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  1. Euro 2012 qual. - Fahey gives Ireland opening win

    Euro 2012 qual. - Fahey gives Ireland opening win

    Ireland made a winning start to their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign courtesy of substitute Keith Fahey's goal in a 1-0 victory in Armenia. More

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    Time:90'
    • Armenia
    • Republic of Ireland
    • 90+2' A WIN FOR IRELAND! They have done the business and pocket three points.
    • 90' Into time added on. Ireland throwing bodies at everything as Armenia push for a leveller. Really hanging on. Some fine defending by Lawrence in his own box.
    • 89' Manucharyan floats the free-kick at goal from 25 yards, but that is claimed by Given and Ireland can breath easy again.
    • 88' Whelan is booked for a late one on Mkhitarian.
    • 87' Some more nice defending by O'Shea, but Ireland giving the ball away far too easily in these closing minutes.
    • 86' Manucharyan is allowed far too much space on the edge of the box, but has no real pace and Given holds. Nervy moments for Ireland.
    • 85' Hovsepyan delivers a ball from the right, but Dunne keeps his eyes on that as he knocks the cross away. Four minutes and counting.
    • 84' Andrew Keogh replaces Keane for the visiting side.
    • 83' St Ledger heads Manucharyan's cross out of the danger area.
    • 82' The corner comes to nothing and Ireland are a step nearer the victory. Going to be another substitution for Ireland.
    • 81' Dangerous run down the right by Movsisyan, but St Ledger deflects his cross behind for a corner.
    • 80' Trapattoni trying to tell his side to keep it tight at the back, as any good Italian will agree with.
    • 79' This will be a deserved three points for the Irish, but they still have work to do to get the job done.
    • 78' Keane is penalised for a foul on Hambardzumyan. Clock ticking down now for the home side.
    • 77' Manucharyan replaces Malakyan before Arzumanyan heads over.
    • 76' Phew! They needed that goal and the substitute has come to Ireland's rescue. Now they need to keep the door closed at the other end.
    • 75' GOAL FOR IRELAND! Lawrence's ball to Keane. He can't finish, but the loose ball breaks to Fahey and he turns to slam a low shot into the corner of the net. Relief for Ireland.
    • 74' Can't say that the home side have been shy of a shot or two. They have really been willing to have a go from distance.
    • 73' Hambardzumyan then thumps in Armenia's latest dig from distance, but Given is alive to that effort.
    • 72' Play raging from end to end. Mkhitarian swings in a lovely ball, but Dunne mops up at the back for Ireland.
    • 71' Hovhannes Hambardzumyan replaces Grigorian, who was on a booking.
    • 70' Fine run and shot by Doyle, but his effort is blocked by the home goalkeeper Berezovsky before Armenia clear. All frantic stuff this now.
    • 69' Dunne almost heads into his own net from Pachajyan's cross. Just loops over his own bar with Given beaten.
    • 68' Fahey replaces McGeady for Ireland while Manoyan is on for the home side.
    • 67' Going to be a couple of changes from both sides here approaching these final 20 minutes.
    • 66' Mkrtchain hooks an effort just wide of the goal. The home side still carrying a threat.
    • 65' Armenia win a corner after some hesitant play by Sean St. Ledger.
    • 64' Ireland desperately need a win here, but Armenia could yet cause an upset.
    • 63' Is this going to be Ireland's night? Have to wonder after that miss. The Ireland bench can't believe the game is still goalless.
    • 62' KEANE HITS THE POST! Bad miss by the Ireland skipper. Another long ball and Keane was through on goal, but his left foot shot from eight yards comes back out and is cleared.
    • 61' Lawrence fires an effort narrowly across goal before the winger is chopped by Grigorian , who picks up the game's first yellow card.
    • 60' Mkhitarian has a shot from 25 yards. Given gets down to smother at the second attempt. A very even contest this now. Play raging from end to end.
    • 59' Ireland having to spend time on the back foot. Not exactly what they were envisaging when they came out for the second half.
    • 58' Ireland substitutes begin to warm up. There will surely be a couple of changes to freshen things up.
    • 57' What a chance for Edigaryan. He hesistated in front of goal from five yards out and the opportunity was lost. Best chance of the match. Macedonia may pay for that miss.
    • 56' Movsisyan dashes down the right, and Whelan is forced to knock that out for a corner.
    • 55' Edigaryan lets fly from 40 yards, but that is wide and woeful. Poor attempt by the home side.
    • 54' No changes by either side in this half yet. There will be soon in this heat one suspects.
    • 53' McGeady picks out Lawrence, but that is a poor attempt at a cross ball into the box. Should have been nearer to Keane or Doyle, but comes to nothing.
    • 52' Ireland trying to send McGeady away, but Arzumanyan makes sure the winger can't get free as he shepherds the ball out of play.
    • 51' Still humid out there. Arakelian requiring a bit of treatment after a collision with Doyle, but he is back on his feet.
    • 50' Around 9,000 fans in for this match. 500 or so Irish fans have made the trip. Kilbane appeals for a free-kick down the left wing, but nothing doing.
    • 49' Lawrence with the corner kick. Berezovsky flaps at that, but it doesn't break to an Ireland player.
    • 48' Malakyan swings a corner into the box, but that is easily dealt with by the Ireland defence. Malakyan is then guilty of tugging down McGeady.
    • 47' Fine play by McGeady. Ball breaks to Doyle, but he just couldn't get the ball out from under his feet for the shot. Armenia clear.
    • 46' ireland start the second half.
    • 45' There goes the half-time whistle. 0-0 at the break. Work to be done for the Irish in the second period.
    • 44' Not going to be any time added in this half. Trapattoni will want to get his side back to the refuge of the dressing room to fine tune a few things.
    • 43' Some really nice play involving Doyle and Keane ends with Whelan hammering a shot wide of the post. Decent bit of pressure.
    • 42' Great tackle by O'Shea on Movsisyan. Fine play by the Manchester United defender.
    • 41' Movsisyan evades Green before hammering a drive in from 25 yards. Just over Given's bar. Warning for the visiting side.
    • 40' Ireland may look to make a few changes at the break. Armenia are obviously used to these conditions. They wanted to play this game a few hours earlier. That would hardly have helped the Irish.
    • 39' A half full stadium, but Ireland have not exactly enjoyed this half. Armenia have been competitive, to say the least.
    • 38' Keane takes a tumble in the box under pressure from Arzumanyan, but nothing doing. Referee deems that a fair challenge.
    • 37' Decent shot by Mkhitarian, but good stop by Given. Always behind it from 25 yards.
    • 36' They say there are no easy games in international football, and this is is no easy game. Here come Armenia.
    • 35' Keane has the ball in the net from Whelan's quick free-kick, but he is correctly ruled offside.
    • 34' Lawrence tries to find Doyle, but Armenia are alive to that possibility.
    • 33' Lawrence and Doyle continue to see plenty of the ball, but not doing much with it.
    • 32' Pachajyan proving a threat, really causing headaches for Kilbane.
    • 31' Some of the Irish players looking a bit leggy. Tough conditions to be playing in.
    • 30' The first 30 minutes passes and the home side are starting to see a bit more success in this match. Ireland really need a goal to take the sting out of a home support that can suddenly be heard.
    • 29' McGeady fouls Pachajyan. Silly foul. Movsisyan gets a volley in from the free-kick delivery, but Dunne does enough to make sure it sails over.
    • 28' Lawrence fails to track the run of Edigaryan as he dances past him. Maybe a bit weary the Stoke winger due to a lack of games.
    • 27' Superb run and shot by McGeady, but that shot flashes low and wide of the target. That is more like it from McGeady.
    • 26' Ireland bench trying to make sure the players have water in such humid conditions.
    • 25' McGeady wins a foul, but Whelan's free-kick from 25 yards is walloped straight into the hands of Berezovsky. Was more like a passback in the end.
    • 24' Doyle flicks on Given's long ball, but a misunderstanding between him and Keane comes to nothing.
    • 23' Keane partnering Doyle up front, but this looks more a game for a Niall Quinn in his prime. It is all up in the air.
    • 22' Trapattoni out on the touchline barking instructions. Ireland continue to throw high balls into the box.
    • 21' Great save by Berezovsky from St Ledger's header. He clawed that header out from under the cross bar. Decent effort.
    • 20' Kilbane penalised for a foul in the area from O'Shea's free-kick.
    • 19' Dunne and Given combine to thwart another Armenia attack.
    • 18' Lawrence hammers a corner into the box. O'Shea heads back across goal, but that is easliy dealt with by the home side.
    • 17' Trapattoni looking quite relaxed on the Ireland bench. He may be 71, but he has lost none of the determination from his younger years.
    • 16' Ireland going route one, while the home side are hitting on the break. Strange, but whatever works for you.
    • 15' GOOD SAVE BY GIVEN! Fine effort by Pachajyan, but Given dives to his right to save. If that shot had deflected, would have caused real problems for the Irish keeper.
    • 14' Edigaryan rises to head out of his own area from Lawrence's free-kick.
    • 13' Mkrtchyan tries an effort on the Irish goal, but Given was always behind that. He takes that shot from outside the box comfortably.
    • 12' Hardly a full house in for this, so no real feeling of intimidation in the stadium. Ireland looking bright enough, but Armenia dangerous on the break.
    • 11' Green gives the ball away to Pachajyan, but he makes amends by charging down the Armenian player's shot. Easy hold for Given.
    • 10' Mkhitaryan fouls McGeady, but the free-kick comes to nothing.
    • 9' Ireland choosing to play quite high up the park. Dunne alongside Sean St Ledger with John O’Shea and Kevin Kilbane occupying the full-back positions. They are trying to get as far up the field as possible.
    • 8' Hovsepyan makes a timely tackle on McGeady after the winger picked up a nice pass from Dunne. Looks like there are openings in that home defence.
    • 7' Keane misses a golden chance. Doyle flicks on Given's long ball to Keane. He thumps it first time on volley, but the ball is wide of the target. Should have been the opener.
    • 6' Ireland looking bright enough out there. McGeady is playing his first game for Ireland since his £9.5m move from Celtic to Spartak Moscow.
    • 5' Temperatures dropping slightly. Was up at 40, but they reckon it is around 22 with high humidiity.
    • 4' McGeady attempts to get the ball down after Lawrence looks like he was chopped in half, but the ball falls out of play.
    • 3' Malakyan shows a good turn of pace, but Ireland get the ball out of their box. Good turn of pace by the home player. Ireland need to be mindful of him.
    • 2' Keane tries to pick out Doyle before Ireland win a corner. Lawrence swings it in, but Armenia get the ball out with Dunne trying to get his head on it.
    • 1' Ireland in traditional green tops and white shorts, Armenia in red tops and dark blue shorts. We are under way.
    • 15:55 The referee is Zsolt Szabo of Hungary.
    • 15:55 Teams: Rep of Ireland: Given, O'Shea, St. Ledger, Dunne, Kilbane, Lawrence, Whelan, Green, McGeady, Keane, Doyle. Subs: Westwood, Fahey, Kelly, Gibson, Cunningham, Keogh, Sheridan. Armenia: Berezovsky, Hovsepyan, Arzumanyan, Karlen Mkrtchyan, Arakelian, Grigorian, Artur Edigaryan, Malakyan, Pachajyan, Movsisyan, Mkhitaryan. Subs: Kasparov, Hambardzumyan, Pizelli, Goharyan, Manoyan, Manucharyan, Mkoyan.
    • 15:50 Keep your comments coming. Any intelligent ones are always welcome. Big night for the Irish. "If Ireland wants to have any chance of going to Euro 2012, they have to win this, in this group there isn't much difference between teams in terms of class, so any point is going to be vital, any team can pick up points exept Andorra," says painkiller14.
    • 15:50 "Ireland, should win this...Russia are the only team that they need to worry about!! I have faith that Ireland can qualify for the Euro 2012 tournament!! I just wished Arsene Wenger signed Shay Given, because he is a fantastic goalkeeper in my opinion!!!," comments Burhan Nela.
    • 15:45 "Armenia are not a bad team. I just want to get out of there with a win. Spain only won by one goal here last year. Also they beat Belgium and drew with Russia. Definitely not a walkover," says markear1.
    • 15:40 Other games in Group B include Russia's trip to Andorra which begins at half past five (BST) while Slovakia host Macedonia at half past seven. Vital for Ireland to pick up three points.
    • 15:35 Robbie Keane is out to right the wrongs of the World Cup qualifying campaign. Keane hungry to right wrongs
    • 15:30 Ireland are in Group B alongside Russia, Slovakia, Macedonia, Armenia and Andorra. They host Andorra on Tuesday night. Six points from the first two games is vital to Irish hopes of progress.
    • 15:25 Ireland manager Trapattoni has travelled with the squad to Armenia after undergoing surgery for an abdominal problem.
    • 15:20 Republic of Ireland team: Given, O'Shea, Saint Ledger, Dunne, Kilbane, Lawrence, Whelan, Green, McGeady, Keane, Doyle.
    • 15:15 Good afternoon and welcome to today's match between Armena and the Republic of Ireland, the opening match of the Euro 2012 qualifiers for both countries.
  • Summary

    • 75' GOAL FOR IRELAND! Lawrence's ball to Keane. He can't finish, but the loose ball breaks to Fahey and he turns to slam a low shot into the corner of the net. Relief for Ireland.
    • 70' Fine run and shot by Doyle, but his effort is blocked by the home goalkeeper Berezovsky before Armenia clear. All frantic stuff this now.
    • 69' Dunne almost heads into his own net from Pachajyan's cross. Just loops over his own bar with Given beaten.
    • 66' Mkrtchain hooks an effort just wide of the goal. The home side still carrying a threat.
    • 62' KEANE HITS THE POST! Bad miss by the Ireland skipper. Another long ball and Keane was through on goal, but his left foot shot from eight yards comes back out and is cleared.
    • 60' Mkhitarian has a shot from 25 yards. Given gets down to smother at the second attempt. A very even contest this now. Play raging from end to end.
    • 57' What a chance for Edigaryan. He hesistated in front of goal from five yards out and the opportunity was lost. Best chance of the match. Macedonia may pay for that miss.
    • 47' Fine play by McGeady. Ball breaks to Doyle, but he just couldn't get the ball out from under his feet for the shot. Armenia clear.
    • 41' Movsisyan evades Green before hammering a drive in from 25 yards. Just over Given's bar. Warning for the visiting side.
    • 37' Decent shot by Mkhitarian, but good stop by Given. Always behind it from 25 yards.
    • 35' Keane has the ball in the net from Whelan's quick free-kick, but he is correctly ruled offside.
    • 27' Superb run and shot by McGeady, but that shot flashes low and wide of the target. That is more like it from McGeady.
    • 21' Great save by Berezovsky from St Ledger's header. He clawed that header out from under the cross bar. Decent effort.
    • 15' GOOD SAVE BY GIVEN! Fine effort by Pachajyan, but Given dives to his right to save. If that shot had deflected, would have caused real problems for the Irish keeper.
    • 7' Keane misses a golden chance. Doyle flicks on Given's long ball to Keane. He thumps it first time on volley, but the ball is wide of the target. Should have been the opener.
    • 15:55 Teams: Rep of Ireland: Given, O'Shea, St. Ledger, Dunne, Kilbane, Lawrence, Whelan, Green, McGeady, Keane, Doyle. Subs: Westwood, Fahey, Kelly, Gibson, Cunningham, Keogh, Sheridan. Armenia: Berezovsky, Hovsepyan, Arzumanyan, Karlen Mkrtchyan, Arakelian, Grigorian, Artur Edigaryan, Malakyan, Pachajyan, Movsisyan, Mkhitaryan. Subs: Kasparov, Hambardzumyan, Pizelli, Goharyan, Manoyan, Manucharyan, Mkoyan.
    • 15:20 Republic of Ireland team: Given, O'Shea, Saint Ledger, Dunne, Kilbane, Lawrence, Whelan, Green, McGeady, Keane, Doyle.

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      Substitution Out68′ 5.5 -
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      Substitution In68′ 5.7 -
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      Substitution Out68′ 6 -
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