Sunday June 2, 2013 Friendlies Finished Aviva Stadium

Republic of Ireland 4 - 0 Georgia

  • Keogh 42’
  • Cox 49’
  • Keane 77’, 88’

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  1. International friendlies - Keane celebrates cap record with double against 10-man Georgia

    International friendlies - Keane celebrates cap record with double against 10-man Georgia

    Robbie Keane marked his record-equalling 125th appearance for the Republic of Ireland with a double to see off 10-man Georgia 4-0. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Republic of Ireland
    • Georgia
    • 90+4' There goes the final whistle! A 4-0 win for Ireland over Georgia. All too easy for the home side.
    • 90+1' Tornike Gorgiashvili comes on for Alexander Kobakhidze for Georgia.
    • 89' We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 88' Keane chips the ball over the bar from distance. Keane looking for a hat-trick out there tonight.
    • 87' GOAL! Keane slips the ball into the net from Hendrick's pass. Georgia again all over the place at the back. All too easy for Keane and Ireland.
    • 86' McGeady takes a touch from Cox's short corner. Looks to have a go at goal from distance, but shot is always serving wide of the target.
    • 85' Cox with a hopeful header on, but straight into the arms of Omar Migineishvili. A Mexican Wave erupts around the crowd at the Aviva.
    • 83' Ireland again on the move. Keeping the ball firmly on the deck with some relish.
    • 81' Irakali Maisuradze caught a bit late by Hendrick, but Dunne is well placed to head clear the free-kick into the heart of the Ireland box.
    • 79' Zurab Khizanishvili on the deck needing a spot of treatment after colliding with Sammon. Didn't look much in that.
    • 78' Giovanni Trapattoni looking quite relaxed about the afternoon's work from his side. Little doubt that the red card altered the mood of the match.
    • 77' GOAL! Keane knocks the ball into the net from Sammon's cross. Good hustling by McGeady. A 3-0 lead now. A 55th goal for Ireland.
    • 75' Quinn replaces Hoolahan for the home side. Ireland making full use of their resources with six changes.
    • 74' Hendrick has a go at goal. Looked like a deflection for a corner-kick, but referee decides otherwise.
    • 72' Kashia heads behind his own goal from McGeady's cross. Another period of Ireland pressure.
    • 71' Jaba Kankava has collected a yellow card for a late tackle on James McCarthy.
    • 70' Hendrick replaces Long for the home side.
    • 69' Another change then. Sammon on the park, McCarthy departs.
    • 68' George Popkhadze takes over Dato Kvirkvelia for Georgia. Usual rash of changes being to gather momentum.
    • 67' But nothing doing as Georgia see out the corner. Another change coming for the visitors.
    • 66' Keane takes a tumble under pressure from Akaki Khubutia, who seemed to be guilty of a handling offence seconds later.
    • 65' McGeady on for the home side as McClean departs the scene.
    • 64' On comes Richard Dunne for Ireland as Wilson departs the scene. Dunne back after a season out of the game at club and international level due to injury.
    • 63' Wilson hangs the ball up to the back post, but Cox slams the ball wide of goal from 10 yards out.
    • 62' McClean can only pick out a white shirt with the corner as Georgia clear the danger.
    • 61' Richard Keogh on the ball for Ireland. Hoolahan with a ball over the top earns Ireland a corner.
    • 60' Wilson with a cross after being supplied by Keane, but Long guilty of a foul as he nods over the bar.
    • 59' Wilson with a lovely free-kick. Looking for the headed finish, but Long somehow fails to connect. Another obvious chance for Long not snapped up.
    • 58' Omar Migineishvili comes racing off his line to make the stop from Long after he had been sent racing in on goal by Hoolahan. Brilliant move, but chance not taken by Ireland.
    • 57' Ireland on the move again with some relish. Keeping the ball well before Cox has his pocket picked in the middle of the Georgia half.
    • 56' All damage limitation now for 10-man Georgia as they head clear's McClean's dinked cross.
    • 55' Alexander Kobakhidze takes the ball away from McClean with a timely challenge. Ireland continue to warm all over the visiting side.
    • 54' Irakli Dzaria takes over from Murtaz Daushvili, who could easily have walked for a straight red in the first period.
    • 53' Keane looking in the mood for Ireland. Manages to get the shot in, but straight into the arms of Omar Migineishvili
    • 52' McClean tries to pick out the run of Keane from McCarthy's pass over the top, but easy enough take for Omar Migineishvili in the Georgia goal.
    • 51' David Targamadze takes over from Ucha Lobjanidze at the back for Georgia.
    • 50' Robbie Keane has replaced Andy Keogh for Ireland to equal Shay Given's record of 125 national caps.
    • 49' This could be a long, long second half for Georgia the way this is working out. Could be five or six goals in this match.
    • 48' GOAL! Cox nets Ireland's second goal. McClean with the cross ball. Not sure what the Georgia keeper is doing there. A 2-0 lead now for Ireland.
    • 47' McShane doing well to track back and get the ball back to Westwood in the Ireland goal.
    • 46' Georgia get the second half off and running.
    • 45+2' There goes the whistle for the break. A 1-0 lead for Ireland at half-time.
    • 44' Two minutes to be added to this first half.
    • 43' McClean looks to add to Ireland's lead but his shot is well wide of the target.
    • 42' Akaki Khubutia has been booked for a late challenge in the build-up to that goal.
    • 40' GOAL! Keogh rises highest to power a header into the net from McClean's free-kick. Superb header and finish. Ireland lead 1-0.
    • 39' Ireland have looked worse with 11 men than 10 men, but have a chance here from a free-kick.
    • 37' Keogh tries to pick out a pass to McShane, but he overhits that attempted ball by mile. Pretty lamentable stuff so far it must be said from Ireland.
    • 35' Kobakhidze tries his best to prompt a Georgia attack only to find himself crowded out by plenty of traffic.
    • 33' Cox slides the ball to McCarthy, but Georgia well organised in repelling those black shirts.
    • 32' McShane doing well to cut out Alexander Kobakhidze's attempted cross.
    • 30' Hoolahan makes a late challenge before picking the loose ball up seconds later.
    • 29' McClean with a late challenge on Murtaz Daushvili in the heart of the park. But the visitors struggling to find any menace moving up the park.
    • 28' Ireland facing the Faroe Islands on Friday night in their next World Cup qualifying match.
    • 27' Long is captaining Ireland for the first time in their friendly this afternoon.
    • 26' Dato Kvirkvelia with the corner, but Keogh throws himself at the ball to make the clearing header.
    • 25' McClean caught offside after setting off too early on a run. Georgia then earn a corner at the other end.
    • 24' Cox trying to inject some momentum into the home side's play. This rapidly becoming a training exercise now with Georgia defending.
    • 23' Murtaz Daushvili fortunate to avoid a red card. Bad, bad two-footed tackle on Keogh.
    • 22' Ireland up to six attempts on goal. Georgia only one. Ireland with plenty of possession. Would fancy them really to score a few here today.
    • 21' Long smashes a volley inches wide from distance. Really got hold of the volley. Plenty of pace on the ball, but only a yard or so away from the goal.
    • 20' Omar Migineishvili dives across the goal to nudge the free-kick from McClean over the bar. Fine stop from the new man.
    • 19' Off goes Zhano Ananidze with Omar Migineishvili brought on. Georgia's plans up in tatters then really.
    • 18' Omar Migineishvili is going to arrive here for Georgia, who must wheel off an outfield player for this friendly match.
    • 17' RED CARD FOR LORIA! Goalkeeper sent packing for taking out Long as he raced through the middle. Awful stuff from Georgia really to give the ball away.
    • 16' Bright enough start for Ireland. Just need a goal now to go with some of their attacking intentions.
    • 15' McClean earns Ireland a corner. Wilson uncorks a shot from 22 yards out. Plenty of venom in the shot, but ball always swerving wide.
    • 14' Should have been the opening goal for Ireland. Meanwhile, Loria is needing some treatment here. Can understand why Long kicked a post in frustration.
    • 13' Brilliant run by Long into the heart of the Georgia box. Manages to get the shot at goal, but Loria dives to make the stop. Fine save.
    • 12' The home fans trying to encourage some momentum in the home side. Easier said than done.
    • 11' Long almost onto the end of McClean's cross before he heads over seconds later. Georgia again well positioned.
    • 10' Wilson decides to try his luck from 35 yards out. Plenty of pace on the effort, but ball always rising over the bar from that range.
    • 9' Ireland continue to roll the ball from side to side. But not injecting any forward momentum into their play so far.
    • 8' A Wilson pass for Long is cut out. Georgia looking well organised in defence.
    • 7' Temuri Ketsbaia sporting a pair of jeans out there. Looking all very relaxed as Ireland carry the game to their opponents.
    • 6' Long just fails to gallop onto a long ball out wide to him. Georgia with just that one chance so far.
    • 5' Kobakhidze's effort is blocked from distance. Both teams trying to get on the front foot early on.
    • 4' Long just fails to pick out McClean with a long ball over the top, but the Sunderland man doesn't react quickly enough.
    • 3' Gelashvili almost in ahead of Westwood, but can only knock the volley wide of goal from an acute angle. No need for Westwood to come scampering off his line.
    • 2' Ireland keeping the ball with some ease at the back. Gorgeous day for football it must be said.
    • 1' Republic of Ireland get the action off and running at the Aviva. Republic in black, Georgia in white.
    • 17:27 Teams out on the pitch and we are almost ready to go in this one. Not exactly a full house in this evening. Not entirely unexpected.
    • 17:25 Georgia team: Loria, Lobjanidze, Khizanishvili, Kvirkvelia, Khubutia, Kankava (C), Kashia, Daushvili, Ananidze, Kobakhidze, Gelashvili
    • 17:20 Georgia manager Temuri Ketsbaia: "I had a fantastic time. My time in British football was my best time as a football player. The atmosphere, the pitches, everything is at a high level - that's the reason that everybody wants to go and play in England. It was for me the best time. Also, I have good friends, starting with Shay (Given). We played together at Newcastle for three years and we still contact with each other. I have many good things to remember, not only kicking the boards."
    • 17:15 Giovanni Trapattoni: "In the U21s, there are good players, but at this moment, it's better for us to try the other players, like (Jeff) Hendrick. It's very important that the team improves together, but not with too many young players because it's not easy. We have young players - we have (James) McCarthy and (Seamus) Coleman who have just played against England at Wembley. For us, it was very important because playing at Wembley is very, very tough."
    • 17:10 Richard Dunne is set to play some part, despite the central defender not having turned out for Aston Villa or Ireland this season. Hull winger Robbie Brady has been ruled out with a groin injury, while goalkeeper David Forde, who had his right knee heavily strapped on Thursday, trained in the gym, but is unlikely to figure against the Georgians. Full-back Marc Wilson has recovered from a hamstring injury though. He starts.
    • 17:05 Republic of Ireland team: Westwood; Wilson, R Keogh, Delaney, McShane; A Keogh, McCarthy, Hoolahan, McClean; Cox..subs: Randolph, Coleman, Whelan, McGeady, Keane, Kelly, Quinn, Meyler, Hendrick, Sammon, Dunne
    • 17:00 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of Republic of Ireland against Georgia from Dublin's Aviva Stadium. A 5:30pm kick-off in this one. Teams coming right up.
  • Summary

    • 87' GOAL! Keane slips the ball into the net from Hendrick's pass. Georgia again all over the place at the back. All too easy for Keane and Ireland.
    • 77' GOAL! Keane knocks the ball into the net from Sammon's cross. Good hustling by McGeady. A 3-0 lead now. A 55th goal for Ireland.
    • 71' Jaba Kankava has collected a yellow card for a late tackle on James McCarthy.
    • 59' Wilson with a lovely free-kick. Looking for the headed finish, but Long somehow fails to connect. Another obvious chance for Long not snapped up.
    • 58' Omar Migineishvili comes racing off his line to make the stop from Long after he had been sent racing in on goal by Hoolahan. Brilliant move, but chance not taken by Ireland.
    • 48' GOAL! Cox nets Ireland's second goal. McClean with the cross ball. Not sure what the Georgia keeper is doing there. A 2-0 lead now for Ireland.
    • 42' Akaki Khubutia has been booked for a late challenge in the build-up to that goal.
    • 40' GOAL! Keogh rises highest to power a header into the net from McClean's free-kick. Superb header and finish. Ireland lead 1-0.
    • 21' Long smashes a volley inches wide from distance. Really got hold of the volley. Plenty of pace on the ball, but only a yard or so away from the goal.
    • 20' Omar Migineishvili dives across the goal to nudge the free-kick from McClean over the bar. Fine stop from the new man.
    • 17' RED CARD FOR LORIA! Goalkeeper sent packing for taking out Long as he raced through the middle. Awful stuff from Georgia really to give the ball away.
    • 13' Brilliant run by Long into the heart of the Georgia box. Manages to get the shot at goal, but Loria dives to make the stop. Fine save.
    • 3' Gelashvili almost in ahead of Westwood, but can only knock the volley wide of goal from an acute angle. No need for Westwood to come scampering off his line.
    • 17:25 Georgia team: Loria, Lobjanidze, Khizanishvili, Kvirkvelia, Khubutia, Kankava (C), Kashia, Daushvili, Ananidze, Kobakhidze, Gelashvili
    • 17:05 Republic of Ireland team: Westwood; Wilson, R Keogh, Delaney, McShane; A Keogh, McCarthy, Hoolahan, McClean; Cox..subs: Randolph, Coleman, Whelan, McGeady, Keane, Kelly, Quinn, Meyler, Hendrick, Sammon, Dunne

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  1. Richard Dunne. Plays not one minute all season for­ Villa becasue of alleged injury then is miraculously­ fit again !

    From Norman, on Mon 3 Jun 8:12
  2. Stop making fun of the IRISH. They gave 100% and­ deserved their win.

    From Eoghan, on Sun 2 Jun 23:02
  3. Ireland might not have a great team but the world loves­ us unlike the English.

    From THOMAS, on Sun 2 Jun 19:55
  4. The Irish team may be not the best team in the world­ for sure,but they always have the fighting spirit up to­ the end.

    From neguib, on Sun 2 Jun 19:29
  5. Don’t hear much about football in Georgia these days­ but I remember the Dynamo Tbilisi side of a few years­ ago they played Liverpool and West Ham in Europe ­ Tbilisi were a great side they won the European Cup­ Winners Cup

    From Raymond, on Sun 2 Jun 19:02
  6. wow a small team are beating a small team

    From Why?, on Sun 2 Jun 18:50
  7. England v Brazil. Two big teams with big fan bases but­ only one with real talent...and it isn't England.

    From Brucie, on Sun 2 Jun 18:46
  8. i have never been to a live match

    From Why?, on Sun 2 Jun 18:46
  9. @ArsenalFan, how many players in the Arsenal Team would­ get into the Man Utd, Barca, Real Madrid XI? NONE

    From daniel, on Sun 2 Jun 18:46
  10. i hide behind my keyboard

    From Why?, on Sun 2 Jun 18:43
  11. i am a gob sh!te

    From Why?, on Sun 2 Jun 18:43
  12. How many players in this Ireland team would get into­ the Arsenal starting XI? None.

    From ArsenalFan, on Sun 2 Jun 18:42
  13. Lelo, lelo Sakartvelo!

    From John, on Sun 2 Jun 18:41
  14. Surly you mean international teams ,not clubs, but we­ can overlook that,cos we all know what Prat you are!

    From Darren, on Sun 2 Jun 18:39
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    i love it when two small clubs come together

    From Why?, on Sun 2 Jun 18:28
  16. Poor refereeing to show a red card in a friendly.

    From Bob, on Sun 2 Jun 18:26
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    two very very small teams with no real fan base at all

    From Why?, on Sun 2 Jun 18:04
  18. Rep. of Ireland are not very good

    From Expect The Unexpected, on Sun 2 Jun 17:51
  19. brilliant spelling as usual guys!

    From Barry, on Sun 2 Jun 17:51
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    Richard Dunne makes the subs bench after claiming to be­ injured the whole season for Villa ? He didnt­ contribute one single minute towards the battle to stay­ up. Richard Dunne is a taritor and Villa should sue him­ and claim back the whole seasons wages.

    From Norman, on Sun 2 Jun 17:38
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