Ireland 2 Gibraltar 0: Ireland player ratings

Fullback Seamus Coleman the most creative player on view, which is a concern

Soccer Football - Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group D - Republic of Ireland v Gibraltar - Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland - June 10, 2019 Republic of Ireland players before the match Action Images via Reuters/Tony O’Brien

Soccer Football - Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group D - Republic of Ireland v Gibraltar - Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland - June 10, 2019 Republic of Ireland players before the match Action Images via Reuters/Tony O’Brien

 

23 Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough)

Not a trace of muck on his bright blue kit. Clean sheet number 15. Rating: 5

2 Seamus Coleman (Everton)

Easily the best, and unfortunately most creative, player on view. His shining example of attacking fullback play deserves a better era than this one. Rating: 7

4 Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Shane Duffy
Shane Duffy

Comparisons to Richard Dunne, never mind Paul McGrath, are premature. Highlight was passing the ball out of play on 18 minutes. Couldn’t get the noggin to Hourihane’s poor corners. Rating: 5

5 Richard Keogh (Derby County)

Never troubled by Tjay De Barr but that’s because the 19-year-old is only leaving home this summer for the bright lights of Real Oviedo. Rating: 5

3 Enda Stevens (Sheffield United)

Promising addition despite his instinct to control possession and play the safe ball on a night that screamed out for adventure. Rating: 5

13 Jeff Hendrick (Burnley)

Positioned ahead and to the right of Hourihane, from where he set up Hogan and Coleman for early half chances. Always probing with some lovely touches. Rating: 5

14 Conor Hourihan (Aston Villa)

Offered a rare chance of controlling an international football match, he was unable to do so despite the subpar opposition. Still, gorgeous injury time ball to McClean allowed the winger to find Brady’s head. Rating: 5

11 James McClean (Stoke City)

Hardly a night for the Derry warrior, so clearly unsuited to this timid affair - no studs, no fire - yet his urgency and quality was required to secure the second goal. Rating: 7

12 Callum Robinson (Preston North End)

Busy and productive down the right with the valuable ability to cut inside and whip left foot crosses. Impact lessened by inaccuracy. Rating: 6

9 David McGoldrick (Sheffield United)

David McGoldrick
David McGoldrick

Cannot claim the first goal as his snap shot went in off Joseph Chipolina. It was going wide. Unluckily hit post on 71 minutes. Decent. Rating: 6

17 Scott Hogan (Aston Villa)

Smart runs, his few glimpses at goal came to nothing. Worth another look if he can score goals in the Premier League. First needs to settle on a club, Villa or Sheffield United. Rating: 5

The Bench

Robbie Brady arrived with 18 minutes remaining and avoided being dragged into the vortex of mediocrity by his late, late header. Class is permanent. Rating: 7

The Manager

You can only take a horse to water. Three points and two goals means he will smile but the signs are worrying. Rating: 6

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