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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Game At A Glance

MAN OF THE MATCH

John O'Shea earns the gong for an impressive performance against a relatively weak Welsh attack.

SAVE OF THE MATCH

Westwood had only one to make from a Bellamy free-kick and he saved well.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

Very little goalmouth action and a tiny crowd on a balmy night in Cardiff.

SHOT OF THE MATCH

Hardly a shot to raise the blood pressure in the entire 90 minutes and none worth a mention here.

TRAPWATCH

Notably calm on the touchline but then again, there wasn't much to get excited about.

PLAYER RATINGS

KIEREN WESTWOOD

Very little to do for Westwood but what he to do he did well 6

SEAMUS COLEMAN

Rusty performance from Coleman who was caught out a couple of times by Bellamy's pace 6

CIARAN CLARK

Solid stuff from the Villa man who supported O'Shea well 7

JOHN O'SHEA

Impressive performance from the Sunderland man. Snuffed out most of what Wales had to offer up front 8

MARC WILSON

Still looks the most cultured player we've got. Decent defensive performance 6

JON WALTERS

Fish out of water on the right flank. Not his best game for Ireland 5

GLENN WHELAN

Showed well in the early action but faded as the game progressed 5

JAMES McCARTHY

Showed plenty of the physical side of his game in a crowded midfield 6

ROBBIE BRADY

Had a couple of decent chances and one shot which almost opened the scoring 6

WES HOOLAHAN

Needs time to slot in but looked reasonably comfortable throughout 6

SHANE LONG

Quiet night but he could have won it late on with a shot blocked by Myhill 6

SUBS

JAMES McCLEAN

Replaced Brady but never really got into the game 5

DARREN O'DEA

Solid and dependable as ever when he stepped in for O'Shea 6

PAUL GREEN

Busy as ever though mostly chasing shadows. Lucky to get on the pitch 5

PADDY MADDEN

Great to see him get a run - had one shot that almost breached the Welsh line 6

ANDY KEOGH

Had one chance to win the game in the 80th minute but a heavy touch ruined a great chance 5

CONOR SAMMON

Not on long enough to rate.

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