MARTIN O'NEILL shrugged off a difficult few days and gave his new faces the freedom of the Aviva against the USA and a new star was born. Take a bow David McGoldrick.
Touted as a player who could fill the gap between midfield and attack, McGoldrick (inset) made an instant impact and by the time he left the pitch in the second-half, he had set up two goals, one for Anthony Pilkington and the second for Robbie Brady.
Brady, starting at left-full, was the other big success story of the night, performing well in defence but a revelation in attack.
He finished the night with a brace after walloping a 25-yard free-kick to the net for Ireland's fourth and final goal.
And to add even more lustre to a great night, soured somewhat by scuffles between Gardaí and fans protesting about the FAI's ticket allocation for the Scotland game, Cyrus Christie signaled that O'Neill has found a very capable alternative to Séamus Coleman with an accomplised debut at right-full.
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