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Fahey earns Ireland three points in Armenia

Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 20.00CET
Armenia 0-1 Republic of Ireland
Substitute Keith Fahey scored his first international goal to get Giovanni Trapattoni's side off to a winning start in qualifying Group B.
Fahey earns Ireland three points in Armenia
Keith Fahey celebrates his winner for the Republic of Ireland in Armenia ©Sportsfile

Match statistics

ArmeniaRepublic of Ireland

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts17
 
9
Attempts on target7
 
4
Attempts off target7
 
4
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners9
 
5
Offsides1
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
16
Fouls suffered16
 
13

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 20.00CET

Fahey earns Ireland three points in Armenia

Armenia 0-1 Republic of Ireland
Substitute Keith Fahey scored his first international goal to get Giovanni Trapattoni's side off to a winning start in qualifying Group B.

The Republic of Ireland opened their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying campaign with a 1-0 victory against Armenia thanks to Keith Fahey's first international goal.

Armenia gave as good as they got for large swathes of the first meeting between the two nations but were ultimately undone by Fahey's strike 14 minutes from time. The beaten hosts must now look to get off the mark in Group B away against the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on Tuesday, while Ireland will welcome Andorra for their first competitive fixture at the Dublin Arena.

Giovanni Trapattoni's side will do so with three points on the board, despite coming up against an obdurate defence throughout a first half in which Armenia had only Yura Movsisyan's wayward volley to show for their rare forays forward. Ireland fared little better, however, with captain Robbie Keane spurning their first, and best, opportunity when he raced on to Kevin Doyle's flick-on after eight minutes. Home goalkeeper Roman Berezovsky was also forced to paw away Sean St Ledger's back-post header but was otherwise untroubled.

Indeed, Given was handed greater cause for concern immediately after the break during a ten-minute flurry of Armenian pressure. Having weathered the storm, Ireland perhaps ought to have taken the lead themselves on 63 minutes, when Keane dragged his shot on to the post with just Berezovsky to beat.

The woodwork swiftly came to Ireland's rescue too, as Richard Dunne's defensive header skimmed his own bar, but Trapattoni's men soon found a way through. Keane was crowded out inside the penalty area, but the ball dropped to Fahey, who got his side up and running by firing consummately into the bottom corner just eight minutes after coming on.

Last updated: 23/05/12 16.18CET

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Lineups

Armenia

Armenia

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1
BerezovskiRoman Berezovski (GK)
1
GivenShay Given (GK)
2
MkrtchyanKarlen Mkrtchyan
2
St LedgerSean St Ledger
4
HovsepyanSargis Hovsepyan (C)
3
KilbaneKevin Kilbane
5
ArzumanyanRobert Arzumanyan
4
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
6
Ararat ArakelyanArarat Arakelyan
5
DunneRichard Dunne
7
Artur EdigaryanArtur Edigaryan
Substitution68
6
WhelanGlenn Whelan
Yellow Card88
11
MalakyanEdgar Malakyan
Substitution79
7
LawrenceLiam Lawrence
14
MovsisyanYura Movsisyan
8
GreenPaul Green
16
PachajyanLevon Pachajyan
9
DoyleKevin Doyle
17
Artak EdigaryanArtak Edigaryan
Yellow Card62
Substitution71
10
KeaneRobbie Keane (C)
Substitution85
18
MkhitaryanHenrikh Mkhitaryan
11
McGeadyAiden McGeady
Substitution68

Substitutes

12
KasparovGevorg Kasparov (GK)
16
WestwoodKeiren Westwood (GK)
3
HambardzumyanHovhannes Hambardzumyan
Substitution71
12
FaheyKeith Fahey
Substitution68
Goal76
8
PizzelliMarcos Pizzelli
13
KellyStephen Kelly
9
GoharyanHovhannes Goharyan
14
GibsonDarron Gibson
10
D. ManoyanDavit Manoyan
Substitution68
15
CunninghamGreg Cunningham
13
ManucharyanEdgar Manucharyan
Substitution79
17
KeoghAndrew Keogh
Substitution85
15
MkoyanHrayr Mkoyan
18
SheridanCillian Sheridan

Coach

Vardan Minasyan (ARM) Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA)

Referee

Zsolt Szabó (HUN)

Assistant referees

Robert Kispal (HUN), Zsolt Varga (HUN)

Fourth official

József Berger (HUN)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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