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Five-goal Ireland break their duck

Published: Tuesday 10 August 2010, 23.45CET
Republic of Ireland 5-0 Estonia
Noel King's first game at the Ireland helm was one to remember as his team emphatically gained their first win of Group 2.
by Mark Walker
from Tallaght Stadium
Five-goal Ireland break their duck
Anthony Stokes (centre) is congratulated by James McCarthy (left) and Seamus Coleman ©Sportsfile

Match statistics

Republic of IrelandEstonia

Goals scored5
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
3
Attempts off target4
 
8
Corners3
 
3
Fouls committed9
 
15
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 20/03/2013 19:55 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Published: Tuesday 10 August 2010, 23.45CET

Five-goal Ireland break their duck

Republic of Ireland 5-0 Estonia
Noel King's first game at the Ireland helm was one to remember as his team emphatically gained their first win of Group 2.

Anthony Stokes scored twice as the Republic of Ireland gained their first victory of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 2 in some style, defeating Estonia 5-0 in Dublin in their first game under former national women's coach Noel King.

The Hibernian FC striker, making his first appearance of the campaign, struck on 15 and 30 minutes, his second coming from the penalty spot after being fouled by Aleksei Jahhimovitš. Second-half strikes from James McCarthy, Seamus Coleman and Owen Garvan added further gloss to an impressive display against a team playing the last of their ten matches in the section.

It was third-placed Estonia, however, who created the first chance when Artjom Dmitrijev's long-range strike on four minutes forced Stephen Henderson into a full-stretch save. It was not long before the hosts broke the deadlock, though, Stokes turning in McCarthy's cross with a quarter of an hour gone.

Stokes then cheekily chipped in his second from the spot and turned provider on 62 minutes for McCarthy, who coolly beat Marko Meerits. Coleman's deflected shot made it four three minutes from time, before Garvan easily finished off more excellent approach play from the irrepressible Stokes in added time. Ireland visit leading pair Switzerland and Turkey in September hoping to move off the bottom, having moved within two points of Georgia.

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.45CET

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