Robbie Keane marked his milestone 126th international appearance with a treble as the Republic of Ireland made light work of the Faroe Islands in a 3-0 win in Dublin.
The script was written for the LA Galaxy striker – surpassing Shay Given's caps record – to make an early contribution and he obliged after just five minutes. Keane struck again 11 minutes into the second half, before completing a hat-trick and lifting Giovanni Trapattoni's charges into third place in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group C.
The home team were swift to examine the scars the Faroe Islands incurred in a 6-0 defeat by Austria last time out. Wes Hoolahan – making his first competitive start – picked out Aiden McGeady, whose inviting centre from the left was rolled in first time by Keane.
|1||Forde (GK)||1||Nielsen (GK)|
|5||St Ledger||9||Samuelsen (C)|
|23||Randolph (GK)||16||Gestson (GK)|
|16||Westwood (GK)||23||Jørgensen (GK)|
|Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA)||Lars Olsen (DEN)|
|Mattias Gestranius (FIN)|
|G||Latvia||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|C||Republic of Ireland||Faroe Islands|