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McGeady in the goals for Ireland in Georgia

Published: Sunday 7 September 2014, 20.00CET
Georgia 1-2 Republic of Ireland
Aiden McGeady followed up the first strike of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying with a spectacular late Group D winner in Georgia.
by Aidan Fitzmaurice
from Boris Paichadze National Stadium

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Match statistics

GeorgiaRepublic of Ireland

Goals scored1
 
2
Possession (%)46
 
54
Total attempts7
 
7
on target4
 
3
off target2
 
4
blocked1
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
4
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
9
Fouls suffered9
 
10

Standings

Published: Sunday 7 September 2014, 20.00CET

McGeady in the goals for Ireland in Georgia

Georgia 1-2 Republic of Ireland
Aiden McGeady followed up the first strike of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying with a spectacular late Group D winner in Georgia.

• Republic of Ireland win first competitive game under Martin O'Neill
• Aiden McGeady scores opening goal of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying
• Tornike Okriashvili produces superb equaliser late in first half
• McGeady hits 90th-minute clincher with similarly brilliant style
• Next games: Ireland v Gibraltar, Scotland v Georgia (11 October)

Aiden McGeady found his scoring boots for the Republic of Ireland as he followed up the first strike of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying with a spectacular late Group D winner against Georgia in Tbilisi.

McGeady had mustered just three goals in his previous 69 games for his country but came up with two either side of Tornike Okriashvili's equaliser to give Martin O'Neill victory in his first competitive match as Ireland manager. In the final minute of regulation time, McGeady pounced on a loose ball, turned brilliantly and struck from the edge of the box.

The visitors had to work hard as their midfield five strove to create an opening for Robbie Keane but their patience paid off. On 23 minutes, Jonathan Walters won the ball in the air and his flick-down was passed by Keane to James McCarthy, who set up his Everton FC team-mate McGeady to fire past Giorgi Loria.

Georgia drew level on 38 minutes. KRC Genk attacker Okriashvili managed to shrug off defenders John O'Shea and Stephen Ward and rifle in a fierce shot which deceived Ireland keeper David Forde.

Georgia replaced Loria at half-time due to injury but Roin Kvaskhvadze had a largely quiet time as he was well-protected by his defence, Keane failing to hit the target on 60 minutes. The Georgians also struggled to carve out opportunities, with a 67th-minute effort by substitute David Targamadze the best they could do. McGeady was to make them pay.

Last updated: 03/06/15 5.02CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013814/postmatch/report/index.html#mcgeadys+double+delight

Lineups

Georgia

Georgia

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1
LoriaGiorgi Loria (GK)
Substitution46
1
FordeDavid Forde (GK)
2
LobzhanidzeUcha Lobzhanidze
2
ColemanSeamus Coleman
3
KverkveliaSolomon Kverkvelia
3
WilsonMarc Wilson
4
KashiaGuram Kashia
4
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
6
KhubutiaAkaki Khubutia
Yellow Card48
6
WhelanGlenn Whelan
7
KankavaJaba Kankava (C)
7
McGeadyAiden McGeady
Goal24
Goal90
8
DaushviliMurtaz Daushvili
Yellow Card83
8
McCarthyJames McCarthy
Substitution90+1
9
GelashviliNikoloz Gelashvili
10
KeaneRobbie Keane (C)
Substitution76
10
AnanidzeJano Ananidze
Substitution63
14
WaltersJon Walters
Yellow Card36
15
OkriashviliTornike Okriashvili
Goal38
Substitution88
17
WardStephen Ward
16
KvirkveliaDato Kvirkvelia
Yellow Card36
18
QuinnStephen Quinn
Substitution76

Substitutes

12
KvaskhvadzeRoin Kvaskhvadze (GK)
Substitution46
23
GivenShay Given (GK)
13
MigineishviliOmar Migineishvili (GK)
16
ElliotRob Elliot (GK)
5
GrigalavaGia Grigalava
5
KeoghRichard Keogh
11
MchedlidzeLevan Mchedlidze
Substitution88
9
LongShane Long
Substitution76
14
TargamadzeDavid Targamadze
Substitution63
11
BradyRobbie Brady
Substitution76
17
EbralidzeAvtandil Ebralidze
12
MeylerDavid Meyler
Substitution90+1
18
KhmaladzeLevan Khmaladze
13
PilkingtonAnthony Pilkington
19
KobakhidzeAleksandre Kobakhidze
15
PearceAlex Pearce
20
KazaishviliValeri Kazaishvili
19
GibsonDarron Gibson
21
DzariaIrakli Dzaria
20
HoolahanWes Hoolahan
22
DolidzeGrigol Dolidze
21
MurphyDaryl Murphy
23
RekhviashviliGiorgi Rekhviashvili
22
DoyleKevin Doyle

Coach

Temuri Ketsbaia (CYP) Martin O'Neill (IRL)

Referee

Kevin Blom (NED)

Assistant referees

Patrick Langkamp (NED), Rob van de Ven (NED)

Fourth official

Charles Schaap (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Danny Makkelie (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)

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