After a fringe side suffered defeat to Mexico last week it was time for what is considered a near full strength Republic Of Ireland to take to the field last night as Martin O’Neill’s men played host to Uruguay in an international friendly at the Aviva Stadium.
It was a night in which West Brom midfielder James McClean would win his 50th cap and he would end up not only on the winning side but on the scoresheet also, his goal would wrap up proceedings on the evening but it would be Stoke’s Jonathan Walters who drew first blood.
The 33 year old was open the deadlock just before the half hour with a superb finish although just minutes lately he spurned a guilt edge to double the advantage. If the opener was sublime then the miss was simply ridiculous and it was a miss that Ireland would be punished for soon after.
Jose Gimenez made it honours even with seven minutes before the break, he took full advantage of Darren Randolph’s rush of blood to the head to make the scoreline 1-1. The West Ham keeper Randolph made a poor decision to come off his line and was promptly ruing his decision soon after.
Luckily the Boys In Green managed to work their way through the gears after the restart with Cyrus Christie making it 2-1 just six minutes after the interval. The Derby County Right Back perhaps intended a cross instead of a shot but ultimately he will have no complaints about his goal.
Then it was just left to James McClean to wrap things up on his landmark day, he may not have been part of the starting eleven but he would still be awarded his 50th cap after coming on a second half substitute. He would top things off perfectly for both himself and Ireland as he thrashed home a third with thirteen minutes remaining.
Here are the best bits from the Republic victory last night