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Andorra 0 – 2 Ireland
Full time: Ireland get the three points, it wasn’t pretty especially in the second half but in the end the first half goals from Kevin Doyle and Aiden McGeady sealed the win. McGeady’s effort might go down as an own goal the former Celtic winger had one of his best games in a green shirt and full of attacking purpose. Ireland go back to second in the table, two points behind Russia but the Russian’s win over Slovakia has all but secured top spot. A draw with Armenia on Tuesday will seal second spot and a play off place, a night of positives really with the yellow card received by Stephen Ward, the only blot on the copy book. Ireland win and keep a record 8th clean sheet, job done. Good night.
Added time Long win’s a header from Given’s long kick but its too no one and Andorra collect
Added time Ward wins a free in his own half, – its now 8 games since they conceded a goal, which is a fantastic record.
90min There will be two minutes of stoppage time – Job done now.
88min Good run by Ward who beats two men, his cross to the back post finds McGeady but the ball is cleared
86min Keane unlucky there, the LA man getting on the end of a clearance and he jinks and turns and trys to find McGeady but its cleared for a corner
84min Long heads wide from a Keane cross – decent cross but he couldn’t get his header on target
83min Another nutmeg, I wonder what odds you would have gotten for two Andorran nutmegs.. McGeady the one tricked that time
82min Andorra enjoying a bit of possession here at the moment but don’t really do anything with it. Ireland clear their lines easily.
81min Martinez nutmegs Stephen Hunt, but Fahey is there to break it up.
80min Lima goes off, he made a good block the second half..
79min Its straight to bed after this, a MASSIVE morning of sport, you can follow it all here. A lull in play here, I’ve never seen players go down as easy as the Andorrans, it must the skiing.
78min Hard second half’s watching here, 12 minutes to go. Those All singing All travelling away fan’s deserve a goal
76min Ward’s cross is deflected into the arms of Gomez
75min Duff off for Hunt. The Fulham has been impressive tonight.
75min Duff fouled but ref waves play on, Fahey fouled again play on, but pass from Fahey overhit, ref stops play – throw in
74min O’Shea can’t keep his header down from Duff’s corner and its out for a goal kick
73min McGeady win’s a corner as he’s cross is deflected out – Stephen Hunt is about to come on
72min Northern Ireland have lost 2-1 to Estonia. Poor second half here, Fahey with a cross but its long and wide. Long on for Doyle
67min Nothing comes of it however and the end result is a goal kick
67min Ayala booked for a foul on Ward, good quick feet. Irish free Andrews to take, nice position
65min Fahey on Whelan off, a 12th cap for Fahey
64min Doyle does well to get a volley cross in from out right but its cleared, nice fast throw in
63min Fahey is set to come on, more likely than not for Whelan
61min McGeady gets a good cross in but Keane scoops it over, bad miss.
59min Moreno with a tame effort easy for Given – Pujol off for Pepe
58min 2nd half yet to come to life, very poor, McGeady’s shot the only effort.
56min Andorra have a corner, their first of the second half. Some defending to do now for Ireland – or not corner goes out of play
54min Long, Lawrence and Kelly out warming up, some changes afoot maybe?
53min Given kicks to touch with pressure coming from Moreno. Ireland looking comfortable though.
52min I wonder will Trapattoni take off Whelan soon especially with risk of yellow card hanging over him
49min Duff takes it and it cleared but only as far as the Fulham man
49min McGeady with a shot that Gomez gets down to save, corner.
48min Great run by Doyle but he’s blocked and Ireland have a throw in
47min Gomez saves from Keane, good stop. Doyle did well to put him through from Given’s long free
47min Veira fouls McGeady, Ireland have a free in their own half, Given to take
46min Second half is underway, The Irish came out first, they are keen to get the job finished.
Half time The first quarter of what will hopefully be a great weekend of Irish sport has concluded and Ireland will be happy as they lead 2-0 in Andorra. Kevin Doyle got the ball rolling early with the opening goal and with 20 minutes almost on the clock McGeady’s effort shot was saved by Gomez in the Andorran goal only to come back off his team mate to put Ireland two up. Its been good in patches, the Andorran haven’t really threatened a couple of efforts from distance aside and the only blot on the copybook is the yellow card for Stephen Ward which rules him out of the increasingly crucial Armenia clash.
Added time confirmed there will 4 minutes of injury time
Added time McGeady unlucky not to get the cross in after some good play, Ireland doing well with ball to feet, the high ball not working
Added time Lima drills the free low and hard but Given is alert and collects easily. His clearance is won by Doyle but Andorra clear
45min Duff takes and Ward has a chance but its wide. Free kick to Andorra, foul by Andrews
44min Keane does well, good build up between Ward, McGeady and Keane. End result a corner.
43min Christian Martinez with a cross cum shot, Given gathers.
42min Duff’s corner is cleared there, bit too much on it
41min Bernaus’s free is wasted meanwhile at other end McGeady win’s a corner – O’Shea is up for it
40min Lima with an ambitious effort form distance, Andrews comes in late and gives away the free.
39min Let off for Ireland as Ward plays a long ball to nowhere but Gomez kick goes out for a throw in the Andorran right hand corner
38min Play resume after yet another stop, Pujol is getting treatment on the sidelines
37min Some silly tackles going in now, and the stretcher is on for Pujol who hurts himself with a tackle.
35min Russia have won in Slovakia, they are now almost home and dry. The battle for 2nd is now on, Ireland v Armenia
34min Duff fouled again this time on the left of the centre circle, free again to Ireland
33min Silva fouls Duff and Ireland have a free on half way
32min Ward almost through there but couldn’t get the ball under control, and its cleared. Yellow card aside he’s doing well and getting forward a lot
31min Whelan looks to shoot from distance buts its blocked, he got some power into that.
30min Ward booked for diving looked like a penalty – he’s out of the Armenia clash. He got to the ball first there, silly play.
28min Ward gets a cross in but its cleared.
27min Nearly finished in Slovakia and it looks like Russia will hold on for 3 big points.
27min Andorran free on the half way line, McGeady with the foul. Free is cleared easily though.
26min Another Ireland corner, momentum back again
25min Lima gets a good tackle in there, a big decision there as it was in the box
24min Few players slipping out there. But scrappy at the moment. Doyle fouled again Irish free on the right wing
22min Free out to Ireland, handbags in the Irish box – ball comes to Keane who has an effort from outside the box, goes over.
20min GOAL!! McGeady with his 2nd international goal. Well worked free as they go for the short ball and McGeady takes it on and shots from left of the box, Gomez saves but it goes in off Vieira
19min Free needs to be retaken as Martinez broke free from the wall, let off as free was low and easily blocked
18min Doyle win’s a free in a great position just outside the box
16min Another free to the home side as Garcia is fouled. The stoppage has taken the sting out of Ireland. Need to regroup
16min Garcia with a free header for Andorra there but he heads it over, he should have maybe headed it back across goal.
15min Play resumes, expect some added time after that stoppage
14min Northern Ireland one nil up on Estonia thanks to a Steve Davis goal
13min Play is suspended as the goal netting needs fixing, players taking in water during the break in play
12min Free out as Doyle pushes Lima in the back.
11min Ireland have another corner as Duff’s initial free eventually comes back to him and his shot is deflected out. A lot of pressure being put on.
10min Russia have taken the lead against Slovakia. – that takes them to 20 points and in control of the group with Andorra to come at home
10min Poor cross there by Keane goes out for a goal kick.
9min Great start by Ireland, very positive and they deserved the goal. Russia still drawing.
7min GOAL! Kevin Doyle scores for Ireland after a scramble in the box
6min Ireland have a corner now as McGeady is surrounded
5min Duff fouled and Ireland a free in the Andoran half. O’Shea gets a free header but goes wide, he was offside anyway
5min Easily taken by Given.
4min O’Dea with an awkward clearance and Andorra have their first corner
3min OFF THE BAR! Keane with a chance, good play, first chance saved by Gomes but ball comes to Keane again and his shot hits the crossbar. Let off
3min St Ledger gives away a free in his own half. Free is wasted though and goes out for a goal kick.
2min Goal kick there to Andorra. Goes to McGeady who attacks but his ball in is cleared.
1min We’re off and straight away a chance for Doyle, Gomes saves with his feet.
0min David Forde on the bench as Kieren Westwood is not feeling well.
0min Minutes from kick off, the teams are now on the pitch. Its raining in Andorra. 58 minutes gone in Slovakia and its still 0-0
0min Half time in the night’s other game, Slovakia 0 – Russia 0. 20 minutes to kick off in Andorra.
0min 5 minutes to half time in Zilina, and its still 0-0.
0min 24 minutes gone in Slovakia and its 0-0, hopefully the Slovaks can get a a massive win tonight. However it looks like the Armenian’s are the one’s to watch, they have trounced Macedonia 4-1 away to move level at the top. Ireland currently third. If you’re on twitter get involved with the #sportsnewsire and we can post some comments here. A massive night weekend of sport for Ireland has begun with John Joe Nevin claiming third in the World Championship
0min Republic of Ireland travel to Andorra aiming for the three points that will keep their Euro 2012 qualifying bid on track
Andorra: Josep Anton Gomez, Bernaus, Gutierrez, Emili Garcia, Lima, Christian Martinez, Pujol, Ayala, Vieira, Silva, Moreno. Subs: Perianes Meca, Sonejee, Sanchez, Sebastian Gomez, Lorenzo, Marc Garcia, Peppe.
Republic of Ireland: Given (Aston Villa); O’Shea (Sunderland), St Ledger (Leicester), O’Dea (Leeds), Ward (Wolves); Duff (Fulham), Whelan (Stoke), Andrews (Ipswich), McGeady (Spartak Moscow); Doyle (Wolves), Keane (LA Galaxy, capt)