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Republic of Ireland 3-0 Latvia

The Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane celebrates scoring against Latvia

Martin O'Neill's reign as Republic of Ireland boss got off to an impressive start with a convincing victory over Latvia in Dublin.

Robbie Keane prodded in after James McClean had flicked on Aiden McGeady's corner midway through the first half.

McGeady fired in the second goal in the 68th minute, beating keeper Andris Vanins with a low drive from distance, while Shane Long grabbed a late third.

It meant a satisfying beginning for O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane.

Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill (r) chose Roy Keane as his assistant after being approached to become manager

The Republic dominated the game with Latvia creating few opportunities.

O'Neill and Keane now take their squad to Poland for a friendly on Tuesday night and they are expected to make a number of changes as they assess the resources at their disposal.

They will be buoyed by the warm reception they received from the crowd in Dublin, with the attendance swelled by the great interest sparked by the managerial appointment.

The fans got their money's worth in what turned out to be a comfortable victory over a Latvian side without an away victory for two years. The Republic played most of their football along the ground, a marked difference to some of the performances that led to Giovanni Trapattoni leaving his role as head coach.

Former Northern Ireland skipper O'Neill and 67-times capped Republic midfielder Keane were in constant discussion on the touchline, with O'Neill advancing regularly to the technical area to offer encouragement to the Irish players.

LA Galaxy striker Keane has now scored 62 goals in 131 appearances for the Republic after he netted from close-range in the 22nd minute.

Keane had earlier shot straight at keeper Vanins from close-range and forced another save two minutes after his goal as Ireland dominated the first half.

McClean, who played under O'Neill at Sunderland, produced a bright display to be named man of the match, but wasted a chance to score when he pulled a right-foot effort wide of the near post.

The Republic should really have added to their tally before McGeady, teaming up again with his former Celtic boss O'Neill, finally made it 2-0.

McGeady picked up a loose pass from Juris Laizans in the Latvian defence and the low shot from about 25 yards beat the keeper inside his right post.

There was little doubt now that the managerial double act of O'Neill and Keane would enjoy a winning start and substitute Long made it 3-0 in the 79th minute, tapping in from close range following Seamus Coleman's cross.

Line-ups

R. of Ireland

  • 16Westwood
  • 2Coleman
  • 17Ward
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forGreenat 81'minutes
  • 4O'Shea
  • 3Wilson
  • 7McGeadySubstituted forReidat 73'minutes
  • 8McCarthySubstituted forDoyleat 81'minutes
  • 10KeaneSubstituted forWaltersat 73'minutes
  • 20HoolahanSubstituted forLongat 73'minutes
  • 11McCleanSubstituted forStokesat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Forde
  • 5St Ledger
  • 9Long
  • 12Kelly
  • 13Walters
  • 14Stokes
  • 15Green
  • 19Reid
  • 21Doyle
  • 22O'Brien
  • 23Elliot
  • 24Pearce

Latvia

  • 1Vanins
  • 2Maksimenko
  • 3RodeBooked at 90mins
  • 13Gorkss
  • 4BulvitisBooked at 86mins
  • 6GabovsBooked at 56mins
  • 14RuginsSubstituted forFertovsat 27'minutes
  • 15Lazdins
  • 9VerpakovskisSubstituted forVisnakovsat 45'minutes
  • 10SabalaSubstituted forTurkovsat 62'minutes
  • 5LaizansSubstituted forSinelnikovsat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Sinelnikovs
  • 8Zigajevs
  • 11Visnakovs
  • 12Kolinko
  • 16Kurakins
  • 17Zjuzins
  • 18Fertovs
  • 19Kovalovs
  • 20Turkovs
  • 23Malins
Referee:
Andreas Ekberg

Match Stats

Home TeamR. of IrelandAway TeamLatvia
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home21
Away3
Shots on Target
Home10
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Republic of Ireland 3, Latvia 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 3, Latvia 0.
Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Walters.

Booking

Renars Rode (Latvia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Renars Rode (Latvia).
Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nauris Bulvitis (Latvia).
Offside, Latvia. Vladislavs Gabovs tries a through ball, but Eduards Visnakovs is caught offside.
Foul by Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland).
Daniils Turkovs (Latvia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Daniils Turkovs (Latvia).
Foul by Andy Reid (Republic of Ireland).
Alans Sinelnikovs (Latvia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Andris Vanins.
Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Reid.
Attempt missed. Anthony Stokes (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Booking

Nauris Bulvitis (Latvia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Anthony Stokes (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Nauris Bulvitis (Latvia).
Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Eduards Visnakovs (Latvia).
Attempt missed. Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Paul Green replaces Glenn Whelan.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Kevin Doyle replaces James McCarthy.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Anthony Stokes replaces James McClean.

Goal!

Goal! Republic of Ireland 3, Latvia 0. Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Seamus Coleman with a cross.
Foul by Marc Wilson (Republic of Ireland).
Eduards Visnakovs (Latvia) wins a free kick on the right wing.
James McClean (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Renars Rode (Latvia).
Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Andris Vanins.
Attempt saved. Andy Reid (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Seamus Coleman.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Shane Long replaces Wes Hoolahan.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Jonathan Walters replaces Robbie Keane.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Andy Reid replaces Aiden McGeady.

Substitution

Substitution, Latvia. Alans Sinelnikovs replaces Juris Laizans.
Attempt saved. Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.
Corner, Latvia. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

Goal!

Goal! Republic of Ireland 2, Latvia 0. Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.
Attempt saved. Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

Substitution

Substitution, Latvia. Daniils Turkovs replaces Valerijs Sabala.
Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Artis Lazdins (Latvia).
Attempt blocked. Aleksandrs Fertovs (Latvia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Juris Laizans.
Attempt missed. James McClean (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.
Attempt blocked. Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Glenn Whelan.

Booking

Vladislavs Gabovs (Latvia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
James McClean (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Vladislavs Gabovs (Latvia).
Offside, Latvia. Valerijs Sabala tries a through ball, but Eduards Visnakovs is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Robbie Keane with a headed pass.
Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Artis Lazdins (Latvia).
Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Kaspars Gorkss.
Attempt blocked. Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James McCarthy.
Foul by Marc Wilson (Republic of Ireland).
Eduards Visnakovs (Latvia) wins a free kick on the right wing.
John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Eduards Visnakovs (Latvia).
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