Republic of Ireland 2-0 Oman

Kevin Doyle heads in to put the Republic ahead against Oman

The Republic of Ireland warmed up for Sunday's opening European Championship qualifier in Georgia with a comfortable 2-0 friendly win over Oman in Dublin.

Kevin Doyle headed in the opener from Robbie Brady's corner and David Meyler hit a post as the Irish took control in the first half.

Aiden McGeady saw his shot cleared off the line before Alex Pearce fired low into the net on 81 minutes.

Everton winger McGeady clipped the Oman bar in the dying seconds.

Keeper Shay Given was handed his first Republic start after coming out of international retirement while Darron Gibson made his return from a serious knee injury.

An experimental Ireland line-up took time to settle in front of a sparse Aviva Stadium crowd but took command after Mohammed Al-Siyabi curled just wide for Oman.

Brady's shot was blocked and Stephen Quinn volleyed wide before Doyle found the net on 20 minutes.

Brady supplied a pinpoint inswinging corner and the striker rose highest at the near post to glance his header past Wigan keeper Ali Al-Habsi.

The hosts pressed for a second goal and Pearce saw his header, from another Brady corner, cleared off the line by Hussain Al Ghailani.

Meyler was denied by the woodwork after 36 minutes with the defender's deft chip from 20 yards hitting a post.

The pace slackened in the second half with the game becoming disjointed after both teams made numerous substitutions.

McGeady, who was introduced on the hour mark along with Robbie Keane and Shane Long, came close to doubling the lead.

The Everton winger dragged inside but Mohammad Al Musalami was perfectly placed to clear his goal-bound shot off the line.

Pearce headed wide from a corner before sealing victory for the Republic on 81 minutes - the ball broke to the Reading defender 14 yards out and his low strike sneaked inside the post.

McGeady missed out again a minute from time when his curling shot skimmed off the top of the Oman crossbar.

In the end, it was a comfortable win for the hosts ahead of a tough weekend assignment, however the Republic will go into the Tbilisi qualifier without James McClean after the Wigan winger pulled out of the squad because of injury.

Republic of Ireland: Given, Meyler, Keogh, Pearce, Ward, Pilkington, Gibson, Quinn, Brady, Hoolahan, Doyle. Subs: Forde, Coleman, Wilson, O'Shea, Whelan, McGeady, Long, Keane, Stokes, Murphy, Elliot.

Oman: Al-Habsi, Al Owaisi, A Al Mukhaini, Al Ghailani, Al Musalami, S Mukhaini, Al Muhaiyri, Al Farsi, R Saleh, Hardan, Al-Siyabi. Subs: Al Zaabi, Al Rushaidi, Al Qasmi, Al Nahar, Al Muqbali, Al Mashri, Al Jalbobi, Al Jabri, Al Ihsni, Al Hadhri, Al Busaidi.

Referee: Ilias Spathas (Greece)

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