European Championship Qualifying
GeorgiaGeorgia1R. of IrelandRepublic of Ireland2

Georgia 1-2 Republic of Ireland

Aiden McGeady
Aiden McGeady scored twice in Republic of Ireland's dramatic win in Georgia
  • Martin O'Neill's first competitive game in charge
  • McGeady scores twice in his 70th international appearance
  • Okriashvili's goal had cancelled out McGeady's opener

A superb late winner from Aiden McGeady gave the Republic of Ireland a 2-1 win over Georgia in their opening European Championship qualifier in Tbilisi.

The Everton winger put the Irish ahead with a composed finish before Georgia equalised when Tornike Okriashvili's dipping shot flew into the top corner.

McGeady went close three times in the second half before he completed his double in the last minute.

A bending strike from 18 yards sneaked in to secure a last-gasp victory.

The Dinamo Arena encounter burst into life after an opening 20 minutes devoid of ideas and goalmouth action.

Marc Wilson's mistake let in Nikoloz Gelashvili and his fierce strike was tipped behind by David Forde, who started ahead of veteran keeper Shay Given.

Republic of Ireland's upcoming qualifiers
Gibraltar (home)11 October 2014
Germany (away)14 October 2014
Scotland (away)14 November 2014

Saba Kvirkvelia headed across goal from the resulting corner with Murtaz Daushvili failing to get a touch at the back-post.

The Republic made the breakthrough seconds later with Jon Walters flicking on and James McCarthy slipped in McGeady, who supplied a cool finish into the bottom corner.

Georgia were happy to sit deep and hit on the counter but the 23rd-minute opener sparked a more attacking approach.

The equaliser came on 38 minutes with Okriashvili twisting and turning before his dipping 20-yard strike hit the top corner as Forde stood motionless.

Georgia pressed after the break but they failed to trouble Forde and the Republic began to pose a threat at the other end.

McGeady was Ireland's dangerman and the Everton winger fired his 25-yard free-kick just wide after 57 minutes.

Republic skipper Robbie Keane wasted a good opportunity two minutes later by slicing wide at the back post from a lofted Walters cross.

McGeady saw a shot safely gathered by substitute keeper Roin Kvaskhvadze before he blasted over from 20 yards.

The Irish were struggling to create clear openings and a well organised but limited Georgia team were on course for a draw until McGeady struck in the final minute.

Instant control and a drag-back to create space was followed by a curling shot beyond the outstretched Kvaskhvadze and into the Georgia net.

Republic of Ireland
Goalscorer Aiden McGeady scored on his 70th appearance for the Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
His two strikes took him onto five goals for his country
Republic of Ireland
It was the Republic of Ireland's first competitive game under manager Martin O'Neill and assistant Roy Keane (pictured)



Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1LoriaSubstituted forKvaskhvadzeat 45'minutes
  • 2Lobzhanidze
  • 3Kvirkvelia
  • 6KhubutiaBooked at 48mins
  • 16KvirkveliaBooked at 36mins
  • 4Kashia
  • 7Kankava
  • 15OkriashviliSubstituted forMchedlidzeat 88'minutes
  • 8DaushviliBooked at 83mins
  • 10AnanidzeSubstituted forTargamadzeat 63'minutes
  • 9Gelashvili


  • 5Grigalava
  • 11Mchedlidze
  • 12Kvaskhvadze
  • 13Migineishvili
  • 14Targamadze
  • 17Ebralidze
  • 18Khmaladze
  • 19Kobakhidze
  • 20Kazaishvili
  • 21Dzaria
  • 22Dolidze
  • 23Rekhviashvili

R. of Ireland

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Forde
  • 2Coleman
  • 4O'Shea
  • 3Wilson
  • 17Ward
  • 14WaltersBooked at 36mins
  • 6Whelan
  • 18QuinnSubstituted forBradyat 76'minutes
  • 8McCarthySubstituted forMeylerat 90+1'minutes
  • 7McGeady
  • 10KeaneSubstituted forLongat 76'minutes


  • 5Keogh
  • 9Long
  • 11Brady
  • 12Meyler
  • 13Pilkington
  • 15Pearce
  • 16Elliot
  • 19Gibson
  • 20Hoolahan
  • 21Murphy
  • 22Doyle
  • 23Given
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Match Stats

Home TeamGeorgiaAway TeamR. of Ireland
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Georgia 1, Republic of Ireland 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Georgia 1, Republic of Ireland 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Republic of Ireland. David Meyler replaces James McCarthy.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Georgia 1, Republic of Ireland 2. Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Seamus Coleman with a cross.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Georgia. Levan Mchedlidze replaces Tornike Okriashvili.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Republic of Ireland. Stephen Ward tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Marc Wilson (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Nikoloz Gelashvili (Georgia).

  9. Post update

    Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ucha Lobzhanidze (Georgia).

  11. Booking

    Murtaz Daushvili (Georgia) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Murtaz Daushvili (Georgia).

  13. Post update

    Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jaba Kankava (Georgia).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Robbie Brady replaces Stephen Quinn.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Shane Long replaces Robbie Keane.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Glenn Whelan.

  18. Post update

    Stephen Quinn (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ucha Lobzhanidze (Georgia).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Georgia. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 7th September 2014

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