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Republic of Ireland 1-0 Switzerland

Switzerland's Admir Mehmedi competes with Robbie Brady of the Republic of Ireland
Switzerland's Admir Mehmedi competes with Robbie Brady of the Republic of Ireland

Ciaran Clark's early header was enough to give the Republic of Ireland victory in their friendly with Switzerland in Dublin.

Less than two minutes had been played when the Aston Villa man converted central defensive partner Shane Duffy's flick-on from a Robbie Brady corner.

The Irish lost striker Kevin Doyle to what looked like a bad leg injury before the break.

Shane Long had a chance to make it 2-0 but saw his header strike the crossbar.

Switzerland almost grabbed a late equaliser when substitute Shani Tarashaj had a shot deflected inches wide.

Battle for Euro 2016 places

With players like Robbie Keane, Anthony Pilkington and Jonathan Walters out injured, Republic manager Martin O'Neill had the chance to give some fringe players an opportunity to shine.

Brentford midfielder Alan Judge worked hard on his international debut and Blackburn defender Duffy, in his second international, was involved in the goal and went on to give an assured performance.

Bournemouth's Eunan O'Kane and Aberdeen player Jonny Hayes came on for their international bows, getting half an hour to catch the eye.

O'Kane, a former Irish League player with Coleraine, almost grabbed a goal near the end. He pounced on a loose pass but curled his shot just wide.

Doyle injury setback for Irish

Kevin Doyle's match ended early as he was carried off injured in the first half
Colorado Rapids striker Kevin Doyle's match ended early as he was carried off injured in the first half

The one disappointment for the Republic was the first-half injury to striker Doyle, who was getting a rare start and an opportunity to stake a claim to be one of the 23 picked by Martin O'Neill for the Euros.

The 32-year-old, now playing Major League Soccer with Colorado Rapids and making his 62nd international appearance, went in for a block tackle and was left writhing on the ground with a leg injury.

Doyle immediately signalled to the bench that his game was over. Sadly, it could also be the end of his Republic career.

It was a sad sight as Doyle, who has been a great servant for the Irish, was taken off on a stretcher before going to hospital for an X-ray.

Man of the match - Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland)

Republic of Ireland's Shane Duffy and Haris Seferovic of Switzerland
Shane Duffy's display suggests Martin O'Neill has central defensive options

A composed and commanding display from the Blackburn Rovers central defender in only his second international appearance.

What they said

Republic manager Martin O'Neill: "I know it was a friendly but it is nice to get the win because it keeps the momentum going.

"I think we can be more confident on the ball.

"I know all about Ciaran Clark because I had him as a youngster at Aston Villa.

"Young Shane Duffy did well, he was commanding and solid all evening."

Goalscorer Ciaran Clark: "It was important to keep a clean sheet and to get the goal was brilliant for me.

"We had worked on corners like that. It was an easy finish.

"There is a lot of competition in the squad - everyone is fighting for their place."

Defender Shane Duffy: "I enjoyed the night. We are all trying to impress the manager am I am going to keep my head down.

"We got the goal early, defended well in the second half and ground out the win."

What's next?

The Republic have another home friendly on Tuesday night when Slovakia come to the Aviva Stadium. Manager O'Neill says there will be changes in the Irish team.

Line-ups

R. of Ireland

  • 23Randolph
  • 2Coleman
  • 29Duffy
  • 24Clark
  • 19Brady
  • 30Judge
  • 18MeylerSubstituted forO'Kaneat 61'minutes
  • 22QuinnSubstituted forMcCarthyat 61'minutes
  • 7McGeadySubstituted forHayesat 61'minutes
  • 9LongSubstituted forMcCleanat 84'minutes
  • 13DoyleSubstituted forMurphyat 27'minutesSubstituted forHoolahanat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Forde
  • 3McShane
  • 5Keogh
  • 8McCarthy
  • 11McClean
  • 12Pearce
  • 15Christie
  • 16Elliot
  • 17Ward
  • 20Hoolahan
  • 21Murphy
  • 26O'Kane
  • 27Gleeson
  • 28Hayes
  • 31Doherty

Switzerland

  • 1Sommer
  • 6LangSubstituted forWidmerat 82'minutes
  • 22Schär
  • 4Klose
  • 13RodríguezSubstituted forMoubandjeat 78'minutes
  • 11BehramiSubstituted forFernandesat 71'minutes
  • 10XhakaBooked at 60mins
  • 15DzemailiBooked at 40minsSubstituted forTarashajat 71'minutes
  • 7Embolo
  • 9SeferovicSubstituted forSteffenat 62'minutes
  • 18MehmediSubstituted forKasamiat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Moubandje
  • 5Widmer
  • 8Zuffi
  • 12Hitz
  • 14Steffen
  • 16Fernandes
  • 17Kasami
  • 19Tarashaj
  • 20Senderos
  • 21Bürki
Referee:
Miroslav Zelinka

Match Stats

Home TeamR. of IrelandAway TeamSwitzerland
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Switzerland 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Switzerland 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Granit Xhaka (Switzerland).

  4. Post update

    Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by Jonny Hayes.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eunan O'Kane (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Republic of Ireland. James McClean replaces Shane Long.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Breel Embolo (Switzerland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Shani Tarashaj.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Shani Tarashaj (Switzerland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Renato Steffen.

  10. Post update

    Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Switzerland. Silvan Widmer replaces Michael Lang.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Switzerland. Renato Steffen tries a through ball, but Breel Embolo is caught offside.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Wes Hoolahan replaces Daryl Murphy.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Switzerland. François Moubandje replaces Ricardo Rodríguez.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Fabian Schär (Switzerland).

  17. Post update

    Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by Eunan O'Kane.

  19. Post update

    Pajtim Kasami (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Republic of Ireland).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 25th March 2016

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