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Ireland Player Ratings As John O’Shea Bows Out With A Win

Ireland came from behind to defeat the USA by 2-1 at the Aviva Stadium in what was John O’Shea’s final appearance for his country.

Here’s how Martin O’Neill’s men fared:

Colin Doyle: 6

No glaring errors a la the French game midweek and Doyle could really do nothing about the USA goal as it was passed him in a flash. Made one or two comfortable saves but it was a generally quiet night at the office for the Bradford man.

Seamus Coleman: 6

It was a decidedly quiet night by the Irish captain (but not for tonight)’s standards. Made a couple of promising runs down the right and was never really trouble down his side. Great to see him back at the Aviva.

John O’Shea: 6

The man of the hour was tested very little in his final 33 minutes in a green shirt. Deserved the excellent send off he got. One of the finest defenders this country has produced. 

Shane Duffy: 6

Once again Shane Duffy looks as solid as they come at the back for Ireland. Has grown so much over the last couple of years and is now surely one of the first names on Martin O’Neill’s team sheet. Did not put a foot wrong all game but will surely be disappointed his side could not keep the clean sheet.

Kevin Long: 6

Long started in the left of a centre back trio. Did excellently to win the header back across goal for Burke’s tap in and was beaten by USA’s Tim Weah a couple of times before getting to grips with him. A solid showing from the Burnley man.

Callum O’Dowda: 7

Made a couple of penetrating runs from the midfield. Looked like he could make things happen, but could be more suited to role behind the strikers as opposed to sharing the workload in a midfield three. Will be disappointed to have let Bobby Wood in behind him for the USA opener. 

James McClean: 6

Peppered the USA box with crosses from the left but the quality of which left much to be desired. McClean had the beating of his defender all game but failed to deliver when it really mattered. Moved up top alongside Walters when Burke came off looks much more suited to the wing.

Declan Rice: 8

Rice sat in the midfield well. Looked composed in possession and seems to be improving game on game in an Irish shirt.Was instrumental in Ireland’s winner and its hard to believe he’s so young when you see him on the ball.Continues to prove that he could well be the heir to Roy Keane’s midfield throne.

Jeff Hendrick: 5

The Burnley man didn’t see very much of the ball in the first half and produced little or nothing when he was in possession. Hendrick was better in the second half but was outplayed by his midfield partners for much of the game. Needs to improve in an Irish shirt

Jonathan Walters: 6

The evergreen Walters was his usual industrious self at the Aviva, winning headers and linking up very well with Graham Burke especially in the first 45. Picked up a number of good positions and held the ball up well. Deserved a goal for his persistence but it never came. 

Graham Burke: 7

The Shamrock Rovers striker got a touch on the line after Darragh Lenihan’s strike from six yards out for his first goal in his first competitive start. Looked lively for most of the first half, winning a number of headers and linking up well with John Walters. A credit to the League of Ireland.


Darragh Lenihan: 7

The young defender did his very best to score his first international goal but has both Graham Burke and the linesman to thank for that not coming to fruition. Slotted seamlessly into the heart of the defence replacing O’Shea and showed a good range of passing at times.

Daryl Horgan: 6

A bundle of energy when he first came on, was Horgan and looked like a constant threat when he attacked that left hand side. Performed his defensive duties astutely also.

Enda Stevens:  Not on long enough to rate.

Harry Arter: Not on long enough to rate.

Alan Judge:  6

Judge was only on the field for five minutes but took his goal superbly.


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Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here [email protected]