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Player ratings: Here's how the Boys in Green fared against Georgia

The first game of the qualifying campaign ended in a 2-1 win for Ireland.

Ireland's starting XI.
Ireland's starting XI.
Image: PA Wire/Press Association Images

David Forde 6 – Had several routine saves to make but should have done better for the goal.

Seamus Coleman 6 –  Didn’t get forward as much as he would’ve like but was functional in defence.

John O’Shea 6 -The centre-half was Ireland’s best defender in Tbilisi.

Marc Wilson 5 - Got caught out in the first half and allowed his opponent to shoot for the equaliser.

Stephen Ward 4 - Should’ve been quicker to close down Okriashvili for Georgia’s goal and was poor at times.

Jon Walters 7 - Made a nuisance of himself out on the right wing and created a couple of chances.

James McCarthy 6 –  A player who should be stamping his authority on games like these wasn’t at his best in a more advance role.

Glenn Whelan 6 - Tasked with sitting deep in front of the back four, Whelan did okay.

Stephen Quinn 7 – Always keen to get on the ball and try make things happen but would Hoolahan have been a better option?

Aiden McGeady 8 - Ireland’s best attacking outlet on the day and scored his fourth and fifth international goal to earn the three points.

Robbie Keane 5 – Rarely involved in the play and fluffed the one half-chance he had before being substituted.


Robbie Brady  5 – Took up a central role upon introduction and looked eager to make an impact.

Shane Long 4 - Didn’t see much of the ball in the 15 minutes he was on the pitch.

David Meyler – Not on long enough.

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