The starting XI - and a couple of lucky mascots. INPHO/James Crombie
In Numbers

Player ratings: how the Boys in Green fared...

Ireland march on thanks to a workmanlike draw with Estonia tonight. Here’s how they played.

Shay Given: An uncharacteristic mistake for the Estonian goal scarred an otherwise steady evening. 5.

Sean St Ledger: Made his challenges and won his aerial duels. 6.

Stephen Ward: Scored his second international goal. Better going forward. Solid when defending. 7.

John O’Shea: Dependable in defence, average in attack. 6.

Richard Dunne: Defended diligently when called upon. 6.

Glenn Whelan: More confident on the ball, brought his usual doggedness off of it. 7.

Stephen Hunt: Set the tempo early but faded before being replaced. 6.

Keith Andrews: Didn’t replicate his performance in Tallinn but generally comfortable in the middle. 6.

Kevin Doyle: A typically committed and intelligent display. 7.

Robbie Keane: A glaring miss in the first half but as ever, never stopped trying to sniff out something. 6.

Damien Duff: Ireland’s best player. Full of invention and emptied the tank. 8.


Aiden McGeady: Made an immediate impact after coming on. Becoming increasingly comfortable at this level. 7.

Keith Fahey: Tidy in what little time he had. 6.

Simon Cox: Worked hard but found service hard to come by. 6.

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