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Gibraltar - Republic of Ireland
Euro Qualifying - 23 March 2019
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Gibraltar 0-1 Ireland.
Jeff Hendrick is the hero as Republic of Ireland make a winning start to life under Mick McCarthy with this tense 1-0 victory over minnows Gibraltar.
- Yellow cardTjay de BarrGibraltar
De Barr receives a late booking for a foul on Brady.
Three minutes will be added on.
WIDE! Duffy heads wide from Hourihane's whipped cross and that's a chance to wrap the game up gone begging.
Gibraltar enjoying more possession than Ireland would like. Is there a late twist to this game?
SAVE! Desperate to get on the scoresheet, Walker tries his luck with another shot from the edge of the box but it's straight at Randolph.
Into the last 10 minutes of the game and you would imagine Ireland will have the necessary march experience to hold on for a much-needed three points.
- OffAnthony HernandezGibraltar
- OnAlain PonsGibraltar
Alan Pons replaces Hernandez for Gibraltar.
SHOT! Gibraltar are still showing signs of attacking threat. Walker lets fly from the edge of the penalty area. Keogh does well to get a block on the shot and it loops up for a comfortable save for Randolph.
- OffSean MaguireRepublic of Ireland
- OnHarry ArterRepublic of Ireland
Maguire's race is up. He is unable to get on the scoresheet on his first competitive start, as he is replaced by Harry Arter.
Maguire forces Ireland's first corner of the half. Hourihane's driven cross is hacked clear at the near post.
With twenty minutes still to play, Ireland aren't as comfortable as they would have wanted to have been at this stage of the match.
- Yellow cardEnda StevensRepublic of Ireland
Stevens is the second Ireland player to be booked, after a foul on Walker.
- OffLouie AnnesleyGibraltar
- OnAdam PriestleyGibraltar
Adam Priestley came on for Annseley a couple of minutes ago.
That was a warning sign from Gibraltar; McCarthy is looking anxious again.
INCHES WIDE! Hourihane takes a heavy touch in midfield and Casciaro pounces, driving forward. He lets fly with a dangerous shot from the edge of the box and it drifts just wide of Randolph's far post!
Coleman has obviously shaken off that knock of a few minutes ago, he's looking lively.
Hendrick rolls a dangerous cross into the penalty area, searching for the run of McGoldrick, but Goldwin races off his line to smother the loose ball.
Panic over, for now, as Coleman makes his way back onto the pitch after treatment.
A game of pinball ensues in the Gibraltar penalty area and Coleman, stretching for the ball, has picked up a knock. This is a worrying sight for Ireland - and Everton.
- OffMatt DohertyRepublic of Ireland
- OnRobbie BradyRepublic of Ireland
Robbie Brady takes the place of Brady.
PLAY ON! Coleman takes a tumble inside the box but the referee has a good view and waves play on. Looks like he initiated contact from Hernandez.
Here's Ireland's opener.
SHOT! Gibraltar are taking more risks now. The unmarked Walker is teed up for a shot from the edge of the box but the shot is always rising over the bar.
- GoalJeff HendrickRepublic of Ireland
GOAL! Gibraltar 0-1 Ireland
Hendrick breaks the deadlock, relief for Ireland! It's just his second international goal but it's a fantastic finish. He makes a late run into the box to slot home McGoldrick's pull-back from the left.
GIBRALTAR CHANCE! Oh my, the minnows nearly take the lead! It's a world-class one-handed save from Randolph to deny Chipolina's bullet header from point blank range.
- 2nd Half
The second-half is underway, and there were no changes made in personnel at the break.
Something has to change...
Another goalless half for Ireland. I make that nine in a row. Gibraltar have frustrated the visitors - and this is a nation that has conceded over 100 times in their short three-year history in football!
- End of 1st Half
Believe it or not, it's Gibraltar 0-0 Ireland at the interval. Is a shock on the cards at the Victoria Stadium?
- Yellow cardJames McCleanRepublic of Ireland
McClean goes into the book for a silly and late foul on Lee Casciaro.
One minute to be added on at the end of a frustrating first-half for Ireland.
CLOSE! Hourihane's delivery from the resulting free-kick is begging to be finished but none of the Ireland players gathered at the near post can turn it in.
- Yellow cardLee CasciaroGibraltar
Casciaro is the first player to be booked for a foul on McClean close to the touchline.
GOAL-LINE BLOCK! Maguire pulls a lovely ball across the face of goal to leave McGoldrick with a tap-in but Sergeant is there to make a crucial block on his goal-line!
Finally, a bit of quality in Ireland's attack. Doherty, one of the standout players in the Premier League this season, bends in a teasing cross but Chipolina is there again to head clear.
McClean's run down the right flank is tracked all the way and the Stoke midfielder is dispossessed before he can deliver a cross. Dogged defending from the minnows. They aren't giving the Ireland players an inch of space in the final third.
Gibraltar's gameplan is working to a tee, so far. Their shape so rigid, there are few holes appearing in their defence.
Signs of frustration from the players now, as Hourihane hacks down De Barr after the Ireland midfielder's heavy touch took the ball away from him.
The look on McCarthy's face says it all. It's one of frustration. Almost 35 minutes on the clock and his Ireland team have yet to break the deadlock. The wait for a goal continues.
SHOT! McGoldrick tries a snapshot from the edge of the box but it's comfortable for Goldwin. Ireland are beginning to assert their authority.
GREAT SAVE! Coleman's driven cross from the by-line is almost turned into his own net by Chipolina but Goldwin makes quite the brilliant stop to prevent the own-goal.
WIDE! Hendrick's corner delivery evades everyone but finds Maguire at the back post. He's always stretching to meet it and can only head wide.
McCarthy's Dublin homecoming takes place on Tuesday night, against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium.
Hendrick curls a dangerous cross into the box, searching for McClean, but the Stoke midfielder is an offside position. The goalkeeper rushed off his line but I'm not sure he was getting there, so that was a let-off for Gibraltar.
Hendrick wrestles possession off Hernandez, Gibraltar feel they should have a free-kick in midfield, but the referee allows play to continue. Ireland have the hosts camped in their own half, though they have yet to test the goalkeeper.
A new face in the dugout, but the opening 20 minutes have been a familiar, sad story for Ireland. Even against lowly Gibraltar, they're still not moving the ball quickly enough to ask any real questions of the opponent.
After almost 20 minutes, it's still Gibraltar 0-0 Ireland. How's your nerve, Ireland fans?
Ireland have failed to score in their last four games, they haven't gone five in a row without finding the net since May 1996, when Mick McCarthy was in his first stint as manager.
CLOSE! Hourihane whips a delightful cross into the danger area. It's begging to be tapped home at the far post but Duffy can't quite stretch far enough to make the telling touch.
CHANCE! Ireland's first corner of the match creates the visitor's first opportunity. Gibraltar can only partially clear, it comes out to Hendrick who rolls a cross back into the box. It falls to McGoldrick but he can't get a clean strike away and his poked effort is straight at the goalkeeper.
Duffy's volleyed pass back to Randolph is wayward and he concedes a needless corner. Fortunately, for him, Gibraltar can't create anything with the set-piece.
McCarthy won't be best pleased with his side's start to this one.
Ireland applying the pressure now. After a patient move, Stevens tees up McGoldrick for a shot from the edge of the box. He can't quite get over the ball however, and his first-time volley is sent high and wide.
Gibraltar's Uruguayan coach Julio Ribas will be pleased with how his side have started here.
Rather ambitiously, Walker puts his laces through the ball and goes for goal... but the free-kick is always rising and fails to trouble Randolph.
This is interesting. Gibraltar win a free-kick in a central position, around 35 yards out after Hernandez draws the foul. Walker is over it... surely it's too far out for a shot at goal?
This has all the characteristics of a lower league team taking on a Premier League club in the FA Cup; Ireland will be determined to avoid a 'giant-killing' upset.
- 1st Half
Ireland get the game underway.
Gibraltar's team is made up of a customs worker, a policeman, a Blackburn youth player and non-league players. The pitch is artificial and could cause Ireland a problem or two, however.
It's time for the national anthems...
This is how the teams line up this evening...
The stadium's capacity is just 2,300 and it has been reported that 800 Ireland supporters have travelled.
Having won two of their last four home games, Gibraltar actually come into this game as the form side!
There has been just one goal scored in Republic of Ireland's last four games in all competitions, with that goal coming courtesy of Wales' Harry Wilson.
This is the third time Ireland will face Gibraltar, with the Boys in Green winning the previous two matches on an aggregate score of 11-0.
But McCarthy insists his side must respect the hosts, who are ranked 194th in the world.
"We have to give them the respect they deserve. [Gibraltar manager] Julio [Cesar Ribas] has got them playing and they will be right bang at it, like we see in the old FA Cup ties in England all the time.
"We saw what happened to Scotland on Thursday night [against Kazakhstan], so we have to be ready. We want to build some momentum, and I will concern myself with Georgia after that."
Wolverhampton's Matt Doherty plays on the right side of midfield, ahead of full-back Seamus Coleman who captains the side in his 50th appearance. Sean Maguire and David McGoldrick feature in Ireland's front line.
Gibraltar XI: Goldwin, Sergeant, Annesley, Roy Chipolina, Joseph Chipolina, Anthony Hernandez, Bardon, Walker, Olivero, De Barr, Lee Casciaro.
Subs: Cafer, Garcia, Jolley, Styche,Pons, Barnett, Mouelhi, Andrew Hernandez, Britto, Coombes, Priestley, Coleing.
Ireland XI: Randolph, Coleman, Duffy, Keogh, Stevens, Doherty, Hendrick, Hourihane, McClean, Maguire, McGoldrick.
Subs: Westwood, Whelan, Brady, Byrne, O'Brien, Egan, Travers, Collins, Judge, Cullen, Long, Arter.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of Republic of Ireland's European qualifier with Gibraltar at the Victoria Stadium.
The more things change, the more the more they stay the same... isn't that the saying? Mick McCarthy is back in Ireland's hotseat, 17 years after leaving, tasked with getting the nation scoring again after four consecutive games without finding the net.
And what an opportunity today, against a side that has won just two games in their short three year history.
Can he inspire the Boys in Green to a winning start in Group D?