Joe McCarthy reveals how Irish players around the globe performed over the weekend…
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Austria 0-1 Republic of Ireland
This was Ireland’s first win in Austria, the first time the Boys in Green have beaten them since 1963(the longest winless streak against any opponent) and the first time beating higher ranked opposition in an away qualifier since a 2-1 victory against Lithuania in 1997.
Shane Duffy continued his record of starting in each appearance for Ireland, and was booked for the first time in his Ireland career.
Seamus Coleman made his 40th start for Ireland.
James McClean’s winner was the winger’s eighth goal for Ireland.
Both Harry Arter and David McGoldrick made their first competitive appearance for Ireland in their fourth and fifth senior appearances, respectively.
Wes Hoolahan made his 37th appearance for Ireland, this was Hoolahan’s 36th cap while signed to Norwich City, breaking Mark Bowen’s record of 35 caps for Wales while playing for the Canaries.
Aiden McGeady came off the bench to make his 85th appearance for Ireland
Bradford City 4-0 Rochdale
Billy Clarke made his 100th appearance for Bradford
Niall Canavan had not been sent off in his career before this season, but after this game, he has now been sent off twice in two months
Bury 1-4 Southend United
Stephen McLaughlin scored his tenth goal in England
Gillingham 2-1 Northampton
John-Joe O’Toole scored his fifth goal of the season
Millwall 4-0 Bristol Rovers
Shaun Williams scored his tenth goal for Millwall, almost three months after his ninth goal for the Lions on August 23rd
MK Dons 1-1 Walsall
Samir Carruthers was booked for the fifth time this season and is suspended for the next game
Colchester 0-3 Leyton Orient
Michael Collins was booked for the first time April 6th
Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Plymouth
Graham Carey scored his 20th goal for Plymouth
Portsmouth 4-0 Mansfield Town
Noel Hunt scored his first goal for Portsmouth, almost a year since his last goal on Friday, 18 December 2015.