Good win for Ireland

by Melissa Shanley , 30 May 2012

The Republic of Ireland put in a good performance on Tuesday night as they beat a Tuscany XI 5-0 in a friendly match.

All of Trapattoni’s strikers who played a part in the game scored– with Robbie Keane netting two goals and Shane Long, Simon Cox and Jonathan Walters also finding the net.

Trapattoni will be glad that no new injuries were picked up by his players in the match which was played against a team that was comprised of selected players from Serie C and D.

A minute’s silence was held before kick-off as a mark of respect for the victims of the Italian earthquake which took place about 50 miles away from where the game was being played.

Robbie Keane opened the scoring for Ireland in the 18th minute when he struck the ball with his left foot from the edge of the box. Keane’s former team mate at Inter Milan, Corrado Colombo, hit the post immediately after when the Irish defence was caught ball watching.

Cox made up for Keane’s two missed chances when he scored a goal from close range then ran onto a Paul Green pass to set up the skipper for his second goal of the match and for Ireland’s third.

David Forde, Kevin Foley, Shane Long and Jonathan Walters came on after half time and in the 48th minute Long misguided a header five yards from goal. Two minutes later Walters was denied by the opposition keeper.

In the 64th minute, Long ran from the half way line and beat the keeper to score Ireland’s fourth and then six minutes from the end of the match, Walters tapped the rebound from a Kevin Foley free kick which hit the bar into the back of the net.

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