Ireland player ratings from Georgia victory

SHAY GIVEN 6

Didn’t have any decent efforts to stop but comfortable with the ball at his feet, as Ireland were conspicuously forced to play it back to him a lot.

SEAMUS COLEMAN 7

Almost scored with a brilliant volley on 36 minutes, and that reflected how he was one of the few players injecting life into Ireland’s game.

CIARAN CLARK 6

Made one brilliant block on nine minutes to prevent a Georgian effort but occasionally exposed by pace.

JOHN O’SHEA 6

Struggled with the directness of some of Georgia’s attacking, but adds a composure.

ROBBIE BRADY 6

Again solid at left-back, but tried the same predictable move in attack too often.

JEFF HENDRICK 8

Really grew into the game in the second half, and looked like David Silva for that exceptional match-winning assist.

GLENN WHELAN 6

A typical steading presence and even offered one very untypical piece of Glenn Whelan technique in the first half. Should have shot when through on goal in the second half.

JAMES MCCARTHY 6

We’re still waiting for that stand-out display in an Irish shirt. Did very little.

JON WALTERS 6

Becoming a real clutch attacker, as he scored another key goal in this group. The real replacement for Keane in that regard?

WES HOOLAHAN 7

Again the instigator of all of Ireland’s most creative moves but also found red shirt rather than a green one a little too often.

ROBBIE KEANE 4

Solely in the team at this point to take chances, but he squandered the only one he got, blazing it over the bar. Little wonder he was taken off.

SHANE LONG 6

Finally offered Ireland a target-man to hit those crosses to.

JAMES MCCLEAN 6

Immediately got himself booked and suspended with an industrial challenge.


Lifestyle

We know porridge is one of the best ways to start the day but being virtuous day in, day out can be boring.The Shape I'm In: Food blogger Indy Power

Sheila O’Flanagan can’t pin down an exact number of books she has written.First lady of fiction: Sheila O'Flanagan is happy to be accessible

This might not be the most entertaining topic but it is that time of year when colds, flus and nasty bugs enter classrooms and homes.Mum's the Word: Top tips for keeping nasty bugs and illnesses at bay

Laura Whalen is a Munster-based dollmaker and mother-of-five, and the founder of the Bábóg project, a community crafting drive to make a commemorative doll for all the babies born in Irish mother and baby homes.Made in Munster: Meet the West Cork dollmaker who uses bio-degradable materials for her craft

More From The Irish Examiner