Republic beat Oman in friendly

Republic of Ireland 2-0 Oman
Published Wednesday, 03 September 2014
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Goals from Kevin Doyle and Alex Pearce gave Martin O'Neill his second victory as manager of the Republic of Ireland in their friendly against Oman on Wednesday evening.

Republic beat Oman in friendly
Robbie Brady goes for the ball. (© Getty)

Doyle opened the scoring 20 minutes into the game with a header and despite the home side dominating for most of the game it was not until nine minutes from time they secured the victory.

Reading defender Alex Pearce, who struck against the same opposition on his international debut two years ago, stabbed home from close range to wrap up the win.

Ireland did not capitalise on their dominance with both David Meyler and Aiden McGeady hitting the woodwork.

Robbie Brady had a chance to test Al Habsi with a free-kick 15 minutes from time, and went close as he curled his effort just over the bar.

Al Farsi, still clearly suffering from his clash with Darron Gibson, collapsed in a heap and was eventually carried off on a stretcher with nine minutes remaining, and Oman's woes increased within seconds.

Robbie Keane helped a left-wing corner into the path of Pearce, who controlled before stabbing a shot into the bottom corner.

The LA Galaxy striker went close to a 63rd goal for his country three minutes later, but his curling effort flew wide of the far post, and McGeady clipped the crossbar with Al Habsi beaten as time ran down.

For the match Shay Given was handed his 126th cap after coming out of international retirement.

The 38-year-old Aston Villa keeper started in his country's final friendly before they launch their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in Georgia on Sunday, while there was a place too for Everton midfielder Gibson for the first time since he suffered a cruciate ligament injury against Kazakhstan in October last year.

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