Live updates from the Rep of Ireland v Poland

Carl O'Malley Wed, Feb 6
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  • Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the International friendly between the Rep of Ireland and Poland at the Aviva Stadium.

    No, you haven’t got something better to do. What else could be more tempting on Wednesday night than the prospect of a third straight home defeat for Giovanni Trapattoni’s boys?

    This one has got it all. A rigid 4-4-2, a target man up front, and the most creative player Ireland has on the bench. New Year it may be, but Trap has lost none of the old magic.

    Too harsh? Perhaps. We will have another chance to see young Robbie Brady on the wing, and there’s a welcome return for Greg Cunningham at left-back. Add in to the bargain the debut of 26-year-old Derby County forward Conor Sammon up front and, you never know, we might be surprised.
  • Sammon is the only debutant in tonight’s starting line-up that looks pretty much exactly like this: Forde, McShane, O'Shea (cap), Clark, Cunningham; Brady, Whelan, McCarthy, McClean; Long, Sammon.

    Not much has been seen of Sammon on the international stage (obviously, it’s his debut, durrrr), but his is an interesting story. From a scholarship with UCD, during which time he worked in a bank, he moved to Derry City in 2008, before jetting off to Kilmarnock where he scored 17 in 65 appearances. A short spell at Premier League Wigan yielded one goal in just over 30 games and since his move to the Rams he has scored seven in 30.

    Prolific he ain’t, but Trap has seen something in him these last few days, and on a few trips to Pride Park, so best of luck to him.
  • Emmet Malone previewed this bad boy for the mothership today. Here it is, complete with unimaginative, utterly predictable, yet strangely unavoidable, headline.
  • Brian Kerr has also had his curmudgeonly say on the game. One commenter, the only one, asks why Kerr is qualified to comment on the international game when his own tenure as Ireland manager was an "unmitigated failure".

    That final point is debatable, of course, but I would have thought that is exactly what qualifies him. If a former Ireland manager can't comment, who can? I played for Templeogue United under-12s for Christ's sake.
  • Just under 20 minutes to kick off now. There'll be nothing from Montrose this evening, on account of it being a friendly, so we'll have to make do with Sky's unmistakable brand of bland.
  • The Polish team is in and here it is: Boruc, Perquis, Glik, Boenisch, Wawrzyniak, Lukasik, Krychowiak, Blaszczykowski, Obraniak, Pawlowski, Lewandowski
  • The boy Blaszczykowski is a danger on the wing and Lewandowski is known as the Conor Sammon of Borussia Dortmund.
  • Barca's Pedro has just scored his second against Uruguay. Sumptuous seems the most appropriate description of Cesc Fabregas's assist. 3-1 to Spain.
  • Oh, I did Sky a disservice. They have gentleman Kevin Kilbane on, he's a good skin, alongside Niall Qui.....oh.
  • Strong indications on Sky that the Polish outnumber the Irish at the Aviva Stadium. Obviously getting their own back for our lot outnumbering them in the summer.
  • So, we're almost ready to go. Beforehand, we'll have a moment's silence for those of the football family who passed away last year.
  • 1 min:  We're off and the flares are out already. Sky commentator wonder how they get them in. "It's a question worth asking."

    No, it's not, you might not want an answer to that.
  • Forde rushes out to cut out the run of Pawlowski. On his toes there, the keeper.
  • Corner Poland after a little bit of nerves at the back from Ireland ends up with Forde turning it behind the post with his boot.
  • Shane Long cleared the corner
  • Whelan clears the next.
  • It's been neat and tidy from Poland thus far and it looks like it could be a long night already.
  • Worth pointing out here, that Ireland are ranked 41st in the world and Poland 55th. I can confidently predict it will not look like that tonight.
  • Forde gets ready to launch one to the big guns, it's cleared and McShane wins a throw.
  • 8 min:Sammon tries to get in behind but it's cut out Artur Boruc.
  • Cunningham clears under pressure. Lewandowski's movement looks like it could cause O'Shea and Clark a spot of bother.
  • Sammon wins a header from Forde's kick out but Ireland fail to get on the end of it.
  • Sammon's header this time met by McClean but his low cross is turned away. Blaszczykowski wins a free from Clark as Poland attack on the break.
  • 14 min:  McClean fouled this time by Blaszczykowski, but Ireland go across the back four rather than target the men in the box and Poland have it back
  • O'Shea leaves his mark on Lewandowski. One of those stick yer hip into 'em challenges, but the Sunderland defender escapes a yellow. Quick Polish free comes to nothing.
  • Ireland "feeding off scraps", according to Ray Houghton. He's not wrong. It's the same old stuff. really.
  • Forde gets away wtih it after his clearance is skewed to the feet of Obraniak but the midfielder shoots wide, thanks to a deflection off McShane
  • 20 min: Ireland clear the danger but Pawlowski gets back in behind McShane after Brady is robbed in midfield.
  • A free kick pumped toward Sammon, Brady latches on to the clearance, chests it down and fires well wide. Better...
  • A woeful ball from Whelan goes nowhere near to finding Shane Long on the counter. Gathered by Boruc.
  • 25 min:  Clark clears for the second time in quick succession. Could have taken a touch with the latter but no awareness, it seemed. And Poland come again.  Still, they've created very little thus far.
  • Lewandowski wins a corner off O'Shea.
  • This is Poland's fourth, Sammon clears and McCarthy is fouled. Ireland have yet to win a corner at the other end.
  • Marco Tardelli is bending the ear off Trapattoni, presumably discussing another way off booting it down the channel for the lads to chase.
  • 29m min:  Forde denies Lewandowski after Ireland's put em under pressure tactics put them under pressure and allow to Poland to set their hitman free behind the defence. But he takes a touch too many and Forde scrambles it clear.
  • Ireland waste a chance to break when Brady, Long and Sammon get their wires scrambled and the Polish fans begin to roar the house down. There's blood in the water here and I'd be very surprised if Poland aren't leading by the break.
  • Hello egg, meet face. Ciaran Clark has given Ireland the lead.

  • After James McClean wins a corner, the delivery breaks to the feet of Clark in the Polish box and with Boruc having flapped at it the goal was open for the Villa defender to sweep it home
  • Ooooooooh, Forde tips it around the post after Blaszczykowski's cheeky flick allows Lewandowski a volley on goal.  Didn't connect very well but good save nonetheless.
  • Clark might have been pinged there for a foul on Lewandowski in the box. Could have gone either way, as it was, it went Ireland's
  • 42 min:  Long receiving treatment for what looks like a dead leg after a challenge from Glik.

  • Glik does a number on McClean on the sideline. Houghton reckons it could have been a red but he gets away with a yellow. Ball into the mixer comes to nothing.
  • Boenisch's cross goes high and wide after a marauding run ends in disappointment for Poland. Looks like Ireland will take a lead into the break. One added minute.
  • Glik, again, takes Cunningham this time and it's a free in for Ireland deep in the Polish half. They've looked a little rattled. Brady territory.
  • But Boruc gathers it easily and it's halftime.
  • Wales lead Austria 1-0, England still lead Brazil, Scotland are 1-0 up against Estonia and N Ireland are letting the side down by drawing with Malta.
  • That tweet gives a good indication as to how pervasive the delusion is within the FAI. Ireland haven't kept possession at all.
  • Fred has equalised for Brazil at Wembley. 1-1 there.
  • Zizou Kilbane wants Ireland to "get about them a bit more".

    Quinner reckons they need to "keep the ball a bit more".

    Well, we know that much
  • Brace yourselves. Paul Green is on for Glenn Whelan. Green was a late call up after David Meyler pulled out and Darron Gibson made some excuse for not wanting to come.
  • Elsewhere, Ireland's qualifying rivals Sweden are 3-1 down at home to Argentina and Wales still lead Austria. Germany are trailing France by a Valbuena goal.

  • Sammon wins a free high up the Polish touchline. Brady stands over it.
  • Brady's cross is gathered again by Boruc.
  • Frank Lampard has restored England's lead over Brazil at Wembley.
  • Ireland have another free in, this time McClean takes, McShane heads it back across, the clearance lands at the feet of McCarthy and his effort is tipped over by Szczęsny, who is on for Boruc.
  • Bright start for Ireland here but Poland on the attack now.
  • The visitors win a corner but it's headed clear and McClean is set scampering down the sideline before Szczęsny comes out to clear.
  • 53 min:  Cunningham wins a free after cutting out the run of Blaszczykowski well.
  • A nice bit of play from Ireland, leads to a McClean cross being put behind for a corner. McClean's delivery is poor, however.
  • McShane concedes a free in a dangerous area after clipping Lewandowski with an elbow.  Green heads it and Blaszczykowski's cross is cleared.
  • Wales 2-0 up on Austria now after a goal from Vokes.

  • McCarthy carded for a rash tackle. He's the first Irishman in the book.
  • Oooooh, Sammon's fluffed his lines after Perquis's clearance finds him in the box but his touch is poor and Sczcesny gathers.

    Wes Hoolahan is on for Long and likely to play in the hole behind Sammon.
  • Sub Milik sells himself a dummy in the box and falls over. Good to see it can happen to the opposition too.
  • 65 min:  A flare is hurled David Forde's direction, the big man's not bothered.
  • Brady cuts inside his man and has a shot but "it was never on", according to Houghton.

    A safety announcement has made it clear that "no fireworks are to be thrown on to the pitch."

    That should put an end to it, I'd Say. That's them told.
  • Grosicki breaks well for Poland and feeds Lewandowski but his ball is too close to Forde.

    Houghton reckons Ireland just want to see the game out but their manager would want them to get a hold of the ball. Where has he been? Seeing the game out is exactly what the manager wants.
  • Another debut! Derby's Jeff Hendrick is on for James McCarthy and Jonathan Walters is on for Brady. Walters is on the right where he plays for Stoke, rather than up front.
  • 18 minutes left at Lansdowne as Green hoofs one clear after Poland attack through Blaszczykowski again.
  • This game is getting away from the Poles a little and they look a little rudderless.
  • Wes Hoolahan!!!!!  McClean's free is headed as far as Hendrick and the newcomer takes it down on his chest and lifts one over the defence to Wes. His control on the chest is perfect and the volley past the keeper is even better. Lovely goal from Ireland.
  • 15 minutes left and Ireland lead 2-0. It's been a much better second half from the homeside.
  • Houghton believes Hoolahan has "made a good case for himself" with that goal.

  • Simon Cox getting ready to come on now for McClean.  Sammon still toiling away out there.
  • 83 minutes:  Gone a bit flat here but that won't concern anyone but those in red and white.

  • Sammon earns himself a round of applause from the home fans after chasing his man the length of the pitch and leaving him on his arse, having been dispossessed up at the Polish box.

    Another derby as another Ram Richard Keogh replaces Clark.
  • Snappy stuff from Hoolahan and Ireland win another free when Green is taken down. Chance to put one in the box for Cunningham but his free is gathered. Poor delivery in the end
  • Grosicki shoots wide from distance after cutting inside from the lefthand side. There has been very little to trouble Davod Forde this half. The changes appear to have hurt Poland and helped Ireland.
  • That's it. 2-0 to Ireland after first international goals for Clark and Hoolahan against Poland at Lansdowne.

    Thanks for reading. We'll have a match report up shortly. Slán