The Republic of Ireland scored four second-half goals to seal a vital win over the Faroe Islands in Torshavn.

The pressure was on Giovanni Trapattoni after the hammering by Germany, but the Irish have six points from three games.

After a blank first half, Marc Wilson's 25-yard shot and a header by his Stoke team-mate Jon Walters made it 2-0.

Arnbjorn Hansen got the Faroes back into contention but the Republic netted again with a Pol Johannes Justinussen own-goal and a Darren O'Dea header.

Veteran boss Trapattoni had insisted he would not resign as manager of the Republic but, according to the Irish media, the 73-year-old needed a victory over the Group C minnows to stay in his job.

The Irish certainly made a strong start and should have scored when Aiden McGeady crossed from the right, but Keith Andrews headed wide from a great position in front of goal.

As the half wore on, though, the small band of travelling supporters sitting to the right of Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney were growing impatient.

However, the visitors' nerves were settled in the first minute of the second half, when Wilson let fly to put the Irish ahead.

It took a slight deflection off the head of full-back Jonas Naes before flying past helpless Faroes keeper Gunnar Nielsen and into the top corner for Wilson's maiden senior international goal.

That settled the Republic, who began to play with confidence, and they increased their lead within seven minutes.

Wilson crossed from the left for Walters to head firmly towards goal, and Robbie Keane did enough to put off keeper Nielsen, but not enough to justify his claims that he had got the final touch.

But just as it looked as though the Republic had the points wrapped up, they allowed Naes to make ground down the right and cross for Hansen to climb above John O'Shea and head firmly past keeper Keiren Westwood.

Suddenly, Ireland looked vulnerable, but hopes of a Faroes fightback were ended within five minutes when Walters broke into space down the left and sent in a cross that Justinussen turned into his own net.

O'Dea's 88th-minute header capped a comprehensive victory and perhaps gave Trapattoni a little breathing space.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Faroe Islands

  • 01 Nielsen
  • 02 Naes
  • 03 Justinussen
  • 04 Faeroe (Erling Jacobsen - 61' )
  • 05 Baldvinsson
  • 06 Hansson
  • 07 Benjaminsen
  • 10 Holst
  • 08 Samuelsen
  • 09 Udsen (Hansen - 61' Booked )
  • 11 Edmundsson (Elttor - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Mikkelsen
  • 26 Joensen
  • 13 Joensen
  • 14 Erling Jacobsen
  • 15 Holme
  • 20 Bartalsstovu
  • 12 Elttor
  • 19 Lokin
  • 24 Ellinsgaard
  • 17 Hansen
  • 21 Gilli Sorensen
  • 22 Olsen

Rep of Ireland

  • 01 Westwood
  • 02 Coleman
  • 04 O'Shea
  • 05 O'Dea
  • 18 Wilson
  • 06 McCarthy
  • 07 McGeady
  • 08 Andrews (Meyler - 90' )
  • 10 Keane (Long - 80' )
  • 13 Walters
  • 21 Brady (Cox - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Forde
  • 23 Randolph
  • 03 Ward
  • 12 McShane
  • 17 Kelly
  • 19 Clark
  • 11 Fahey
  • 15 Meyler
  • 22 Clifford
  • 09 Cox
  • 14 Long
Ref: Lorenc Jemini
Att: 4,400

Match Stats

Shots

13 14

On target

8 5

Corners

8 7

Fouls

12 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:23 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +1:47

Hallur Hansson takes a shot. Aiden McGeady gets a block in. Hjalgrim Elttor produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Frodi Benjaminsen misses to the right of the target. Shot from outside the box by Jonathan Walters misses to the left of the target.

90:00 +1:06

David Meyler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Arnbjorn Hansen. Hjalgrim Elttor delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by John O'Shea.

90:00 +0:32 Substitution

Substitution David Meyler is brought on as a substitute for Keith Andrews.

87:56

Assist by Aiden McGeady.

87:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Darren O'Dea - Faroe Is 1 - 4 R Ireland Darren O'Dea fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Faroe Islands 1-4 Rep of Ireland.

87:13

The ball is swung over by Jonathan Walters, Jonas Tor Naes makes a clearance. Frodi Benjaminsen takes a shot. Gunnar Nielsen makes a save. The ball is crossed by Aiden McGeady,

85:56

Unfair challenge on Shane Long by Pol Johannes Justinussen results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Keith Andrews. The ball is swung over by Keith Andrews, clearance made by Erling Jacobsen.

83:56

Foul by Keith Andrews on Hallur Hansson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gunnar Nielsen.

83:18

Effort from deep inside the area by Rogvi Baldvinsson misses to the right of the goal.

81:33

Hallur Hansson has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target. Corner from right by-line crossed in by Hjalgrim Elttor, Arnbjorn Hansen has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal. John O'Shea makes a clearance.

78:34

Hjalgrim Elttor crosses the ball, James McCarthy gets a block in.

78:34 Substitution

Substitution Shane Long comes on in place of Robbie Keane.

78:34 Substitution

Substitution Joan Edmundsson goes off and Hjalgrim Elttor comes on.

78:34

James McCarthy concedes a free kick for a foul on Frodi Benjaminsen.

76:45

Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Blocked by Pol Johannes Justinussen.

76:07

Hallur Hansson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Cox. Direct free kick taken by Robbie Keane.

72:39

The assist for the goal came from Aiden McGeady.

72:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Pol Johannes Justinussen - Faroe Is 1 - 3 R Ireland Pol Johannes Justinussen scores an own goal. Faroe Islands 1-3 Rep of Ireland.

68:50

Unfair challenge on John O'Shea by Arnbjorn Hansen results in a free kick.

68:42

Keith Andrews takes the free kick. Hallur Hansson sends in a cross, clearance by Darren O'Dea. Corner crossed in by Joan Edmundsson, save made by Keiren Westwood. Keith Andrews takes a shot. Erling Jacobsen gets a block in. Aiden McGeady delivers a outswinging corner to centre.

68:42 Booking

Booking Arnbjorn Hansen receives a caution.

67:27

The assist for the goal came from Jonas Tor Naes.

67:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Arnbjorn Hansen - Faroe Is 1 - 2 R Ireland Arnbjorn Hansen scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Faroe Islands 1-2 Rep of Ireland.

64:34

Joan Edmundsson delivers the ball, clearance made by John O'Shea.

63:29

Effort from deep inside the area by Aiden McGeady clears the bar.

60:31 Substitution

Substitution Arnbjorn Hansen replaces Daniel Udsen.

60:31 Substitution

Substitution (Faroe Islands) makes a substitution, with Erling Jacobsen coming on for Odmar Faeroe.

56:48

Aiden McGeady delivers the ball.

55:21

Effort on goal by Robbie Keane from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target. Keith Andrews gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simun Samuelsen. Simun Samuelsen crosses the ball in from the free kick, James McCarthy manages to make a clearance.

52:50

The assist for the goal came from Marc Wilson.

52:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Jonathan Walters - Faroe Is 0 - 2 R Ireland Jonathan Walters finds the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Faroe Islands 0-2 Rep of Ireland.

52:30

A cross is delivered by Marc Wilson,

49:57

Robbie Keane has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

47:42

A cross is delivered by Aiden McGeady.

45:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Marc Wilson - Faroe Is 0 - 1 R Ireland Marc Wilson finds the net with a headed goal from long range. Faroe Islands 0-1 Rep of Ireland.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +0:07 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Simon Cox replaces Robbie Brady.

43:44

Frodi Benjaminsen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robbie Brady. Free kick taken by Darren O'Dea.

40:52

Rogvi Baldvinsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Robbie Keane. Direct free kick taken by Keith Andrews. The ball is swung over by Robbie Brady, save made by Gunnar Nielsen. James McCarthy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Udsen. Free kick taken by Odmar Faeroe. Simun Samuelsen takes a shot. Comfortable save by Keiren Westwood.

37:27

Joan Edmundsson takes a shot. Darren O'Dea gets a block in. Corner crossed in by Daniel Udsen, save by Keiren Westwood. Darren O'Dea fouled by Frodi Benjaminsen, the ref awards a free kick. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick. Outswinging corner from left by-line taken by Aiden McGeady to centre, save by Gunnar Nielsen.

34:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Walters on Hallur Hansson. Simun Samuelsen sends in a cross, Pol Johannes Justinussen takes a shot. John O'Shea gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Daniel Udsen from the right by-line, clearance by John O'Shea. Corner from left by-line crossed in by Daniel Udsen, clearance made by Robbie Keane.

32:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Wilson on Daniel Udsen. Daniel Udsen crosses the ball in from the free kick, Marc Wilson fouled by Pol Johannes Justinussen, the ref awards a free kick. Keiren Westwood takes the direct free kick.

32:10

Aiden McGeady delivers the ball, clearance made by Pol Johannes Justinussen.

31:12

Aiden McGeady delivers the ball, Frodi Benjaminsen manages to make a clearance.

30:28

Joan Edmundsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Seamus Coleman. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.

26:57

Robbie Keane crosses the ball, Keith Andrews takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood. Robbie Brady decides to take a short corner, The ball is delivered by Aiden McGeady, Aiden McGeady fouled by Odmar Faeroe, the ref awards a free kick. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick. Effort on goal by Simun Samuelsen from long range goes over the bar.

25:02

Corner from right by-line crossed in by Daniel Udsen, Darren O'Dea manages to make a clearance.

23:45

Hallur Hansson crosses the ball, clearance made by John O'Shea.

22:04

A cross is delivered by Marc Wilson, Robbie Brady takes a shot. Blocked by Frodi Benjaminsen. Corner taken by Robbie Brady from the right by-line, clearance by Pol Johannes Justinussen. Darren O'Dea gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Udsen. Gunnar Nielsen restarts play with the free kick.

21:03

John O'Shea crosses the ball, Header from deep inside the area by Jonathan Walters goes over the bar.

17:28

Daniel Udsen takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Pol Johannes Justinussen. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood. Daniel Udsen fouled by Jonathan Walters, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Odmar Faeroe.

14:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Simun Samuelsen. John O'Shea takes the direct free kick.

14:14

Simun Samuelsen takes a shot. Save made by Keiren Westwood.

11:46

Jonathan Walters crosses the ball, Simun Samuelsen makes a clearance. Short corner taken by Robbie Brady. Header by Keith Andrews from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

11:08

Daniel Udsen delivers the ball in from the corner, clearance made by John O'Shea.

10:34

The referee blows for offside against Robbie Keane. Gunnar Nielsen takes the free kick.

8:40

The ball is delivered by Marc Wilson, clearance by Pol Johannes Justinussen.

5:57

Foul by Hallur Hansson on Keith Andrews, free kick awarded. Keith Andrews takes the direct free kick. Effort from inside the area by Robbie Brady misses to the right of the target.

3:53

A cross is delivered by Jonas Tor Naes.

2:14

Marc Wilson delivers the ball, clearance by Odmar Faeroe.

0:37

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robbie Brady.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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