The Republic of Ireland warmed up for Sunday's opening European Championship qualifier in Georgia with a comfortable 2-0 friendly win over Oman in Dublin.

Kevin Doyle headed in the opener from Robbie Brady's corner and David Meyler hit a post as the Irish took control in the first half.

Aiden McGeady saw his shot cleared off the line before Alex Pearce fired low into the net on 81 minutes.

Everton winger McGeady clipped the Oman bar in the dying seconds.

Keeper Shay Given was handed his first Republic start after coming out of international retirement while Darron Gibson made his return from a serious knee injury.

An experimental Ireland line-up took time to settle in front of a sparse Aviva Stadium crowd of 14,376, but they took command after Mohammed Al-Siyabi curled just wide for Oman.

Republic's Euro 2016 Group D qualifiers

  • Georgia (away) 7 September 2014
  • Gibraltar (home) 11 October 2014
  • Germany (away) 14 October 2014
  • Scotland (away) 14 November 2014
  • Poland (home) 29 March 2015
  • Scotland (home) 13 June 2015
  • Gibraltar (away) 4 September 2015
  • Georgia (home) 7 September 2015
  • Germany (home) 8 October 2015
  • Poland (away) 11 October 2015

Brady's shot was blocked and Stephen Quinn volleyed wide before Doyle found the net on 20 minutes.

Brady supplied a pinpoint inswinging corner and the striker rose highest at the near post to glance his header past Wigan keeper Ali Al-Habsi.

The hosts pressed for a second goal and Pearce saw his header, from another Brady corner, cleared off the line by Hussain Al Ghailani.

Meyler was denied by the woodwork after 36 minutes with the defender's deft chip from 20 yards hitting a post.

The pace slackened in the second half with the game becoming disjointed after both teams made numerous substitutions.

McGeady, who was introduced on the hour mark along with Robbie Keane and Shane Long, came close to doubling the lead.

The Everton winger dragged inside but Mohammad Al Musalami was perfectly placed to clear his goal-bound shot off the line.

Pearce headed wide from a corner before sealing victory for the Republic on 81 minutes - the ball broke to the Reading defender 14 yards out and his low strike sneaked inside the post.

McGeady missed out again a minute from time when his curling shot skimmed off the top of the Oman crossbar.

In the end, it was a comfortable win for the hosts ahead of a tough weekend assignment, however the Republic will go into the Tbilisi qualifier without James McClean after the Wigan winger pulled out of the squad because of injury.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (12)

Republic of Ireland

  • 26 Given (Elliot - 45' )
  • 17 Ward
  • 24 Pearce
  • 04 Keogh
  • 12 Meyler (Murphy - 85' )
  • 13 Pilkington (McGeady - 59' )
  • 18 Quinn
  • 19 Gibson Booked (Whelan - 70' )
  • 25 Brady
  • 22 Doyle (Long - 59' )
  • 20 Hoolahan (Keane - 59' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Forde
  • 02 Coleman
  • 03 Wilson
  • 05 O'Shea
  • 06 Whelan
  • 07 McGeady
  • 09 Long
  • 10 Keane
  • 15 Stokes
  • 21 Murphy
  • 23 Elliot

Oman

  • 01 Al-Habsi
  • 02 Al-Musalami
  • 03 Al-Owaisi
  • 13 Al-Mukhaini
  • 11 Al-Mukhaini
  • 17 Mudhafar Al Gheilani (Al-Busaidi - 60' )
  • 08 Al-Farsi (Al-Muqbali - 81' )
  • 12 Al-Muhaijri (Al-Jabri - 60' )
  • 06 Saleh (Al-Maashari - 87' )
  • 10 Hardan (Al-Qasmi - 60' )
  • 20 Al Seyabi (Al-Hadhri - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Al-Jabri
  • 05 Al-Busaidi
  • 07 Al-Hadhri
  • 09 Al-Muqbali
  • 14 Al-Ihsni
  • 15 Al-Nahar
  • 16 Al-Qasmi
  • 18 Al-Rushaidi
  • 19 Al-Jalabubi
  • 21 Al-Maashari
  • 22 Al-Zaabi
  • 25 Al-Maashri
Ref: Ilías Spathas

Match Stats

Shots

18 6

On target

7 1

Corners

8 4

Fouls

14 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Republic of Ireland 2, Oman 0.

90:00 +3:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 2, Oman 0.

90:00 +1:23

Corner, Oman. Conceded by Glenn Whelan.

89:55

Attempt missed. Hussain Al-Hadhri (Oman) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Yaqoob Al-Qasmi.

89:27

Hand ball by Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland).

88:27

Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

87:44

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Jaber Al-Owaisi.

86:38

Foul by Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland).

86:38

Abdul Aziz Al-Muqbali (Oman) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oman. Mohamed Al-Maashari replaces Raed Ibrahim Saleh.

85:29

Attempt saved. Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Richard Keogh.

84:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Daryl Murphy replaces David Meyler.

84:36

Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:36

Foul by Ali Al-Jabri (Oman).

84:24

Foul by Stephen Quinn (Republic of Ireland).

84:24

Ali Al-Jabri (Oman) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:32

Attempt missed. Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.

80:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Republic of Ireland 2, Oman 0. Alex Pearce (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Richard Keogh following a corner.

80:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oman. Abdul Aziz Al-Muqbali replaces Eid Mohammed because of an injury.

80:29

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

78:08

Delay in match Eid Mohammed (Oman) because of an injury.

77:41

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Saad Suhail Al-Mukhaini.

75:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oman. Hussain Al-Hadhri replaces Mohammed Al Seyabi.

75:28

Foul by Shane Long (Republic of Ireland).

75:28

Saad Suhail Al-Mukhaini (Oman) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:22

Attempt missed. Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

73:22

Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:22

Foul by Jaber Al-Owaisi (Oman).

72:37

Attempt missed. Alex Pearce (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a cross following a corner.

72:10

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Jaber Al-Owaisi.

69:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Glenn Whelan replaces Darron Gibson.

69:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

68:02

Delay in match Eid Mohammed (Oman) because of an injury.

67:40 Booking

Booking Darron Gibson (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

67:36

Foul by Darron Gibson (Republic of Ireland).

67:36

Eid Mohammed (Oman) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:41

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Ali Al-Busaidi.

66:35

Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

65:08

Stephen Quinn (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:08

Foul by Eid Mohammed (Oman).

63:56

Stephen Quinn (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:56

Dangerous play by Eid Mohammed (Oman).

63:04

Foul by Shane Long (Republic of Ireland).

63:04

Ali Al-Busaidi (Oman) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:27

Attempt blocked. Eid Mohammed (Oman) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohammed Al Seyabi.

60:18

Foul by Darron Gibson (Republic of Ireland).

60:18

Raed Ibrahim Saleh (Oman) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oman. Yaqoob Al-Qasmi replaces Qasim Hardan.

59:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oman. Ali Al-Jabri replaces Ahmed Al-Muhaijri.

59:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oman. Ali Al-Busaidi replaces Hassan Mudhafar.

58:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Aiden McGeady replaces Anthony Pilkington.

58:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Shane Long replaces Kevin Doyle.

58:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Robbie Keane replaces Wes Hoolahan.

54:01

Attempt missed. Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington with a cross.

52:23

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

51:35

Delay in match Raed Ibrahim Saleh (Oman) because of an injury.

50:55

Foul by Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland).

50:55

Raed Ibrahim Saleh (Oman) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Republic of Ireland 1, Oman 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Robert Elliot replaces Shay Given.

45:00 +0:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Oman 0.

44:15

Foul by David Meyler (Republic of Ireland).

44:15

Mohammed Al Seyabi (Oman) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:48

David Meyler (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:48

Foul by Hassan Mudhafar (Oman).

40:07

Attempt missed. Raed Ibrahim Saleh (Oman) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Eid Mohammed with a cross following a corner.

39:32

Corner, Oman. Conceded by Stephen Quinn.

36:40

Attempt missed. Darron Gibson (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Robbie Brady.

35:28

David Meyler (Republic of Ireland) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

33:51

Foul by Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland).

33:51

Mohammed Al-Musalami (Oman) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:08

Attempt saved. Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

31:05

Attempt blocked. Alex Pearce (Republic of Ireland) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross.

30:30

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Jaber Al-Owaisi.

30:26

Attempt blocked. Anthony Pilkington (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan with a through ball.

29:49

Attempt saved. Raed Ibrahim Saleh (Oman) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

27:48

Attempt saved. Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Ward with a cross.

26:25

Foul by Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland).

26:25

Raed Ibrahim Saleh (Oman) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:21

Corner, Oman. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

22:35

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Republic of Ireland).

22:35

Raed Ibrahim Saleh (Oman) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:56

Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:56

Foul by Hassan Mudhafar (Oman).

19:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Republic of Ireland 1, Oman 0. Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland) header from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross following a corner.

19:06

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Hassan Mudhafar.

17:39

Attempt missed. Eid Mohammed (Oman) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hassan Mudhafar.

16:45

Attempt missed. Stephen Quinn (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

16:40

Attempt blocked. Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington.

14:46

Foul by Stephen Quinn (Republic of Ireland).

14:46

Qasim Hardan (Oman) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:42

Corner, Oman. Conceded by Robbie Brady.

8:31

Attempt missed. Mohammed Al Seyabi (Oman) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Raed Ibrahim Saleh.

6:20

Attempt blocked. Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Darron Gibson.

2:46

Foul by Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland).

2:46

Eid Mohammed (Oman) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:41

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Hassan Mudhafar.

1:13

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Abdul Salam Al-Mukhaini.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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