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Republic of Ireland 3-1 New Zealand: Trio score first international goals in friendly win

Callum Robinson
Callum Robinson marked his 11th Republic of Ireland cap with his first goal

Derrick Williams, Sean Maguire and Callum Robinson scored their first Republic of Ireland goals as an experimental side beat New Zealand.

The team who started the Dublin friendly will bear no resemblance to the side who play Monday's must-win Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark.

New Zealand took the lead through debutant Callum McCowatt.

But Williams headed in Robbie Brady's corner, Maguire blasted home a second from 20 yards and Robinson headed in.

The last two goals were set up by teenage debutants, with Troy Parrott laying off for Maguire and Lee O'Connor crossing for substitute Robinson.

What have the Republic learned?

It was a strange game for several reasons - a rookie XI against a team who had not played an international match for 525 days, in front of a sparse Aviva Stadium crowd four days before the Republic's biggest game in two years.

Parrott, who has played just one Carabao Cup game for Tottenham and Celtic's O'Connor, who has never played a first-team game at club level, were the debutants in a line-up announced over 24 hours before kick-off.

The performance will probably have been of more interest to Stephen Kenny, the Republic of Ireland Under-21 boss who replaces Mick McCarthy as manager next August.

Williams and O'Connor were adventurous at full-back, with Shamrock Rovers playmaker Byrne composed on the ball and Maguire and Parrott causing plenty of problems - yet it is highly unlikely any of them will start on Monday.

McCarthy praised midfielders Alan Browne and Josh Cullen afterwards too.

Brady, who played on the right side of a front three, looked sharp on his first international appearance of the season. The Burnley man, who has recovered from a rib injury, is probably the most likely contender for that match - although McCarthy cast doubt on that after the game, saying he is not "match-hardened".

However, one of his rivals for a spot against Denmark is Robinson, whose maiden international goal came at a good time.

Who had the chances?

The Irish played some fluent football out wide and through the centre, with Williams and Maguire missing several chances as well as scoring.

Parrott, the third youngest Republic of Ireland player, almost got a goal to add to his assist but his shot was straight at keeper Stefan Marinovic. McCarthy said the teenager "did OK" but "didn't set the world on fire".

New Zealand, who gave West Ham defender Winston Reid his first appearance for club or country since March 2018, took the lead against the run of play when 20-year-old McCowatt converted a cross from Wellington Phoenix team-mate Liberato Cacace.

But the Republic eventually took a chance when Williams powered home a header from Brady's corner.

New Zealand then made a mess of clearing the ball and Parrott laid off for Maguire, who McCarthy called "excellent" after the game, to smash home from the edge of the box. A good run from O'Connor down the right was met by the head of substitute Robinson.

That was a big boost for the Sheffield United man, who could well start on Monday. The Irish must beat Denmark to qualify and may need a 2-0 win if Switzerland draw with Georgia on Friday.

'The debutants all did well'

McCarthy said: "I'm satisfied. I thought we played some decent football in the first half, but I could see their goal coming.

"It was a good goal by them, but I wasn't happy with the way we let them through us, so that was a bit disappointing.

"But it was great that the lads got their first goals for the country, the debutants all did well in the game, so I'm really pleased."

Line-ups

R. of Ireland

  • 1O'HaraSubstituted forTraversat 66'minutes
  • 2O'Connor
  • 4Long
  • 21Clark
  • 23WilliamsSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 56'minutes
  • 8BrowneSubstituted forHourihaneat 66'minutes
  • 20Cullen
  • 10Brady
  • 17ByrneSubstituted forJudgeat 63'minutes
  • 7MaguireSubstituted forCollinsat 73'minutes
  • 15ParrottSubstituted forRobinsonat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Stevens
  • 5Egan
  • 6Whelan
  • 9Hogan
  • 11McClean
  • 12Robinson
  • 13Hendrick
  • 14Hourihane
  • 16Travers
  • 18O'Dowda
  • 19Judge
  • 22Collins

New Zealand

  • 1Marinovic
  • 21RouxSubstituted forPayneat 90+2'minutes
  • 2ReidSubstituted forTuilomaat 45'minutes
  • 5BoxallSubstituted forSmithat 74'minutes
  • 3Cacace
  • 10Singh
  • 7Bell
  • 14ThomasSubstituted forMcGlincheyat 74'minutes
  • 12McCowattSubstituted forCollierat 85'minutes
  • 9WoodSubstituted forde Jongat 76'minutes
  • 22Just

Substitutes

  • 6Tuiloma
  • 8McGlinchey
  • 11Rojas
  • 13McGarry
  • 15de Jong
  • 16Payne
  • 17Mata
  • 18Collier
  • 19Rufer
  • 20Smith
  • 23Ridenton
  • 24Woud
Attendance:
18,728

Match Stats

Home TeamR. of IrelandAway TeamNew Zealand
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home24
Away10
Shots on Target
Home9
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Republic of Ireland 3, New Zealand 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 3, New Zealand 1.

Attempt missed. James Collins (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alan Judge with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, New Zealand. Tim Payne replaces Storm Roux.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Storm Roux.

Attempt blocked. James Collins (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Judge with a cross.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Storm Roux.

Attempt saved. Elliot Collier (New Zealand) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Bill Tuiloma (New Zealand) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sarpreet Singh with a cross following a corner.

Corner, New Zealand. Conceded by Kevin Long.

Foul by Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland).

Stefan Marinovic (New Zealand) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, New Zealand. Elliot Collier replaces Callum McCowatt.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Stefan Marinovic.

Attempt saved. James Collins (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Callum Robinson.

Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sarpreet Singh (New Zealand).

Attempt blocked. Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Stefan Marinovic.

Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ciaran Clark.

Offside, Republic of Ireland. Conor Hourihane tries a through ball, but James Collins is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, New Zealand. Andre de Jong replaces Chris Wood.

Goal!

Goal! Republic of Ireland 3, New Zealand 1. Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee O'Connor with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Hourihane.

Substitution

Substitution, New Zealand. Tommy Smith replaces Michael Boxall.

Substitution

Substitution, New Zealand. Michael McGlinchey replaces Ryan Thomas.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. James Collins replaces Sean Maguire.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Stefan Marinovic.

Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sean Maguire.

Josh Cullen (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Elijah Just (New Zealand).

Kevin Long (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Wood (New Zealand).

Offside, Republic of Ireland. Conor Hourihane tries a through ball, but Callum Robinson is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Elijah Just (New Zealand) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Callum McCowatt with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Conor Hourihane replaces Alan Browne.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Mark Travers replaces Kieran O'Hara.

Attempt saved. Sean Maguire (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee O'Connor with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Callum Robinson replaces Troy Parrott.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Alan Judge replaces Jack Byrne.

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