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Euro 2020 qualifiers: Hourihane's first international goal serves up Republic win

Conor Hourihane went close to putting the Republic ahead before curling in his superb free-kick

Conor Hourihane's superb first-half free-kick gave the Republic of Ireland a morale-boosting 1-0 win over Georgia in the Euro 2020 qualifier in Dublin.

Hourihane's goal came straight after a delay as Irish fans threw tennis balls on to the pitch in protest at John Delaney remaining in the FAI hierarchy.

Keeper Darren Randolph denied Valeriane Gvilia before half-time while Jaba Kankava hit the Irish woodwork late on.

But Mick McCarthy's men held on to move to the top of Group D.

The Republic lead Switzerland by two points after the Swiss were pegged back to a 3-3 draw against Denmark in Basel after leading 3-0.

After Saturday's uninspiring 1-0 win in Gibraltar, this was a much-improved Irish display as they started the game on the front foot and withstood some late Georgia pressure after Hourihane's 36th-minute goal.

Hourihane goal proves game, set and match

Aston Villa midfielder Hourihane curled in his first international goal after impressive striker David McGoldrick had won a free-kick just outside the Georgian penalty area following a clever turn.

Immediately after Guram Kashia's foul on the Sheffield United striker, which led to the Georgian's booking, the anticipated fans protest involving tennis balls being hurled on to the pitch materialised and it took some two minutes before play resumed with Hourihane's free-kick.

However it was worth waiting for as Hourihane, winning only his eighth cap, curled in a superb strike into the right-hand corner of the net although there may have been question marks about the positioning of Georgia keeper Giorgi Loria.

The protest was in response to the FAI's decision to create a new role for Delaney, who stood down as the governing body's chief executive on Saturday, only to be immediately moved to a new position of executive vice-president.

More to follow.

Line-ups

R. of Ireland

  • 23Randolph
  • 2Coleman
  • 4Duffy
  • 5Keogh
  • 3Stevens
  • 13Hendrick
  • 6Whelan
  • 17Hourihane
  • 10BradySubstituted forO'Brienat 74'minutes
  • 9McGoldrickSubstituted forDohertyat 82'minutes
  • 11McClean

Substitutes

  • 1Westwood
  • 7Doherty
  • 8Maguire
  • 12Byrne
  • 14O'Brien
  • 15Egan
  • 16Travers
  • 18Collins
  • 19Judge
  • 20Cullen
  • 21Long
  • 22Arter

Georgia

  • 1Loria
  • 2KakabadzeSubstituted forOkriashviliat 85'minutes
  • 5Kvirkvelia
  • 4KashiaBooked at 33mins
  • 3KhotcholavaSubstituted forKharabadzeat 65'minutes
  • 6Kvekveskiri
  • 14ArveladzeSubstituted forQazaishviliat 73'minutes
  • 21Gvilia
  • 7KankavaBooked at 14mins
  • 9Kiteishvili
  • 11Kvilitaia

Substitutes

  • 8Qazaishvili
  • 10Okriashvili
  • 12Kvaskhvadze
  • 13Kacharava
  • 15Parunashvili
  • 16Kharabadze
  • 17Merebashvili
  • 18Tchanturishvili
  • 19Lobzhanidze
  • 20Jigauri
  • 22Navalovski
  • 23Makaridze
Referee:
Serdar Gözübüyük

Match Stats

Home TeamR. of IrelandAway TeamGeorgia
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Georgia 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Georgia 0.

Attempt missed. Valeri Qazaishvili (Georgia) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nika Kvekveskiri.

Attempt blocked. Valeri Qazaishvili (Georgia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Otar Kiteishvili.

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

Foul by Giorgi Kvilitaia (Georgia).

Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jaba Kankava (Georgia) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Georgia. Tornike Okriashvili replaces Otar Kakabadze.

Jaba Kankava (Georgia) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Valeri Qazaishvili.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Matt Doherty replaces David McGoldrick.

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland).

Jaba Kankava (Georgia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

Attempt blocked. James McClean (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Enda Stevens.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Aiden O'Brien replaces Robbie Brady.

Offside, Republic of Ireland. James McClean tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Georgia. Valeri Qazaishvili replaces Vato Arveladze.

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James McClean following a fast break.

Attempt missed. Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Otar Kiteishvili (Georgia) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Georgia. Conceded by Darren Randolph.

Attempt missed. Otar Kiteishvili (Georgia) with an attempt from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Otar Kakabadze with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Jaba Kankava (Georgia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Valeriane Gvilia.

Substitution

Substitution, Georgia. Levan Kharabadze replaces Davit Khotcholava because of an injury.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Davit Khotcholava.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Otar Kakabadze.

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Valeriane Gvilia (Georgia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jaba Kankava.

Foul by James McClean (Republic of Ireland).

Otar Kakabadze (Georgia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Republic of Ireland. Enda Stevens tries a through ball, but Jeff Hendrick is caught offside.

Foul by Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland).

Valeriane Gvilia (Georgia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Valeriane Gvilia (Georgia) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nika Kvekveskiri.

Foul by Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland).

Otar Kakabadze (Georgia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

James McClean (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Otar Kakabadze (Georgia).

Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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