Carling Nations Cup Result: Ireland 3 Wales 0



Duff on target for Irish

Duff on target for Irish

The Republic of Ireland secured all three points in the opening game of the Carling Nations Cup, after an emphatic 3-0 victory against a poor Wales team.

There was no dream debut for new Wales manager Gary Speed, as his Wales side were swept aside by an impressive second half performance from the Republic of Ireland.

The first half produced little action from both teams, with Ireland going closest with a few tame efforts on the Welsh goal.

Trapattoni’s men came out stronger in the second half, and were 1-0 up on the hour when, Manchester United midfielder Darren Gibson stroke a wonder stroke from outside the box to fly past Wayne Hennessey in the Welsh goal.

The Irish were 2-0 up seven minutes later when, Jonathan Walters played in Damien Duff inside the Welsh box, for the experienced midfielder to slot home easily from five yards.

Ireland finished off an impressive second half performance through Keith Fahey, the midfielder placed the ball down for a free kick on the edge of the box, and curled it around the wall and it to the bottom right hand corner.

Trapattoni will be happy with the result, and the introduction of a group of young players including Coleman, Clark, and Wilson.

However, Gary Speed will be well aware of the tough job ahead of him, as his Welsh team were particularly poor, and showed little determination to chase the game having gone behind.

Scotland and Northern Ireland play tomorrow night in the other Carling Nations Cup encounter.

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