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Rep of Ireland XI 2-0 Nottingham Forest

Updated: Thursday, 09 Oct 2008 22:47

Andy Keogh celebrates his goal with Anthony Stokes
Andy Keogh celebrates his goal with Anthony Stokes

Caleb Folan and Andy Keogh grabbed their chance to impress Giovanni Trapattoni as they scored for a Republic of Ireland XI in a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest

An experimental Republic side were impressive against the Coca-Cola Championship team at Dalymont Park.

Hull striker Folan was set up by Sunderland striker Anthony Stokes to open the scoring in the 24th minute.

Stokes played a delightful through ball to Folan who kept his head to slot the ball under on-coming Forest goalkeeper Paul Smith.

Trapattoni used all eight substitutes as he experimented ahead of the World Cup qualifiers but Wolves striker Keogh lasted long enough to make it 2-0 shortly after the hour mark.

Keogh got on the end of a fine left-wing cross from Shane Long and made no mistake with his header with 62 minutes on the clock.

Celtic defender Darren O'Dea and Blackburn midfielder Keith Andrews were also among the starters.

The Republic play Cyprus in their World Cup 2010 qualifier on Wednesday in Croke Park.

Republic of Ireland XI: Murphy (Westwood 45mins), Foley, Ward (Garvan 68 mins), O'Dea (Nolan 58 mins), Bruce, Gibson (Rowlands 55 mins), Keogh (Scannell 62 mins), Andrews (Potter 55 mins), Folan (Long 45mins), Stokes, Hoolahan (Treacy 45 mins).

Nottingham Forest: Smith, Lynch (Heath 70 mins), Chambers, Breckin (Wilson 62 mins), Perch, Byrne, Thornhill, Davies, Cohen (Newbold 62 mins), Martin (Reid 70 mins), Cole (Garner 45mins). Subs not used: Sinclair, Richardson.

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