They’re not happy, Trap:
No Coleman, no Wilson - What was the point of this game Colin O'Brien
FAI is a joke. Seamie is doing well for his team. Some lrish players cant get on their first team. One of the best young players in Premier League this year. Danny
At least England are 2-0 down....David in Navan.
Don’t know how the FAI expect people to shell out big money on a horrible evening weather wise to watch this kind of shadow boxing. Players hearts don’t seem to be in it, and who can blame them? Scrap these pointless friendlies! Eoin - Toronto
Full-time: Republic of Ireland 1-2 Norway
90 min Falling behind appears to have kick-started Ireland’s impetus with industrious play from McGeady and the excellent Long, but it’s too little, too late.
87 min GOAL 1-2 Norway launch a swift counter-attack and when Pedersen finds Huseklepp with an angled pass the Norway striker makes no mistake. Given parried the ball in the Ireland goal, but the ball had already crossed the line at that stage.
84 min Gerry in Sligo has called for the introduction of Seamus Ramos AKA Seamus Coleman. Coleman has been in scintillating form for Everton this week, but the Republic of Ireland boss has deemed that this platform is beyond him. Beneath him, perhaps.
76 min Ray Houghton, master of understatement, has this to say over on Sky Sports: ‘Bit of a lull at the moment.’
The last turgid 10 minutes has seen the introduction of the game - but painfully limited - Stephen Hunt. This isn’t pretty.
More from disgruntled emailers:
Who are all these new players? Where’s Eddie McGoldrick and Bernie Slavin when you need them? Rian Kelly
First home game I've missed in ten years. Sick of rip if Fai and their prices. Why should I pay full price when herald readers don't. Sick of traps squad selections based on summer camps too. How has seamus Coleman not figured yet?? Fran Burke
65 min Foley on for the injured O’Dea. Moment earlier McGeady may have succeeded in castrating debutant Walters with a rasping shot-cum-cross that failed to trouble the Norway goal.
63 min McGeady threatened for the hosts, but as is so often the case with the Spartak Moscow man, the end product didn’t match the build-up.
60 min We’ve received plenty of queries on the official attendance. It hasn’t been announced as yet. Nothing can disguise the fact that it’s a sparse crowd so let’s hope the officials don’t attempt to bury the figure. Otherwise we’ll have to estimate the official gate at about 38.
56 min Long has looked Ireland’s liveliest player this evening and he outmuscles a Norwegian defender to force his way in on goal. He gets his shot off but the effort is well parried by the Norway netminder.
50 min Ireland ride their luck when a crude long ball almost finds Given in no man’s land. Huseklepp may have been better off attempting a deft lob rather than blasting the ball at the advancing Manchester City bench-warmer.
48 min Ireland have made a bright start. An increase in the tempo of the game can probably be attributed to the introduction of the busy McGeady. He was the one to release Long in on goal for a shot Pettersen did well to palm away.
46 min Norway have introduced Pettersen and Riise the Younger on the restart, while Aiden McGeady and international debutant Jon Walters are on for the Republic.
Roald Dahl, Henrik Ibsen, Morten Harket, Edvard Munch, we have beaten them all, we have beaten them all.
Bjorge Lillelien, can you hear me?
Bjorge Lillelien your boys took a hell of a beating! Your boys took a heel of a beating!
These were the lines I was looking forward to using in the event of an Ireland victory, but the last 20 minutes of the first half hardly inspires confidence.
Emailers have the following to say:
Plug in the Hairdryer & turn it up fell tilt Trap!! Great start, awful final 20 minutes!! Eoin -Toronto
Listening in Auckland, doing click, click, data entry work..hoping Ireland abandon their usual style of sit and bore and explode to life to entertain. Let Coleman on the pitch and the rest of the youngsters and leave the hunger take hold. We already know what the established players can do. This is a chance to blood players and experiment with the playing system. Any way back to click, click. PJ in Auckland
These games are only good in that they allow game time for the fringe players who need the experience of an international but also the growing number of Irish senior players who are sitting on their clubs benches week after week. Thus they are becoming more important than they have been previously I guess in an Irish team context that is. Daniel in Belgium
Are you on your own inside the stadium there? Sounds almost empty. This is fantastic if it is the case. The FAI expect the fans to stump up high prices not only to cover a new stadium but Delaney's exhorbitant salary. Dónal
Half-time: Republic of Ireland 1-1 Norway
44 min More danger in the Ireland area as O’Dea fails to deal with Norway’s attacking threat. Thankfully the shot from Helstad is straight at Given. The Ireland keeper then has to be alert to deal with a low, long-range drive from Riise.
38 min The Republic have released their stranglehold on the game and Norway have grasped control of the game for the last 15 minutes. Trap may have been considering putting his charges on his knee and doling out the Werthers Originals at half-time (can’t you picture it), but an abject spell from the home side probably warrants the hair dryer treatment instead.
32 min Goal 1-1 A Kelly handball just outside the area gifted a free kick in a superb position to the visitors. A number of dead ball specialists hovered over the ball but it was Pedersen who unleashed a curling, dipping shot over the wall and into Given’s goal. The Donegal man must be sick of the sight of the Blackburn Rovers player - that’s the fourth time he’s been beaten by the Norwegian.
28 min Riise’s projectile throws aren’t far of the calibre of Rory Delap’s, but they haven’t troubled the Ireland defence. Yet.
25 min Cunningham’s ball from the left is met by a flapping Knudsen and the ball fall to Whelan but his errant shot fails to find the target.
22 min Four of the last five encounters between the two sides have ended in draws. Such an outcome tonight could only be viewed as a disappointment, given the utter dominance of Ireland.
19 min Trap’s side have enjoyed 62% possession in the opening 15 minutes, not something were accustomed to from the Boys in Green.
16 min Ireland continue to pile on the pressure. Long keep the ball in play and his looping header falls to the edge of the area where former League of Ireland star Keith Fahey unleashes a ferocious volley which goes to the left and wide. Stoke City fans (are there any in Ireland) can testify what the Birmingham man can do from that kind of position.
12 min Norway enjoy a lucky escape after Whelan finds Lawrence at the edge of the area. The Portsmouth man’s cross is palmed away by Knudsen in the Norway gaol and a subsequent effort from Duff is blocked.
9 min Norway have packed the centre of the field with five midfielders but that concession of an early goal will surely force their hand now. The home side are dominating territorially and in terms of possession since that early opener.
5 min GOAL 1-0 John O’Shea breaks from midfield and feeds a sublime through-ball to Shane Long in the penalty area. He’s unceremoniously upended by Hangeland and the ref has little option but to point to the spot. A composed Long slots the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
1 min We’re underway in the last Republic of Ireland international of the year. Ireland are sporting a traditional green and white kit, while the Norwegians are sporting red jerseys with dark navy shorts.
1940 It has to be said. There’s a truly awful crowd (numbers-wise) at the Aviva Stadium this evening. Given the nature of the match, the wintery weather, and our economic woes, maybe it’s not surprising. But the sparse crowd is far more reminiscent of something were accustomed to seeing in Soviet-era stadiums at the furthest outreaches of Eastern Europe. Grim.
Rep of Ireland: Given, Kelly, O'Shea, O'Dea, Cunningham,
Lawrence, Fahey, Whelan, Duff, Long, Doyle.
Replacements: Murphy, Foley, Coleman, Wilson, Walters, Treacy, Hunt, McGeady.
Norway: Knudsen, Hogli, Waehler, Hangeland, J. Riise, Hauger,
Pedersen, Grindheim, Moen, Helstad, Huseklepp.
Replacements: Pettersen, Demidov, B. Riise, Moldskred, Parr,
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (Iceland)
1935 Tales from the betting jungle The home side are trading at 13-8, while Norway are available to back at 9-4. The draw is also backable at 9-4 in places.
1930 A worthwhile experiment or an exercise in futility? How do you view this evening’s fixture at the Aviva Stadium? Should pampered pros be forced to earn their corn - and their stripes – in such fixtures or would the national side be better served in the long-term be giving our stars some R&R?