The player ratings after a deeply uncomfortable afternoon in Gibraltar as Ireland scraped a 1-0 victory. 

Darren Randolph   8

Optimistically, this writer had 'nothing much to be at' penciled in as a placeholder comment for the entirety of the first half. Didn't get to use it. 

Was forced to pull off a sensational save early in the second half as Ireland's panic rose. It would have been truly alarming had that gone in. 

Was alert when called upon thereafter. Totally composed when dealing with back passes. 

Seamus Coleman   5

Started okay and was connecting well with Doherty down the right wing in the opening stages. However, he was far sloppier in the second half and was very hesitant going forward.   

Didn't do his claims to the right back spot too many favours here. Fears that his best days are behind him are probably justified.  

Shane Duffy   6

Shane Duffy should have scored late on

Hard to rate in the circumstances. Beat the ground in frustration after heading wide late in the game after an excellent free kick was curled in. 

Brief moment of worry as he went down clutching his ankle after stretching for a ball in the Gibraltar penalty area. Appeared initially that he would have to come off but shook that off. 

Ireland's 2017 and 2018 Player of the Year had to work harder in a defensive sense than he might have anticipated beforehand. 

Richard Keogh   5

Started the game with a broken hand but still earned the nod against the widely touted John Egan. Wasn't quite a rock of solidity he could have been.

Looked shaky as Ireland shipped chances in a nervy second period. 

Enda Stevens   5

Subdued enough. Was highly conservative in the left back role, rarely bursting past McClean on the overlap. Perhaps he was advised otherwise. A tentative enough display.  

Matt Doherty    6

One of Ireland's more inventive players in a grim first half. Occasionally linked well with Coleman down that side of the pitch. Some surprise when he was withdrawn so early in the second, with a somewhat raw Robbie Brady coming on in his place. McCarthy evidently wasn't satisfied with how the arrangement worked down the right wing though things could hardly have been said to have improved once he was subbed.

Jeff Hendrick    6

A so-so performance aside from the goal and his passing and decision-making on the ball was occasionally suspect. Unwisely opted to lash a few crossfield balls which were duly caught up in the wind and didn't find their target.  

Showed good coolness and composure to slot home the opener.

Took the odd decision to cup his ears in celebration afterwards, apparently taunting the airport runway stationed behind the goal.  

Conor Hourihane    7

Surrendered possession in a very dangerous position midway through the second half leading to a serious chance to Gibraltar. 

Otherwise looked quite elegant and languid out there and pinged the ball around nicely. Floated a lovely pass down the line for McGoldrick in the lead-up to the goal. 

As good a claim as anyone to the Man of the Match gong. 

James McClean   4

James McClean struggled to make a mark all afternoon

Wore a look of pained frustration for much of the game. Diligent in his defensive duties but achieved next to nothing going forward.

Ripped into tackles but his touch was often heavy and his passing unimaginative. 

Got booked, needless to say. 

David McGoldrick  5

Was busy and combative all afternoon but lacked the guile and craft to manufacture chances for himself.

Did well in the creation of the goal, powering past his marker and cutting it back for Hendrick but otherwise his passing was often sloppy. 

Seanie Maguire   6

Disappointing day for the Kilkenny man who still awaits his first goal at international level.

Was living off scraps for the most part as Ireland lacked craft in the final third.

Did well with to slip a little reverse pass into Matt Doherty as Ireland worked a rare chance for McGoldrick in the first half.  


Robbie Brady   5

Robbie Brady after the game

Tore around the field gamely when introduced but was extremely ineffectual on the ball.

With options to his right, shanked a terrible shot well wide of the post during the attack where Duffy got injured.   

Would not appear to be properly fit yet. 

Harry Arter   N/A