That was good, wasn't it?

The first home game of the second Mick McCarthy era was bursting with positives. For once Ireland took the game to Georgia, who were probably taken aback by their hosts' decision not to let them have the freedom of Lansdowne Road for a change.

The result was a deserved and impressive victory that leaves Ireland two for two in Group D.

Here's how we rated the Boys in Green.

Darren Randolph 8/10

As was the case in Gibraltar, he had nothing to do for ages. And then he pulled off a stunning save to get his team out of jail. That parry from Valerian Gvilia's point-blank piledriver maintained the Irish lead but it also offered yet another reminder of how good Randolph is - his concentration levels are phenomenal. Everything else was dealt with efficiently and without fuss. Ireland's rock.

Coleman rejoices after the final whistle

Seamus Coleman 8/10

Georgia seemed bamboozled by the routine presence of Coleman in the final third in the first half, with the Everton man finding all sorts of space on the overlap. Dovetailed brilliantly with Robbie Brady, who tucked in to allow the Everton man to wrap around him on the outside to great effect.

Shane Duffy 7/10

Played a key role in the goal by bulldozing the wall left to give Hourihane a sighter. Got pulled out of position to cover for Coleman in the build-up to Valerian's Gvilia's golden chance just before the break. Aside from a couple of Georgian flurries in the opening period 

Richard Keogh 7/10

Brave as ever when he had to make a couple of second-half blocks, and kept things well organised in a defence that saw the full-backs and wingers interchange all night.  

Enda Stevens 7/10

Like Coleman, he raided down his channel at every opportunity and was unruffled in defence. The Sheffield United man looks right at home in a green shirt now. Deserved his start tonight and did nothing to suggest he'll vacate the jersey in June for that huge clash with Denmark.

Robbie Brady 8/10

Playing on the right allowed him to cut on to his left boot a lot and his seventh-minute daisy-cutter offered a glimpse of the damage he could do. Drifted inside and out, daring his markers to come and follow him around the pitch. Picked out Coleman with a superb pass in the build-up to Hendrick's disallowed goal.

The goalscorer celebrating 

Conor Hourihane 9/10

Spurned a glorious chance to break the deadlock when he hared through and probably should have squared it to Brady to tap into an empty net. But what a goal. He was full of beans from the off and did a fine job of linking play to McGoldrick. This could be the campaign the Corkman announces himself as a key operator in the Irish midfield.

Jeff Hendrick 8.5/10

He was everywhere in the opening exchanges hounding men in white shirts, moving Ireland forward with purpose. Hendrick looked like a new man tonight - confident, hugely energetic and aggressive. Correctly flagged offside for his 58th-minute goal and then dallied on the ball things completely opened up for him 60 seconds later.

Glenn Whelan 8/10

This fella might be one to watch you know... The much-maligned veteran has taken a lot of stick over the years but his inclusion tonight was crucial in allowing Hendrick and Hourihane to do damage higher up the field. Always seemed to be in the right place at the right time to offer his back line protection - particularly important on a night both full-backs were given license to bomb forward. Exceptionally disciplined and unselfish, this is not the last we'll see of the Aston Villa man in this campaign.

James McClean 7/10

Started on the left with Brady on the right and looked tasked with blocking that space on his inside as opposed to pulling the Georgians out to the flank. Got way with picking up a booking when he chopped down Otar Kakabadze on the edge of the area.

David McGoldrick 9/10

Led the line with intelligence and excellent movement. Exploited space on the Georgian channels well in the early stages and was courageous in how he held up the ball. Rightly named as man of the match. Hard role to lead the line alone but the Sheffield United man showed how it is done.


Aiden O'Brien 7/10 (for Brady 74)

Stationed on the right initially before being moved up top when McGoldrick departed. Worked hard but struggled to get on the ball.

Matt Doherty 7/10 (for McGoldrick 80)

Came on at a time when Ireland were just looking to see it out. Held the shape but again, didn't get much possession in what was quite a nervy climax.