Ireland's winless run continued as Stephen Kenny's side fell to a 1-0 defeat to Wales in the UEFA Nations League.

While the Boys In Green played reasonably well in patches, it ultimately ended up being another game without a goal for the team.

Here's how the players rated:

Darren Randolph 7

Had little to do in the opening half but dealt with anything that did come his way before Wales scored midway through the second half. Made a great save with 12 minutes left to stop Ireland going two down as David Brooks bore down on goal. Made another decent save on 90 minutes from a Kieffer Moore shot from close range.

Matt Doherty 5

Given the Tottenham defender's willingness to get forward, Wales tended to attack more down his side with balls into space early on. But he was unruffled when defending one-on-one, although he didn't get much opportunity to get on the ball in attack in the opening half. 

He was beaten in the air at the far post by his Spurs colleague Gareth Bale who rose above him for the header across goal which led to David Brooks' goal.

At his best at wing-back, playing nominally slightly further back as a full-back means we haven't seen him at his most effective at international level.

Shane Duffy 6

He has been under mounting scrutiny at club level after recent struggles with Celtic and after the loss to England. But he was more composed this evening in dealing with crosses into the Irish box until the Welsh goal.

As expected, he was the main target for balls in from set pieces at the other end. Booked while challenging for a header with Mepham in the Wales box. Compared to recent performances, it was an improvement.

Kevin Long wins a header against David Brooks

Kevin Long 6

A mistake at the edge of his own box almost let in David Brookes but Randolph was able to make the save. Otherwise dealt with Wales' forward threat without much issue for the first hour.

On the ball, he tended to play longer passes forward which sometimes found their target but occasionally saw possession turned over.

Dara O'Shea 6

A versatile defender, who has experience of playing everywhere along the back four, O'Shea found himself stationed at left back from the start which, given it isn't his natural side, meant his primary role was defensive cover for the more traditional winger in McClean.

A solid evening for the West Brom defender before he was replaced for the final 10 minutes as the Boys in Green chased the game.

Jayson Molumby 6

Quietly got about his business at the heart of the midfield when in possession, before a booking for the Brighton midfielder after a clash with Joe Morrell that could have resulted in something more than a yellow for his Welsh opponent.

A good interception and run saw him clipped by Spurs defender Ben Davies resulting in another Wales booking.

He was replaced by Conor Hourihane with 15 minutes to go.

Jayson Molumby fending off Wales' Daniel James

Jeff Hendrick 4

A box-to-box brief for the Newcastle midfielder but he wasn't able to stamp his authority on proceedings, although he did okay in the first half. A miskick as the last man on 78 minutes let Wales in on goal but was rescued by Randolph's excellent save.

Lost the ball again two minutes later, which he followed up with a kick out at Daniel James which earned him a booking.

It went from bad to worse as he brought down Tyler Roberts as the last man and was sent off as a result, although he wasn't at fault for the mistake that led to the Welsh player being played in.

Robbie Brady 7

The Burnley midfielder, who was restored to the side, started off his day with an excellent delivery into the box from a free kick which Duffy just failed to connect to.

Had Ireland's first effort on goal 17 minutes in after good build up play in which he was involved in by spreading the play out to Horgan on the right flank.

He played an excellent ball over the top from deep for McClean to run onto half an hour in. Another good ball four minutes later almost freed up Idah, having won back the ball himself with an interception.

Moved out to the right at the hour mark after Horgan's withdrawal and was less effective from then on. Was replaced by Byrne with 10 minutes to go.

Daryl Horgan 5

He put in a dangerous cross just after the quarter hour which led to Ireland's first chance. Otherwise while industrious in the press, he didn't get many more opportunities in an attacking sense before being substituted just before the hour mark.

Idah chasing back against Joe Morrell

James McClean 6

In a city which holds good memories for the Stoke winger, made a great run on 30 minutes into the box after a great ball over the top from Robbie Brady towards the opposite channel, before he turned and forced a save at the near post.

Of the two starting wingers, he was the most involved and pressed well without finding the cutting edge which was the story of Ireland's overall performance.

Adam Idah 6

Entrusted with the responsibility of leading the line once again, he showed a willingness to drop deep and move into the channels to bring others into play in the early exchanges.

Had a sniff at goal on 34 minutes when Brady's pass played him in. He cut inside but just before he could fire, a Welsh defender got across with the Corkman injuring his foot in the process of taking the shot.

Had a half-chance at the near post after winning the ball back but Chris Mepham made the block on 61 minutes.


Jason Knight for Horgan (58 mins): Used the ball well and got into good positions after coming on. But a brief lapse in concentration when tracking Brooks was a facet of the Wales goal.

Conor Hourihane for Molumby (75 minutes): Didn't manage to turn the midfield contest in Ireland's favour late on.

James Collins for Idah (75 minutes): Had a shot at goal from outside the box after Jack Byrne set him up.

Jack Byrne for Brady (81 minutes): Quick feet and thinking set up Collins for a shot late on. His misplaced pass however led to the Wales break which ended up with Hendrick's red card.

Callum O'Dowda for O'Shea (81 minutes): Made a good run down the left flank in stoppage time but his cross was cleared away.