The Republic of Ireland's wait for a win under Stephen Kenny goes on after a 1-1 draw with Qatar in Hungary.

A positive first half was followed by a much flatter second period. Here's how we rated the performance.


Gavin Bazunu - 7

He had a rush of blood to the head for the foul on Pedro Miguel that initially looked like it had led to a penalty before the referee correctly gave a free-kick instead. He then galloped miles from his goal to intercept - and hastily drop - a ball right on the edge of his own box.

But the 19-year-old's potential obvious. He made a sharp save to deny Hassan al-Haydos in the second half and although he had one hair-raising misplaced pass in the opening period, Bazunu's calm distribution was generally excellent again. A real prospect. 

Cyrus Christie - 6 

The Nottingham Forest man came in for Matt Doherty and proved a reliable outlet on the right, especially in the first half when he linked well with Coleman and Shane Long on the occasions he ventured deeper into Qatar's half. Like most of his team-mates, his influence waned after the break but the did put a left-foot cross on a plate for Josh Cullen in injury-time that the Anderlecht midfielder failed to convert.     

Seamus Coleman - 7

A typically tenacious display from the captain. He got through lots of tidy defensive work and always sought to drive forward, even from the right side of defence. His commitment to the cause is never in question.

Shane Duffy - 6

A solid outing for the Derryman, who was stationed at the heart of a back three. Got Bazunu out of jail after the keeper's loose pass in the 37th minute, galloping back to snuff out the danger. Then he slid in to dispossess Muntari in the box after Horgan had lost the ball inside his own half. He didn't have a whole lot to do in a pretty dull second half though he stepped out in the run-up to Qatar's goal when he probably should have stayed put. 

Dara O'Shea - 7 

Quietly impressive again, O'Shea has been one of the few bright spots in a pretty dour international window. His quality, temperament and natural leadership qualities mark him out as a future captain.   

James McClean - 7

In the first half an hour he was like a man possessed. There was a slight deflection on his cleverly worked goal but he did well to control the strike and McClean was an important part of a high-octane start from Ireland. After a very good first half he faded after the break. Maybe the tank had been emptied. 

Jeff Hendrick - 6 

Started really well, fizzing a terrific reverse pass into the stride of Shane Long and then unleashing a well-hit strike that was blocked by a Qatari defender. He drifted in and out of the match though when Ireland needed him to take things by the scruff of the neck.

Jayson Molumby - 6

Full of running and endeavour but his passing was too conservative at times. Got spun by Mohammed Muntari for the equaliser, albeit he had burst a lung to track back. He'll have learned a hell of a lot over the last week.  

Robbie Brady - 6

Impossible not to feel for the Burnley man who went close with a sweetly struck volley early on but saw his night end after just 22 minutes due to yet another injury setback. A real shame; he'd had a positive influence in the early exchanges. 

Daryl Horgan - 6

A busy presence for the guts of an hour before making way for Jason Knight. He showed a good understanding of what Kenny wanted from him in that position between the lines and was always a willing recipient of the ball. His decision-making can be frustrating however.    

Shane Long - 6

He'll go to bed thinking of that glorious first-half chance he spurned after pouncing on a sloppy back pass but this was a decent shift overall from the Bournemouth man. He worked the channels well with lots of unselfish running. One good cross led to a Hendrick chance, another almost ended in a Qatar own-goal. His pace and off-the-ball runs make Ireland less predictable. 

SUBSTITUTES

Troy Parrott (for Brady 22 mins) - 6

Showed some intelligent touches upon his introduction but struggled to get into the game on the turnaround. 

Callum Robinson (Long 57 mins) - 6

A bright showing off the bench from Robinson who injected welcome urgency in the final third. Unfortunately composure deserted him when the keeper misjudged a cross and the ball dropped to his feet in the box. The scuffed effort wide was disappointing.  

Jason Knight (Horgan 57 mins) - 6 

Plenty of heart and effort from the Derby County captain but it was tough for anyone to get a foothold in what was a scrappy second period.

Alan Browne  (for Hendrick (84 mins) - 5 

Tried to get involved in the closing stages but didn't have enough time to make an impact.

Ryan Manning (for McClean 84 mins) - 5 

Failed to beat the centre-half with a late free-kick from a promising position, didn't have a chance to do much thereafter.

Josh Cullen for Molumby (84 mins) - 5

Could, probably should, have won it at the death with that header at the far post.