Gavin Bazunu - 7
Hit a couple of wayward passes early on but, as we are beginning to realise, he does not get fazed easily. Made a good diving save from Attila Szalai's header six minutes before half-time before he was replaced at the break to allow game time for another promising prospect, Caoimhin Kelleher.
Shane Duffy - 7
A timely return to action, and a reminder that those writing off his value to this team are mistaken. Showed his ability to produce pinpoint long passes forward when it was required for Ireland to mix up their play. His confidence took a battering while on loan at Celtic but sticking to the basics helped here, and he looked comfortable on the right side of a centre back trio.
Dara O'Shea - 7
Solid, steady and no doubt feeling more and more confident in an Ireland jersey. This was his seventh consecutive start, and he has made himself a fixture with his flexibility and adaptability to different roles across the back line. Has no problem coming forward with the ball at his feet and also has the energy levels to provide supporting runs.
John Egan (c) - 7
Took responsibility on the ball early and, while it was a nervy beginning, helped Ireland get a footing in the game. So close to scoring with a fierce header that cannoned off the crossbar. As the game wore on he looked more assured with Shane Duffy and Dara O’Shea either side of him. They key for Egan, and Ireland, is an injury-free remainder of 2021 to build on this.
Matt Doherty - 7
Wasn’t really able to make any inroads as an attacking force but encouraging just how integral he was to the defensive unit, which Ireland will take as the main positive from this friendly. Where he fits in once captain Seamus Coleman returns to the fold remains to be seen. Still, he got stronger as the game wore on here and did deliver long passes into space which Adam Idah was able to get hold of.
James McClean - 7
Whipped in two excellent crosses that needed someone attacking them during the first 45 minutes. As always showed his endurance by getting up and down his flank without neglecting his defensive responsibilities and produced a deft looping pass for substitute Daryl Horgan that almost led to an Ireland chance on goal.
Josh Cullen - 7
Delivered a pin-point free-kick for John Egan which almost gave Ireland an early lead. Defensively he was assured, picking up loose balls and, on one occasion in the second half, breaking free for a counter attack only for a poor pass to Troy Parrott allowing Hungary to recover. Has more about him than Conor Hourihane in terms of getting around the park and showed that he can also produce quality set-pieces. 6
Conor Hourihane - 6
His experience will be needed as more young blood emerges but there can be no denying the limitations of his play. Doesn’t have the energy or passing ability to help Ireland increase the tempo in possession and he isn’t capable of dictating the pace either. Looks neat and tidy at times but more is needed in the middle of the pitch.
Jason Knight - 7
Wasn’t really able to make an impact in an attacking sense after being pushed further forward to support Troy Parrott and Adam Idah. Made a couple of breaking runs beyond that pair and really important that his energy levels didn’t drop. Like so many of the other youngsters, this performance will stand to him. What was telling was that he never stopped providing supporting runs in attack and didn’t let his head drop.
Troy Parrott - 7
Drew some fouls from the Hungarians with neat footwork to keep possession and did his best to link play. There was one occasion in the second half when he just didn’t lift his head in time to see the breaking run of James McClean but was at least able to retain the ball. His confidence in dropping deep to get on the ball was encouraging as was his desire to be disciplined with his defensive duties along the front. 6
Adam Idah - 7
A night which will hopefully stand to him. RB Leipzig’s Willi Orban is a class act but it was impressive that the 20-year-old forward never wilted from the challenge. As the game wore on his ability to mix up his play was so important to giving Ireland an outlet. His runs in behind to stretch the Hungarian defence was crucial, as was his willingness to keep showing to feet too. Had one long range effort well saved and had almost got another effort away in the box only for the recovering Attila Szalai to clear the danger.
Caoimhin Kelleher for Bazunu (HT) - 7
A superb debut for the Liverpool goalkeeper, who made two instinctive saves late in the game to ensure Ireland earned a deserved clean sheet. Attila Szalai’s header eight minutes from time look destined for the roof of the net, only for Kelleher to tip over. From a corner just after and a scramble in the box, Kelleher again had his positioning spot on to turn Szaclai’s snapshot over the bar.
Jayson Molumby for Hourihane (57) - 6
Did what was no doubt asked of him by providing an injection of energy at a point when Hungary were getting on top. His ability to break forward from midfield gave them something different to think about and his fresh legs also made sure Ireland weren’t overrun.
Daryl Horgan for Parrott (56) - 6
Almost made an instant impact with a sublime piece of chest control from a James McClean pass looping over his shoulder and first-time cross for Adam Idah. Offered runs in behind and to feet and showed once again that he will be a valuable asset in Stephen Kenny’s squad. 6
Ryan Manning for McClean (85)
Not enough time to make an impact.
Chiedozie Ogbene for Knight (89)
Shot into the side netting and was very confident in the brief cameo.
James Collins for Idah (89)
No time to make an impact.