Coleman impresses as Ireland defeat Faroes

Seamus Coleman further enhanced his reputation with a superb display for Ireland as they put the embarrassing home defeat to Germany behind them with a much improved display against the Faroe Islands.

Seamus Coleman further enhanced his reputation with a superb display for Ireland as they put the embarrassing home defeat to Germany behind them with a much improved display against the Faroe Islands.

Republic of Ireland 4

Wilson 46,′Walters 53,′Justinussen 73′ (og), O’Dea 86

Faroe Islands 1

Hanse 68

After a lacklustre first half Ireland took the lead immediately after the restart with Mark Wilson finding the top corner with a magnificent strike.

Ireland added a second through a great header from Jonathon Walters on 53 minutes.

The Faroes pulled a goal back through substitute Hansen on 68 minutes but Ireland’s two goal advantage was restored five minutes later through a Justinussen own goal.

Aiden McGeady was unlucky not to add a fourth on 86 minutes when his effort was deflected out for a corner, but from the corner Darren O’Dea made it 4-1 to the Irish.

The win takes Ireland to six points in the table, in third place behind leaders Germany and Sweden.

Republic of Ireland team

01 Westwood

02 Coleman

04 O’Shea

05 O’Dea

18 Wilson

06 McCarthy

07 McGeady

08 Andrews (Meyler - 90)

10 Keane (Long - 80)

13 Walters

21 Brady (Cox - 45)