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
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
08 Andrews (Meyler - 90)
10 Keane (Long - 80)
21 Brady (Cox - 45)