Seamus Coleman . . . first goal for Ireland and named man of the match
A man of the match performance and also his first goal for Ireland. Seamus Coleman showed his true leadership qualities to lead Ireland to victory over Georgia at the Aviva Stadium tonight.
With Ireland struggling, some ten minutes into the second half, Coleman went on a mazy run and cut in along the endline. His cross rebounded to himself and he somehow managed to squeeze the ball to the net for his first goal in the green shirt.
It was a timely intervention by the Killybegs man, who had the captain's armband once more.
Ireland had to defend for long periods but Coleman and his teammates put in a good shift, especially in the second half.
He was named by Ronnie Whelan as the RTE Man of the match.
They should have had a second goal with Robbie Brady heading wide from a good position and James McClean heading against the crossbar in the 91st minute.
Ireland lost Robbie Brady to a serious looking heading injury and they will also be without Jeff Hendrick for their next game as he picked up a yellow card.
"I'm known as an attacking full back and I should have had one before now. You know, most importantly, as everyone will say, it is the three points tonight," was the reaction of Coleman afterwards.
"I don't think we played well tonight by any means. They could have won the goal. We picked up a little bit in the second half. But look, it's all about the three points. We know we can improve.
"I got past the full back and I tried to play a cross ball for Jonny (Walters). It just came back to me. I was lucky enough the way it came back to me, but I was happy to get it and happy it made us won the game," said Seamus.
"The manager gave us a rollicking at half-time as well. which was something we deserved. But look, we didn't take Georgie lightly. They are a good side; we knew that. They had some good performances. There is a lot of improvement still to be done."
Looking forward to Sunday's game against Moldova and the suspension of Jeff Hendrick and the possible loss of Robbie Brady due to injury.
"I hope Robbie (Brady) will be alright. Robbie is such an important player. It's a manager's job to juggle around," said Seamus.
Ireland travel to Moldova for their third game in the Qualifiers. That game is on Sunday with a 7.45 pm. kick-off.