DONEGAL’S Seamus Coleman may not be grabbing all the national news headlines but his solid display in Ireland 4-1 friendly win over Oman in London last night showed that he’s one young gun whose ready to make the step-up.
Derryman James McClean got the biggest cheer at Craven Cottage and Man Utd debutant Robbie Brady will make the back pages for a superb performance.
But the Killybegs man – so inexplicably under-rated by Trapattoni on so many occasions – showed what he can do over 90 minutes.
Brady set up Kevin Doyle’s opener early in the first half before hitting a volley to make it 2-0, after latching on to a clearance from a cross from Coleman.
Brady then set up Shane Long for the Ireland’s third while Alex Pearce added a fourth after Eid Al-Farsi had grabbed Oman’s only goal.
The normally conservative Trap was urging his team forward and sparkling displays by Coleman and Long (and Brady of course) made it a pleasure to watch.
More please Mr Trapattoni.
Rep of Ireland: Forde (Randolph 46), Kelly, St. Ledger, Meyler, Wilson (Pearce 46), Coleman, Keogh, McCarthy (Cox 65), Brady(McGeady 70), Doyle (McClean 61), Long (O’Brien 73).
Subs Not Used: Ward, Henderson.
Goals: Long 7, Brady 23, Doyle 36, Pearce 85.
Oman: Al Habsi, Al Musalami, Muhaiyri (Al Jabri 77), Ghailani,Saad Al Mukhaini, Al Balushi (Abdul Salam Al Mukhaini 78), Ibrahim (Al Hadhri 69), Al Farsi, Al Mashri, Maqbali (Basheer 69), Al Hosni.
Subs Not Used: Al Rusheid, Al Awaisi, Habi, Al Ajmi, Al Saadi, Al Rujaibi, Nazmuddin.
Goal: Al Farsi 72.
Ref: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).Tags: