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Daryl Murphy Nets Brace As Republic Of Ireland Ease Past Moldova

07 October 2017, 11:09 | Randolph Howard

Daryl Murphy second left celebrates after netting his and the Republic of Ireland's opener

Daryl Murphy second left celebrates after netting his and the Republic of Ireland's opener

CYRUS CHRISTIE will go into the Republic of Ireland's crunch World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Wales convinced his late uncle will be watching over him.

A draw with Wales to cement second wouldn't be enough because eight other teams will finish with 11 or more points in that same table and they will be the eight playoff teams.

Ireland began brightly and although they didn't match their first half display after the interval, it was a case of job done.

A first-half double from Daryl Murphy secured Ireland's victory over Moldova in Dublin, with the result setting up a crucial trip to Cardiff.

A fascinating encounter now awaits on Monday night to see who can reach the play-offs.

"This is it: we must win tomorrow night".

Stephen Ward sent the ball to the near post, where Alexandru Dedov could only help it on under pressure from Ciaran Clark and Shane Duffy and Murphy pounced to prod past keeper Ilie Cebanu with less than two minutes gone.

That lead was almost doubled on 11 minutes after a swift break ended with Callum O'Dowda drilling a low shot into the side netting.

PRICE BOOST: Shane Long to score a brace against Moldova is 9/2 from 5/2 with Sky Bet! In an Irish team crying out for creativity, the Bristol City midfielder showed glimpses of the raw talent that persuaded Martin O'Neill to promote the youngster from the U21 squad.

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Up stepped Murphy again to net the second with a wonderful looping header in the 20th minute.

Jan Kopic tapped home a rebound early but Afran Ismayilov equalised from the penalty spot in the second half before Antonin Barak netted the victor with a header following a corner in the 66th minute.

Jeff Hendrick made a driving run down the middle of the pitch before rolling the ball invitingly into Long's path and while his effort had power the angle was slightly against him, and Moldova survived.

The only shot in anger the visitors would have in that first half almost paid off, Sergiu Platica with a long range effort and needed a full stretch from Darren Randolph to palm the ball over his crossbar.

"The lads are in good fettle and ready for the game on Monday night".

Most of the team plays domestically in a league that is not very competitive and this should be an nearly impossible task at the Aviva Stadium for Igor Dobrovolski's men.

And the huge reception for Sean Maguire when he came off the bench for his debut, the first Kilkenny native to win a senior cap, brought back memories of the same fáilte which greeted a young James McClean. All is not lost.

It's on to Cardiff now for the Republic. Not yet, at least.



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