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Sunday 21 December 2014

Carling Nations Cup: Northern Ireland player ratings

4 - Alan Blayney
Spilled the ball for the opener but had little chance with Robbie Keane's chip. Made one wonder save to foil Keane.
4 - Alan Blayney
Spilled the ball for the opener but had little chance with Robbie Keane's chip. Made one wonder save to foil Keane.
3 - Adam Thompson
Curtailed Stephen Ward down the left flank but sent off for a clumsy push on Keane. Night to forget for the 18-year-old.
3 - Lee Hodson
Tried to attack when the opportunity arose but it was the Watford youngster's shocking back pass that handed Keane his first on a plate.
3 - Craig Cathcart
An own goal he could do little about after Blayney flicked on Coleman's cross but he lost possession in the run up to the fourth goal.
4 - Gareth McAuley
Strong in the air and a threat at set pieces but his backline was often ripped apart by the hosts.
4 - Sammy Clingan
Tried to help his defence but the midfield was often put on the back foot as the Republic won all the individual battles.
4 - Steven Davis
No magic from the midfield maestro as the game often bypassed the Rangers star. Powerless to stamp his class in such a one-sided battering.
5 - Josh Carson
Some glimpses of magic from the youngster and he brought some tricks to the game but he remains a very raw talent.
5 - Johnny Gorman
An early rasping drive almost broke the deadlock and he produced a great block to foil a Coleman drive.
4 - Warren Feeney
Was given little scraps to feed off but was caught offside and the difference between both side's attacking threat was embarrassing.
4 - Josh McQuoid
Caught Shay Given with an early challenge but spent most of the game tracking back and was replaced at the break.
Substitute: 6 - Oliver Norwood
(McQuoid 45) Little impact as the hosts were a different class
Substitute: 6 - Colin Coates
(Gorman, 55) More experience for the Crues skipper
Substitute: 6 - Liam Boyce
(Feeney, 72) No shooting boots with the team in white
Substitute: 6 - Niall McGinn
(Carson, 72)
Substitute: 6 - Robert Garrett
(Davis, 76)

The Republic of Ireland have beaten Northern Ireland 5-0 in the Carling Nations Cup at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Here, we rate how each of Northern Ireland's players performed during the game.

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