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Saturday 20 December 2014

Carling Nations Cup: Republic of Ireland player ratings

6 - Shay Given
A virtual spectator in the first half as all the action was at the other end. Taken off in the 72nd minute to alleviate his boredom.
6 - Shay Given
A virtual spectator in the first half as all the action was at the other end. Taken off in the 72nd minute to alleviate his boredom.
6 - Paul McShane
One glancing header from the former Manchester United youngster but some of his distribution was poor.
6 - Damien Delaney
No-nonsense defending when needed, which wasn't too often in the game. No sweat required.
6 - Stephen Kelly
The Fulham right-back looked nervous in the early stages but soon settled into the contest yet it was so comfortable for the hosts.
8 - Stephen Ward
Came in for Aghagallon man Marc Wilson for his debut at left-back and marked the occasion by netting a simple opener.
7 - Seamus Coleman
The Republic's Under-21 player of the year was a thorn in the side has he led the Northern Ireland defence a merry dance.
7 - Keith Andrews
Rattled the post in the 16th minute with a curling shot and was simply too hot to handle
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Kevin Foley of Ireland (R) is challenged by Sammy Clingan of Northern Ireland during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at Aviva Stadium on May 24, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
8 - Keith Treacy
The Preston winger showed excellent strength and was the architect for Ward's goal. Huge attacking threat.
8 - Robbie Keane
Cool finish for the second goal as he captained the Republic for a record 41st time. Clinical finish for the penalty, as Thompson saw red.
8 - Simon Cox
The West Brom forward won his first cap and looked lively, producing promising link-up play with Keane. Great finish for the fifth goal.
Substitute: 6 - Liam Lawrence
(Coleman, 55 ) One long range effort
Substitute: 6 - Andy Keogh
(Keane, 62) Too strong and clever for his markers
Stephen Hunt

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 Republic's players performed during the game.

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