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Republic of Ireland 1-0 Georgia: Seamus Coleman goal secures three points

World Cup Qualifying Group D: Aviva Stadium

Published 06/10/2016

Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with Republic of Ireland's James McCarthy (left) during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PA
Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with Republic of Ireland's James McCarthy (left) during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PA
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 06: Seamus Coleman of Republic of Ireland celebrates scoring his sides first goal with team mates during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 06: Seamus Coleman of Republic of Ireland celebrates scoring his sides first goal with team mates during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 06: Seamus Coleman of Republic of Ireland scores his sides first goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman scores his side's first goal of the game during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman scores his side's first goal of the game during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 06: James McClean of Republic of Ireland is tackled by Guram Kashia of Georgia during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Georgia's Levan Mchedlidze and Republic of Ireland's Ciaran Clark battle for the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Irelands Shane Long (right) and Georgias Murtaz Daushvili battle for the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland's Stephen Ward during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Irelands Robbie Brady (right) and Georgias Jano Ananidze battle for the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Irelands Robbie Brady (right) and Georgias Jano Ananidze battle for the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Georgia manager Kakhaber Tskhadadze (centre) during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 06: Martin O'Neill, Manager of Republic of Ireland (R) looks on prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Georgia's Saba Kvirkvelia and Republic of Ireland's James McClean battle for the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 06: Shane Long of Republic of Ireland is closed down by Solomon Kverkveliya of Georgia during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Republic of Ireland team huddle before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland players line up for the National Anthem prior to kick off during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Georgia team group before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland team group before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 06: Players line up for a minutes applause prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Ireland players line up for the National Anthem prior to kick off during the World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane (centre) and the Republic of Ireland staff during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 06: The Georgia squad line up prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Former Republic of Ireland players Keith Andrews and Phil Babb in the crowd during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

Seamus Coleman's first Republic of Ireland goal secured three precious World Cup qualifying points on a night when Robbie Brady was carried from the field on a stretcher with a head injury.

Coleman benefited from two fortunate deflections on his way to tapping in from point-blank range 11 minutes after the break to mark his 40th cap in style, although there was concern for midfielder Brady when he was carried from the field while receiving oxygen after a nasty clash of heads with defender Solomon Kverkvelia.

However, Georgia, who have now lost all eight of their meetings with the Republic, left Dublin understandably aggrieved having enjoyed the better of large parts of the game and hitting both the bar and the post through Levan Mchedlidze and Guram Kashia before half-time.

Play switched rapidly from end to end as Weiss' men sought a way back in and the hosts tried to hit them on the break.

Ireland came close to a second with 14 minutes remaining when Long headed Stephen Ward's cross back across goal and Brady and Kverkvelia clashed heads sickeningly as one tried to score and the other defended.

Kverkvelia was able to continue heavily bandaged, but Brady was carried from the field on a stretcher while being given oxygen.

McLean was unfortunate not to cement the win during seven minutes of stoppage time with a header which came back off the underside of the bar, but Coleman's contribution ultimately proved enough.

A general view inside the stadium prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
A general view inside the stadium prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
The Aviva Stadium rises above local houses ahead of the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
The Aviva Stadium rises above local residences ahead of the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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