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Darren Randolph: Could do little about Igor Bugaev's equaliser and was calm with the ball at his feet but looked uncomfortable dealing with crosses at times. 6

Seamus Coleman: Ireland captain was pinned back for most of the night but his cross for James McClean's second goal helped seal three vital points. 7

Ciaran Clark: Unspectacular showing from the Newcastle centre-back but he produced an error-free performance at the heart of the defence. 6

Shane Duffy: Was out of position and then exposed for pace by Bugaev for Moldova's leveller in the last act of the first half. 4

Stephen Ward: Rarely got forward but did most of his defensive work with ease as he was barely tested down Ireland's left. 6

Jonathan Walters: Put in his usual shift down the right of midfield and delivered a couple of inviting crosses before being moved up front as Ireland chased the win. 7

James McCarthy: Kept things ticking over in the centre of the park but it was a relatively quiet night for the Everton midfielder before he was taken off. 5

Glenn Whelan: Lashed a left-footed effort wide midway through the first half and provided decent cover in front of the back four. 6

Wes Hoolahan: Was at the heart of most of Ireland's best play, highlighted by a perfectly weighted pass for his side's opener after just two minutes, before being substituted late on. 8

James McClean: Wasted a host of chances, including a couple of headers, before coming up with the goods with two well-taken second-half goals to secure the victory. 8

Shane Long: Worked hard, as ever, and earned his reward after just two minutes with a calm finish to open the scoring before going off with a suspected hamstring injury. 7


Callum O'Dowda (for Long, 63): His arrival on the left allowed Walters to move up front and McClean to shift over to the right and it seemed to galvanise Ireland. 6

David Meyler (for McCarthy, 81): Made his presence known with a couple of tackles to ensure Ireland held on to their lead. 5

Eunan O'Kane (for Hoolahan, 86): Leeds midfielder had little time to make an impact on his competitive international debut. 5


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