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Irish Mirror
Paul O'Hehir

Ireland vs Armenia player ratings: Michael Obafemi again the stand-out but slim pickings otherwise

What a strange evening it turned out to be at The Aviva Stadium.

Ireland got that much-needed win but no-one was really celebrating by the final whistle after an embarrassing near-capitulation.

Here's how MirrorSport rated the Irish team:

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Gavin Bazunu 5 - Could have popped to the shops until all hell broke loose. Poor for their second

Nathan Collins 6 - Nearly scored with a late header and proved his worth on the front foot

John Egan 6 - Stand-in skipper scored for second game running, this time with a header

Dara O’Shea 6 - Supplied the assist for Obafemi’s goal and then won the last gasp penalty

Matt Doherty 5 - Helped win the corner for Egan’s goal but struggled to make an impact otherwise

Jeff Hendrick 5 - Never took control against weak opponents who were there to be punished

Jayson Molumby 4 - Central role and lucky not to walk on a second yellow before being subbed

Jason Knight 5 - Half chances in the first-half but couldn’t take control when required

Robbie Brady 6 - Assisted Egan’s goal from a corner and stepped up to bag the winning penalty

Troy Parrott 5 - Desperate for a goal after his Hampden miss but it was never on the cards

Michael Obafemi 7 - Capped off a good display with a lovely individual goal from distance.


Conor Hourihane for Molumby (51 mins) - 4

Callum Robinson for Parrott (76 mins) - 4

Alan Browne for Knight (76 mins) - 4

Scott Hogan for Obafemi (86 mins) - 4

ARMENIA Yurchenko, Hambardzumyan, Haroyan, Mkoyan (Voskanyan 61), Calisir (Muradyan 83), Monroy (Dashyan 61), Spertsyan, Grigoryan, Bayramyan, Barseghyan (Shagoyan 83) Zelarrayan (Bichakhchyan 69).

Referee: Rade Obrenovic (Slovenia)

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