Republic Of Ireland vs Oman highlights.Shay Given was handed a 126th Republic of Ireland cap against Oman after coming out of international retirement.
Derby defender Richard Keogh was handed the captain’s armband with Robbie Keane named only among the substitutes with Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi leading out Oman.Republic Of Ireland vs Oman match report 2014
Hull midfielder David Meyler was asked to line up at right-back as club-mate Stephen Quinn partnered Gibson in the engine room with Wes Hoolahan slotting in behind lone striker Kevin Doyle.
Hoolahan was heavily involved as Ireland started in enterprising fashion, and defender Abdul Salaam Al Mukhaini had to get in a good seventh minute block after Gibson had picked him out on the left side of the penalty area.
However, the home side were not having it all their own way and midfielder Raed Saleh caused problems two minutes later when he surged into the box and pulled the ball back for Mohammed Al Siyabi, whose well-struck effort flew past Given’s right post.
Oman were giving as good as they got in front of a sparse crowd at the Aviva Stadium with Ireland creating little of note, although Robbie Brady, who scored on his international debut against the same opposition two years ago, saw a 17th-minute effort blocked and Quinn fired wide from distance when the rebound dropped to him.
Given scampered anxiously towards his far post seconds later as Eid Al Farsi’s long-range strike sped wide, but his team went ahead with 20 minutes gone when Doyle climbed highest to head Brady’s inswinging corner past Al Habsi.Follow @Football7x24