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06.09.2018 at 15:00 Clement Turpin (France) Attendance:
Wales 4 - 1 Republic of Ireland
Referee: Nations League / Prog-match

Goalscorers
Tom Lawrence,6 mins
Gareth Bale,18 mins,
Aaron Ramsey,44 mins
Conor Roberts
Shaun Williams (66)
Opening squads
Wayne Hennessy;
Connor Roberts,
Ashley Williams,
Chris Mepham,
Ben Davies;
Ethan Ampadu,
Joe Allen,
Aaron Ramsey;
David Brooks,
Gareth Bale,
Tom Lawrence.
Darren Randolph
Ciaran Clarke
Stephen Ward
Seamus Coleman
Shane Duffy
Cyrus Christie
Callum O Dowda
Conor Hourihane
Jeff Hendrick
Callum Robinson
Substitutes
Danny Ward,
Adam Davies,
Chris Gunter,
Paul Dummett,
James Chester,
Andy King,
Sam Voakes,
Joe Ledley,
Harry Wilson,
Tom Lockyer,
Tyler Roberts,
Matthew Smith
Sean Mc Dermott
Colin Doyle
Matt Doherty
John Egan
Enda Stevens
Shaun Williams
Kevin Long
David Meyler
Richard Keogh
Graham Burke
Daryl Horgan
Aidan O Brien
Substitutions
Matthew Smith for Ampadu 67 mins,
Tyler Roberts for Bale 75 mins,
Paul Dummett for Davies 81 mins,
Shaun Williams -> Conor Hourihane (55)
Enda Stevens -> Stephen Ward (60)
Daryl Horgan -> Callum Robinson (77)
Yellow cards
None Ciaran Clarke (51)
Red cards
None None.
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
Match report
Goals from Tom Lawrence, Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsay and Connor Roberts was enough to see new Wales manager Ryan Giggs claim the victory in his first competitive game in charge at the expense of an Irish side, who responded in vain through Shaun Williams.

Ireland went into the match without several key players including James McClean, who grabbed a memorable winner the last time the sides met last October.

The Welsh started brightly and they took the lead in the sixth minute as Tom Lawrence raced onto Joe Allen’s precise through pass before drilling the ball past Darren Randolph at his near post.

The hosts doubled their lead when Gareth Bale curled an unstoppable effort into the top left corner from the edge of the box after 18 minutes before Aaron Ramsay slotted home the third in the closing stages of the first half.

Martin O’Neill’s side twice went close to reducing the deficit at the beginning of the second period but both Shane Duffy and Callum Robinson headed over the crossbar from close range.

Wales would add a fourth when Connor Roberts thumped an excellent volley into the bottom right corner before Ireland grabbed a consolation with 26 minutes remaining.

Substitute Shaun Williams grabbed his first international goal for Ireland as he regained possession from Aaron Ramsay before cleverly lifting the ball over the advancing keeper when through on goal.

WALES: Wayne Hennessy; Connor Roberts, Ashley Williams, Chris Mepham, Ben Davies (Paul Dummett 81); Ethan Ampadu (Matthew Smith 67), Joe Allen, Aaron Ramsey; Brooks, Gareth Bale (Tyler Roberts 75), Tom Lawrence.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Darren Randolph; Seamus Colman, Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark, Stephen Ward (Enda Stevens 60); Cyrus Christie, Jeff Hendrick, Conor Hourihane (Shaun Williams 55), Callum Robinson (Daryl Horgan 77); Callum O’Dowda, Jonathan Walters.

Referee: Clement Turpin (France).
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