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08.09.1949 at 00:00 Dalymount Park Attendance: 22479
Republic of Ireland 3 - 0 Finland
Referee: Evans (England) World Cup Qualifier-match

Goalscorers
Johnny Gavin (35)
Con Martin (pen.) (44)
Con Martin (68)
None
Opening squads
Tommy Godwin
Con Martin
Eddie Gannon
Tommy Moroney
Tommy Aherne
Arthur Fitzsimons
Johnny Gavin
Brendan Carroll
Jackie Carey
Tom O'Connor
Peter Desmond
Sarnola,
Martin,
Saarnio,
Asikainen,
Pylkkonen,
Beijar,
Svahn,
Myntti,
Rytkonen,
Vaihela,
Lehtovirta
Substitutes
Pat Daly
Substitutions
Pat Daly -> Brendan Carroll (25)
None
Yellow cards
None. None
Red cards
None. None
Match report


Pictures from the match
Match 43
Thursday, 8th September 1949


Republic of Ireland 3 (Martin 2 [1 pen], Gavin)
Finland 0

Statto:
Debuts for: Arthur Fitzsimons,(Probabaly the best player ever to play for Ireland) Johnny Gavin, Peter Desmond, Tommy O'Connor and Substitute Pat Daly
Ireland's first ever game against Finland and our first ever win in the World Cup.

Ireland: Tommy Godwin (Shamrock Rovers), Jackie Carey (Manchester Utd) capt, Tom 'Bud' Aherne (Luton Town), Eddie Gannon (Sheffield Wednesday), Con Martin (Aston Villa), Tommy Moroney (West Ham), Johnny Gavin (Norwich City), Arthur Fitzsimons (Middlesbrough), Brendan Carroll (Shelbourne), Peter Desmond (Middlesbrough), Tommy O'Connor (Shamrock Rovers)

Sub: Paddy Daly (Shamrock Rovers) for Carroll 25 mins

Finland: Sarnola, Martin, Saarnio, Asikainen, Pylkkonen, Beijar, Svahn, Myntti, Rytkonen, Vaihela, Lehtovirta

Referee: Evans (England)
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