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12.08.2009 at 15:00 Thomond Park Attendance: 19000
Republic of Ireland 0 - 3 Australia
Referee: Mr. Alfonso Perez Burrul (Spain Friendly-match

Goalscorers
None. Cahill 38,44
Carney 90
Opening squads
Shay Given
Sean St Ledger
John O'Shea
Richard Dunne
Darron Gibson
Glen Whelan
Kevin Kilbane
Aidan Mc Geady
Damien Duff
Kevin Doyle
Robbie Keane
Mark Schwarzer
Jade North
Rhys Williams
Patrick Kisnorbo
Tim Cahill
Mark Bresciano
Luke Wilkshire
David Carney
Mile Jedinak
Scott McDonald
Harry Kewell
Substitutes
Keiren Westwood
Eddie Nolan
Kevin Foley
Stephen Kelly
Liam Miller
Keith Andrews
Steve Hunt
Caleb Folan
Shane Long
Liam Lawrence
Andrew Keogh
Adrian Madaschi
Nick Carle
James Holland
Dario Vidosic
Oliver Bozanic
Nikita Rukavytsya
Aaron Mooy
Matthew Spiranovic
Brett Holman
Substitutions
Steve Hunt -> Damien Duff (46)
Caleb Folan -> Kevin Doyle (46)
Keith Andrews -> Darron Gibson (62)
Eddie Nolan -> Kevin Kilbane (63)
Shane Long -> Aidan Mc Geady (81)
Keiren Westwood -> Shay Given (86)
Brett Holman for McDonald,46 mins;
Adrian Madaschi for Kisnorbo 46 mins;
Nikita Rukavytsya for Kewell 46 mins;
Matt Spiranovic for North 72 mins;
Nick Carle for Bresciano 78 mins;
Yellow cards
None. None
Red cards
None. None
Match report | Preview
Stato: First ever game in Thomond Park and first game outside of Dublin since 1985.

Ireland now gone 5 games since win- last win was 2-1 win over Georgia in Feb 09.

75th cap for Damien Duff

Trapattoni's 13th Game in Charge

Republic of Ireland 0 Australia 3
Republic of Ireland were given a wake-up call as they were thrashed 3-0 by Australia at Thomond Park in Limerick.

Giovanni Trapattoni's men were playing their first match at the home of Munster rugby club but were out played from the off by an Australia side who have already booked their place in South Africa next summer.

Two quick-fire goals from Everton midfielder Tim Cahill towards the end of the first half stunned the home crowd before a late screamer from David Carney sealed their dominance.

The heavy defeat does not bode well for boss Trapattoni as defensive frailties will concern him ahead of next month's crucial qualifier against Cyprus.

Ironically, the defeat is Ireland's heaviest since their 5-2 thumping by Cyprus in October 2006 and a full strength Irish side will have their work cut out in order to be ready for the Cypriots next month.
Line Ups

Trapattoni made one change to the starting line-up he prematurely named last night, bringing in Darron Gibson for Keith Andrews.

Australia midfielder Marco Bresciano started to win his 50th cap while their clubless skipper Lucas Neill was not named in the squad, to inspire speculation he had flown out to complete a move to an unnamed club.

In his absence Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer took the captain's armband.

Australia started the brighter with Luke Wilkshire firing wide from the edge of the area before Harry Kewell forced Shay Given into a low save from a rehearsed free-kick.

The Republic were playing a home game outside Dublin for the first time since 1985, and a first in Limerick, but they were slow to find their feet in the new surrounds of Thomond Park.

Eventually they found some continuity, most notably down Aiden McGeady's left flank, with the Celtic winger crossing for Keane who spooned a header over from six yards.

Damien Duff then saw a goalbound effort blocked by Carney following a breakaway before Keane was then expertly denied by Schwarzer from close range after McGeady had played him in after a mazy run.

The Republic were in control and might have been rewarded on the break if Gibson had spotted Keane's run down the middle, instead over-hitting a pass for Doyle that slid out.

The home side's profligacy proved costly as Australia hit them on the counter-attack after 38 minutes.

Scott McDonald and Cahill were Australia's only attackers as they forged forward, but they combined superbly to free the Everton man who slid a low show past a static Given from the edge of the area.

The visitors cold have had another moments later when Kewell got behind his marker only to head over from six yards.

A second did arrive, however, a minute from the break and it was Cahill again.

Rhys Williams was allowed a free run into the area before unleashing a fierce shot that Given could only block as far as Cahill to poke home and register back-to-back two-goal games for his country.

Second Half

With his work done Cahill was substituted at the break, while Trapattoni brought on Stephen Hunt and Caleb Folan for Duff and Doyle respectively.

The Republic still looked shocked from Cahill's two-goal salvo and were lucky his replacement, Brett Holman, shot straight at Given after he was afforded time to pick his spot from the edge of the area.

Hunt, who is expected to be unveiled as a Hull player tomorrow, provided some much needed energy but like his team-mates he, too, lacked a telling final touch.

He first over-hit a free-kick to allow Schwarzer to easily gather before shooting wide after a clever Keane backheel.

Keane then turned his marker in the area but his goalbound shot was blocked by a Carney.

The hosts continued to waste chances with substitute Keith Andrews hitting a post, before Sean St Ledger headed straight at Schwarzer from six yards.

And again they were made to pay by Carney's superb stoppage-time strike, and give Trapattoni plenty to think about ahead of the Mediterranean trip next month.
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