How the Ireland players rated against Switzerland

SoccerBy Sunday World
Ciaran Clark celebrates his winning effort
Ciaran Clark celebrates his winning effort

The Republic of Ireland got a 1-0 win against Switzerland in a lifeless affair at the Aviva Stadium. Here is how we rated Martin O'Neill's side.

DARREN RANDOLPH - Extremely quiet night for the West Ham stopper in what was a dour affair, devoid of much threat from the Shaqiri-less Swiss. His lack of game time in the Premier League could hurt him come June. 6

SEAMUS COLEMAN (c) - The Everton man was a threat breaking forward. Provided a quality left-footed cross towards the end of the opening period from which Long hit the crossbar. Assured in defence and looked comfortable in the captain's armband. 7

SHANE DUFFY - Provided an excellent assist after getting up highest from a Brady corner for Clark's tap-in header, having made a nuisance of himself in the box. Did not look overly fazed on the rare occasions Switzerland attacked at pace. A man-of-the match performance will have boosted his chances of making the squad. 8

CIARAN CLARK - Staked his claim for the Euros squad with a well-taken early goal that settled any potential Ireland nerves. Despite Aston Villa's chronic form, the defender looked assured during the very few attacks launched by the Swiss. 7

ROBBIE BRADY - The established left-back in this Ireland side, Brady had a quiet night on the attacking side of things for a player of his quality. 6

ALAN JUDGE - Lasted the full 90 minutes on his debut but was maybe unable to get into the game as much as he'd have liked due to his position on the wing. The midifielder's most creative displays for Brentford have come from a central attacking position. Looks very assured on the ball, however. 6

DAVID MEYLER - Failed to have much influence on the game before being substituted after 60 minutes. On this evidence, will not be pushing McCarthy or Whelan for a starting central-midfield berth in France. 5

STEPHEN QUINN - The Reading midfielder had a very similar night to Meyler, in that his contribution is likely to have made no impact on Martin O'Neill's thoughts on his starting XI against Sweden on June 13. Subbed with a half hour left in the tie. 5

AIDEN MCGEADY - Substituted after 62 minutes, the Sheffield Wednesday winger will not have done enough tonight to convince O'Neill that he deserves a place in the Euro 2016 squad. 5

KEVIN DOYLE - Substituted after 25 minutes with a serious-looking injury. Hopefully not one that will rule him out of contention for the Euro 2016 squad. 6

SHANE LONG - Could easily have had a first-half assist after putting an excellent ball into the box but nobody made the necessary run for what would've been a tap in. Should have had Ireland 2-0 up after 36 minutes but struck the crossbar with a header after an excellent ball from his captain. Ran hard as is standard. 6


DARYL MURPHY (for Doyle, 25 mins) - A poor display from the Ipswich striker who came on to lead the line after Doyle's injury. Service to him certainly wasn't very regular but his substitution for Hoolahan after 79 minutes says all you need to know. 4

EUNAN O'KANE (for Meyler, 62 mins) - The Bournemouth midfielder will struggle to make the cut for Euro 2016, particularly considering he is generally a sub for Eddie Howe's side. Another debutant, he looked lively going forward and had a decent chance in the final 10 minutes but failed to hit the target. 5

JONNY HAYES (for McGeady, 62 mins) - An energetic half hour from the Aberdeen winger, the third of three Republic of Ireland debutants tonight. 5

JAMES MCCARTHY (for Quinn, 62 mins) - Assured as usual from the Everton midfielder who came into a game of such a poor pace that it was never likely to trouble a player of his quality. However, like all of his midfield compatriots tonight, creativity was lacking. 5

WES HOOLAHAN (for Murphy, 79 mins), JAMES MCCLEAN (for Long, 84 mins) - Both will make the final squad but did not have time to influence the proceedings tonight. N/A