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How the Ireland players rated on their night of destiny at the Aviva

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Ireland team for the play-off decider
Ireland team for the play-off decider

The stakes could not have been higher for the Republic of Ireland in the Euro 2016 play-off against Bosnia and Herzegovina and here is how we rated the Boys in Green.

Darren Randolph - Another relatively quiet night for the new Ireland No.1, but Randolph offers a sense of security when he is dealing with crosses. He looks set to replace Shay Given in goal, even when the veteran returns from injury - 8

Seamus Coleman - What a class act this guy is. A threat breaking forward and oozing with composure when he completes his defensive duties, Coleman is one of the finest full-backs around. Ireland are lucky to have him - 8

Richard Keogh - He will never win awards for elegance, but Keogh had been the heartbeat of the Ireland side in these play-offs. Once more, he gave everything to the cause as he fought to keep the Irish clean sheet - 8

Ciaran Clark - There was a theory that John O'Shea would come back into the Ireland team in place of Clark or Keogh, but these two battlers deserved their chance to carry Ireland over the line. Clark was polished again - 8

Robbie Brady - His set-pieces have been one of the great frustrations of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign as they have often disappointed, but this was the night when Brady delivered the killer ball for Walters' second goal. A great night for this proud Irishman - 8

Glenn Whelan - Once again, Whelan did what was asked of him and on a night when Ireland were pinned back by Bosnia for long periods, the captain stood tall and won his midfield battles. No one can fault Whelan for his effort.

James McCarthy - Oozing with drive and energy in the heart of the midfield battle, the McCarthy we have waited to see in an Ireland shirt is now in full flow. Superb in the victory against Germany last month, he was magnificent again against Bosnia - 8

Jeff Hendrick - One of the few Ireland players who has struggled to make his mark in these play-offs, Hendrick was somewhat stuck between defensive and attacking duties. Will he be a starter at Euro 2016? The jury remains out - 6

Wes Hoolahan - He only last 54 minutes before being replaced by O'Neill, but Hoolahan again showed some classy touches and a handful of fine passes that relieved the pressure on Ireland. It may be that he only has cameo roles to play for Ireland, but he could still be crucial - 7

Daryl Murphy - Tireless and burning with willingness to help the Irish challenge, Murphy ran himself into the ground before he was replaced by Long after 55 minutes. He does not look like scoring for Ireland, but boss Martin O'Neill clearly likes the job he does for the team - 7 

Jonathan Walters - What a hero. An unsung hero of the Ireland team for so many years, Walters should now be hailed as a national hero after his two goal display in one of Ireland's finest wins on the international stage in this century. Free Guinness for life Jonny boy....you deserve it - 9