James McClean's double spares Republic of Ireland's blushes against Moldova
James McClean ensured the Republic of Ireland's trip to Moldova did not end in embarrassment as he struck twice in quick succession to secure a 3-1 victory in Chisinau.
Ireland flew out of the blocks and were ahead within 116 seconds as Shane Long ended an 18-game drought for club and country.
However, Igor Bugaev dragged the home side back onto level terms on the stroke of half-time as the visitors slept, and it took McClean's double - which came in the 69th and 76th minutes - to see Martin O'Neill's men home.
It proved to be an unnecessarily tricky affair at the Stadionul Zimbru, but the... read more
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