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Wessi’s Goal Sinks The Poles

Wednesday 6th February 2013. International Friendly
Republic of Ireland 2-0 Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdwone Road.

Goals from Ciaran Clarke and Wes Hoolahan gave a new look Ireland team a victory over a Polish side that could be forgiven for thinking they were playing at home.

If the old saying “Guinness doesn’t travel well” holds true, then the Irish fans can be described as the exact opposite of the “black stuff”! While an estimated 20,000 fans took planes, trains and automobiles to Poznan and Gdansk during Euro 2012, having the title of “Best fans in the world” bestowed on them by many (not least themselves), a paltry home support turned up to see the Boys In Green take on their Polish counterparts as Fortress Lansdowne was turned red and white by the away fans.

The friendly gave Giovanni Trapattoni the opportunity to blood some players with Conor Sammon and Joe Hendrick handed debuts, while David Forde, Ciaran Clarke, Greg Cunninghan, Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Brady and the two James, McCarthy & McClean, also added to their caps tally.

Although the visitors had more of the play throughout the first half, it was the Irish that took a lead into the break with Ciaran Clarke reacting quickest to Artur Borucs save from Shane Long.

In the second half, the eventual introduction of Wes Hoolahan gave the midfield an extra dimension and the former Shelbourne player gave his chances of earning more caps a massive boost with an exceptional finish to secure the win.

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David Forde saves with his feet against Poland

David Forde saves with his feet against Poland

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Wes Hoolahan fires home Irelands second goal

Wes Hoolahan fires home Ireland’s second goal

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