Intl Friendlies
Date: 7:45 p.m. Nov. 14, 2019
Venue: Aviva Stadium

Derrick Williams 45' -
Scored: 45'


Sean Maguire 52' -
Scored: 52'


Callum Robinson 75' -
Scored: 75'


Scored: 30'
- Callum McCowett 30'


International Friendly Preview: Republic of Ireland -v-New Zealand

Wed, Nov 13 2019

Jack Byrne will start for Ireland on Thursday evening Credit: Al Robinson

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

An experimental Republic of Ireland are expected to take to the field of play in Thursday’s international friendly at home to New Zealand (kick-off is at 7.45pm).

The Boys in Green were victorious in their previous friendly encounter at home to Bulgaria, with a comfortable 3-1 win.

On a low-key night of action, Ireland easily dispatched of the Bulgarians in the closing stages of the game, with the introduction of Jack Byrne proving to be pivotal.

However, the visit of the All Whites to Dublin 4 on Thursday evening provides Ireland with a distraction of sorts ahead of Monday’s do-or-die qualifier at home to Denmark.

“I don’t make anything of them (New Zealand) and I haven’t (scouted them),” Mick McCarthy said during a press conference.

“I can’t see them. Whatever stuff our analyst has got, we are going to look at it and see how they have played in the past and how we think they will play now, what players are in the squad.

“We’ll try to get some handle on how we think they are going to play.

“It’s been pretty difficult, there’s not much out there for us.”

And with question marks being raised over the fitness of goalkeeper Darren Randolph, McCarthy added that he is unlikely to risk any players on Thursday evening.

“Anybody who has been injured, we discuss it with their medical team as well along with ours, and it's no difference with Robbie and the management team as well.

“We'll be making sure we look after him. I'm not bothered if he's training, we just want him playing on Monday.”

McCarthy has also confirmed that Lee O’Connor, Jack Byrne and Troy Parrott will all start tomorrow evening.

NEW ZEALAND

Going over 500 days without a competitive game, New Zealand are the visitors to Lansdowne Road on Thursday evening as they face a distracted Ireland.

Irish eyes are certainly fixated on Monday’s huge showdown at home to Denmark, and the All Whites have a new boss at the helm in Danny Hay.

Hay, once of Leeds United for a stint between 1999-2002 has been appointed as boss to help secure their place at the 2022 World Cup.

However, while qualification is the priority, Hay admits he will be placing an emphasis on youth ahead of their qualification campaign.

“The thing about professional footballers and how they operate is they'll be able to sniff straight away whether these are serious young players and they'll be able to sniff straight away the quality, and I think a few of the senior players have already seen some of the quality, even just in the very brief session we had today,” Hay told New Zealand website stuff.co.nz

“Ultimately, it's about the younger players, when they get the opportunity, showing what they're capable of.

“I've been quite vocal about how I want to have a style of play that suits the type of player we're developing now, but it's certainly not a case of out with the old, in with the new – I think we've got a really good balance.”

Referee: TBC.

 

MATCH STATS

The Republic of Ireland have never faced New Zealand before, but the All Whites have played First Division Cabinteely previously.

The All Whites saw off the Green and White’s by a score-line of 5-2, with both Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters and Cory Galvin scoring for Cabo.

In terms of the FIFA World Rankings, New Zealand occupy 121st position in the world, with Mick McCarthy’s Ireland in 36th spot.

BETTING

Republic of Ireland 1/4; Draw 4/1; New Zealand 9/1.

PREDICTION

Republic of Ireland 3 - 0 New Zealand

 

Republic of Ireland

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

 

New Zealand

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.


Republic of Ireland
Kieran O'Hara
Goalkeeper 65'
65Subbed Off: 65'
Ciaran Clark
Defender
Kevin Long
Defender
Lee O'Connor
Defender
Derrick Williams
45Scored: 45'
56'
56Subbed Off: 56'
Defender
Joshua Cullen
Midfielder
Jack Byrne
63'
63Subbed Off: 63'
Midfielder
Alan Browne
65'
65Subbed Off: 65'
Midfielder
© Robbie Brady
Midfielder
Sean Maguire
52Scored: 52'
74'
74Subbed Off: 74'
Forward
Troy Parrott
63'
63Subbed Off: 63'
Forward

Substitutes
Scott Hogan
Forward
Jeff Hendrick
Midfield
John Egan
Defender
Shane Duffy
Defender
Matt Doherty
Defender
James Collins
74'
74Subbed On: 74'
Forward
Conor Hourihane
65'
65Subbed On: 65'
Midfield
Alan Judge
63'
63Subbed On: 63'
Forward
James McClean
Midfield
David McGoldrick
Forward
Callum O'Dowda
56'
56Subbed On: 56'
Forward
Darren Randolph
Goalkeeper
Callum Robinson
63'
63Subbed On: 63'
75Scored: 75'
Forward
Enda Stevens
Defender
Mark Travers
65'
65Subbed On: 65'
Goalkeeper
Glenn Whelan
Midfield
New Zealand
Stef Marinovic
Goalkeeper
Storm Roux
Defender 90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Winston Reid ©
Defender 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Liberato Cacace
Defender
Michael Boxall
Defender 74'
74Subbed Off: 74'
Callum McCowett
Midfielder
30Scored: 30'
84'
84Subbed Off: 84'
Joe Bell
Midfielder
Sarpreet Singh
Midfielder
Ryan Thomas
Midfielder 74'
74Subbed Off: 74'
Elijah Just
Forward
Chris Wood
Forward 76'
76Subbed Off: 76'

Substitutes
Marco Rojas
Unknown
Matt Ridenton
Forward
Tim Payne
Defender
90Subbed On: 90'
90'
Michael McGlinchey
Unknown
74Subbed On: 74'
74'
James McGarry
Midfield
Max Mata
Forward
Andre De Jong
Midfield
76Subbed On: 76'
76'
Elliot Collieer
Forward
84Subbed On: 84'
84'
Alex Rufer
Unknown
Tommy Smith
Defender
74Subbed On: 74'
74'
Bill Tuiloma
Unknown
46Subbed On: 46'
46'