Cyrus Christie on scoresheet as Republic of Ireland defeat Uruguay


"But it was a decent result and I got to play in the following (friendly) game against Iceland, so it just gave me a bit of a taste for it again".

"But I think all the aim is for Austria a week on Sunday".

A healthy near forty thousand crowd in New Jersey saw an entertaining game, with the two teams closely matched early on.

The Derby full-back, who is in line to start next Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Austria with Coleman recovering from a double leg fracture, fired home his second senior global goal on the way to a morale-boosting 3-1 win at the Aviva Stadium.

"It's been just a week training and then you're into an global fixture", Duffy told RTÉ Sport.

"It was a proud night, I don't think the performance was great but on a personal level it's great to get a goal", said Gleeson afterwards as all Irish minds tried to immediately move on from a hard night towards Sunday's friendly with Uruguay and the huge World Cup qualifier with Austria next week.

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"We have to try it, that's the whole point", O'Neill said of his experiment with the 3-5-2 formation. "That's the main game and everyone in that changing room knows we'll be ready for that game". "But as far as I'm concerned, it was great; I was delighted to take it on and I thought it was great preparation".

"But mentally, I've got a good family around me and got a good physio for the rehab and I have been back". In one sense it was - there was much-needed game time for many who hadn't played for over a month.

A Republic side featuring far more of the men who are likely to start against Austria than the one which had succumbed tamely to the Mexicans in the USA last week fought their way past a Uruguay team without the services of star man Luis Suarez by injury.

"But in terms of people coming to train, I've never had a problem with that and sometimes they pick up a few things that would help them with experience so I'd have a look at that".

Keiren Westwood, John O'Shea, Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, Glenn Whelan, Harry Arter, Aiden McGeady, Jonny Hayes and Jonathan Walters underwent a light training session at Abbotstown on Friday afternoon as the men who travelled to the United States for the 3-1 friendly defeat by Mexico were put through a recovery session following their return.