Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Ireland 1 South Africa 0
A great free-kick by man of the match Liam Lawrence gave Ireland victory over South Africa in Limerick tonight.
Stoke City midfielder Lawrence set a curling and dipping 37th-minute strike beyond the dive of South Africa goalkeeper Fernandez.
Speaking after the game Lawrence said he was "absolutely delighted" to score and said "everyone had given a good account of themselves"
The decisive goal came against the run of play as South Africa had created a lot of early pressure.
However, Ireland should have doubled their lead in the second half but sub Leon Best's shot was well saved.
Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni had made a string of changes for the low-key Limerick friendly.
Only Kevin Doyle, Keith Andrews and Sean St Ledger remained from the side which beat Cyprus 2-1 in Saturday's World Cup eight qualifier in Nicosia.
Ireland captain Kevin Doyle said "it was a good win in difficult conditions and so many fresh faces, we had the better chances and worked hard for the win"