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"

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