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Duo in Ireland shut-out

20 November 2013

Kelly and Pearce help Ireland draw

Royals duo Stephen Kelly and Alex Pearce helped the Republic of Ireland to a clean sheet in an admirable 0-0 friendly draw away at Poland.

Kelly played the full 90 and had the best chance of the night for the visitors when he headed over the bar in the first half, while Academy graduate Pearce came on just after the hour mark.

Next up for the Irish is a home friendly against Serbia on 5 March, 2014, but before then attention will turn to the draw for Euro 2016 qualifying which takes place in Nice on 23 February.

They weren't the only Royals in action during this international break. Hal Robson-Kanu and Chris Gunter played for Wales and the former weighted in with a very good assist against Finland.

Chris Baird also featured for Northern Ireland and put in an 'outstanding' performance for Northern Ireland on Friday night, according to his manager Michael O'Neill. Read more here.

On top of that, Kaspars Gorkss captained Latvia in their game away to Ireland on Friday night.

Alex Pearce and Chris Gunter feature in this funny interview above, filmed last month.

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