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Pearce scores for Ireland in 2-0 win

4 September 2014

Quick feet from our defender

Royals defender Alex Pearce scored for the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday night, in their 2-0 win over Oman in a friendly at Aviva Stadium.

The Academy graduate got on the scoresheet in the 81st minute by latching onto the ball from a corner, and using quick feet to get the ball under control and fire left-footed into the back of the net.

It's Pearce's second international goal, his first also coming against Oman in September 2012.

The 25-year-old played the full 90 for Martin O'Neill's side, while Royals striker Simon Cox was on standby and Stephen Kelly injured.

Former Royal Kevin Doyle (below) scored Ireland's first of the night with a well-placed header. The win for the Emerald Isle was good preparation for Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia.

Republic of Ireland: Given (Elliot 45), Keogh, Meyler (Murphy 85), Ward, Pearce, Brady, Pilkington (McGeady 59), Quinn, Gibson (Whelan 70), Hoolahan (Keane 59), Doyle (Long 59).

Subs Not Used: Forde, Coleman, Wilson, O'Shea, Stokes.

Meanwhile, Jake Taylor has received a first Wales call-up, and joins Chris Gunter in the squad for a UEFA qualifier away to Andorra on Tuesday 9th September. Fellow Welshman Hal Robson-Kanu is ruled out through injury.

Oliver Norwood is with Northern Ireland as they take on Hungary in Budapest on Sunday evening. All international qualifiers are now available to watch on Sky Sports 5.

Shaun Cummings was picked by Jamaica for a match against Canada in Toronto next Tuesday, but suffered a knee injury in our game at Scunthorpe last week.

Shane Griffin and Sean Long are with Ireland's Under 21s for a UEFA qualifier away to Germany on Friday night. Pierce Sweeney has also travelled despite an operation on a broken nose late last month.

Jonathan Henly and Dominic Hyam are part of the Scotland Under 21 setup as they take on Slovakia (Thursday) and Luxembourg (Monday) in UEFA qualifiers.

Midfielder Sammi Fridjonsson is with Iceland's Under 19s, alongside Academy youngsters Tomas Urbancic and Sindri Scheving, as they play two games against Northern Ireland, who include under-18s midfielder Lewis Collins. The first ended 2-2.

Rob Dickie, Aaron Kuhl and Jack Stacey are all on standby for England's Under 19s ahead of a friendly in Germany next week.

Youth striker Harry Cardwell impressed for Scotland U19s on Tuesday night as he bagged a first half brace, before his side drew 0-0 with Switzerland on Thursday. Tom McIntyre, also of the Royals Academy, is currently with Scotland U17s at a training camp.

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