Long starts in Irish win

By SFC Media Fri 06 Oct International
Photo by Getty Images | Shane Long

Shane Long started for Republic of Ireland, as they kept their FIFA World Cup qualification hopes alive with a 2-0 home win over Moldova.

The result means that Ireland have now set up a huge clash with Wales in their final Group D game on Monday, as both nations look to seal a second-place finish and a play-off spot.

Victory in Dublin came courtesy of a pair of Daryl Murphy goals, with the Nottingham Forest striker sweeping home from inside the six-yard box after less than two minutes, before heading in a second in the 19th minute.

Long had chances to further extend the lead, but the Irish were more than happy to settle for the 2-0 success, with the Saints striker being substituted after 83 minutes.

It means they remain third in the group, just one point behind second-placed Wales, who beat Georgia 1-0 away from home earlier in the day.

The sides will go head-to-head in Cardiff on Monday night, while both still have a chance of overhauling leaders Serbia and qualifying automatically, although that would require Dušan Tadić and his international teammates to slip up at home to Georgia.