Oman fall for Ireland Trap

REPUBLIC of Ireland last night defeated Oman 4-1 in a friendly on an otherwise unsuccessful evening for the Home Nations.

Goals from Shane Long, debutant Robbie Brady, Kevin Doyle and Alex Pearce secured victory for Giovanni Trapattoni’s experimental line up but for every way in which their fixture was a success, for Wales the evening was a disappointment.

In their heaviest defeat since 1996, Chris Coleman’s side lost 6-1 away to Serbia with their solitary goal coming from Gareth Bale.

Scotland and Northern Ireland, respectively at home to Macedonia and Luxembourg, both drew 1-1.