Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick stars in Republic of Ireland’s win over USA

David McGoldrick

David McGoldrick - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick starred on his Republic of Ireland debut on Tuesday night, helping his new international team-mates to a 4-1 friendly victory over USA.

McGoldrick, who started the game alongside in-form Blues’ team-mate, Daryl Murphy, threaded an excellent ball through to Anthony Pilkington, who gave Martin O’Neill’s side the lead.

That goal came on seven minutes, but the visitors were back on level terms with six minutes of the first half remaining, Mix Diskerud equalising for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side.

McGoldrick was at it again, ten minutes after the break though, setting up Ireland’s second for Hull winger Robbie Brady with a superb pass.

The Town forward, who has five goals for the Blues this season, was withdrawn in the 77th minute along with Murphy, who missed a good chance during the game to score, the duo being replaced by Shane Long and Jeff Hendrick respectively.

Wigan’s James McClean’s deflected effort made it 3-1, before a left-foot free-kick over the wall from Brady extended the lead on 86 minutes.

The Irish are next in action in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Group D leaders Poland in Dublin on 29 March.

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The Republic lie three points behind the Poles after four rounds of qualifying fixtures, level on points with Germany and Scotland.