Ireland go in level with Luxembourg at half-time

Ireland go in level with Luxembourg at half-time

IRELAND HAVE it all to do in the second half against Luxembourg.

It was a half of decent football but very little end product, which is the story of Stephen Kenny's managerial campaign so far.

Both teams could have scored, and will probably be relieved not to be losing with a half to play.

Matt Doherty went down injured in the 10th minute, but stayed on the pitch and was threatening throughout the half.

Gavin Bazunu became the first teenage goalkeeper to start a European World Cup qualifying match since Slovenia's Jan Oblak did in 2012, and looked commanding in his first start for the boys in green.

He pulled off an outstanding save just before half time, that was reminiscent of the goal we conceded against Serbia the other night.

Ireland did nearly score one of the nicest goals we have done in a long time, with every player involved in the build up. However, Collins was denied at point blank range, and really could have done better.

Collins was brought in to replace Aaron Connolly who pulled out through injury, and has been disappointing, despite putting himself about.