Ireland play out disappointing draw with Qatar

Ireland play out disappointing draw with Qatar

AFTER A strong first half, Stephen Kenny's side really didn't do much in the second 45 minutes.

Ireland have once again failed to grab a victory after being ahead, meaning Stephen Kenny is yet to win in 11 games as Ireland boss.

It was a perfect start for Ireland, with James McClean scoring from a well worked corner after four minutes.

The corner was given after some lovely football from Seamus Coleman and Daryl Horgan, who played the ball to Robbie Brady who smashed it goalward, but it was deflected wide.

Ireland created a few decent chances throughout the rest of the first half, with Qatar offering very little aside from a dubious shout for a penalty.

But sadly, things changed in the second half, and Qatar really grew into the game, with their efforts really quickly rewarded.

Mohammed Muntari equalised minutes after the second half begun, with a strong shot from the edge of the box beating Gavin Bazunu.

From there, the game just seemed to peter out, with Ireland creating the odd chance but nothing clear cut, which is sadly the story of Kenny's reign so far.

Youngster Troy Parrott showed some classy touches, but ultimately did not do enough to warrant any real praise.

Stephen Kenny will undeniably be disappointed to once again throw away a leading position, like his side did against Serbia last week.