John O'Shea

Irish duo in action

by Ashley Houghton

O'Shea and McClean amongst players on duty.

John O’Shea and James McClean played 90 minutes as the Republic of Ireland drew 2-2 with Austria in Dublin last night.

A double from Stoke City’s Jonathan Walters had given the hosts a half-time lead after Martin Harnik had given Austria an 11th-minute advantage.

Bayern Munich’s David Alaba struck a cruel blow for the Irish in the 90th minute when he let fly from 25 yards and left David Forde with no chance.

McClean received praise after the game and his lively wing play often created openings for Giovanni Trapattoni’s side throughout the early stages.

Elsewhere, on-loan winger Ahmed Elmohamady played an hour for Egypt as they continued their 100% record in Group G of the African qualifying section.

The Egyptians ran out 2-1 winners over Zimbabwe as Bob Bradley’s side look to secure their place at Brazil 2014.

Meanwhile, Son Heung-Min scored in the sixth minute of injury-time to give Ji Dong Won’s South Korea a 2-1 victory over Qatar in the Asian Qualifying section.

Dong-won’s side trail Uzbekistan by one point in Group A but have a game in hand as they look to qualify for the World Cup for the seventh consecutive time.