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Republic of Ireland v England: classic goals in this fierce fixture

| 07.06.2015

Martin O’Neill will soon guide his Republic of Ireland side out to face England at the Aviva Stadium in the country’s capital, with both nations vying to claim international bragging rights and pride.

Ahead of the eagerly anticipated meeting in Dublin, here is a list of many famous strikes in this captivating international fixture.

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Shane Long 2013
In the two nation’s most recent clash at the new Wembley, current Southampton marksman Long leaped highest to clinically header home a perfectly placed cross from Everton full back Seamus Coleman on the right flank, giving Giovanni Trapattoni’s Boys in Green the lead.

Long is again set to feature against Roy Hodgson’s men in their latest ‘friendly’ meeting, and the Premier League marksman is 11/4 with Coral to net anytime, while Ireland are 13/5 secure victory on home soil.

David Kelly 1995
In a clash that was disgracefully, eventually abandoned due to rioting at Lansdowne Road, Kelly put the home nation in front with a well-taken finish into the bottom corner.

Despite such a neatly placed strike, and a close contest on the pitch, events in the stands infamously took a turn for the worst and the referee prematurely called a halt to proceedings in Dublin.

Niall Quinn 1992
In a crucial 1992 World Cup qualifying encounter at Wembley, Ireland and England met once again in a rigorous battle which saw the shares spoiled at 1-1.

Early in the match, Lee Dixon’s deflected effort on goal put England ahead, but towering targetman Niall Quinn struck to level proceedings after immense pressure from the Emerald Isle.

Gary Linekar and Kevin Sheedy 1990
England took the lead through a typical poacher’s finish from their frontman, with Lineker capitalising on an early chance, before Sheedy equalised with a fiercely driven effort into the bottom corner.

Ray Houghton 1988
Another Ireland goal, and another fantastic header. Former Liverpool frontman John Aldridge knocked the ball down, after a lofted cross, into the path of an incoming Houghton, who delicately sent his headed effort sailing over a helpless Peter Shilton.

Houghton’s goal gave Jack Charlton’s Irish side a famous 1-0 victory over their rivals at the 1988 European Championships in Germany, causing scenes mass exodus among fans and players alike.

Gary Lineker 1985
The second of Lineker’s goals in our list! One of the country’s most prolific ever goalscorers featured against Ireland several times, and was on the scoresheet as well, grabbing his first ever international strike in this match-up.

In a friendly meeting, Lineker managed to drift in behind his marker, before eventually dispatching England’s second goal in fine fashion. Liam Brady managed to pull one back for the Irish late on, but Linekar’s strike helped seal a 2-1 triumph.

Kevin Keegan 1980
Former Newcastle United and Liverpool forward Keegan was known for his wide range of attacking talents, and against Ireland in a European Championship qualifier in 1980 he showed exactly why he had gained such a rampant reputation.

A delightful double from England’s Wembley hero was capped off with a sensational chipped strike, dismantling the Irish defence, even though the Three lions had already assured their qualification by topping the group. One of the visiting country’s current crop of forwards will be vying for similar success in front of goal, including the likes of Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling, with England 11/10 to triumph.



Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.