On This Day in Irish Football – 22nd May 22nd May 1949: The Republic of Ireland secured a 1-0 win over Portugal at Dalymount Park. Paddy Coad scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the 35th minute as Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Tom
On This Day in Irish Football – 22nd May
22nd May 1949: The Republic of Ireland secured a 1-0 win over Portugal at Dalymount Park. Paddy Coad scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the 35th minute as Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Tommy Godwin made his debut. Everton's Peter Corr and West Ham's Danny McGowen also made their debuts in an impressive victory. An unusual happening in this match was the fact Davy Walsh was replaced by Peter Farrell in the 35th minute following a nasal injury but returned to the field of play four minutes later in place of Farrell!
22nd May 1966: The Republic of Ireland suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat against Austria at the Prater Stadion in Vienna. In front of 33,000 spectators, Walter Seitl scored the only goal of the game in the 76th minute.
22nd May 1979: The Republic of Ireland suffered a 3-1 defeat to West Germany at Lansdowne Road. Former Bohemians forward Gerry Ryan scored his only international goal to give Ireland a 26th minute lead before West Germany equalised three minutes later through Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Ireland held the visitors until the 81st minute when Walter Kelsch put the Germans in front and Dieter Hoeness added a third on his debut in the final minute. Brendan O'Callaghan made his international debut for Ireland when he replaced Don Givens after fifteen minutes due to injury. Player-managed and captain Johnny Giles brought the curtain down on his 20 year international career as he played his 59th and final international match.
22nd May 1988: The Republic of Ireland secured an impressive 3-1 victory over Poland in their farewell home match before the 1988 European Championships. Kevin Moran captained the side as Kevin Sheedy (12), Tony Cascarino (30) and John Sheridan (40) all scored in the first-half to secure the win. Former Everton player Robert Warzycha (66) responded for the visitors in the second-half. This was Poland’s ninth visit to Dublin but their first to Lansdowne Road as Ireland made it four wins, four draws and one defeat from those matches.
22nd May 1991: Roy Keane made his Republic of Ireland debut in the 1-1 draw against Chile in an international friendly at Lansdowne Road. Fabián Estay (64) scored the opener before David Kelly (81) equalised. The attendance was 32,230 for what was Jack Charlton’s 50th match as manager bringing his record to W24, D20, L6 and just one defeat (to Italy in the World Cup quarter-finals) in his previous 25 matches.