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VIDEO: Everton duo combine to give their nation the lead in qualifier

James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady combined to give the Republic of Ireland a 1-0 lead against Georgia.

Goal McGeady - Georgia 0-1 Ireland 07-09-2014... by Vizyeo

The Republic of Ireland got their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign under way this evening in a tough looking game in Georgia.

And you would be forgiven for thinking that it was Everton playing. Martin O'Neill started three Everton players in the game while the returning to fitness Darron Gibson was on the bench, something that pleased Everton boss Roberto Martinez. Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady were the three who started from the off.

And they took the lead in the 24th minute, you guessed it, thanks to a move made in Merseyside.

It was McCarthy who set the ball rolling. His touch from a Jon Walters knock down was superb and he proceeded to play a slotted pass for his Everton and Ireland team-mate McGeady.

The former Spartak Moscow player, who is used to football in this part of the world, raced clear on goal and clinically slotted the ball past Giorgi Loria, somewhat against the run of play.

A good start for two of the Everton boys trying to send Ireland to France in 2016 - but a wondergoal from Tornike Okriashvilli made it 1-1 before half time.

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