MARC WILSON had a night to remember as he capped his first competitive start for the Republic of Ireland by playing a big part in their victory over the Faroe Islands.
The Stoke City defender not only marked that momentous occasion by firing Giovanna Trapattoni’s side into the lead, he also set up the second goal for Jonathan Walters.
Those two goals in the space of seven second half minutes helped get Ireland back to winning ways after the disappointment of their heavy defeat at the hands of Germany.
Ireland eventually ran out 4-1 winners on the night in the World Cup Group C qualifier in the Torsvollor Stadium and the margin of victory could easily have been greater.
Wilson, who had recently featured for the Irish in their friendly win over Oman, was included in Trapattoni’s line-up in his familiar left back role in place of Stephen Ward.
In a first half of few clearcut opportunities, Walters went close with a header midway through half, but Ireland imposed their authority immediately after the break.
Winger Aiden McGeady teed up the opportunity for Wilson to fire a shot from the edge into the top left corner of the net to mark his call-up in the best possible way.
The former Portsmouth player then turned provider when his cross from the left hand side was neatly headed home by Walters for his second international goal.
Although the Faroe Islands caused one or two uneasy moments by pulling a goal back, an own goal and then a later header from Darren O’Dea wrapped up the win.
The night proved to be a frustrating one for City captain Ryan Shawcross and his England team-mates who must now remain in Poland for a further 24 hours after the World Cup qualifier was postponed in farcical circumstances due to torrential rain.
FIFA officials are now hoping that the conditions will have improved enough for the game to go ahead on Wednesday afternoon with a 4.00pm kick-off.
City ‘keeper Asmir Begovic helped his side to record an emphatic 3-0 victory over Lithuania, Edin Dzeko being one of Bosnia’s goalscorers in the triumph.