Famous victories for Wales against the Irish
5 September 2018

Famous victories for Wales against the Irish

The last time the Republic of Ireland were in Cardiff, Martin O'Neill's side left with maximum points in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying as a solitary goal from James McClean earned the side a 1-0 win. 

However, Wales have enjoyed success against Ireland in the past, so here's a look back on our five previous victories.

Republic of Ireland 2-3 Wales

28 September 1960 - Dalymount Park, Dublin – International Friendly – Attendance : 20,000

The first meeting between the two nations proved to be a memorable one as Jimmy Murphy's Wales claimed victory through a decisive goal from Phil Woosnam. Cliff Jones scored Wales' first two goals with Fionan Fagan scoring a brace of his own for the home side.

Wales 2-1 Republic of Ireland

11 September 1979 –  Vetch Field, Swansea – International Friendly – Attendance : 6,825

Defender Joey Jones made sure that Wales would get off to the worst possible start as the two sides met on Welsh soil for the first time as his own goal handed Johnny Giles' side the lead after 22 minutes. However, an equalising goal from Ian Walsh less than two minutes later quickly made up for the error, and it was fitting that Swansea City legend Alan Curtis would score the winner.  

Republic of Ireland 1-3 Wales

24 February 1981 – Tolka Park, Dublin – International Friendly – Attendance : 15,000

Irish captain Tony Grealish put the home side ahead of 25 minutes, but Wales responded through Paul Price and Terry Boyle to put the side ahead before the break. Victory was confirmed for Mike England's side when Terry Yorath completed the scoring in the final minute of the match. 

Republic of Ireland 0-1 Wales

26 March 1986 – Lansdowne Road, Dublin – International Friendly – Attendance : 16,500 

Ian Rush's solitary strike on 17 minutes proved to be decisive for Wales as manager Mike England enjoyed another victory over Ireland on their own soil. Jack Charlton, a World Cup winner with England in 1966, was taking charge of a talented Republic of Ireland side for the very first time. 

Republic of Ireland 0-1 Wales

19 February 1992 – Royal Society Showground, Dublin – International Friendly – Attendance : 15,100

After two defeats to the Republic of Ireland to dent their perfect record, Wales returned to winning ways under the guidance of manager Terry Yorath, and through an unlikely goalscorer in midfielder Mark Pembridge. Current Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane lined-up in midfield for our opponents.