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North End Duo Feature In Republic Of Ireland Win

10 June 2019

North End duo Callum Robinson and Sean Maguire helped Republic of Ireland to a 2-0 win over Gibraltar on Monday night.

Robinson started the game, his eighth cap for the boys in green, and helped them on their way to a win that maintains their position at the top of group D in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

It was an impressive performance from the 24-year-old before he was replaced by Robbie Brady on 72 minutes.

PNE teammate Sean Maguire was introduced from the bench on 66 minutes to earn his sixth cap for the national side, and helped to see out the victory for Ireland.

David McGoldrick's deflected effort gave Mick McCarthy's side the lead in the first half and a Robbie Brady header in added time in the second half secured the win.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Robinson said: "The main thing was getting the result but when a team come in and just sit there in banks of four it's obviously tough to break them down, you have to move them, come short and go long and obviously it was a hard one but we got the win in the end and that was the main thing from the get go.

"There was a little bit of tension towards the end but then Robbie getting in at the back post kind of calmed everyone's nerves and now we can really look forward to September's fixtures.

"We've given ourselves a platform and we've been really positive the last two games, we got a massive result on Friday night and we got another win tonight so we are up there and competing and that's the main thing."

Both players will now enjoy some time off for the summer before returning to pre-season training in July, at a slightly later date than the rest of the squad due to being on international duty. The majority of the squad will return to pre-season training at the end of June ahead of the 2019/20 season.

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