McClean nets as Ireland lose

Wigan's James McClean in action for the Republic of Ireland against Portugal
Wigan's James McClean in action for the Republic of Ireland against Portugal
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WIGAN Athletic star James McClean scored his first ever goal for the Republic of Ireland in a 5-1 defeat to Portugal at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

The winger netted seven minutes after half-time last night but that was after a Hugo Almeida brace and a Richard Keogh own goal had but Paulo Bento 3-0 up.

Further Portugal goals from Vierinha and Nani put the game to bed though.

Despite the heavy defeat, McClean was getting stuck in throughout the match. His inch-perfect cross for Jon Walters in the 27th minute was headed straight at the goalkeeper.

After the break, Ireland made a better fist of it with the Wigan star and fellow winger Aiden McGeady finding themselves in advanced positions on several occasions.

They got their reward seven minutes into the half when Wes Hoolahan played a quick free-kick to McClean on the right side of the penalty area, and he stepped inside before dispatching a low left-footed shot past Patricio.