Date Time League Season
27 September 2022 7:45 pm UEFA Nations League 2022/23

Match Report

Late Brady penalty sees Ireland beat nine-man Armenia

The Republic of Ireland avoided a late scare after Robbie Brady’s late penalty secured a 3-2 victory over Armenia in the UEFA Nations League.

John Egan and Michael Obafemi looked to seal this one, but Artek Dashyan and Eduard Spertsyan had other ideas. However, a late handball by Dashyan allowed Brady to rescue the three points in injury time.

Ireland looked as if they were carrying over the good play from the Scotland game early on and had some decent half chances. It took less than eighteen minutes for it to come to fruition.

After a Jason Knight shot was blocked, Brady took an in-swinging corner. Egan met it and headed right into the net, earning his second goal in as many games.

The hosts continued to play well for the rest of the half and although Armenia came into it somewhat, nothing came of some decent late first-half play. Ireland meanwhile continued the good play after the interval and it paid off.

In the 52nd minute, Darragh O’Shea picked up a loose ball and played a lovely pass to the feet of Michael Obafemi. The Swansea man turned and took a shot outside the box, finding the bottom corner for his second goal of the campaign. Ireland were prepared to ride it out, but the visitors had other ideas.

In the 71st minute, Vahan Bichakyan got the ball on the right of the Ireland area and curled it goalwards. Gavin Bazunu tipped it onto the post but the rebound fell to Artek Dashyan, who buried it to set about some nerves.

It got worse only a minute later when Conor Hourihane played an absolute hospital ball just outside the area and Eduard Spertsyan tried his luck with it. His effort beat Bazunu and was really one the Southampton shot-stopper should’ve saved. All of a sudden, Ireland seemed shell-shocked.

The day was rescued when in the 86th minute a Brady corner was met by Collins, whose header was blocked by Dashyan. The incident went to a lengthy VAR check and the penalty was given.

 Dashyan received a second yellow, either for the handball or dissent. Hovhannes Hambartsumyan received a yellow for dissent also and when he wouldn’t stop, the ref gave him a second yellow in twenty-seconds. Armenia were down to nine men.

Robbie Brady stepped up and slotted it in to save the day. Ireland would see it out, but there’s definitely a strange feeling after this one.

  • 98'

    Full time. Ireland avoid a scare.

  • 97'

    Hogan misses a sitter, but the flag is up.

  • 91'

    Brady slots it in! Ireland have received a lifeline!

  • 89'

    It's given! Hambartsumyan has also received a double booking for his protests. Dashyan also receives a second yellow! Armenia are down to 9!

  • 88'

    Looks a definite handball from Dashyan.

  • 86'

    VAR is checking for a potential handball and the ref has gone to the screen.

  • 86'

    Pinball from a Robbie Brady corner. Nothing comes from this.

  • 83'

    Bayramyan fires one just wide! Ireland have fallen apart completely here.

  • 75'

    Chance! Brady swings in a corner that Collins meets but it's right at Yurchenko! Kenny rolls the dice with a double sub.

  • 72'

    Goal! Spertsyan out of nothing has made it 2-2! A complete collapse from Ireland!

  • 71'

    Goal! Armenia have one after Bazunu tips a Bichakchyan effort onto the post and Dashyan follows it up by burying it back of the net! Against the run of play and it may make Ireland nervous for the final ten...

  • 63'

    Obafemi plays a beautiful ball through to Parrott, but Yurchenko is off his line to collect.

  • 60'

    Brady's in-swinger is met by Collins at the front post, but his header is over.

  • 57'

    Now Hendrick clips in a cross that Yurchenko collects. Ireland look good since the goal.

  • 53'

    Knight plays through Brady, who fires in a low drilled cross. Yurchenko bobbles it, but collects the loose ball.

  • 52'

    Goal! O'Shea plays an excellent long pass forward to Obafemi, who turns and fires it into the bottom corner! 2-0 Ireland!

  • 51'

    Hourihane is on.

  • 51'

    Obviously got to Stephen Kenny, as he subs him off.

  • 48'

    Molumby after getting away with a booking, which would've been a red. Living on the edge.

  • 46'

    Back underway.

  • 45'

    Half time.

  • 42'

    Armenia starting to string some passes together for the first time all evening. Not coming to much, yet.

  • 38'

    Hambartsumyan heads away the Brady corner.

  • 38'

    Collins with a lovely through ball to Hendrick sets him up for a crossing chance. His pass is blocked by Mkoyan for a corner.

  • 35'

    Yurchenko punches away a Hendrick cross looking for Doherty and Brady follows it up with an effort. Blocked and cleared.

  • 33'

    Knight plays a pass into Parrott and he's dispossessed, but Knight follows it up with a blocked shot. Free from the resulting corner to Armenia.

  • 32'

    Brady clips a cross in from the bye-line but Armenia hold firm. Doherty has a follow up shot blocked.

  • 30'

    Not a whole lot has gone on since the opener. Ireland keeping the ball well, passing is crisp. Kenny should be pleased.

  • 29'

    Molumby booked. Tackle just a bit too high.

  • 18'

    Goal! Brady's in-swinger is headed in by Egan! Two goals in two for the Irish captain!

  • 17'

    Doherty drifts into the area and plays it to Knight, whose effort is blocked. Corner.

  • 14'

    From the following corner, Brady swings it in. O'Shea heads it back goal-wards, but Egan's flicked header goes just wide. Ireland creating a lot more chances now.

  • 14'

    Parrott nearly opens up a chance, but Hambartsumyan gets a vital tackle in.

  • 11'

    Best chance so far. Ball comes to Knight on the left and he crosses it into Obafemi, who flicks it just wide. Hint of offside, but it doesn't matter now.

  • 7'

    Chance opened for Obafemi, who is dispossessed. Ball falls to Hendrick who could play through Parrott, but keeps it himself and is dispossessed.

  • 6'

    Collins has the first shot of the game. Molumby switches it to Doherty, who slips through Hendrick. It's pulled back to the Wolves man, but he blares over.

  • 5'

    Ireland dominating possession in the opening 5, Armenia happy to sit back and absorb pressure.

  • 1'

    We are off.

  • Teams are out, anthems currently being played. Kick-off is nigh.

  • A win would also be good for confidence, which Ireland may need heading into the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.

  • Ireland of course cannot gain promotion, but a loss here would see them relegated to League C. They'll hope to prove that the loss in Armenia was an outlier.

  • For Ireland, Hendrick comes in for the suspended Josh Cullen, whilst McClean drops to the bench for Robbie Brady. It's also expected that Jason Knight will play further forward, so expect a 3-4-3 formation tonight from Stephen Kenny. Liam Scales is also back from injury and makes the bench.

  • Good evening and welcome to for live text updates of Ireland's final nations league match of this campaign against Armenia. I'm Seán Comber and I'll be talking you through this one. The lineups for both sides are in.


1Gavin Bazunu Goalkeeper
3Matt Doherty Defender
5John Egan Defender 18'
6Jayson Molumby 8 Midfielder 29'
9Michael Obafemi 19 Forward 52'
10Troy Parrott 7 Forward
12Nathan Collins Defender
13Jeff Hendrick Midfielder
17Jason Knight 14 Midfielder
18Dara O’Shea Defender
21Robbie Brady Midfielder 91'
16Mark Travers Goalkeeper
23Max O’Leary Goalkeeper
2Seamus Coleman Defender
5Shane Duffy Defender
7Callum Robinson 10 Forward
8Conor Hourihane 6 Midfielder
11James McClean Defender
14Alan Browne 17 Midfielder
15Callum O’Dowda Midfielder
19Scott Hogan 9 Forward
20Chiedozie Ogbene Forward
22Liam Scales Defender


1David Yurchenko Goalkeeper
2Andre Calisir 6 Defender
3Varazdat Haroyan Defender
5Artak Grigoryan Midfielder
7Khoren Bayramyan Midfielder 65'
8Eduard Spertsyan Midfielder 72'
10Lucas Zelarayán 23 Midfielder
11Tigran Barseghyan 18 Midfielder
15Hrayr Mkoyan 4 Defender
17Jordy Monroy 20 Defender
19Hovhannes Hambartsumyan Defender 90'
12Stanislav Buchnev Goalkeeper
16Arsen Beglaryan Goalkeeper
4Taron Voskanyan 15 Defender
6Karen Muradyan 2 Midfielder
9Artur Serobyan Forward
13Hakob Hakobyan Defender
14Hovhannes Harutyunyan Midfielder
18Zhirayr Shaghoyan 11 Forward
20Artak Dashyan 17 Midfielder 71'
21Styopa Mkrtchyan Defender
22Zhirayr Margaryan Defender
23Vahan Bichakhchyan 10 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 2)
1 - 0
Men's Senior
Republican Stadium

Armenia v Republic of Ireland

(Round 3)
0 - 4
St. George's Park

Armenia v Republic of Ireland


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Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Pembroke West A ED, Dublin, Dublin 4, Leinster, D04 FP65, Ireland

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