24.02.1981 at 20:00 Tolka Park
Republic of Ireland
1 - 3
Referee: Reeves (England)
Seamus Mc Donagh
Tuesday, February 24th, 1981
Stato:The first full international match to be played in Dublin's Tolka Park - the second, 12 years later, would also be against Wales
Debuts for Seamus Mc Donagh, and Eamon O'Keeffe. 30th International Cap for Jimmy Holmes.
Eamon O'Keeffe qualified to play as his grandparents were from Ireland. Although FIFA declared that he was ineligable as he had represented England in a semi professional game against Scotland. O'keeffee fought this case and won.
Republic of Ireland 1 (Grealish)
Wales 3 (Price, Boyle, Yorath)
Ireland: Seamus McDonagh (Everton), David Langan (Birmingham City), Brendan O'Callaghan (Stoke City), Jimmy Holmes (Vancouver Whitecaps), Chris Hughton (Tottenham Hotspur), Gerry Daly (Coventry City), Tony Grealish (Luton Town) capt, Gary Waddock (Queens Park Rangers), Steve Heighway (Liverpool), Don Givens (Birmingham City), Eamonn O'Keeffe (Everton)
Subs: Kevin Moran (Manchester Utd) for Givens 45 mins
Manager: Eoin Hand
Wales: Davies, Jones, Ratcliffe, Price, Boyle, Yorath, Flynn, Nicholas, James, Walsh, Harris