The two countries faced off in Group D for the second time after Scotland's win in Glasgow last November, a result that has contributed to their two-point advantage over Ireland in the table.
Everton's Aiden McGeady was out injured for the Irish in a game that could be important in terms of qualifying for next summer's finals.
Ireland made the breakthrough towards the end of a scrappy first half when boyhood Blue Jonathan Walters prodded home from close range and a suspiciously offside position following a corner.
The Scots levelled a minute into the second half, though, when Shaun Maloney's curling shot deflected off John O'Shea's back and past Shay Given.
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1 Posted 13/06/2015 at 22:47:34
2 Posted 14/06/2015 at 00:44:14
Oh sorry... this is the Naismith thread and not the Lukaku thread?
3 Posted 14/06/2015 at 09:34:58
4 Posted 14/06/2015 at 09:45:58
The panel on the Irish TV Network basically said that McCarthy was not up to it.
5 Posted 14/06/2015 at 10:05:38
The panel on Irish tv (ie Eamon Dunphy) has never taken to McCarthy and claims he has never performed well for Everton. This is the same guy who for years told us Cristiano Ronaldo was not up to it and believes Stephen Quinn should be in the team ahead of McCarthy. Dunphy watches very little football and spouts the same desperate rubbish every game to gain publicity and attention.
6 Posted 14/06/2015 at 10:37:10
Then go back to the Belgian game: Lukaku Â– well, I just despair watching this clown run around a pitch. I did not see Stones or Garbutt but read they played well and, having watched BarkleyÂs appearance against Ireland, I hope he does not get near the pitch today. Sorry to be so negative but I am embarrassed watching these professional players from the club I love.
7 Posted 14/06/2015 at 10:48:10
8 Posted 14/06/2015 at 11:46:08
9 Posted 14/06/2015 at 12:15:51
10 Posted 14/06/2015 at 13:59:41
11 Posted 14/06/2015 at 13:59:58
12 Posted 14/06/2015 at 17:19:03
"When the final whistle went, James McCarthy finally stopped running and dropped his head. There was no more to give. No more to do. All evening he had sprayed passes and hunted Scotland down, outlined the limits that penned Scotland into their own half for long stretches and kept Ireland moving. He was the one in midfield loading the bullets into the chambers for everyone up ahead."
John Aizlewood in Sunday Times writes of McCarthy 7/10
"IrelandÂs midfield fulcrum was their most stylish player"
Douglas Alexander in report on game in Sunday Times, a lengthy enough three column piece gives McCarthy two mentions.
1. "James McCarthy asserted his Irishness by clattering through Scott Brown"
2. "McCarthy was hyped up and was booked when he caught Russell Martin with an elbow"
I have to wonder what match Foley and Aizlewood were watching. Certainly not the same as me or the others on the Live Forum yesterday, some of whom were asking if Macca was still on the pitch.
I see a quote on Guardian in lead up to England/Slovenia game asking if Naismith was refereeing this one as well. Nuff said.
A less than stellar day for the Blues at the Aviva.
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