However, Hourihane knuckled down despite the error and certainly improved as the game wore on,
Debutant Conor Hourihane ducked in the wall to allow the ball fly beyond Kieren Westwood in the Irish goal. It was that one lapse in concentration that can doom you at international level. Hourihane went on to recover and play well.
The former Barnsley captain played until around the hour mark until a number of changes were made, as systems and players were trialled by O’Neill in a squad that desperately needs to find fresh blood amongst the old guard.
Partnering Jeff Hendrick in central midfield, Hourihane was tidy in possession but spent most of the evening chasing down Iceland attackers before being withdrawn.
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