The tough games may still be ahead for the Republic of Ireland, although victory over Macedonia keeps them in the hunt for Euro 2012 and that's all that matters.
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It was not a polished performance. Nor was it the best that they have played in this qualifying campaign. But the 2-1 win at the Aviva Stadium showed Giovanni Trapattoni's are going in the right direction.
A goal on two minutes from winger Aiden McGeady gave Ireland the perfect ...