Shane Long ends 18 game drought to give Ireland the lead in Moldova (Official Video)

Shane Long is officially back among the goals

Shane Long celebrating his goal in Moldova
Shane Long celebrating his goal in Moldova

Ireland take early lead in Moldova

Ireland took an early lead in Moldova tonight, scoring after just 2 minutes.

With Wales only drawing at home to Georgia tonight, Martin O’Neill’s side can make a big statement in the group by winning in Moldova tonight.

Shane Long ends 18 game drought

And Shane Long will be a relieved man after giving the Irish the lead.

In terms of prolific goalscoring, it’s safe to say the Tipperary native is not in Cristiano Ronaldo’s ranks.

The Southampton man has averaged a goal around every 4.5 games throughout his career, and that ratio was drastically worsened during this recent drought, which saw him go 18 games without scoring.

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