Date: 8th October 2006 at 1:43pm
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Newcastle United’s flying wingers Alan O’Brien and Damien Duff experienced a humiliating evening in Nicosia, as Shay Given-less Republic of Ireland crashed 5-2 to Cyrpus.

Manager Steve Staunton’s side were hit by injuries, but the result shocked even Cyprus supporters. O’Brien was a 70 minute substitute.

Prior to the game he said: ‘It would be a dream come true to play in the World Cup or the European Championships, but I just want to keep working hard. When it comes to playing for your country you want to play as much as possible.’