Callum O’Dowda’s day is done.
On comes Sheffield United forward Callum Robinson in his place.
Callum O’Dowda may have tweaked something here.
He’s down receiving some treatment on the pitch, allowing the players to pause for an unofficial drinks break.
The Republic of Ireland’s brightest spark today, Aaron Connolly, creates space for a shot from a tight angle to the left of goal and slams his effort into the side-netting.
Finland are still a threat despite the hosts’ good start.
Sheffield United’s John Egan is alert to intercept a cross but Markku Kanerva’s side come back again and earn a corner.
Robert Taylor sends the ball in from the right but the Republic of Ireland defence stands tall to clear.
It’s been a good start to the second half from the Republic of Ireland.
Callum O’Dowda wins a free-kick now as the hosts apply the pressure.
It’s delivered by Robbie Brady and Shane Duffy rises well but heads wide.
Robbie Brady whips in the free-kick but John Egan is unable to keep his header down.
There are no changes to report from either side at the interval. How long will Stephen Kenny stick with the current plan?
Aaron Connolly brings the hosts forward and wins a free-kick to the left of the penalty area early in the second period…
We’re back under way for the second half!
I hope everyone prayed for some goals at half-time.
Undoubtedly the best chance of the first half fell to Teemu Pukki, but Finland’s star man was thwarted by an outstretched Darren Randolph.
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The possession is there for the Republic of Ireland, but the attacking threat just hasn’t quite been there.
Just the one shot on target from two so far for the hosts, compared to Finland’s two from four.
Obviously, it’s early days for Stephen Kenny, but there’s plenty of work to do.
Well there’s no added time to be had and that’s it for the first half.
Nothing to separate the sides so far.
It’s turning into a bit of an open end to the first half, with both sides breaking in numbers but neither able to transition quickly enough to capitalise.
It’s certainly there for the taking for both sides as we edge towards the interval, but it’s going to take a bit more quality.
Nope, it’s not happening yet.
The Republic of Ireland win another corner, from which Shane Duffy goes down under pressure. Loud calls for a penalty follow from the hosts but there didn’t appear to be much in it.
No clear-cut chances for the Brighton forward so far, but Aaron Connolly is battling hard for his side.
He’s won another free-kick and Robbie Brady will have the chance to whip in a cross from near the corner flag here.
Good hold-up play from Aaron Connolly there, who earns his side a free-kick following a push in the back and the chance to apply some pressure on the Finland box.
Stephen Kenny’s side are forced back again though…
Frustrating for Callum O’Dowda, who is flagged offside midway into the Finland half as the hosts try patiently to work their way upfield.
Finland have been very organised at the back and look relatively comfortable dealing with the Republic of Ireland attack for now.
We’re approaching the half hour mark.
What have you made of this so far, Republic of Ireland fans?
There has been plenty of promising build-up play but a lack of cutting edge about the hosts so far.
Captain Shane Duffy is having words with Sheffield United’s Enda Stevens after Finland make good progress down the right to force a corner.
That’s three or four corners already won by Finland now but again the visitors can’t make anything of the set-piece opportunity.
Enda Stevens delivers a good cross from the left but it evades both Adam Idah and Robbie Brady.
It was well worked between Aaron Connolly and Brady to set up teh cross and the hosts had numbers up there. Good signs.
Skipper Shane Duffy is at full stretch to cut out a cross from the right and concedes a corner.
It’s Robert Taylor who whips the ball in once again and this time it’s headed over for a goal-kick.