Ireland blanks Wales in Cup opener

BY foxsports • February 8, 2011

Gary Speed's debut as Wales manager ended in a 3-0 loss to Ireland on Tuesday in the opening match of the four-team Nations Cup.

Darron Gibson, Damien Duff and Keith Fahey all scored in a dominant second-half for the Irish at Lansdowne Road.

Wales hired Speed in December to replace John Toshack.

Scotland and Northern Ireland, who are the other participants in the new British Isles football tournament, meet on Wednesday. England, which plays Wales in a 2012 European Championship qualifier next month, declined to participate.

The Home Nations Championship, which featured Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England, was last contested in 1984.