Ireland handily defeated Wales by 3-0 in the first game of the new Carling Cup international soccer series at Dublin's Aviva stadium..

A brilliant Darron Gibson goal after one hour put Ireland ahead and Damien Duff added a second eight minutes later.

Finally Keith Fahey completed the rout with a goal eight minutes from the end from a free kick.

Seamus Coleman of Everton and Ciaran Clark of Aston Villa made impressive international debuts for Ireland.