Result: Aiden McGeady with last-gasp winner as Republic of Ireland win in Georgia

Aiden McGeady scores a last-minute stunner for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Georgia to start their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a victory.

Aiden McGeady scored both goals, including a last-minute winner, as the Republic of Ireland began their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with victory in Tbilisi over Georgia in Group D.

Georgia's David Kvirkvelia vies with Ireland's Seamus Coleman during their Euro Cup 2016 qualifying football match Georgia vs Ireland in Tbilisi on September 7, 2014© Getty Images

After a cagey opening 20 minutes, it was hosts Georgia who had the first real chance when Nikoloz Gelashvili darted in from the right and fired just wide.

Moments later, Martin O'Neill's Ireland were in front with the first goal of Euro 2016 qualifying from any side as Everton's McGeady received a pass from Toffees teammate James McCarthy before slotting home.

Georgia, who are managed by former Newcastle United man Temuri Ketsbaia, equalised in the 38th minute when Tornike Okriashvili twisted and turned 25 yards out before dipping a shot just under the crossbar past the helpless David Forde.

Robbie Keane had the chance to put Ireland back in front on the hour mark, but swiped wide after a lofted cross from Jonathan Walters.

Further shots followed at either end, with McGeady stinging the palms of Roin Kvaskhvadze before Forde was called into action to keep out David Targamadze's drive.

McGeady netted the winner on the 90-minute mark with a pinpoint left-foot curler from 18 yards after a smart turn in traffic.

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Georgia's David Kvirkvelia vies with Ireland's Seamus Coleman during their Euro Cup 2016 qualifying football match Georgia vs Ireland in Tbilisi on September 7, 2014
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