James McClean scored the only goal of the game as Martin O'Neill's unbeaten side ascended to the top of World Cup qualifying Group D with 10 points from 12.
Everton's other representative on the night, Aiden McGeady, was a second-half substitute in what was Ireland's first win over Austria in nine attempts.
Elsewhere in the same group, Wales's qualifying hopes were hit by Aleksandar Mitrovic's equaliser for Serbia five minutes from the end in Cardiff.
Ashley Williams was captain of his country who led for 55 minutes after Gareth Bale's opener but were pegged back by Newcastle's Mitrovic and had to settle for a draw that leaves them in third place in the group with six points.
Meanwhile, at U19 level, Finch Farm team-mates Tom Davies and Nathan Broadhead came face to face as the former captained England against Wales but it was the latter who ended up with the bragging rights.
Broadhead scored twice, once from the spot, in a 3-2 win for Wales in Bangor.
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1 Posted 13/11/2016 at 08:56:24
We've just got to beat Wales now but hopefully we will get a bit of luck for a change still top of the group thanks to Mr Coleman and his merry men.
2 Posted 13/11/2016 at 12:28:14
3 Posted 14/11/2016 at 17:15:10
Hard to believe Ireland are top of their group with 10 points with 4 out of their remaining six games at home. Still, a lot can happen and we've rode our luck a little. The Ireland captain will meet his club mate the Welsh captain in our next game in March.
4 Posted 15/11/2016 at 07:32:38
To me he'll be one of the few that make the Koeman cut and rightly so.
Top player and a top man to boot.
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