The Spurs pair earned their 16<sup>th</sup> and sixth caps respectively at Lansdowne Road.
Flying full-back Steve shrugged off an ankle injury to play from the start while big ‘Doc’ came on as second half substitute, replacing Niall Quinn up front.
The 24-year-old had a typical marauding game from right-back. He had one of Ireland’s better chances in the first half as he burst onto Quinn’s lobbed pass but failed to get any power in his shot and having helped withstand Portugal pressure in that opening period, he was involved in Ireland’s goal.
Steve dinked a delightful ball down the right flank to Gary Kelly, it went out for a throw that Kelly took instantly to Roy Keane, who fired home from 12 yards.
But he had his hands full coping with the drifting Luis Figo and it was the Real Madrid star that levelled it with 79<sup>th</sup> minute header.
The result left Ireland top of Group Two, a point clear of Holland and three clear of Portugal, who have played a game less.
Both Steve and Doc should be involved again when Mick McCarthy’s men travel to Estonia on Wednesday.
Stephen Carr and Gary Doherty’s World Cup dreams are still very much in place after a thrilling draw against Portugal on Saturday.