Ireland Under-18s played out an impressive 2-2 draw with Germany in Rüsselsheim am Main yesterday.
Tom Mohan's side bounced back from the concession of an early goal to lead 2-1 at the break through a double from Birmingham City's Ronan Hale.
After conceding a second half equaliser the Irish were denied an injury-time when St Patrick's Athletic striker Jamie Aherne was taken down by the goalkeeper on the edge of the box when he was just about to shoot to an unguarded net. The keeper was dismissed but Ireland fired narrowly wide from the resulting free-kick.
Germany went ahead through Joel Richter of FSV Mainz in the seventh minute after a defensive lapse but Hale grabbed the first of his two goals in the 38th minute to level when he fired past the home keeper in a one on one situation.
The striker then struck again in the 45th minute and this time he rounded the keeper before the ball bounced up and he reacted swiftly to volley home.
Seven minutes into the second half the home side levelled through Kaiserslautern's Nicklas Shipnoski after another defensive error but despite those blips Mohan was very pleased with the game, which will serve as good preparation for next season's UEFA U19 Championships qualifiers.
"It was a good result but I was particular pleased with our overall performance. We were very good in the first half and had a couple of chances before they scored. We made a mistake and they punished us," said Mohan.