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Impressive Ireland begin European under-17 Championship with goalless draw against Dutch

Published 07/05/2015 | 14:03

7 May 2015; Jamie Aherne, Republic of Ireland, reacts after a missed chance. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v Netherlands. Sozopol Stadium, Sozopol, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
7 May 2015; Jamie Aherne, Republic of Ireland, reacts after a missed chance. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v Netherlands. Sozopol Stadium, Sozopol, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
7 May 2015; Conor Masterson, Republic of Ireland, in action against Nigel Robertha, The Netherlands. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v Netherlands. Sozopol Stadium, Sozopol, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
7 May 2015; Timothy Fosu-Mensah, The Netherlands, in action against Connor Ronan, Republic of Ireland. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v Netherlands. Sozopol Stadium, Sozopol, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
7 May 2015; Republic of Ireland players, from left, Caoimhin Kelleher, Darragh Leahy and Jonathan Lunney after the game ended in a draw. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v Netherlands. Sozopol Stadium, Sozopol, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
7 May 2015; Trevor Clarke, Republic of Ireland, in action against Justin Bijlow, The Netherlands. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v Netherlands. Sozopol Stadium, Sozopol, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
7 May 2015; Connor Ronan, Republic of Ireland, in action against Javairo Dilrosun, The Netherlands. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v Netherlands. Sozopol Stadium, Sozopol, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
7 May 2015; Joshua Barrett, Republic of Ireland, in action against Timothy Fosu-Mensah, The Netherlands. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v Netherlands. Sozopol Stadium, Sozopol, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
7 May 2015; Anthony Scully, Republic of Ireland, in action against Timothy Fosu-Mensah, The Netherlands. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v Netherlands. Sozopol Stadium, Sozopol, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
7 May 2015; Anthony Scully, Republic of Ireland, in action against Dani De Wit, The Netherlands. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v Netherlands. Sozopol Stadium, Sozopol, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
7 May 2015; Conor Masterson, Republic of Ireland, in action against Donyell Malen, The Netherlands. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v Netherlands. Sozopol Stadium, Sozopol, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
7 May 2015; Jonathan Lunney, Republic of Ireland, in action against Rashaan Fernandes, The Netherlands. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v Netherlands. Sozopol Stadium, Sozopol, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
7 May 2015; Jonathan Lunney, Republic of Ireland, in action against Teun Bijleveld, The Netherlands. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v Netherlands. Sozopol Stadium, Sozopol, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

Substitute Jamie Aherne came within inches of providing Ireland with a famous win as they drew 0-0 in the opening game of the European under-17 Championships at Sozopol Stadium in Bulgaria.

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Aherne saw his goalbound header touched onto the crossbar late on by Feyenoord goalkeeper Justin Bijlow as Tom Mohan's side had to settle for a goalless draw.

New Liverpool signing Caomhin Kelleher was in fine form between the sticks for Ireland throughout, denying the dangerous Carel Eiting on a number of occasions.

The Republic of Ireland resume Group D on Sunday, May 10 against Italy, before taking on England on May 13.

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