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