DEBUT-season Ireland Under-18 Schools boss Paddy O'Reilly and his side are in good shape following Monday's friendly draw with Australia.
Matthew Millar's 60th-minute penalty cancelled out George Poynton's first-half opener as the tourists denied the schoolboys in green a win.
Trinity Comprehensive School's O'Reilly watched his side earn a third positive result in six meetings since 2000.
Ireland's only victory (3-1) against the touring side came ahead of their last successful Centenary Shield campaign in 2010.
O'Reilly makes his Centenary Shield debut as boss against Northen Ireland at Ballinmallard Utd FC (5.0) on St Patrick's Day.
They looked to be heading for that game with a big win when Poynton followed up an early Conor Melody chance by latching onto a Conor Ellis flick to fire home on 23 minutes.
Melody forced a good save from the Austrlian goalkeeper before the break and after the restart Daire O'Connor was denied twice, before Paul Murphy's header was somehow kept out.
Dan Tobin's challenge on Millar resulted in the latter equalising from the spot, before Steve Whyte produced a scare by firing against the Irish upright late on.
rep of ireland schools: Lee McCarron (Crana College); Nathan Benson (Rockbrook Park School), Dan Tobin (Oatlands College), Conor McCarthy (Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal), Paul Murphy (Gorey CS), Aaron Robinson (St Benildus College), George Poynton (Colaiste na hInse), Ethan Boyle (Wexford Vocational School), Darragh Markey (Colaiste Phadraig CBS), Conor Ellis (Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai), Conor Melody (St Joseph's College).
Subs: Corey Chambers (Gorey CS) for McCarron 46mins; Troy Carey (St Paul's CBS) for Markey 46; Dylan Watts (Clonkeen College) for Benson 46; Daire O'Connor(Gaelcolaiste na Mara) for McCarthy 46; Jamie Aherne (Confey College) for Melody 61; Oisin Hassett (St Eunan's College) for Boyle 61; Mark Buckley (MICC Dunmanway) for Ellis 61.
Referee: Alan Carey (Dublin).