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Republic of Ireland's Sam Byrne. Picture: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Republic of Ireland's Sam Byrne. Picture: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Republic of Ireland's Sam Byrne. Picture: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

PAUL DOOLIN was pleased with the week's work from his Ireland U19 side after they held Romania to a 2-2 draw in a friendly.

Sam Byrne, on loan at Carlisle United from Manchester United, scored late on, his second of the game, to secure a draw for Ireland. Earlier, Romania had gone 2-1 in front following an early Byrne strike.

The game was part of the build-up to the elite round of qualifiers in May for the European Championship finals, and yesterday was a big moment for Anderlecht goalkeeper Liam Bossin as the Belgian native, who has an Irish mother, made his debut for the Republic.

"You have to be positive after that performance," said Doolin.

"What's important from my perspective is that the players we brought it in have certainly looked comfortable.

"The result isn't the most important aspect of these games. It's about seeing if one or two players will step up to the level and I feel that's what we got over the two games.

"It's a positive result for us and it's been a good week," Doolin added.


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