Sheridan strikes for Irish U21s
Youngsters draw with Group leaders
Last Updated: 09/09/09 7:41pm
Cillian Sheridan found the net as Republic of Ireland secured a draw against Estonia in the European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign.
The Celtic striker, currently on loan at Plymouth, struck on seven minutes to cancel out Kaimar Saag's early opener to secure a valuable point.
The Republic's youngsters performed well against the current Group 2 leaders and were unlucky not to walk away with all three points.
Don Givens' side had numerous chances to take the lead in an action-packed game against the in-form Estonians.
In the end settling for a draw, the result leaves Ireland fifth in the group, six points adrift of their opponents.
Ireland went into the game having lost their opening qualifier 3-0 at Turner's Cross in Cork back in March, and desperate for a positive result against the Estonians, who had won in Switzerland and at home to Georgia in the opening two fixtures.
But they got off to the worst possible start when, after the home side had already gone close, Saag beat Burton Albion keeper Shane Readman with only four minutes gone to get the hosts off to the perfect start.
However, it took Sheridan just three minutes to level as the Irish launched a concerted fightback.
But for all the visitors pressed forward in the search for a winner, the sides could not be separated during the remaining 83 minutes and they had to settle for a draw.
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Wed 9th Sep - Group Six
Kaz'stan U211 - 2Israel U21
Sweden U212 - 1Bulgaria U21
Wed 9th Sep - Group Two
Georgia U214 - 0Turkey U21
Estonia U211 - 1Rep Ire U21
Wed 9th Sep - Group One
Faroe Islands U211 - 3Latvia U21
Wed 9th Sep - Group Nine
Macedonia U211 - 1Lithuania U21
Wed 9th Sep - Group Ten
Azerbaijan U212 - 3Belarus U21
Austria U213 - 1Albania U21
Wed 9th Sep - Group Seven
Slovakia U211 - 0Cyprus U21
Norway U210 - 1Serbia U21
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