Last-gasp Garvan rescues Irish
Irish still looking for first win in qualifying
Last Updated: 13/10/09 10:02pm
Garvan: Late leveller
Owen Garvan's last-gasp goal earned Republic of Ireland Under 21s a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their European Championship qualifier.
The Ipswich midfielder struck three minutes into added time to cancel out substitute Fabian Frei's 57th-minute opener for the Swiss.
The Republic started brightly and went close within two minutes of kick-off when Plymouth's loan striker Cillian Sheridan tested Swiss keeper Yann Sommer with a fiercely-struck long-range effort.
James McCarthy fired just wide from distance nine minutes later after Sommer had been forced to rush from his line to intercept a woefully underhit back-pass before Sheridan could get there, and the keeper was back in action seven minutes from the break to claim Jay O'Shea's effort at his near post.
However, Ireland keeper Shane Redmond, who had earlier had to produce a fine save to keep out a Mario Gavranovic header, was rescued by the assistant referee with 21 minutes gone when striker Alessandro Ciarocchi shot home from Frank Fletscher's long pass, only to be penalised for handball.
Fletscher skied wastefully over 11 minutes after half-time, but the visitors went ahead seconds later when, after Valentin Stocker's shot had come back off the post, Ciarocchi's follow-up was blocked by Seamus Conneely and Frei tapped home the rebound.
Alan Judge and Sheridan both forced fine saves from Sommer and Judge flashed an 87th-minute piledriver across the face of goal in a frenetic finale, but Garvan rescued a point at the death with a 93rd-minute equaliser to give the home side a share of the spoils.
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Tue 13th Oct - Group One
Romania U213 - 0Faroe Islands U21
Tue 13th Oct - Group Nine
Macedonia U211 - 1Portugal U21
Greece U211 - 0Lithuania U21
Tue 13th Oct - Group Five
Iceland U212 - 1N Ireland U21
Tue 13th Oct - Group Seven
Croatia U213 - 1Serbia U21
Tue 13th Oct - Group Four
Poland U210 - 4Holland U21
Liec'stein U210 - 4Finland U21
Tue 13th Oct - Group Two
Turkey U211 - 0Armenia U21
Rep Ire U211 - 1Switzerland U21
Tue 13th Oct - Group Eight
Belgium U210 - 0France U21
Tue 13th Oct - Group Three
Italy U211 - 1Bosnia U21
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group One
|6||San Marino U21||10||4|
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Two
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Three
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Four
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Five
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Six
|4||Rep of Ireland U21||8||8|
|5||Faroe Islands U21||8||4|
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Seven
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eight
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Nine
|5||N Ireland U21||8||3|
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Ten
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eleven
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Twelve
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Thirteen
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Fourteen