European Under-21 Championship qualifying: Republic of Ireland draw in Romania
Last Updated: 11/10/13 8:51pm
Derrick Williams: Couldn't strike for Ireland Under-21s in Romania
Republic of Ireland Under-21s secured a hard-fought 0-0 draw in their European Championship qualifier in Romania.
The Green Army came into the match off the back of a 4-0 home defeat to Germany and without manager Noel King, put in interim charge of the senior side after Giovanni Trapattoni's departure.
Ireland responded well under caretaker manager Harry McCue, earning a draw from their Group 6 clash at the Stadionul Ceahlau.
Romania had 16 shots to the visitors' seven in Piatra Neamt, where Alin Carstocea had the first chance of the night after 11 minutes.
He then tested Aaron McCarey four minutes later, before Ireland ventured forward and Derrick Williams saw a shot blocked before goalkeeper Laurentiu Branescu denied Sean Murray.
The visitors were soon on the back foot again, though. Mihai Roman and captain Stefan Popescu both attempted to find the breakthrough before half-time, with Murray missing the target as Ireland looked to grab the lead.
The visitors returned for the second half rejuvenated, with Murray seeing a shot blocked four minutes after the restart.
Anthony Forde forced Branescu into a save moments later, but Romania soon came back into the match.
McCarey denied a Roman free-kick and then an Alexandru Cretu effort, before Andrei Ciolacu and Romario Benzar missed the target.
Claudiu Bumba and substitute Alexandru Dan saw shots blocked in the final 10 minutes, while another change, Martin Madalin, missed the target as Romania upped the ante.
McCarey denied Cretu's efforts on goal in the 86th minute and was called into action again to prevent Ciolacu securing victory in stoppage time.
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Fri 11th Oct - Group One
Wales U212 - 0Lithuania U21
Fri 11th Oct - Group Two
Bulgaria U213 - 3Russia U21
Denmark U212 - 2Slovenia U21
Fri 11th Oct - Group Nine
N Ireland U210 - 1Belgium U21
Cyprus U212 - 1Serbia U21
Fri 11th Oct - Group Seven
Turkey U211 - 0Greece U21
Fri 11th Oct - Group Six
Germany U212 - 0Montenegro U21
Romania U210 - 0Rep Ire U21
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