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Report: De Jong result but plenty of positives for Ireland

It was a tough and appropriate warm up game for Martin O’Neill’s men but they passed the test with flying colours in the Aviva Stadium as they drew one all with the Netherlands.

The Dutch started the game positively and held high amounts of possession without making starting keeper Darren Randolph make any saves.

The breakthrough came in the 30th minute as a corner from Robbie Brady was headed goal bound by O’Shea and Long finished the rebound after a good stop from the Dutch keeper.

Ireland went in at half time with a deserved lead as after Long’s goal there was only one team in the game as the boys in green pressurising the Dutch continually until the break.

Shane Long & Duffy both had great efforts just after the break with headers just going over the bar, but again Irelsnd were showing there dominance.

Man Utd man Memphis Depay was having a poor game overall for the Dutch and was taken off after only 60 minutes by his manager.

Another brilliant Brady corner in the 79th had Shane Duffy with a chance to make it two but his effort went just wide of the goal.

The Netherlands again took high levels of possession in the half but again had no clear cut chances until in the 84th minute against the run of play the equalised from a header from Luke De Jong.

They really are missing a solid talisman up top who will create consistent chances as tonight’s average performance showed why they will not be in the European Championships in France.

There was no fairytale appearance for Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers who was named on the bench tonight.

The big winners tonight for a place on the plane to France were man of the match Harry Arter & Shane Duffy.

Ireland starting XI: Randolph, Coleman, O’Shea, Duffy, Brady; Whelan, Arter, Quinn; Walters, McGoldrick, Long

Holland starting XI: Cillessen; Veltman, Bruma, Van Dijk, Willems; Bazoer, Wijnaldum, Strootman; Promes, Memphis, Janssen.

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