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Ireland 21s Pick Up Impressive Point Against Toulon Hotshots Mexico

UEFA EURO Under 21 Championship Qualifier, Tallaght Stadium, Dublin 24/3/2019 Republic of Ireland vs Luxembourg Ireland manager Stephen Kenny celebrates after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Stephen Kenny’s Irish U21’s picked up an impressive point against one of the Toulon Tournament favourites Mexico at the Stade Parsemain on Thursday evening.

Ireland were coming off the back of an incredibly impressive 4-1 victory over China in their first game of the prestigious tournament, after goals from Adam Idah (x2), Aaron Connolly and Zach Elbouzedi gave them the perfect start in their opener.

Stephen Kenny’s men were missing the very effective Connolly in the first half with Norwich’s Simon Power starting in his place, but began the game strongly against last year’s finalists Mexico.

Neither team could find the breakthrough in the first 45 minutes but Ireland looked arguably the better of the two sides, captain Jayson Molumby going close with a strike from 20 yards out.

The in-form Idah also almost opened the scoring when he controlled a long pass but couldn’t find the net with his finish as they went into the break scoreless.

The Boys in Green may have had the upper hand in the first half but the impressive Mexican side began to turn the screw, hitting the crossbar in the 61st minute before Caoimhin Kelleher was forced into the action as he stopped a wayward cross from finding the Irish net.

Kenny brought on Waterford striker Aaron Drinan with five minutes to go as they looked to snatch what would have been a huge winner, but the Boys in Green had to settle for an impressive point.

The win puts Ireland top of their group ahead of Sunday’s game against Bahrain.

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