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29.09.2005 at 14:30 Bannikov - Kiev - Ukraine Attendance:
Italy 2 - 2 Rep of Ireland
Referee: Pavel Saliy (KAZ) EC Qualifying Round-match

Massimiliano Tagliani 37 mins;
Cristian Pasquato 63 mins;
Cillian Sheridan (32)
Terry Dixon (68)
Opening squads
Riccardo Delfino
Claudio Cafiero
Francesco Pambianchi
Alessandro Tuia
Massimiliano Tagliani
Simone Loiodice
Vittorio Triarico
Cosmo Palumbo
Pier Giuseppe Maritato
Cristian Pasquato
Francesco Bolzoni
Paul Skinner
Andrew Callaghan
Lorcan Fitzgerald
Gavin Donoghue
Gary Breen
Paul Cahillane
Graham Carey
Donal Mc Dermott
Michael Daly
Cillian Sheridan
Tom Lyons
Edoardo Pazzagli
Matteao Gentili
Ivan Mignano
Nicolas Viola
Tobia Fusciello
Enrico Antoniol
Michele Marconi
Shane Redmond
Mark O'Toole
Corie Treacy
Stephen Lawless
Shane Duggan
Karl Byrne
Terry Dixon
Simone Loiodice (out)
Nicolas Viola (in)41 mins;
Francesco Pambianchi (out)
Ivan Mignano (in) 41 mins;
Pier Giuseppe Maritato (out)
Michele Marconi (in) 55 mins;
Terry Dixon -> Cillian Sheridan (32)
Karl Byrne -> Tom Lyons (57)
Stephen Lawless -> Michael Daly (81)
Yellow cards
Pier Giuseppe Maritato 8 mins;
Francesco Pambianchi 25 mins;
Ivan Mignano 75 mins;
Terry Dixon (59)
Red cards
None None.
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
Match report
Ireland maintain great run at U17 level

Result U17 International in Kiev, Ukraine.

Ireland 2 2 Italy

Ireland followed up Tuesday's win over Ukraine with a battling performance to draw 2-2 with Italy in the first qualifying phase of the UEFA U17 Championship.

Terry Dixon and Cillian Sheridan were Ireland's goal-scorers as Sean McCaffrey's team made it six games without defeat since their win in the Nordic Cup this Summer.

Uefa Under-17 Championship / Rep of Ireland 2 Italy 2: Terry Dixon made another telling contribution with a late equaliser to leave Ireland on the verge of making it into the second phase of the Uefa Championship qualifiers in Kiev yesterday.

With Ireland trailing 2-1 with 11 minutes to go, Dixon timed his run through onto Graham Carey's pass. The finish was clinical as his low shot arrowed into the bottom corner past the dive of Riccardo Delfino.

Ireland took a deserved lead on 32 minutes. Donal McDermott's 60-yard diagonal pass was perfect for the run of Cillian Sheridan and the striker shot past Defino.

Ireland conceded an equaliser from a set-piece within five minutes, however. Cristian Pasquato's delivery was excellent and captain Massimiliano Tagliani outjumped Garry Breen to head past Paul Skinner.

Italy went in front from a counter-attack on 63 minutes. Michael Marconi worked the ball through to Pasquato who beat Skinner with a low drive.

But Ireland showed character to hit back with Dixon, who won the late penalty against Ukraine in the 2-1 win on Tuesday, again playing a pivotal role.

Ireland and Italy now have four points each while Ukraine, who beat Latvia 1-0 yesterday, have three. A draw against the Latvians, who are out having lost their games, at the Bannikov Stadium tomorrow will see Ireland through.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Skinner (Celtic); Callaghan (Millwall), Donoghue (Sunderland), Breen (Manchester City), Fitzgerald (West Ham United); Cahillane (Celtic), Carey (Celtic), Lawless (Cherry Orchard), McDermott (Manchester City); Sheridan (Belvedere) Lyons (Crystal Palace). Subs: Dixon (Tottenham Hotspur) for Sheridan (33 mins), Byrne (Belvedere) for Lyons (58 mins), Lawless (Cherry Orchard) for Daly (80 mins.).

ITALY: Delfino; Cafiero, Tuia, Tagliani, Pambianchi; Triarico, Loiodice, Palumbo, Bolzoni; Pasquato, Maritato. Subs: Mignano and Viola for Pambianchi and Loiodice (both at half-time), Marconi for Maritato (55 mins).
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