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Last Updated: Friday, 7 October 2005, 15:45 GMT 16:45 UK
Cyprus U21 1-1 Rep of Ireland U21
Don Givens
Republic of Ireland U21 boss Don Givens
Willo Flood spared the Republic of Ireland's blushes with a 76th minute equaliser in this Uefa Under-21 Championship qualifying game.

Cyprus went ahead when Antonis Panayi took advantage of a mistake by defender Paul McShane to sidefoot home from 12 yards on the half hour.

Flood produced a surging run and netted with a flick header after Aidan McGeady delivered a corner to the near post.

Don Givens' side have now gone eight matches without a win.

Their only victory of the qualifying campaign was a 3-0 success over Cyprus in Kilkenny 13 months ago.

The Republic boss handed debuts to Luton's Keith Keane and Marcos Painter of Birmingham, but Keane was substituted after just 42 minutes.

The Irish side mustered two notable chances in the opening half, Aidan McGeady shooting wide in the 21st minute and Stephen Ward shaving the post with an angled drive before half-time.

They enjoyed the better of the possession in the second period and Flood's goal gave their 1,000-strong travelling support something to cheer about.

Polish referee Miroslaw Ryszka booked four Republic players, Painter, Bury's John Fitzgerald, Liverpool's Darren Potter and Ward.

Cyprus U21: Dimitris Stylianou, Periklis, Pavlou, Iona, Adonis Panagi, Paraskevas Christou, Georgos Panagi (Eleftheriou 66), Georgiades (Samaras 86), Merkis, Loukas Stylianou, Solomou (Dimitriou 82).
Subs Not Used: Asprogenis, Theofanous, Savvas Christou, Ilia.

Booked: Georgos Panagi, Eleftheriou.

Goals: Adonis Panagi 30.

Rep of Ireland U21: Henderson, Keane (McStay 42), Ward (Bermingham 74), Painter, Potter, O'Brien (Whelan 46), Fitzgerald, McShane, Flood, Tabb, McGeady.
Subs Not Used: Quigley, Sheehan, O'Donovan, Dicker.

Booked: Ward, Potter, Painter.

Goals: Flood 76.

Att: 1,200

Ref: Miroslaw Ryszka (Poland).

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