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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 May 2007, 10:41 GMT 11:41 UK
Republic of Ireland 1-1 Ecuador
Shane Long gets up above Ecuador midfielder Luis Caicedo
Reading's Shane Long gets up above Ecuador's Luis Caicedo
Kevin Doyle earned a makeshift Republic of Ireland side a draw against Ecuador in New York on Wednesday.

Doyle's diving header a minute before half-time cancelled out Ecuador's 13th minute opener from Christian Benitez in front of 20,823 fans at Giants Stadium.

Reading striker Doyle also hit the post for the Republic, who handed international debuts to 11 players.

Wigan's Kevin Kilbane captained the side, but the rest of the starting line-up had only 13 caps between them.

Up to 25 players had withdrawn or were unavailable for the tour of America, leaving Staunton with only nine capped players in a 21-man squad.

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American-born student Joe Lapira, who had only met Staunton and the squad when they arrived in New York at the weekend, became the 11th debutant of the night and the first non-professional international since 1964.

Staunton said: "This was very, very pleasing. There were some excellent individual performances and overall it was a good team performance."



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