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Published: 22:40 | 27/5/16

O'Shea disappointed to let lead slip

Netherlands level late to draw with Ireland

Ireland captain John O'Shea was disappointed that his side failed to close out the victory in Friday's friendly against the Netherlands at the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland seemed set for victory against Danny Blind's side after Shane Long opened the scoring on the half-hour mark, but Netherlands substitute Luuk de Jong levelled with five minutes to go as the match finished in a 1-1 draw.

Ireland remain unbeaten in their last 12 matches at home following the draw, but O'Shea feels that the win was there for the taking in their penultimate warm-up match before the Euro 2016 opener against Sweden in Paris on 13 June.

"I’m disappointed we didn’t see it out because I felt we limited them to very little," O’Shea told Setanta Sports.

"Our goalkeeper had a fairly quiet night and we were always a threat from set pieces too but it is still a little bit disappointing.

"Overall, it is great that everyone has got through the game OK and just as important that people got their fitness levels up. There was plenty of quality in our play too."

De Jong equalised for the Netherlands after getting the wrong side of Shane Duffy to head home Jetro Willems' cross from the left, but O'Shea insists his defensive partner should not be singled out for blame for the Dutch goal.

"Shane is a really good player to play alongside," he said of the Blackburn centre-half.

"As for their equaliser, it is a team goal when you score them and a team goal when we concede. We could have done better stopping the cross that came in but we will learn from it."

Ireland meet Belarus on Tuesday in Turner's Cross in Cork on Tuesday, a match that will be shown live and exclusively on Setanta Sports, and O'Neill will name his 23-man squad for Euro 2016 after the game and before Uefa's final deadline of 11pm.

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