City starlet helps Ireland U21s to crucial draw but McGovern unused during defeat in Holland

PUBLISHED: 22:07 10 October 2019 | UPDATED: 22:13 10 October 2019

Adam Idah was in action for the Republic of Ireland U21s against Italy Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Adam Idah was in action for the Republic of Ireland U21s against Italy Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Norwich City striker Adam Idah helped Republic of Ireland Under-21s to an important draw with Italy in Dublin this evening.

Idah played all of a feisty 0-0 draw in Euro 2021 qualifying at the Tallaght Stadium, in front of a crowd of over 7,000, but Canaries winger Simon Power - currently on loan at Scottish Premiership club Ross County - was an unused substitute.

Tottenham starlet Troy Parrott and Everton striker Moise Kean, signed from Juventus for a reported £29m this summer, were sent off in the 64th minute after clashing and Idah was one of seven players booked in the game.

The draw keeps Ireland top of Group One with 10 points from four games, with Italy six points adrift in third having played two games fewer. The Irish head to second-placed Iceland on Tuesday.

Idah, 18, has four goals in eight caps at U21 level and has been featuring on the bench for Norwich recently, making his first-team debut in August when he played all of a 1-0 League Cup loss at Crawley, having been prolific at academy levels in recent seasons.

Elsewhere, Michael McGovern's recent Premier League action for the Canaries wasn't enough to earn a first competitive appearance for Northern Ireland since November 2017.

The 35-year-old goalkeeper was an unused substitute as two injury-time goals for the Netherlands denied Michael O'Neill's side a point in Group C of Euro 2020 qualifying, losing 3-1 in Rotterdam.

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