Tom Lonergan, Jamie Mullins and Ben Quinn all found the net for Ireland while Aaron McGuire saved a second-half penalty with the scores level.
The result doesn’t tell the whole story with Ireland starting the brighter of the two teams and Edwin Agbaje striking the cross bar from 15 yards out. However, minutes later, Ireland’s positive play was rewarded when Lonergan scored his second in two games converting from a left wing cross into the box.
This seem to spark the home side into life and England turned the game on its head just before the break with goals from Jamie Bynoe-Gittens and Charlie Webster.
In the second half England drew a save from McGuire early on but it was Ireland who were next to find the net. This time it was substitute Mullins who beat the English goalkeeper after a great cross from the right wing.
Four minutes after the equaliser England had an opportunity to go 3-2 ahead but McGuire, who conceded the penalty, made a great save from the spot kick and another from the follow-up.
England did finally take the lead when Darko Gyabi scored following a corner but it wasn’t to be the end of the scoring as Ireland equalised for a second time in the game. Quinn capitalised on an under-hit backpass to the England goalkeeper and put the ball through the ‘keeper’s legs to make it 3-3.
Head Coach Paul Osam said: “It was difficult to pick ourselves up following the result against Denmark but we started very well. We had chances and defended well and deserved our goal to take the lead.
“Where we let ourselves down was conceding two very avoidable goals before half time. But credit to the players they came out positive in the second half and it was a very good goal from Jamie Mullins.
“Aaron McGuire has made a great save from the penalty at 2-2 but we’ve then gone on to concede from a set-piece which is not acceptable at any level. Credit to the lads, they came back again and I’m pleased Ben got his goal because he had a very good game.”
Reflecting on the week as a whole, Osam was pleased with his squad’s reaction to the Denmark loss. He said: “We had a lot of meetings to correct what went wrong against Denmark and it was pleasing to see against England the urgency to defend. There’s no mercy at international football and teams will punish you. We’ve got good players and we can’t underestimate the ability of our team.”
Republic of Ireland: Aaron McGuire (GK), Tommy Fogarty, John Ryan, Daragh Reilly (C), Ben Quinn, Evan Ferguson, Tom Lonergan, John Joe Power, Glory Nzingo, Ben Curtis, Edwin Agbaje.
Substitutes: Jack Ross (GK), Sean Grehan, Aaron O’Reilly, Luke McGlynn, Michael Leddy, Jamie Mullins, Cian Kelly, Sean Fitzpatrick, James Abankwah.
England: George Murray-Jones (GK), Toby Collyer, Isaac Mabaya, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, Charlie Webster (C), Jude Soonsup-Bell, Sam Irons, Brodi Hughes, Antwoine Hackford, Zach Awe, Kyle McAdam.
Substitutes: Charlie Stetford (GK), Brandon Bryan-Waugh, Sefan Parkes, Rico Lewis, Shola Shoretire, Mohamed Ali-Cho, George Earthy, Darko Gyabi, Dane Scarlett.
20/8: Ireland 2-4 Denmark
22/8: England 3-3 Ireland
Republic of Ireland squad
Goalkeepers: Jack Ross (Bray Wanderers), Aaron McGuire (Tottenham Hotspur)
Defenders: Tommy Fogarty (Birmingham City), John Ryan (Shamrock Rovers), Darragh Reilly (Sligo Rovers), Ben Curtis (Shamrock Rovers), Sean Grehan (Bohemians), James Abankwah (St Patrick’s Athletic), Aaron O’Reilly (St Patrick’s Athletic)
Midfielders: Luke McGlynn (Finn Harps), Glory Nzingo (St Patrick’s Athletic), Jamie Mullins (Bohemians), John Joe Power (Burton Albion)
Forwards: Cian Kelly (Bohemians), Ben Quinn (St Patrick’s Athletic), Edwin Agbaje (Shamrock Rovers), Sean Fitzpatrick (Wexford Youths), Evan Ferguson (Bohemians), Michael Leddy (Shamrock Rovers), Tom Lonergan (St Patrick’s Athletic)