Republic of Ireland 1-0 Netherlands
Colin O'Brien's side produced a disciplined display and rarely seemed overly threatened by the Dutch attack with Irish keeper Lorcan Callaghan and his back four in control.
Netherlands keeper Jasper Schendelaar had to react quickly to deny Glen McAuley an opening goal in the 12th minute when the striker's vicious free-kick bounced at his feet.
Ireland took the lead in the 22nd minute when the hard-running Aaron Connolly burst past the Dutch defence, held off his marker and sent in a low angled strike that bounced back to him off Schendelarr's feet and Connolly reacted well to convert the rebound.
After the break Ireland continued to push for a second goal and McAuley forced a top class save from the Dutch keeper in the 50th minute.
Ireland also had a penalty claim waved away. Although the Dutch had shots from distance little truly threatened until the 71st minute when Daishawn Redan struck an upright with a powerful strike from the edge of the box.
The two sides will meet again at Pike Rovers FC's ground in Crossagalla on Thursday (12pm).
"I felt it was an excellent performance from our side against very good opposition. We know that our players can step up to the tempo required at this level of the game and they showed that today," said Irish coach Colin O'Brien.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Lorcan Callaghan, Lee O‘Connor, Dominic Peppard, Thierry Baba, Joe Dwyer, Glen McAuley, Jordan Doherty, Aaron Connolly, Charlie Barry, Jack Owens, Cian Lee. Subs: Mark Kelly for Dwyer 68 mins; Luke Nolan for Peppard 72.
NETHERLANDS: Jasper Schendelaar, Robin Lathouwers, Jurgen Ekkelenkamp, Sven Botman, Mitchel Bakker, Mees Gootjes, Mohammad Mallahi, Andrew Mendonca, Thomas Buitink, Juan Familia Castillo, Keyennu Lont. Subs: Maurice Kone for Mallahi 52, Daishawn Redan for Buitink 52, Justin Baas for Gootjes 52, Rodney Huijgen for Lont 70.
FIXTURES & RESULTS
Tuesday, April 14
Republic of Ireland 1-0 Netherlands, Pearse Stadium, Janesboro FC
Thursday, April 16
Republic of Ireland vs Netherlands, Crossagalla, Pike Rovers FC (12pm).