David McGoldrick picked the opportune time to score his first international goal and says Ireland's Euro 2020 fate is in their own hands after rescuing a 1-1 draw against Switzerland.

Ireland’s qualifying campaign looked like it was about to hit a major stumbling block when Fabian Scar gave the Swiss a 74th minute lead on a night when the hosts created few clear-cut chances.

Mick McCarthy’s side rallied however after going a goal down and the Sheffield United striker struck with five minutes remaining to connect with James McClean’s deflected cross to secure what could prove to be a valuable point.

The 31-year-old striker had yet to score in his previous 10 appearances after a number of near misses, but was thankful to come to the Irish rescue at the Aviva Stadium.

"It's been a long time coming," he told RTÉ Sport. "I’ve hit the bar, I’ve hit the post, had a goal disallowed, but it’s one of the best feelings I have had to get that first goal.

"It’s great to get the draw as well."

The front man admitted that it was a dogged defensive display at times against a side ranked 11th in the world and the draw moves Ireland to 11 points in Group D after five games with a number of tricky fixtures on the horizon.

"We had to put in a shift today. Switzerland are a good team. I thought we stuck at it and it shows what we are about.

"We are in the mix [for qualifying] and it is in our hands. We have tough games to come, but if we play like that, it will stand us in good stead. We are hard to play against."

At the other end of the park, Shane Duffy won the man of the match award, and he told RTÉ Sport that the result keeps Ireland's fate in their own hands.

"It's a huge point," he said afterwards.

"We know they're a very good team. We tried our best. It's a character in this team that we never give up. We kept going and going, and I think it's a good point in the end.

"They've got good pace up front, so we had to respect that. They pressure you... I'm a little bit disappointed that we didn't get our own game (going).

"An unbeaten start... every point matters in this group, we know it's going to be tight going down to the whistle."