Ollie O'Neill says his winning goal for Ireland U-21s against Sweden with the last kick of the game has a fairytale quality about it.

With Euro 2023 qualification looking dead and buried moving into stoppage time, the substitute showed composure beyond his years to fire past goalkeeper Samuel Brolin and keep alive hopes of reaching the finals.

The victory moves Jim Crawford’s side to within four points of their opponents in Group F with a game in hand.

Friday’s loss to Italy meant only a win would realistically would suffice, and O’Neill’s drilled effort, just minutes after coming on the pitch, sent the 1,535 watching on at Tallaght Stadium into delirium.

The Fulham player was asked to sum up his thoughts after the match.

Sweden goalkeeper Samuel Brolin can't keep out O'Neill's late shot on goal

"There’s absolutely nothing going on in my head at the minute," he told RTÉ Sport. "It’s probably the best feeling I have ever had."

O’Neill missed the last Irish camp with Covid, making tonight’s involvement even more special he added.

"To come on tonight and get a goal, it’s unbelievable, in such a big game for the qualifiers as well. It’s an amazing moment."

Conor Coventry sent a peach of a through ball with the two additional minutes almost up and from there O’Neill was probably the coolest man in the ground.

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"I thought I probably should have hit it with my left when I was in. I took a touch, and I was quite calm actually.

"I stayed calm and I think everyone else was screaming. I cut inside, reversed...that moment when it goes in is just unbelievable. It’s the best feeling ever.

"It’s a fairytale, isn’t it?"

The next international window in March will see Ireland travel to Sweden looking to close the gap further, with Italy sandwiched between both sides having played five games, one less than the Boys in Green, but two fewer than the Swedes.

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Brian Maher savours the victory over Sweden

As far as O’Neill is concerned, it demonstrated the growing belief within the squad.

"You look at the group and people would probably go, Italy and Sweden, they are the two best teams, but there’s no reason we’re not better than them.

"We played Italy the other night [lost 2-0], a tight game, and probably a bit unfortunate not to come away with a 1-1.

If we can pull off results like this, we can pull off more of them

"Tonight against Sweden, you play 90 minutes, and you think, there’s no reason for us to have any fear. We can be better than these teams.

"If we can pull off results like this, we can pull off more of them."