Tipperary’s Shane Long looked sharp when introduced in Euro 2012

Tipperary’s Shane Long made his debut in a major international championship when he came on a substitute for the Republic of Ireland in their Euro 2012 opener against Croatia in Poznan on Sunday night.

Tipperary’s Shane Long made his debut in a major international championship when he came on a substitute for the Republic of Ireland in their Euro 2012 opener against Croatia in Poznan on Sunday night.

However Long and his Irish team mates were out of luck as Ireland went down 3-1 to to the Croatians.

Long came on for Kevin Doyle upfront and impressed as the Irish pressed forward in search of a goal that could have reignited their challenge.

The Gortnahoe man looked lively in an Irish attack that struggled to break down the Croatian defence.

He may have done enough to earn a starting place in the line-up against Spain on Thursday night.