Ferguson, who came on as a substitute, headed home from a Sinclair Armstrong cross to earn Ireland the draw.
Ireland were looking to bounce-back from a 3-1 defeat to the same opposition on Wednesday at the Campos De Futbol Oliva Nova in Valencia.
Lincoln City’s Sean Roughan made his international debut for Colin O’Brien’s team with Shamrock Rovers forward Armstrong captaining the side.
But Ireland made life difficult for themselves after going a goal behind in the second minute. From that moment on they grew into the game with Armstrong striking the post in what was their best chance in the second half.
The Boys in Green upped the momentum after the break and could have got back into it through Bohemians’ Robbie Mahon whose effort struck the cross bar.
However they didn’t have to wait too long for the goal. Armstrong whipped in a cross and Ferguson produced a looping header than beat Pascal Loretz in the Switzerland goal.
Next up for Colin O’Brien’s team is the Elite Round of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Scotland. They face Czech Republic on Wednesday, March 25 followed by the hosts on Saturday, March 28 and Slovakia on Tuesday, March 3.
Ireland:*Keely (GK); Coyle (O’Brien 46), Reilly, Roughan (Adaramola 46), Hand; Moran, Barlow, Doyle; Armstrong (C), C. Kavanagh (Ferguson 46), Crowe (O’Neill 46).*
Switzerland:*Loretz, Shala, Ottiger, Hajdari, Amenda, Williman, Bieri, Reichmuth, Hunziker, Jaiteh, Dantas.
Substitutes:*Hubel (GK), Luthel, Vukelic, Carrizo, De Carvalho, Chiappetta, Crescenti



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Introduction:
Evan Ferguson netted a second-half equaliser for the Republic of Ireland Under-17s team as they drew 1-1 in a friendly with Switzerland in Spain this afternoon.




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