20 July 2010
IT Carlow were overwhelmed in their second group game at this years European University Championships. Their opponents University De Malaga, are the reigning European champions for the last two seasons and play in the professional Spanish First Division.
Malaga went five nil up after just three minutes as they attacked Carlow at tremendous pace. The Irish were defending well but were no match for the explosive power, speed and skill of their opponents. There were some good saves by the goal keeper Shaun Pugh who has taken the place of the injured Nicholas Kantounias. The Irish called an early time out and came back more composed and passed well which resulted in some good movements for which they were rewarded with a goal by Darren Kavanagh, who almost scored again moments later. The support of the women's team over here was to be heard resounding throughout the venue but despite this and the increased pressure by the Irish the Spanish representatives were to go on to lead by eight at half time. In Irelands best passage of play in the game Bobby Tier had a chance and Alan Last hit a shot from distance but narrowly missed the goal posts. The spaniards experience saw them run out 17-1 winners as they out classed the novice IT Carlow futsal team.
Head Coach Paul O'Reilly said "this has been an eye opening experience for the students, today we were shown what is required for top level futsal, speed, agility, strength, technical and tactical ability. The players never stopped working and will have learned a lot from today"
IT Carlow: Shaun Pugh, Tom Elmes, Patrick Carey, Ben Ryan, Darren Kavanagh, Craig Wall, Craig Sargent, Robert Farrell, Gary Sweeney, Bobby Tier, Alan Last. Head Coach: Paul O'Reilly, Assistant Coach: Luke Hardy.