12 July 2013
Ireland's men's side suffered heartbreak when they were lost on penalties to France at the quarter-final stage of the World University Games in Russia.
Danny Crowley's brave side lost 4-3 on penalties after the game had finished scoreless.
The first half was very even with very few chances created by both teams. The effects of a fourth game in a week seemed to take its toll on both teams in the heat of Rubin Stadium, Kazan.
Ireland dominated the second half and had plenty of chances to win the game, the best of which came on the 80th minute. Paul Malone played the ball wide to Reece McEnteer and his inch perfect cross was headed just past the post by Josh O'Shea.
The game moved to penalties and with two misses went Ireland's chance of a medal. They now play Malaysia on Sunday at 2pm Irish time in the 5-8th place play offs.
Manager Danny Crowley said : "I'm gutted for the lads, the put in another monumental effort here today. We dominated France throughout the game and deserved to win it in 90 minutes and of course penalties are a lottery.
"It's not often that Ireland outplay France for 90 minutes at any level and these lads deserve great credit for doing that in those conditions after the week we have had.
"Our aim now is to finish 5th and we will regroup and prepare properly for that.'
Ireland: Craig Sexton, Tom King, Dylan Mernagh, Jamie Carr, Reece McEnteer, Brian Nolan, Paul Malone, Carl Forsyth, Barry O'Mahony, Andy Mulligan, Johnny Addis. Subs: Josh O'Shea and Raymond Foy for Forsyth and O'Mahony (60 mins), Darren Forsyth for Nolan (70), Correy Davidson for Mulligan (85).