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Match Report

CUFL World University Games Group A

Kick Off: Friday 5th July 2019 at 20:00
Location: Stadio San Mauro
Referee: To be Confirmed

Teams: Ireland 3 vs Korea 2

Team Ireland continued their winning start to the 2019 FISU Summer Universiade as the Men's Football Team came from behind in their opening game to defeat 10-man South Korea in Stadio San Mauro, Casoria.

Alan O'Sullivan converted two second half penalties to seal the three points after Cillian Duffy had netted the equaliser in a pulsating game in 28-degree heat.

It was the worst possible start for Ireland when Jinhyun Kim struck Kunhee Lee's cutback first time to give Korea the advantage. Ireland were struggling to gain any sort of a foothold in the game in the opening half-hour and were finding it difficult to maintain possession.

The game's big talking point came thirty-six minutes in when Lee fouled Joe Manley. As Lee walked away from the incident, Maurice Nugent approached the referee to remonstrate about the foul. As the two players passed, Lee would push Nugent away before swiping at the NUI Galway defender's face. Nugent wouldn't see out the half due to the injury suffered.

The extra man spurred the Irish on in the second half and should have equalised in the opening minutes of the second half when Anthony McAlavey's volley was tipped onto the crossbar by goalkeeper Seoungjun Min before the ball fell to O'Sullivan in front of goal with the goal at his mercy but he blazed his opportunity over the bar.

Ireland finally made the breakthrough when McAlavey picked out substitute Sean Trimble bursting down the right flank. Trimble's cross was met by the onrushing Cillian Duffy who headed home the equaliser.

Moments later, the referee was pointing to the penalty spot. Ronan Young pinched the ball from the Korean midfielder and fed the ball into the box. As the ball pinballed around the box, O'Sullivan got himself first to the ball as the goalscorer Kim tried to clear and followed through on the Ireland captain. O'Sullivan would dust himself off and his kick went beyond the goalkeeper into the bottom right.

The referee was pointing to the spot again with eleven minutes remaining when O'Sullivan ran on to Duffy's flick on and was bundled over by Min for a second penalty and this time, Min dived early and O'Sullivan cooly knocked the ball into the centre of the goal.

A dramatic finale was in store as Korea as Hyeonwoo Kim broke away from a corner and the ball was fed across to Ho Kim who tapped the ball in at the back post. It was a nervy final couple of seconds for Ireland as the final play of the game was a Korea corner which skidded wickedly across the Irish box and away to signal the final whistle and a sigh of relief for Ireland.

Ireland have a quick turnaround to their final group game as they play Uruguay on Sunday evening in Caserta.

Ireland: Coffey (GK), Nugent (Trimble 44'), Manley, Slevin, Young, McAlavey, Kelly, Hurley (Quinn 72'), Daly-Butz (McSweeney HT), O'Sullivan (Falvey 88'), Duffy.

Referee: Kevin Ortega (Peru)

2019 FISU Summer Universiade Men's Football - Group A Result
Ireland 3-2 Republic of Korea

2019 FISU Summer Universiade Men's Football - Group A Fixture
07/07 Ireland v Uruguay, Stadio Pinto, 6pm (5pm Irish Time)

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