ireland 0-1 mexico - ireland luis ground in qf race

21 August 2017

Like their female counterparts, Team Ireland's Men's Football team will be anxiously listening for results elsewhere the next time they take the field in the World University Games as they fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Mexico in New Taipei City Xinzhuang Stadium.

A Luis Hernandez goal after seven minutes proved to be the difference between both sides. Mexico came into the game after an impressive 3-0 victory over hosts Taipei, Ireland's next opponents, in what is now a do or die game for Greg Yelverton's side in Fu Jen Cathloic University Stadium on Wednesday afternoon (KO: 12.30pm Irish time).

Coach Yelverton made one change to the side that held France to a 0-0 draw last Friday with Galway United & NUI Galway defender Maurice Nugent coming in for his IT Carlow counterpart Eoghan Dempsey.

The only goal came early on when a pull-back from the right hand side found Hernandez eight yards out and his scuffed shot found it's way into the Irish goal.
Ireland tried to fight back straight away and Alan O'Sullivan had a fierce shot beaten away by Jesus Galindo, the Mexican goalkeeper. Daire O'Connor spurned a superb chance moments later when O'Sullivan knocked the ball down but the Wicklow man couldn't get his half volley on target.

Ireland enjoyed good possession throughout the game but could not break through the stubborn Mexican defence. Their best chance of the second half came from a free kick from substitute Ben McAuliffe that found Ross Taheny who mistimed his header.

As Ireland pushed on, gaps began to form at the back with Mexico exploiting with breakaways striking the post and forcing Ian Molloy into smart saves. In the other game in the group, France defeated hosts Taipei 1-0 in Fu Jen. The result means that Ireland will need the already qualified Mexico to beat France and get three points themselves against the hosts who have nothing to play for after tonight's results.

Speaking after the game, Yelverton said that he was proud of his players and felt they were a bit unlucky with their opportunities in difficult conditions. "It's tough on the lads, on another day with the same opportunities we could have scored a couple of goals. It's their second game in 3 days and it began to show with some in the last quarter in the thirty degree heat. We'll look to freshen things up on Wednesday against Taipei and go into the game with the strong belief that we are still fighting to reach the Quarter Finals."

Ireland - Molloy, Nugent, Taheny, McLoughlin, Kinneen (McAuliffe 77'), Dunne, Hollywood, Daly-Butz (Barry 74'), O'Connor, McClelland (Doyle 62'), O'Sullivan (Lyons 66')
Subs Unused: Kearns (GK), Brookes, Sloggett, Dempsey, McKeown.

Mexico - Galindo, Villegas, Mendez, Trevino, Garduno (Limon 81'), Maldonado, Hernandez (Fernandez 57'), Quinones (Leon 73'), Campos, Martinez, Hutt (Garza 53')
Subs Unused: Cruz, Ruiz, Rizo, Burrola, Castorena, Cruz.

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