05 July 2013
Team Ireland produced an heroic performance to beat hosts Russia 2-1 in their first game toning in Rubin Stadium, Kazan Russia.
Danny Crowley's side were clear underdogs coming into this game but didn't show any signs of that throughout the game with some fantastic football played throughout. They were aided by outstanding defensive play throughout, particularly the bloodied Dylan Mernagh.
Ireland got off to a great start when Tom King closed down the Russian centre half and passed for Corey Davidson to tap in from close range after 11 minutes. However their lead was short lived when a long range effort crashed off Craig Sexton's crossbar and fell kindly to the centreforward, who finished to the net after 15 mins.
There were chances for both teams before the break and ealry in the second half but Ireland were always composed. After 79 mins Ray Foy was taken down inside the penalty area and Darren Forsyth sent the keeper the wrong way to put his side 2-1 up.
The favoured Russians pushed hard for an equaliser and deep into injury time looked like they had it by Sexton but Jamie Carr somehow scooped the ball off the line with an acrobatic scissors kick and the ball was cleared to safety. The final whistle blew and Ireland celebrated a famous win on Russian soil.
The other game in the group finished in a nil all draw between China and Mexico. Ireland play China next on Monday at 5pm Irish time.
Team: Craig Sexton, TomKing, Dylan Mernagh, Jamie Carr, Paul Andrews, Paul Malone, Darren Forsyth, Raymond Foy, Correy Davidson, Josh O'Shea, Johnny Addis. Subs: Andy Mulligan for Davidson (62 mins), Reece McEnteer for Andrews (66), Brian Nolan for Malone (73), Carl Forsyth for Foy (84)
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