09 July 2013
IREAND Womens Team were beaten 4-2 by a strong Mexico side at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia today but progressed to the quarter finals, as they finished second in the group.
The Irish started strongly and went at Mexico from the start and were rewarded when captain Sara Lawlor scored a deft header from a Sophie Perry cross after 16 minutes.
However Mexico were level two minutes later when a pass from Pontigo was knocked back to Manuela Solis who finished into the bottom right hand corner of the Irish goal.
After 37 minutes it was 2-1 to Mexico. A free-kick into the box was not dealt with by the Irish defence and Ang Corral scored from close range.
Two goals in injury time in the first half won the game for Mexico. A break down the right hand side looked offside, but Sosa crossed to Davila Gallegos who had a simple tap in. Within a minute it was 4-1, Gallegos shot was only parried by Eve Badana and the onrushing Daniela Solis despatched the rebound into the net.
Head Coach Sue Ronan made two substitutions at half time to try freshen things up and the changes had an immediate impact.
After 61 minutes Ireland scored the goal of the game - Shaunagh Jackson won the ball from the Mexican midfielder and quickly passed to Deirdre Doherty who showed great skill to play the ball through the defenders legs before unleashing a powerful strike to the top corner of the net.
It was no more than Ireland deserved for their second half performance and they should have scored again with two further great chances. But some magnificent defending kept Siobhan Killeens efforts from going in and making it a frantic finish.
Ronan said afterwards: "We started the game very well and took a deserved lead but we fell asleep immediately afterwards and allowed Mexico to equalise.
"We then went through a 20 minute spell just before half-time when our defending simply wasnt good enough and we conceded three very soft goals.
"However we regrouped at half-time and following a couple of changes in personnel and a few positional changes, we controlled the second half and could have scored more than one. But before the tournament I would have been happy to get to the quarter finals and were there now, so we have to be happy with that."
Ireland: Eve Badana, Seana Cooke, Jessica Gleeson, Zoe Murphy, Sophie Perry, Karen Duggan, Dora Gorman, Aileen Gilroy, Jetta Berrill, Sara Lawlor (capt), Siobhan Killeen. Subs: Deirdre Doherty, (for Gorman h/t), Geraldine mclaughlin (for Murphy h/t), Shaunagh Jackson (for Lawlor 58), Catherine Cronin, Lauren Murphy (for Cooke 77), Emma Hansberry, Jessica Gleeson, Roisin mccafferty, Julie Ann Russell.
Mexico: Basanez, Cruzaley, Cabrales Solis, Pontigo, Mercado, Gallegos Davila, Corral Ang,Mayor, Sosa, Lopez Mendoza, Daniela Solis. Subs: Ferral Montalvan (89), Castillo Zarate (86), Monsivais, Rodriguez, Vargas (59), Garcia, Luna (74)