13 July 2013
Ireland Women's team recovered from their quarter-final defeat two days ago to beat Chinese Taipei 1-0 in tonight's 5th-8th place play off at the World University Games in Kazan.
Stunning goal from Sophie Perry can be viewed here
Sue Ronan's side dominated the game from start to finish with a superb display of attacking football and should have won by more than the solitary goal.
Ireland had an early chance when Julie Ann Russell narrowly missed the target after a good move involving Sara Lawlor and Sophie Perry.
Perry put Ireland into the lead on 15 minutes, with a fantastic free kick from 25 yards that flew into the top corner of the net. Deirdre Doherty almost doubled the lead after a low cross by Karen Duggan, which she expertly took first time, but her strike was narrowly over.
Ireland continued to dominate the game in the second half and Doherty headed just wide from a Lawlor cross, Russell then shot narrowly over after a well worked corner.
Emma Hansberry, who was starting her first game this week, was behind a lot of Ireland's moves and she had an effort cleared off the line following a great run and link up play with Siobhan Killeen.
Then Lawlor went close again after a great pass from Jessica Gleeson, but her shot was pushed around the post by Cheng. Ireland continued to press right until the end but couldn't get the second goal they deserved. However one goal was enough and they now play Japan on Monday at 11am Irish time for 5th/6th place.
Manager Sue Ronan said: "I'm obviously delighted with the win, but I'm more pleased with the character the team showed following a heavy defeat by GB on Thursday. It's tough to lose any game, but when you ship a heavy score it's obviously tougher again.
"So for my players to come out two days later and produce a performance like they did tonight showed a lot of character. The only thing that was missing were goals, because some of the build-up play was absolutely fantastic. We now play one of the top female footballing nations in the world - Japan - for 5th place on Monday, we have to be happy with that."
Ireland: Roisin McCafferty, Sophie Perry, Karen Duggan, Jessica Gleeson, Zoe Murphy, Ciara Grant, Emma Hannsberry, Catherine Cronin, JulieAnn Russell, Deirdre Doherty, Sara Lawlor. Subs: Siobhan Killeen for Cronin (h/t), Dora Gorman for Doherty (71), Shaunagh Jackson for Lawlor (76).
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