05 July 2015
It was a mixed weekend for our Women's and Men's teams in Gwangju, the Women's team were defeated by Czech Republic on Saturday and the Men's team overcame China on Sunday.
World University Games (Gwangju, South Korea)
Women's Group A: Ireland 1 (C 'Riordan 53) Czech Republic 5 (J Chlastakova 13, G Matouskova 17, 89, S Necidova 44, A Malinova 51). Korea 1 Chinese Taipei 0
The Ireland women's side suffered a severe set back in their second Group A fixture at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea when they crashed to a 5-1 defeat by the Czech Republic.
This comprehensive loss following their 1-1 draw with Chinese Taipie in the opening leaves Ireland with just a single point and the task of gaining one of the two quarter final places is now beyond them.
Ireland faced a strong breeze in the first half and were unable to deal with the high pressure game of the Czech's in searing temperatures at Boseong Public Stadium
It didn't take long for the busy Czech girls to go ahead. The opening goal arrived on 13 minutes when a good run and cross from Gabi Matouskova found Jitka Chlastakova in the clear and she to coolly beat goalkeeper Eve Badana.
The Irish were two down three minutes later when a neat one two between the impressive Cahynova set up Matouskova to fired home from ten yards.
Ireland recovered and had their best chance of the half from a powerful run and strike by Emma Hansberry that was just off target but Simona Necidova added a third in the final minute of the half to set Ireland a mammoth task in the second half.
Ireland started the second half brightly and had a number of early chances but failed to trouble goalkeeper Sladka and they went further behind when a free kick was half cleared and Malinova volleyed to the net.
Moments later Ireland got one back after a pin point Julie Ann Russell set up Claire O'Riordan to head home her second goal of the tournament.
O'Riordan had two further headers just off target, Russell hit the crossbar and a Ciara Rossiter strike was cleared off the line before a late strike by Matouskova completed the Czech scoring.
The unbeaten hosts South Korea, who beat Chinese Taipei 1-0, are next up for Ireland girls on Monday as they attempt to salvage something after the disappointment of the Czech defeat and ahead of the play off's for places 9 to 16.
IRELAND: E Badana (Drexel Univ); C O'Connell (UCC), J Gleeson (Waterford IT), C Rossiter (Waterford IT), K Cormican (UL), A Frawley (St Pat's), R Graham (IT Carlow), M Hansberry (IT Sligo), J A Russell (UCD), S Killeen (UCD), R Maguire (NCI).
Subs: C Grant (UCD) for Graham 43 mins), C Cronin (UCD) for Cormican h-t, C O'Riordan (IT Carlow) for Maguire h-t, O Nolan (UCD) for Hansberry 83 mins), S Rowe (DCU), R Doyle (Maynooth), D Gorman (UCD),N Reid Burke (IT Blanchardstown), J Byrne (NUIG).
Men's Group D: Ireland 1 (E Molloy 43) China 0; Russia 0 Uruguay 0
Eric Molloy struck just before the break with the only goal of the game as Ireland edged out China to boost their chances of making the last eight at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea.
The IT Carlow and Wexford Youths man headed home at the back post three minutes from half time after a well worked short corner ended with a great delivery from Johnny Bonner.
The win leaves Danny Crowley's side on four points sharing top spot with Russia in Group D following Ireland's scoreless draw with Uruguay, in their opening fixture last Thursday and in a strong position to qualify for the quarter finals.
The South Americans trail in third place two points behind while the pointless China are bottom with the top two sides to qualify.
Ireland may have to beat Russia who could only manage a 0-0 draw with Uruguay in their second outing to progress to the quarter final but only if Uruguay beat China. Should that game end in a draw or China win Ireland are through.
The Irish controlled the first half and created some excellent scoring opportunities all to no avail before Molloy's header won the points.
Crowley hailed the performance of his side in the hot and humid conditions at the Mokbo Football Centre.
'We played as well as I have ever seen our team play and that includes at the previous games in Kazan two years ago. The work-ethic and desire shown by every player was absolutely top class ' said Crowley.
'China found it difficult to break us down as we were really tight and compact but the most pleasing aspect of the performance was how well we played when in possession' added Crowley.
Midfielder Brian Nolan may miss Tuesday's vital game against Russia after he rolled his ankle in the China game.
While Garbhan Coughlan who had to go off before the break in the opening fixture against Uruguay is responding well to treatment and may need a few more days to recover completely.
IRELAND: M Connor (Waterford IT); N Haverty (IT Carlow), D Mernagh (UL), S Last (IT Carlow), R McEnteer (Dundalk IT); R Gaul (DCU), C O'Keeffe (IT Carlow); L Kelly (DCU), J Bonner (IT Carlow), E Molloy (IT Carlow); A O'Sullivan (DCU).
Subs: B Nolan (UL) for Bonner h-t, A McGreal (UCD) for O'Keeffe 55 mins, C McDonald (Dundalk IT) for Molloy 69 mins, P Higgins (UL) for Nolan 84 mins, J Corrigan (Maynooth), D Broaders (IT Carlow), G Coughlan (UL), D McGuinness (IT Carlow), S Houghton (IT Carlow
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