south korea too strong on matchday three

06 July 2015

Three second half goals for the hosts South Korea saw the Ireland women's side go down to another disappointing defeat in the World University Games at Gwangju.

World University Games (Gwangju, South Korea)

 

Women's Group A: Ireland 0 South Korea 3 (S Jang 62,70, Y Namgung 88); Czech Republic 1 Chinese Taipie 1.

(South Korea and Czech Republic qualify for quarter finals. Ireland and China in play offs for places 9-16).

 

Three second half goals for the hosts South Korea saw the Ireland women's side go down to another disappointing defeat in the World University Games at Gwangju. Ireland have missed out on claiming a place in the quarter finals after failing to win any of their group fixtures with just a 1-1 draw against Chinese Taipei to show for the huge effort put in all three games. The team went into the game knowing they needed to win by three clear goals and hope that Chinese Taipei beat Czech Republic 1-0 but it wasn't to be.

Ireland made eight changes from the second game loss to the Czech's and the Irish girls served up an excellent performance in a scoreless first half before an enthusiastic home crowd in the hot and humid conditions at the excellent Naju Public Stadium.

Ireland had the first real chance of the game when an eight player passing move saw Sarah Rowe link well with Claire O'Riordan but her strike was just inches wide for what would have been an outstanding team goal. Niamh Reid Burke was sharp off her line twice in the first half to deny the Koreans an opening goal while just before the break Rachel Graham went close from a free kick on the edge of the box. The second half continued in the same way and Reid Burke saved well low to her left and the denied Jang from four yards.

The introduction of substitute Seigi Jang on the hour mark turned the game and gave the Koreans added impetus. The opening goal arrived on 62 minutes when Ireland lost possession high up the pitch and a long ball found the impressive Jang who buried the ball low to the bottom corner. Eight minutes later and it was 2-0 to the hosts, another long ball found Lee who drove into the penalty and and set up Jang to tap in for her second. The Irish girls began to wilt in the testing conditions and there was no way back when Yeji Namgung added a third goal for Korea minutes from the finish.

Ireland will now take on USA in the play offs for places 9-16 on Wednesday morning.

 

IRELAND: N Reid Burke (IT Blanchardstown); K Cormican (UL), A Frawley (St Pat's), J Byrne (NUIG), C Cronin (UCD) R Doyle (Maynooth), D Gorman (UCD), R Graham (IT Carlow), C O'Riordan (IT Carlow), S Rowe (DCU), O Nolan (UCD).

Subs: C Grant (UCD) for Gorman h-t), C Rossiter (Waterford IT) for Graham 57 mins, J A Russell (UCD) for Frawley 62 mins, R Maguire (NCI) for O'Riordan 84 mins, C O'Connell (UCC), J Gleeson (Waterford IT), S Killeen (UCD), E Hansberry (IT Sligo), E Badana (Drexel Univ).

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