07 July 2015
Ireland top Group D, after a 2-1 victory over Russia, to set up a quarter final date with Italy at the World University Games in Gwangju.
IRELAND 2 (J Corrigan 45+2, A O'Sullivan 59) RUSSIA 1 (P Kapasev pen 80)
Maynooth University defender Jake Corrigan make a dream debut netting the opening goal in first half time added on, as Ireland overcame an impressive Russia to take top spot in Group D and qualify for the quarter finals at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea.
Substitute Alan O'Sullivan then grabbed a second just before the hour mark two minutes after replacing Dean Broaders.
However the dogged Russians battled back to half the deficit with a Pavel Kapasev penalty ten minutes from the end.
Danny Crowley's side were then forced to summon all their reserves of energy to withstand some fierce late pressure particularly from a string of corner kicks and they came through with flying colours to set up a quarter final meeting with Italy on Thursday.
Crowley, who also steered Ireland to the last eight at the previous games in Kazan two years ago, defeating the hosts Russia in their opening group fixture, heaped praise on his squad.
'Russia were excellent they shaded possession but we displayed a great work ethic. Jake (Corrigan) did really well to put us in front at a great time and then had to retire at the break but Alan's (O'Sullivan) goal came as a huge lift and gave us plenty to hang on to. After Russia pulled the goal back from the penalty we came under fierce pressure for the final ten minutes' commented Crowley.
IRELAND: M Connor (Waterford IT); N Haverty (IT Carlow), D Mernagh (UL), S Last (IT Carlow), R McEnteer (Dundalk IT); C O'Keeffe (IT Carlow), P Higgins (UL), J Corrigan (Maynooth Univ); L Kelly (DCU), C McDonald (Dundalk IT); D Broaders (IT Carlow).
Subs: E Molloy (IT Carlow) for O'Keeffe 27 mins, A McGreal (UCD) for Corrigan h-t, A O'Sullivan (DCU) for Broaders 57 mins, J Bonner (IT Carlow) for McDonald 77 mins, R Gaul (DCU), B Nolan (UL), G Coughlan (UL), S Houghton (IT Carlow).