Women's Soccer Colleges Association of Ireland

Men's and Women's Football Preview

01 July 2009

Despite losing the opening games of their World University Games campaign, Irelandís men and womenís footballers are in a positive mood ahead of their second group games

On Thursday, the women take on Hungary and the men are up against Italy.

The men narrowly lost out 1-0 to Uruguay on Tuesday and the same day the women put in a strong performance but lost to Japan 3-0.

However, It's not only the Irish feeling the heat in Belgrade as favourites to top the men's group Italy were beaten 2-0 by South Korea.

With the Italians up next for Kieran Harding's side, he said there is every chance of picking up points: "We will have to freshen up the team because the heat takes its toll on the players.

"We just have to go out and perform and to get a result to go into the last match with a chance. Korea look now to be the strongest in the group, so we need something from this game before we go into the South Korea with a chance of qualifying."

Likewise in the women's camp the mood is positive. They face Hungary in Thursday's game at FC Jakovo. The Hungarians failed to take a point against France in Tuesday's game, losing 3-0.

Manager of Ireland women's Sue Ronan said that her girls are prepared for the important clash: "Hungary need to get three points a well so it's a must win game for them and I'll be putting out my strongest team to get three points.

"It's a catch 22 situation that you want to rest players but also put out a strong team to compete because we need the points. I think if we get the three points it's then that we can think about resting players.

"If we get another good performance from the girls we will get something from the game."

The manager has every right to be optimistic as the girls put in a superb showing in a 3-0 loss against the Japanese on Tuesday, who are one of the top teams in the world.

Both Irish teams play their final group games on Saturday with the men taking on South Korea and the women in action against France.
-ENDS-On Thursday, the women take on Hungary and the men are up against Italy.

In the women’s camp the mood is positive. They face Hungary in Thursday’s game at FC Jakovo. The Hungarians failed to take a point against France in Tuesday’s game, losing 3-0.
 
Manager of Ireland women’s Sue Ronan said that her girls are prepared for the important clash: “Hungary need to get three points a well so it’s a must win game for them and I’ll be putting out my strongest team to get three points.
 
“It’s a catch 22 situation that you want to rest players but also put out a strong team to compete because we need the points. I think if we get the three points it’s then that we can think about resting players.
 
“If we get another good performance from the girls we will get something from the game.”
 
The manager has every right to be optimistic as the girls put in a superb showing in a 3-0 loss against the Japanese on Tuesday, who are one of the top teams in the world.
 
Both Irish teams play their final group games on Saturday with the men taking on South Korea and the women in action against France.

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