11 July 2013
Ireland Women's Team were beaten today by a very strong Great Britain side at the World University Games today in Kazan, Russia.
Ireland got off to the worst possible start when a long ball was played through to Courtney Sweetman who appeared to be clearly in an offside position and the striker lobbed Eve Badana to put her side one up.
The Irish settled into the game and had a great chance when captain Sara Lawlor was put clean through and after rounding the goalkeeper on the edge of the box was taken down, however the referee waved play on instead of giving a penalty and red carding the goalkeeper.
Deirdre Doherty then almost scored when her shot from just outside the area crashed off the crossbar and onto the line but was cleared to safety.
Worse was to follow when to everyone's surprise the referee awarded a penalty to GB after the ball was adjudged to have touched off Karen Duggans hand, the penalty was tucked away by Michelle Hinnigan on 31 minutes.
Julie-Ann Russell went on a great run and was taken down inside the area but again to the astonishment of all the referee waved play on.
Great Britain scored again after 36 minutes after a pass from the impressive Hinnigan was met on the run by Francesca Kirby and her curling shot beat Badana, leaving the half time score at 3-0 to GB.
Ireland had a nightmare start to the second half conceding three goals in three minutes, two from Sweetman and one from Danielle Carter.
It was 7-0 after 61 mins when Kirby got the best goal of the game with a powerful strike from the edge of the box, before Carter finished the scoring on the 86th minute.
Ireland must pick themselves up now as they move to the 5-8th place play off games starting on Saturday at 6pm Irish time against Chinese Taipei.
Manager Sue Ronan said: "That was a tough lesson for the students out there today. The first goal which was clearly offside, was bad but to not get two penalties and to have one given so easily is hard to take.
"Having said that it should have been 3-3 at half time, but the three goals in three minutes killed us off. The girls continued to work hard and it's up to us now to get them ready for the play off game on Saturday.
"They have done so well to get to this stage and hopefully we will be able to get a victory on Saturday to show this game was a once off."
Ireland: Eve Badana, Jetta Berrill, Sophie Perry, Karen Duggan, Zoe Murphy, Dora Gorman, Aileen Gilroy, JulieAnn Russell, Siobhan Killeen, Deirdre Doherty, Sara Lawlor. Subs: Ciara Grant for Berrill (34 mins), Shaunagh Jackson for Lawlor (h/t), Lauren Murphy for Killeen (62), Geraldine McLaughlan for Russell (75), Catherine Cronin, Emma Hannsberry, Roisin McCafferty.