15 July 2013
Ireland Women's Team Finish 6th at World University Games following a 4-0 defeat by Japan today in Kazan, Russia.
The technically and physically superior Japanese had to wait until the 42nd minute to take the lead when a free kick was played into the area Sayama had a header brilliantly save by Eve Badana but Seguchi finished the rebound to the net.
It was hard luck on the Irish girls who had performed magnificently in the first half and had gone close to taking the lead on three occasions, the most notable when Sophie Perry hit the crossbar with a free kick.
After 56 minutes it was 2-0 to Japan, Ireland conceded a free and it was taken quickly with Seguchi getting her second as Ireland didn't react quick enough. Ten minutes later it was 3-0 when after a goalmouth scramble Takahashi scored, despite Irish protests that the ball hadn't crossed the line.
Japan, however saved the best goal to last, when on 84 minutes an attack down the right was passed centrally and with two step over feints from two different players Saito finished to the top corner of the Irish net from the 18 yard line.
Manager Sue Ronan said afterwards: "Despite the 4-0 score line, the girls really performed very well today. But we were playing a far superior side and there's not a lot you can do when that happens.
"But we'll take the positives out of this tournament and finishing 6th ahead of big footballing nations like Canada, Korea, Russia & China is a big plus, as well as the experience our players will now take from this to the Women's National Team."
Ireland: Eve Badana, Sophie Perry, Karen Duggan, Jessica Gleeson, Zoe Murphy, Dora Gorman, Emma Hannsberry, JulieAnn Russell, Deirdre Doherty, Geraldine McLaughlan, Sara Lawlor.
Subs: Siobhan Killeen for Lawlor (h/t), Jetta Berrill for McLaughlan (60), Shaunagh Jackson for Doherty (65), Catherine Cronin for Hannsberry (81), Lauren Murphy, Dora Gorman, Roisin McCafferty
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