Ireland’s men and women topped their respective qualifying groups at the World Student Games in Naples and are through to the knock-out quarter-final stage where they will face Russia and China.
First into action at 5pm this Monday afternoon were Dave Connell‘s women who played out a scoreless draw with China but progressed to the semi-final stage with an emphatic 4-1 penalty shoot out success.
Goalkeeper Amanda McQuillan took the shoot-out plaudits by scoring the opening penalty and then was beaten only once from the three kicks taken by China while her colleagues Megan Smith Lynch, Lynn Craven and Eleanor Ryan Doyle all converted their kicks.
Greg Yelverton‘s men took on Russia at 8pm on Tuesday evening in their quarter-final contest but suffered a one nil defeat. The goal came after just seven minutes from the penalty spot and despite strenuous efforts Ireland were unable to find the equaliser.