Our Women’s University side went down to a crushing five nil defeat by North Korea in the semi-final of the 2019 World University Games in Naples this Wednesday afternoon.
Our opponents had reached this semi-final stage with emphatic victories over Canada (4-1), South Africa (8-0) and Italy (4-1) and are joint favourites to win the Tournament.
Ireland will now contest the 3rd/4th place Bronze Medal match on Friday afternoon with Russia.
Our men went down to a two one defeat by Ukraine in the semi-final play-off for the 5th/8th positions this Thursday afternoon and will now face France in the play-off for 7th/8th positions at 5pm on Saturday afternoon.
The draw for the third round of the 2019 FAI Cup was made early this evening by our U21 manager Stephen Kenny and former Sligo Rovers cup winning captain Gavin Dykes. The ties are scheduled to be played on the week ending Sunday the 11th August 2019.
Bohemian v Shelbourne
Cabinteely v Cork City
Cobh Ramblers v Dundalk
Cobh Wanderers v Limerick
Collinstown v Galway United
Crumlin United v Malahide United
Derry City v Wexford
Drogheda United v Avondale United
Glebe North v Sligo Rovers
Longford Town v Athlone Town
Lucan United v Killester Donnycarney
Maynooth University Town v Waterford
Shamrock Rovers v Finn Harps
St Michael’s v Glengad United
St Patrick’s Athletic v Bray Wanderers
UCD v Letterkenny Rovers
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.
The Airtricity League Premier Division continued on Friday evening with a full five match programme.
Leaders Dundalk journied to the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium where they received a stern test from their hosts Derry City as the sides played out a two all draw. Second place Shamrock Rovers were held to a scoreless draw by Sligo Rovers in Tallaght Stadium while third place Bohemian played out a scoreless draw with Cork City in Turner’s Cross in front of the live eirSport cameras. Waterford went down to a two one defeat by visitors St Patrick’s Athletic in the RSC while basement side UCD scored the only goal in the Bowl to narrow the gap to their opponents Finn Harps.
P W D L F A G/D Pts
Dundalk 24 17 5 2 46 13 33 56
Shamrock Rovers 24 15 3 6 35 15 20 48
Bohemian 24 12 6 6 27 17 10 42
St Patrick’s Athletic 25 10 7 8 21 22 -1 37
Derry City 23 9 9 5 36 24 12 36
Sligo Rovers 24 7 9 8 25 30 -5 30
Cork City 24 6 8 10 18 28 -10 26
Waterford 21 6 5 10 28 33 -5 23
Finn Harps 25 3 5 17 21 50 -29 14
UCD 22 4 1 17 15 40 -25 13
There was also a full five match programme played in the First Division on Friday evening. Leaders Shelbourne journied West to take on Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park where they secured a three nil victory. Longford Town travelled to face Limerick in the Markets Field where they went down to a three one defeat. Drogheda United climbed in to second place with a four two victory over visitors Cobh Ramblers in United Park. Cabinteely secured a two one home success over Bray Wanderers at Stradbrook. The remaining contest saw Athlone Town defeat visitors Wexford by three goals to one.
P W D L F A G/D Pts
Shelbourne 19 14 1 4 30 13 17 43
Drogheda United 19 12 2 5 41 25 16 38
Longford Town 19 11 3 5 24 14 10 36
Cabinteely 19 10 5 4 27 23 4 35
Limerick 19 9 5 5 22 17 5 32
Bray Wanderers 19 9 1 9 24 18 6 28
Cobh Ramblers 19 5 4 10 24 31 -7 19
Athlone Town 19 5 3 11 24 41 -17 18
Galway United 19 4 1 14 19 29 -10 13
Wexford 19 2 3 15 16 40 -24 9
The 2019 World University Games, hosted by Italy in Naples, commenced on the 2nd July and saw our Republic of Ireland Women’s team, guided by Dave Connell, defeat defending champions Brazil by one goal to nil in their opening Pool C encounter.
The winning goal in the Stadio San Mauro, Casoria came after seventy one minutes from a stunning thirty yard strike by Lauren Kelly.
In the three team pool, Ireland took on South Korea at 5pm this Thursday afternoon again in Stadio San Mauro where two first half goals from Eleanor Ryan Doyle underpinned a two one victory. Ireland are now through to the knock-out quarter-finals which are set for Monday afternoon and evening.
The Republic of Ireland, led by Greg Yelverton, is also represented in the men’s competition where they have been drawn in Pool A alongside South Korea and Uruguay who met on Tuesday afternoon in Stadio Pinto where South Korea prevailed by two goals to one.
Ireland commenced their challenge this Friday evening against South Korea in Stadio San Mauro and recovered from conceding an early goal to record a three two victory. South Korea were reduced to ten men on thirty six minutes but it was not until the 60th minute that the equaliser arrived courtesy of Cillian Duffy. The victory was secured by captain Alan O’Sullivan who converted penalty kicks on the 64th and 79th minutes. South Korea did score a second on 83 minutes which made for a nervous ending to the contest.
Ireland topped their Group with a one all draw against Uruguay on Sunday afternoon in Stadio Pinto. Captain Alan O’Sullivan was again on the mark, putting Ireland in front on twenty minutes but Uruguay equalised from the penalty spot seven minutes later.
Cork City were represented in the Cardiff Athletic Stadium this Thursday evening when Cardiff Metropolitan University faced FC Progress Niederkorn of Luxembourg in the second leg of their Europa League qualifying round tie.
The Welsh hosts won the match by two goals to one but their one nil deficit from the first leg played in Differdange last week saw them exit the competition on the away goals rule.
The ‘Rebels’ will now face FC Progress Niederkorn in the first qualifying round of the Europa League with the first leg set for Turner’s Cross at 7.45pm on the evening of Thursday the 11th July 2019.
In other contests played this evening, Ballymena United played out a scoreless draw with NSI Runavik in the Faroe Islands to progress to the next round having won the home first leg by two goals to nil last week. Ballymena will now face Malmo of Sweden in the first qualifying round.
Fellow NI side Cliftonville followed up their scoreless away draw last week with a four nil home victory over Barry Town of Wales and will now face Haugesund of Norway in the first qualifying round.
There was a full set of Airtricity League Premier Division fixtures played this Monday evening.
Eight point leaders Dundalk defeated visitors Waterford by three goals to nil in Oriel Park while second place Shamrock Rovers made the short journey to take on St Patrick’s Athletic in Richmond Park where they secured a two nil victory. The eirSport cameras brought live action from Dalymount Park where third place Bohemian and fourth place Derry City played out a scoreless draw. Struggling Cork City journied North to face Finn Harps in Finn Park where the contest finished scoreless. Sligo Rovers recovered from going behind early on to crush UCD by five goals to one in the Showgrounds.
P W D L F A G/D Pts
Dundalk 23 17 4 2 44 11 33 55
Shamrock Rovers 23 15 2 6 35 15 20 47
Bohemian 23 12 5 6 27 17 10 41
Derry City 22 9 8 5 34 22 12 35
St Patrick’s Athletic 24 9 7 8 19 21 -2 34
Sligo Rovers 23 7 8 8 25 30 -5 29
Cork City 23 6 7 10 18 28 -10 25
Waterford 20 6 5 9 27 31 -4 23
Finn Harps 24 3 5 16 21 49 -28 14
UCD 21 3 1 17 14 40 -26 10