FRENCH UNIVERSITIES …1
IRISH COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES…0
A Theo Collumb goal with 20 minutes remaining proved enough to see the French Universities record their third win in four meeting against an Irish Colleges and Universities selection in a friendly international at Bordeaux.
The Irish had performed quite well in the opening half enjoying plenty of possession without managing to get past a resolute home defence and the game remained an even contest into the second half.
After a promising period early in the second half when the Irish came close to breaking the deadlock with David Hurley unlucky to see his header loop on top of the French net it was the home side who struck first.
Joe Manley’s attempted pass forward was blocked by Antoine Fischer into the path of Teiva Blanchet who slid the ball across to Collomb and he rounded Darryl Walsh to coolly finished past Paul Martin.
The Irish pushed strongly for an equaliser in the last quarter and after Alan O’Sullivan had his fierce drive parried by Tanguy Seznec it was Antoine Lizard’s outstretched leg that prevented Simon Falvey from poking home the rebound.
Later Sean McSweeney spurned a glorious chance to net a deserved equaliser when he dragged his shot wide of the post from ten yards out with only the goalkeeper to beat. But in the end the home side stood firm and saw out the remaining minutes to claim the win.
However Irish head coach Greg Yelverton was upbeat after the game and felt his side should have managed to gain at least a draw after putting in a strong performance.
“I couldn’t fault the side’s performance but I was disappointed that we failed to convert the chances. Overall the performance was good and we’re quite pleased with that but we need to be more clinical in front of goal.
“Our focus will now centre upon naming a squad and then preparing for the opening game of the World University Games on July 5 which when we will face South Korea in Casoria near Naples. Hopefully we can arrange a couple of training camps and some warm up games against League of Ireland opposition in the coming weeks”. said Yelverton
IRISH COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: David Coffey (UCC/UCC AFC); Gordon Walker (UCC/UCC AFC), Joe Manley (TU Dublin- Blanchardstown/Longford Town), Robert Slevin (UCC/UCC AFC)Ronan Young (Queen’s University Belfast/ Queens University AFC); Dean Kelly (IT Carlow/ New Oak Boys FC), Pierce Phillips (UCC/ Cork City); Michael Scott (TU Dublin-Blanchardstown/Killester-Donnycarney AFC), David Hurley (UCC/Cobh Ramblers), Cillian Duffy (Maynooth University/Maynooth University Town AFC); Aaron Dobbs (TU Dublin-City Campus/Longford Town). Subs: Alan O’Sullivan (IT Carlow/ Warrenpoint Town) – for Dobbs h-t, Sean McSweeney (University of Limerick/Limerick FC) – for Duffy h-t, Tristan Noack-Hofmann (DCU/Longford Town) – for Young 55, Jamie Hollywood (TU Dublin-Blanchardstown/Longford Town) – for Walker 55, Darryl Walsh (Waterford IT/Waterford FC) – for Slevin 63, Simon Falvey (UCC/UCC AFC) – for Scott 63, Paul Martin (Waterford IT/Waterford FC) – for Coffey 65.
FRENCH UNIVERSITIES: Printant (Seznec HT), Couteau (Liard HT), Tourtelot (Daniel HT), Corneillie (Ozee HT), Roux (Pinol HT), Valerio (Fischer HT), Craman (Blanchet HT), Boumejjane (Collomb HT), Clement-Triaut (Peyrat HT), Cicutta, Mayer.