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Ukraine edge out Team Ireland as Yelverton rings the changes

Ireland now face France as Hollywood finish not enough

SOCCER

WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES

MEN’S (PLAY OFF PLACES 5-8)

IRELAND………………….  1  UKRAINE……………..  2

It was heart break again for the Ireland men’s side at the World University Games in Naples when a stoppage time goal gave Ukraine a 2-1 win in the play off game to determine places 5-8.

After going out 1-0 to an early Russian penalty in their quarter final tie on Tuesday night the Irish were hoping to bounce back and finish the tournament on a high note.

By JOHN HUDSON

Head coach Greg Yelverton made seven changes from the side that line up against Russia giving first starts in the tournament to Gavin Sheridan, Tristian Noach Hofmann, Mikey Scott, Matt Hughes and Simon Falvey.

The opening half was a cagey affair with no real chances falling to either side and it remained scoreless at the break.

Ukraine were first to break the deadlock ten minutes after the resumption when Arsenti Doroshenko beat Sheridan with a close range finish.

Ireland mounted strong pressure on the Ukraine goal after this with Shane Daly Butz, Scott and Jamie Hollywood all having efforts saved.

Hollywood was rewarded on 67 minutes with a deserved equaliser when Joe Manley found him with a neat pass and the TU Dublin man made sure to hit the target.

It was nip and tuck after this and the likelihood of a penalty shoot out was looming when Ukraine hit the Irish with a sucker punch.

A quick counter attack saw Artem Radchenko fire in a fierce drive that Sheridan did well to push on to the post and as he attempted to gather the ball it slipped from his grasp and Mykhalio Udod was on hand to tap it over the line.

Ireland will now face France in Saturday’s play off for places 7-8 after the French were defeated 3-2 by South Korea.

Ireland: Gavin Sheridan; Maurice Nugent, Joe Manley, Rob Slevin, Tristan Noach Hofmann; Mikey Scott (Cillian Duffy 68), Dean Hurley, Jamie Hollywood (Sean Quinn 68), Matt Hughes (Anthony McAlavey 84); Shane Daly Butz; Simon Falvey (Alan O’Sullivan 68).

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