Disappointment for the Irish men this afternoon in a hard fought quarter final. Russia played some great football to carve out some goal chances but what wasn't staunchly defended by the excellent Mylett and Dillon was covered by Doyle as dependable as ever in the Irish goal.
Russia eventually went one goal up and soon after were awarded a penalty which they converted well. Ireland pushed and Mylett cracked the crossbar while Sheehan hit upright with keeper beaten. Jonny Makumbu came on to bring more steel into our defence and broke forward to score with a fine strike. The Russian goalkeeper was tested as was Doyle between the Irish sticks Russia got break winning a tackle on the half and scoring a third on half time.
The second half saw Ireland bring pressure to bear and the Russian mopping it up. Russia again with superb passing broke to score. Dillon then scored a peach to bring Ireland back to touching distance but were unable to breach the gap. Russia scored again to finish the scoring. Ireland the game on the attack but the Russian s experience told against our young team
Both teams will now continue in the play-offs to determine their world rankings in the 2017 Homeless World Cup.
Every single one of the players have given their all and some and we honestly couldn't be prouder. Not only have they shown remarkable strength and determination, as well as some serious skills, they have been commended by referees and officials for their incredible sportsmanship and camaraderie. As two teams they have gone from strength to strength and have come so far with stellar competition is a credit to the hard work they have put in.