Ireland - Romania - 8:2
On the final day of what was a celebration of football fair play and sportsmanship the Irish boys got the opportunity to win silverware. They were pitted against Romania who they had dispatched with consummate ease on day 1 but at the Homeless World Cup this means nothing. It meant nothing to the Irish boys who with steely resolve took the field and set about Romania as if their lives depended on it. Ed Madigan scored from a penalty after hitting the crossbar early on, Dowling added a second as they fizzed the ball across the lush surface of pitch one. They were literally running Romania ragged until a sloppy pass saw Ireland pulled back. Almost immediately Dinan scored. Romania had a man shown a blue card for a late tackle putting Ireland in a commanding position. In the second half Ireland made tough going of their advantage and or was Romania who scored at the end of the blue card period and it looked like it could all get away from Ireland when up stepped Madigan with his third to swing the initiative back in Ireland's favour. Dowling arrived back in time to nonchalantly stroke the ball into the corner for his second at this point Ireland controlled the play and started running the clock down and as Romania tired Moore struck with rasping shot into the corner. More of the same saw Madigan get his third with a magnificent strike just as the referee blew for time. There were scenes of utter jubilation as Ireland celebrate a fitting finale to a tough week in Mexico.