In lashing rain a constant feature in this tournament it was a day of contrasting emotions for the Irish on Day 6 of the Homeless World Cup. Needing two wins to secure a place in the quarterfinals first up they faced Indonesia.
Ireland 11 Indonesia 6
Ireland quickly settled into their stride and were 2-0 early on then 3-1 in our favour with Ireland again spurning many goal chances. This proved costly as the Indonesians keep in there and remarkably turned the game in their favour with 3 quick goals. However 2 goals before half time meant the Irish went in at the break 5-4 in front.
The second half Ireland completely dominated the game and in the end came out easy winners by a 5-goal margin.
As we imagined it would with Brazil also winning their match it meant that the final game between Ireland and Brazil would determine who reached the quarterfinals.
This was the pivotal game for both teams it was winner takes it all.Brazil were quick out of the blocks and ran into an early 3-goal lead with Ireland’s inability to score from good positions again proving costly.
The Irish continued to create and finally put away some chances with Killian O’ Carroll adding that extra bit of grit. Brazil were lethal however in their finishing and at half time the score was 6-2 in their favour.
The second half Ireland got more into the game and continued to create chances making inroads into brazils lead, but a sloppy defensive error costing them just when it looked they might get back into the game. With honours shared in the second half it was Brazil game by 8-6.
It must be said that Ireland were somewhat unlucky not be in the Quarter finals with 9 points from this 2nd group stage in another group they would have qualified.
Ireland now enter the Dignitary Cup tomorrow and are already assured of a better ranking than last year. Coach Thomas Morgan can be well please with his side performances thus far as they created more goal scoring chances and had they put a higher percentage away would surely have qualified.