Norway 1 Ireland 5.
As usual of late Ireland started in blistering form and had a couple of good chances before finding the net with a Cillian O’ Carroll effort however their failure to put away chances in front of goal proved costly with Norway quickly equalizing.
Ireland kept pushing forward in cavalier fashion and often let themselves open at the back. Goalkeeper Dean Bland made some fine saves until Irelands passing game finally paid off with 2 goals to make it 3-1 at the break. It was more of the same in the second half with Ireland running the Norwegians ragged eventually adding another 2 goals to come out on top 5-1. O’Carroll, McEnerney and Thompson scoring the goals
With a quick turnaround Ireland faced a fresh South Africa side almost an hour later, in the rain, which has been a dominant feature here for the past three days.
Ireland started at a cracking pace and had the South Africans under severe pressure creating 3 excellent chances which they failed to convert. Not so Africa who were clinical and scored twice after Ireland had peppered their goal to no avail. Ireland then scored through Killian O Carroll but Africa scored again with another clinical finish. Ireland continued to press forward and traded goals so at half time the score line was 5-3 in South Africa’s favour.
Even though behind at half time one felt if Ireland took their chances this game was there for the taking. The second half started brightly for the Irish coming within a goal of Africa and with the opposition wilting Ireland needed to press home their dominance and had an excellent opportunity to do so in the final 3 minutes with a three on one situation with the goalkeeper however Ireland opted to shoot where a pass would have ensured a goal and the chance went begging. This proved vital as the Africans sensing this was their day caught us again on the break and Ireland gave away a couple of soft goals chasing the game in the final minutes.