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early lapse a costly error


WELSH UNIVERSITIES............... 1

An early defensive lapse proved costly as the Ireland selection preparing for the World University Games in Russia during July next, went down by a single goal to the Welsh Universities in a friendly fixture at Peamount United FC.

The decisive score came on 15 minutes when centre back Ryan Matthews delayed his clearance and then, under sudden pressure from Aaron Hopkinson, lost possession on the edge of the box.

The pacey Welsh winger wasted no time in going on to set up the unmarked Chris Davies who had little trouble beating a helpless Michael Slingermann for the only goal of a somewhat disappointing game.

Such a score conceded so early in the game was a huge setback for Danny Crowley's side, who were having their first outing together and appeared to lack uncertainty in many positions.

A strong and determined Welsh side had the edge in midfield with top class performances from Jamie Adams, Adam Price and Jack McKenna which continually gave them the upper hand over the Forsyth brothers Darren and Carl and Stephen Traynor particularly in the opening half.

Slingermann in the Irish goal was kept busy saving well from Chris Miethke and Price as the visitors attempted to increase their lead.

Ireland did have several chances to get back on terms but were lacking sharpness up front. The lively Josh O'Shea crashed a shot off the crossbar after good work by Samir Belhout and Garbhan Coughlan also failed to test Welsh goalkeeper Will Fuller with a couple of efforts.

Carl Forsyth was unlucky to see his shot saved by Fuller when the impressive O'Shea had given him the chance after he quickly pounced on a weak headed clearance from defender Ulrich Fischer.

Cillian Morrison's shot on goal was blocked by Welsh skipper James Ward and later the UCD man hit the side netting with another effort and then blazed well over when set up by Roberto Lopes.

A disappointing start for Crowley and his assistant Paul O'Reilly in their quest to finalise the 20 man squad for the trip to Kazan but no doubt they will have seen plenty to work on as they continue the preparations in the coming weeks.

IRELAND: Michael Slingermann (IT Carlow); Robbie Gaul (DCU), Roberto Lopes (DIT), Ryan Matthews (DIT), David Gaul (DCU); Carl Forsyth (Sallynoggin College), Darren Forsyth (Rathmines College), Stephen Traynor (DCU), Cillian Morrison (UCD); Josh O'Shea (UCC), Garbhan Coughlan (University of Limerick). Subs: Samir Belhout (UCD) for Traynor h-t, James Scallen (IT Carlow) for Matthews 57, Barry O'Mahony (IT Carlow) for R Gaul 73, Ray Foy (IT Carlow) for Coughlan 81. Not used: Johnny Addis (University of Ulster Jordanstown), Craig Sexton (IT Carlow).

Referee: Matthew Farrell (Dublin).

COLLEGES FAI...........................2

WELSH UNIVERSITIE................0

Two superbly struck goals from Ben Ryan in a six minute second half spell gave the Colleges FAI a well-deserved victory over the Welsh Universities in a friendly fixture at Peamount United FC.

The Colleges were well in control for most of the game but they had to wait until past the hour mark to open their account.

Ryan had threatened a couple of times earlier before he finally put them ahead on 65 minutes.

Danny McGuinness did well to get into the box and after his shot was blocked by defender George Parsons, Ryan got possession and fired in a fierce right-footed drive that went in off the inside of the near post.

The Waterford United midfielder struck again six minutes later to add the second with a curling shot past goalkeeper Phil Draper, following good work by Barry O'Mahony and Ray Foy.

The Welsh had a great chance to get back into the game on 76 minutes when full back Reece McEnteer took down Aaron Jewell in the box.

However, Michael Schlingermann kept out Chris Miethke's well struck spot kick with a brilliant save.

COLLEGES FAI: Michael Schlingermann (IT Carlow); Niall Cooney (DIT), Dylan Mernagh (Waterford IT), Jamie Carr (IT Carlow), Reece McEnteer (O'Fiaich College Dundalk); Paul Malone (DIT); Ray Foy (IT Carlow), Brian Nolan (Waterford IT), Barry O'Mahony (IT Carlow), Ben Ryan (IT Carlow); Danny McGuinness (Pearse College, Crumlin).

Subs: Colin Scanlon (Limerick IT) for McGuinness 66, James Scallan (IT Carlow) for McEnteer 78, Eoin Murray (DIT) for Nolan 78, Eoin Mooney (Colaiste Ide) for Malone 81, Adrian Rafferty (Colaiste Ide) for Ryan 83.

Not used: Karl Doherty (IT Carlow).

Referee: Ben Connelly (Dublin)