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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Ireland into semi-finals of World University Games after win over China

Ireland 0 China 0 (Ireland won 4-1 on pens)

Ireland celebrate after their 2019 World University Games Women's Soccer quarter-final win over China. Photo: Inpho/Tommy Dickson
Ireland celebrate after their 2019 World University Games Women's Soccer quarter-final win over China. Photo: Inpho/Tommy Dickson

John Hudson

The Ireland women's side continued their fine form at the World University Games in Naples when they progressed to the semi-finals helped by a 4-1 penalty shoot out win over a dogged China after a frustrating quarter final tie ended scoreless.

Goalkeeper Amanda McQuillan was one of their heroes in the shoot-out converting the first Ireland spot-kick before going on to save from Ruonun Yin.

Megan Smyth-Lynch, Lynn Craven and Eleanor Ryan-Doyle were all successful with their efforts to send Ireland into a first semi-final on Wednesday since 2007 and only the second time the team has reached that stage.

China defended in numbers through out the entire game not allowing the Irish any time on the ball in their half and they were also unwilling to gamble by pushing forward when they had possession.

It proved to be a frustrating game for the Irish girls as they struggled to break down the compact China defence who continued to sit deep even as the clock ticked down.

Ryan-Doyle did have a chance to break the deadlock towards the end but her free-kick from a favourable position went over the crossbar.

Ireland: A McQuillan; J Gargan (L Craven 87), C Mustaki, L Dwyer, S Doyle, L Kelly (G McGuinness 85), N Farrelly, E Ryan-Doyle, A Meaney, M Smyth Lynch, S Fox.

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