Ireland 🇮🇪 5 – Chinese Taipei 4
The Irish U21 Men win their first match of this years World Championships after another fight back.
The Chinese went 2 nil up in the first few minutes after a few handling errors by the Irish. It took a well worked move and a strong shot from the Irish captain Oisin McKay to get a goal back. The Chinese were looking to move the ball fast up the pitch after a break down in Irish play and forced a penalty which was converted to put them two goals ahead.
Before half time the Irish returned with a break away goal themselves working the ball through a disrupted defence and Caleb Bowden drove down the right side and skipped past a couple of defenders before burying the ball from a tight angle.
There was quite a wait at half time as one of the goals needed a repair and this gave the Irish a good oppertunity to regroup for the second half and it was the Irish that were putting on the pressure to start, a well put together move where the play was quickly switch from the right over to Kevin Quinn on left who fended of the Chinese zone to score the equaliser.
The Chinese were awarded their second penalty after they broke away, there was deemed to be a paddle foul and and the Irish were down by 1 with 3 to minutes to play.
But the Irish showed that never give up attitude and with the Chinese reduced down to 4 men after a series of paddle fouls Oisin found space down the right to bang in his second goal of the game and tie the score up for the second time in the game.
With the Chinese still short a man the lads pushed man on and stripped the Chinese and Kevin Quinn broke free to score the winner.
Well done lads and congrats on your first ever World Championships Win. Enjoy it and push on with the last two games of the tournament and get a couple more under your belt.
Nex Game: Tomorrow
Pitch one against the home nation Canada at 3.55pm Irish time.
The watch today’s game visit the below link and scroll to 2.27.00