Blind Team fall short in brave display
Goals on 31 and 36 minutes for the mini tournament hosts proved to be the difference in spite of some excellent football played by Ireland.
Manager Alex Whelan was upbeat afterwards, saying: "I was very proud of all the players. It was a very positive performance which prepares the team for our second match against Albania on Wednesday afternoon."
The coaching staff will be busy preparing for the next team, including team analyst Stephen Bolger who has done a lot of work focusing on Albania.
Whelan insists his team will have a plan ready for that game, where a victory would leave the team in with a chance of securing a semi-final place.
Ireland: Darren McGarry, Donnacha McCarthy, Paul Costello, John Doherty, Darragh Stakelum, Matthew Kearney, Kevin Kelly