Ireland CP: Ireland miss out on World Cup Quarter Finals
Paul Breen’s side knew they had to beat the USA by two clear goals to qualify from the group but found themselves behind after 14 minutes with Nicholas Mayhugh scoring the opener from distance. Dillon Sheridan equalised for Ireland in the second half but despite their efforts they couldn’t add to their tally.
It was a great effort from Ireland who more than matched their US opponents who came into the tournament ranked 4th in the world.
Ireland responded to going behind by coming out on the front foot and kept Sean Boyle in the US goal busy as he was forced to make numerous saves.
But Boyle was beaten shortly after half time when Sheridan collected a ball from Oisin Merritt’s run and took one touch before firing into the bottom left-hand corner
Minutes later Ireland received a further boost when the US’ Seth Jahn received a straight red card for an apparent headbutt on Merritt.
Ireland went in search for a winner and had the US pinned into their own half. In the final moments Ireland felt they should have had a penalty when the ball seemed to strike a US defender’s arm. Referee Akmal Rahimov ignored protestations and moments later Ireland almost found the net but Boyle got down well to push Ryan Nolan’s effort around the post.
It was to be their last opportunity of the game and Ireland will now play their remaining matches for 9th to 16th place.
Speaking after the draw Ireland head coach Paul Breen said: “I thought their goalkeeper (Sean Boyle) was exceptional and he was the difference between the two sides tonight. We created a lot of chances but just couldn't find our way through.
We asked Dillon (Sheridan) to push up further to allow Oisin Merritt to come forward and that’s how our goal came about. On reflection we could have done that more as most of our shots were from distance – it just wasn’t our night.”
Attention will turn to Ireland’s next game against Japan as they try and seal a top-10 finish.
Breen added: “Our group was called the ‘group of death’ because there were three teams in it from the top nine. For us not to make the Quarter Finals is disappointing but I couldn’t have asked for any more from the lads. We’ll focus on trying to finish 9th and keeping our top 10 place.”
Republic of Ireland: Mark Barry (GK), Joe Markey, Oisin Merritt, Gary Messett (C), Ryan Nolan, Dillon Sheridan, Aaron Tier.
Substitutes: Darragh Byrne, Carl McKee, Alan Moore, James Naughton, Sam Carroll, Darragh Ruane, Josh Treacy.
United States: Sean Boyle, Cameron DeLilo, Jacob Kaplan, Seth Jahn, Andrew Bremer, Nicholas Mayhugh, Joshua Brunias (C).
Substitutes: Jacob Crumbley, Benjamin Lindau, Adam Ballou, David Garza, Tyler Bennett, Carter Alvey, Shea Hammon.
IFCPF World Cup results
Ireland 10 v 0 Finland
Iran 4-1 Ireland
Ireland 1-1 USA
14/07/2019: Ireland v Japan (10am Irish time), Seville
Republic of Ireland CP squad:
Goalkeeper: Mark Barry (Raheny United)
Defenders: Joseph Markey (Carrick Rovers), Darragh Byrne (Home Farm), Darragh Ruane (Mervue United), Joshua Treacy (Celbridge Town)
Midfielders: Gary Messett (C) (Arklow Town), Ryan Nolan (Rathmichael FC), Oisin Merritt (Ballybofey United), Carl McKee (Swords Manor), Alan Moore (Oldcastle United)
Forwards: Dillon Sheridan (Cherry Orchard), Aaron Tier (Geraldines FC), James Naughton (Unattached), Sam Carroll (Ardmore Rovers).