Ireland CP: Ireland put seven past Germany to seal 9th place

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Ireland CP: Ireland put seven past Germany to seal 9th place

Ireland’s CP team dispatched Germany 7-3 to secure 9th place at the IFCPF World Cup in Seville.
18th Jul 2019

In their final game of the tournament, Ireland saved arguably their best performance until last racing into a 4-2 lead by half time with Dillon Sheridan scoring all four.

Geraldines FC man Aaron Tier made it five, before Pascal Ordrich pulled a goal back for Germany for 5-3 but goals from Joe Markey and a fifth of the match from Sheridan (his 12thof the tournament) capped off an excellent display for Ireland.

The result means Ireland end their IFCPF World Cup campaign with four wins, one draw and one loss. The night was also extra special as captain Gary Messett played his 110thgame for Ireland in what is his 15th tournament representing his country.

Speaking after the game Head Coach Paul Breen said: "We got a dream start scoring in the first minute then they scored two quickly after and we knew we were in a game. We got the goals back before half time and that meant we didn't have to chase the game in what were challenging conditions as it was 36C out there.

"Heads could have dropped when Germany took the lead but it shows the character of our team to go on and score seven against a decent side. The score perhaps doesn't show how close this game was, particularly in the first half, but it's an excellent result for the lads.

Reflecting on the tournament as a whole Breen added:  "We showed our players the stats of the 13 games before tonight's match and we've won 10, drawn one and lost two and both those defeats have been to Ukraine and Iran who are regarded as two of the strongest teams in the world. That shows just how well we've been done in the last two tournaments.

"Our aim was to get out the group and we narrowly missed out on that. Once we went into the other half of the tournament we had the challenge to finish 9th. The players could have been disheartened but they showed great mentality to finish as high as possible."

Breen also saved praise for his captain Gary Messett, he said: "Gary is an incredible player and to reach more than a century of appearances for your country is a fantastic achievement. He's a leader, a top player and has done himself and Ireland proud."

Ireland: Mark Barry (GK), Joe Markey, Darragh Byrne, Oissin Merritt, Gary Messett (C), Dillon Sheridan, Aaron Tier.
Substitutes: Carl McKee, Alan Moore, James Naughton, Ryan Nolan, Sam Carroll, Darragh Ruane, Josh Treacy.

Germany: Robin Meyer (GK), Frederic Heinze (C), Pascal Odrich, Jorn Lorenzen, Nick Neumann, Simon Kumhof, Christian Eindenhardt.
Substitutes: Luca Pascal Podsendek, Jonas Malkmus, Phillipp Freudinger, Julius Kopf, Gordon Litinski, Marco Geisler, Daniel Sperl.

IFCPF World Cup results
Ireland 10 v 0 Finland
Iran 4-1 Ireland
Ireland 1-1 USA
Ireland 3-0 Japan
Canada 1-3 Ireland
Germany 3-7 Ireland

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)