Ireland CP: Ireland suffer 4-1 defeat in World Cup

Ireland CP at IFCPF World Cup 2019

Ireland CP: Ireland suffer 4-1 defeat in World Cup

Ireland suffered a 4-1 defeat to one of the tournament favourites Iran in their second game in the IFCPF World Cup in Seville.
10th Jul 2019

Four goals in the second half  from Rasul Atashafrouz  was enough to give the Iranians a victory after Ireland led their opponents at the break.

The first chance of the game fell to Iran with Mark Barry forced to tip a long range effort around the post to keep the game level.

Iran controlled large spells of the early exchanges but it was Ireland who scored first after 15 minutes. A cross-field ball was played over top of the defence and Dillon Sheridan took one touch before firing  beyond goalkeeper Alireza Zare. 

Paul Breen’s side defended resolutely and restricted their their opponents to long-range efforts and were good value for their lead at half-time.

But Ireland were hit with two quick-fire goals after the break. Rasul Atashafrouz scored from the penalty spot after a spotkick was awarded for handball and then minutes later Iran turned the game on its head when Atashafrouz’s well placed direct free-kick found the bottom right-hand corner. 

With Ireland looking for a way back into the game Iran capitalise on the space at the back and Atashafrouz completed his hat-trick on 57 minutes before adding a fourth in injury time.

Ireland sit in second place on goal difference but must win on Friday against the USA by three clear goals to assure qualification from the group.

Speaking after the game Ireland Head Coach Paul Breen said: “We’re all very disappointed with the result. Our game plan was working for 40 minutes and we restricted them to efforts from long distance. We conceded the penalty and then we conceded shortly after from a free kick.

“We were chasing the game and that meant we had to come out and attack and that’s where Iran got their third and fourth goals. 

“As you can imagine playing in the Spanish heat takes its toll on players and that had an impact but we’ll look to the USA game and go up against them with confidence and do what we can to qualify out of the group.”

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

Iran: Alireza Zare, Mohammad Kharat, Shahab Rahimikandoleh, Benham Arandi, Hassan Safari (C), Amin Rezaeibezminabadi, Lotfallah Jangjo.
Substitutes: Yaser Rostami, Moslem Mehrabian, Abbas Torabi, Masoud Zholidehmalekshahi, Rasul Atashafrouz, Bebak Safarikorabbasloo, Mehdi Bakshi.

IFCPF World Cup results
Ireland 10 v 0 Finland 
Iran 4-1 Ireland

Fixtures
12/07/2019: Ireland v USA (6.10pm Irish time), Seville
13 - 14/07/2019: Quarter Final, Seville
16/07/2019: Semi Final, Seville
18/07/2019: 16th – 10thplace play-offs, Seville
19/07/2019: Final/3rd to 8thplace play off, 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).