World champions Ukraine prove too strong for Ireland


World champions Ukraine prove too strong for Ireland

The Republic of Ireland CP team's dreams of winning the 2018 IFCPF European Championships have ended at the semi-final stage.
3rd Aug 2018

After winning four games from four in Group A, Ireland lost 3-0 to World Champions Ukraine in the last four.

Although finisihing second in Group B, Ukraine have a storied pedigree in CP Football, winning gold at the 2016 Paralympics along with last year's IFCPF CP World Football Chmapionships.

In a very tense first-half, Ireland had numerous chances to take the lead, but were unable to find the back of the net. Ukraine scored just before the break, and never looked back. Vitalli Romanchuk scored what proved to be the winner, seven minutes before half-time

Romanchuk scored again after the break to double their lead. Ireland began to chase the game in search of two goals. Ukraine scored their third on a counter-attack in the last moments of the game. Ivan Donenko did enough to slot the ball past Mark Barry.

Focus now turns to Sunday afternoon, where the side will face either Russia or the Netherlands at 1.30pm (2.30pm local time)

Republic of Ireland: Mark Barry, Darragh Byrne, Luke Evans, Aaron Tier, Oisin Merritt, Gary Messett (capt), Dillon Sheridan

Ireland’s Cerebral Palsy team is co-funded by the FAI, Paralympics Ireland and Sport Ireland.