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Ireland celebrate winning the penalty shoot-out.
Ireland celebrate winning the penalty shoot-out.
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Penalty joy for Ireland as they reach semi-finals of World University Games

Amanda McQuillan, Megan Smyth-Lynch, Lynn Craven and Eleanor Ryan-Doyle all converted their spot kicks.
Jul 8th 2019, 9:30 PM 20,413 7

IRELAND TODAY PROGRESSED to the semi-finals of the World University Games in Napoli.

Dave Connell’s side, who earlier in the competition claimed a major scalp by beating Brazil in the group stages, overcame China 4-1 on penalties.

The match had finished 0-0 in normal time.

Ireland had looked the stronger side for majority of the contest, but struggled to find a way past a stubborn China rearguard.

Ultimately though, successful spot kicks from Amanda McQuillan, Megan Smyth-Lynch, Lynn Craven and Eleanor Ryan-Doyle saw their side into the final four.

It completes an excellent few days for Ireland in the competition.

On Sunday, an Alan O’Sullivan goal helped the men’s team draw 1-1 with Uruguay and, in the process, earn a place in the quarter-finals, where they face Russia on Tuesday

 

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