Slow Start Costs The Irish

Friday October 11, 2013 at 1:29pm
Ireland very nearly performed a stunning escape act on their miniEURO debut, coming back from three nil down against last years hosts before losing by the odd goal in five.

Moldova always looked to pose a threat the Irish team, with their free scoring brand of football impressing last year and they soon raced into a two goal lead.

It nearly got worse for the Irish, but a goal bound effort which would have made it three was cleared off the line – meaning it remained 2-0 at the break.

Ireland began the second half in positive fashion and Shane Brown almost reduced the arrears, however a third strike from Moldova looked to have finished the game as a contest.

The Irish boys appeared to gain confidence from that point onwards, though, and Ian Donworth headed their best chance of the match wide.

The same player did, though, reduce the arrears just after and the goal visibly buoyed his side and Steven Mullarkey went close before Fran Lee added a second goal.

At that point the crowd – and no doubt the teams – began to wonder if the turnaround would be completed and Ireland began pushing for a leveler. They almost got it too, but Donal Patterson unfortunately blazed over.

Even in the defeat, the Irish can take plenty forward to their remaining games, against Montenegro tonight and Israel tomorrow, as their spirited showing here tells everyone there is far more to come.
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