All’s Well That Ends Well For Ireland

Friday November 28, 2014 at 12:42pm

It was a case of “out but not down” for Ireland as they ended their miniEURO2014 campaign on a high after a brilliant, battling 2-2 draw with Italy in Igalo this morning.

Lee Kill’s men have endured a torrid tournament, but looked like men reborn in the opening stages of the match here, and took a deserved lead with Dessie Haynes ramming home amid scenes of great euphoria.

Italy have been playing well in the competition and regained their composure before taking the lead with two goals in a minute around the quarter of an hour mark.

To Ireland’s immense credit, however, they emerged as if on a mission for the second half, and Damien Raggett was brought down just outside the box when he surely would have levelled matters before Paddy Cahill – who has been one of Ireland’s stars – did find the equaliser with four minutes to go.

The Italians through everything at Ireland in a bid to force the winner, but even when they did get through the spirited defence the post came to Ireland’s rescue before Killian Fitzpatrick preserved the point by clinging on to the rebound.

This was a tough group for Ireland, but they have been a credit to themselves and their supporters. The draw was fair – and fitting – reward.

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