Ireland Fall To Opening Loss

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Thursday November 27, 2014 at 10:44am
Lee Kill's Ireland side found the going tough in their opening miniEURO2014 match and lost out 6-0 to Kazakstan.

The powerful and dangerous Kazak team were ahead as early as the first minute, although Ireland did find their feet and the willing Damien Raggett was soon forcing the keeper into making a good save as the men led by skipper James Kelly looked to hit back.

Killian Fitzpatrick in the Ireland goal made the save of the match to keep it at 1-0, but there were two more goals for Kazakstan before half time to send the boys in green in at the break 3-0 down.

Unfortunately it was to get worse for the inexperienced Ireland side - all of whom were making their European debuts - in the second period with another goal scored, before the Irish were awarded a penalty after Dessie Haynes was brought down by the Kazakstan custodian. Nerves got the better of Paddy Cahill, though and he fired the spot kick wide.

After this, Ireland pushed forward in a desperate bid to secure at least a consolation goal, but it wasn't to be and they were picked off twice more late on to go down 6-0.

Such is the fast pace of miniEURO, however, Kill's men won't have time to lick their wounds, as they take on last years beaten finalists tonight at 10pm CET.
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