Well Played for IT Carlow and Team Ireland
Congratulations to the Irish Men’s Soccer team who finished in overall fifth place at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. The team had a hard fought but eventually convincing 3 – 1 win over a very skilful Ukrainian side. The result secured them fifth place but the underlining story is how close the Irish men’s soccer team came to winning a medal at the games. The competition was eventually won by France who were fortunate to beat the Irish lads 4-3 on penalties at the quarter final stage.
Ever since their brilliant win over host nation Russia, the local public have taken the Irish men’s football team to their hearts. During a walk in the city centre last week, the players were surrounded (mobbed is probably a better description), by fans looking to get photographs and autographs. Following the win over Ukraine, the team and management were given a standing ovation by 200-300 spectators at the game. The attached pic by Cathal Noonan gives a flavour of the new found celebrity status of the Irish players. Well done Team Ireland!
IT Carlow Students on the Team Ireland Squad: Andy Mulligan 1st yr (Carlow), Barry O Mahony 2nd yr (Sligo), Craig Sexton 3rd Yr (Dublin), (Ray Foy 3rd yr (Donegal), James Scallan 4th yr (Wicklow), Jamie Carr, 4th Year (Dublin), Michael Schlingermann 4th yr (Mayo).