Ireland will face France tomorrow (Friday, 2pm) in the in the quarter-finals of World University Games in Kazan, writes LUKE O’RIORDAN.

Despite losing 1-0 to Mexico yesterday thanks to Alvarado’s 37th-minute strike, former Bohemians goalkeeper Craig Sexton (IT Carlow/Athlone Town) pulled off a string of top-class saves as goal difference was enough to see the Irish students finish ahead of the Mexicans and secure their place in the last eight.

Mexico needed to win by two clear goals to qualify, with Ireland already in the driving seat following a 2-1 opening-day win against host nation Russia, which was followed by a 2-2 draw with China on Monday.


Bohs winger and IT Carlow student Andy Mulligan (pictured), who netted against China, was sprung from the bench against Mexico as a 68th-minute replacement for UCD’s Cillian Morrison.

Another former Gypsy, midfielder Correy Davidson (Pearse College Crumlin/Carrick Rangers), played the full 90 minutes.

Manager Danny Crowley said: “It was a monumental effort against a top class team, I couldn’t be any happier with the lads, their attitude has been unbelievable since the start of the tournament.

“We have such a great group of lads and staff. I have never been prouder of a team, this is such a big achievement.”

Ireland: Craig Sexton, Tom King, Dylan Mernagh, Jamie Carr, Reece McEnteer, Darren Forsyth, Paul Malone, Raymond Foy, Correy Davidson, Cillian Morrison, Josh O’Shea. Subs: Johnny Addis for Davidson (52), Andy Mulligan for Morrison (68), Brian Nolan for Forsyth (74), Carl Forsyth, Barry O’Mahony, James Scallon, Niall Corbett, Paul Andrews, Tristen Dent.

Group results: Ireland 2 Russia 1, Ireland 2 China 2, Ireland 0 Mexico 1.

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