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Oriel Park | Mon 27 May (EA Cup) - KO: 7.45pm

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UCD players in action for Ireland

Ireland 1:2 Italy - July 2nd 2009 Stadium FK Vozdovac, Belgrade. Pete McMahon scored a smashing goal but it wasn’t enough for Pete, John Dineen, Billy Brennan or Graham Rusk as Ireland lost their second game in a row at the World Student Games to Italy. The team will feel dissapointed going down after another spirited performance . Both sides traded chances with each other in the early exchanges David O'Sullivan shooting over the bar for Ireland and Pasquale Iadaresta doing the same up the other end. Billy Brennan in goal had to be alert to collect from Girolamo D'Alessandro's free-kick. Bit Italy's probing paid off on 14 minutes when Giovanni Vriz got to the byline, he was cleanly challenged by Oisin McMenamin but Vriz was able to find space to lob three defenders, Ciaran Boyd was only able to head the ball out to the edge of the box where D'Alessandro was there to volley it into the Irish goal. The Italians tails were up and twice in the space of a couple of minutes Giusepe Lolaico found Iadaresta who went close. Ireland were creating chances themselves O'Sullivan shot stinging the 'keeper hands. A mistake by Brian Cleary allowed Iadaresta to cross to Vriz whose whose close range shot was tipped over by Brennan.O'Sullivan again cretaed space but shot straight at the keeper. Into the second half, but too many passes going astray in midfield by Ireland allowed Italy to regain possession and control the pace of the game. A lob by Amantini and Brennan was forced into an acrobatic save. Ireland raised their game to match the Italians and a Mark Forker free header had Dessena punching the ball over McMenamin and running beyond his box to clear. At the other end Brennan had to be at his best to make a terrific save and conceded a corner. The corner wasn't cleared properly and Brennan saved from D'Alessandro. Ireland needed to find a higher gear, and their efforts were rewarded when Pete McMahon made a run onto the edge of the box and his shot was deflected over Dessano to score. Italy were stung and they wished to regain their lead. Six minutes later Loliaco shot inside the area and scored on 63 minutes. Brennan had to go full length to twart Vriz, immediately the ball went up the other end and O'Sullivan made Dessano go full length aswell. John Mulroy was brought in for McMenamin to give the attack a numbers. It almost worked when another substitute Stephen Roche fed Mulroy who fed O'Sullivan but wasn't able to get his shot away. But Ireland were tiring and when Daly centred to McMahon who from 20 yards put the ball the wrong side of the post. Ireland's last clear chance fell to O'Sullivan from a Boyd corner, but he was unable to keep his powerful header down. They face one more first round group game on Saturday against possibly the strongest team in the group, Korea. Their tournament continues as they play a further three ranking games for 9th to 12th place. Ireland: Brennan, Daly (Costello 84'), Boyd, Surgenor, Cleary, Dineen (Roche 50'), Forker (Teggert 79'), Harkin, McMenamin (Mulroy 70'), McMahon, O'Sullivan. Italy: Dessena, Rudi, Pippa, Cuomo, Lolaico, Galbiati, Amantini, D'Alessandro, Vriz (Mosca 85'), Iadaresta, Ramaglia (De Franco 46').