Ireland Women miss out on a first FISU Summer Universiade medal

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Team Ireland’s hopes of the bronze medal at the 2019 FISU Summer Universiade in Italy were dashed by Russia in a penalty shoot-out, while North Korea defeated Japan 2-1 at the final.

Ireland had gone 2-0 up inside 30 minutes as Lauren Kelly turned in Eleanor Ryan-Doyle’s cross before returning the favour to her teammate, reports

Ryan-Doyle could have made it three just minutes later when she found herself through again but could only poke the ball beyond the goalkeeper and wide.

Russia wiped out the lead in the last 17 minutes through a Sofia Shishkina effort and a deflected free-kick.

When it came down to penalties, Megan Smyth-Lynch and Lynn Craven saw theirs saved by goalkeeper Tatiana Shcherbak, before Viktoriia Dubova’s decisive strike just evaded the grasp of Amanda McQuillan,

Ireland’s earlier games in the tournament ended with wins over Brazil (1-0) and South Korea (2-1), a spot-kick victory over China after a goalless draw but a 5-0 defeat to eventual goal medalists North Korea.

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