Georgie Poynton’s stunner capped off a fantastic result for the Irish Colleges and Universities team in Longford on Tuesday.
The long-range free-kick proved to be the difference as Greg Yelverton’s side beat the French 2-1. To put the victory into context, Ireland had never beaten France prior to Tuesday’s victory, and Les Bleus currently sit at #2 spot in the world rankings.
Darragh Gibbons also scored on a fantastic day for the Irish, but it is Poynton’s long-range stunner that will grab the headlines. The Dundalk man’s set-piece bulleting into the top corner.
The keeper was left with no chance, as the confident Poynton scored a goal to remember for the Boys In Green.
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) June 12, 2018
It was the first of three fixtures against the French and the Ireland camp was in high spirits following the victory.
📽️ Listen to the thoughts of #IRLCU @FAIreland Head Coach Greg Yelverton, MOTM Shane Elworthy (@ITBSports) and Goalscorer Georgie Poynton (@DkITSportsSocs) following the 2-1 victory over @FFSportU in @LongfordTownFC pic.twitter.com/5opU5TY1lb
— Third Level Football (@thirdlevelfootb) June 12, 2018
The teams lined out as follows:
Ireland: Matthew Connor (Cathal O’Hanlon 68); Shane Elworthy, Conor Keeley, Liam Scales, Conor Kane (Darragh Gibbons 24) (Pierce Phillips 63); Jonny Bonner (Jamie Hollywood 68); Dáire O’Connor (Carlton Ubaezuonu 64), Georgie Poynton, Anthony McAlavey, Shane Daly Butz (Adrian Delap 82); Georgie Kelly (Jack O’Keeffe 64).
France: Anthony Lefebre (Bastien Rempp 46); Gabriel Melis (José Machado 46), Jacques-Antoine Pelletier (Alex Marchadier 46), Roméo Vendiambu (Ryan Ebene Talla 46), Clément Bassin (Clement Tourtelot 46); Mick Dash Hatime (Tanguy Guerineau 46), Tidiane Keita (Léo Servanton 46), Brian Feneuil (G Guerineau 46), Mathieu Blasco; Sami Ayachi (Florian Chavanon 46), Kevin Cardinali (Vincent Roux 46).