TU Dublin Students Represent Ireland at World University Games 2019


Seven TU Dublin students are competing with Team Ireland in the World University Games which have been take place in Napoli since July 3rd. Overall, 54 Irish students have been selected to represent their country at the competition. From TU Dublin Blanchardstown, four students represent Ireland in Men & Women’s soccer: Michael Scott, Jamie Hollywood, Eleanor Ryan Doyle and Naoisha McAloon.

The women’s side kicked off their campaign first with a very impressive 1-0 win over 2017 Gold Medalists Brazil at the Stadio San Mauro. In their next game against Korea, Ireland enjoyed a 2-1 victory thanks to two goals by Eleanor Ryan Doyle whose two goals ensured Ireland topped their group to qualify for the Quarter finals against China.

Meanwhile the men started their campaign with a 3-2 win against a strong Korea side winning in Stadio San Mauro. Their second game saw Ireland take on Uruguay. Jamie Hollywood was part of the line-up for the Irish, whose strong display saw them draw 1-1 in the Stadio Pinto. The draw meant that Ireland joined the women’s team in the quarter finals by topping their group.

The Ladies Team saw their semi-final end as they were beaten 5-0 by a very strong North Korea in the Stadio Arechi. The ladies battled to the end but were unlucky against a side who are 13th in the FIFA World Rankings. Eleanor Ryan Doyle played the full 90 minutes. The Ladies still have the chance of winning a bronze medal as they take on either Japan or Russia in the Bronze Medal Game in Benvento on Friday 12th July.

The second quarter final saw the men bow out of the World University Games after a 1-0 defeat to Russia in a hot tempered game in Caserta. Russia however had a player sent off as Ireland pushed on for an equalizer but couldn’t fashion any clear cut chances. Ireland will now compete in the 5th-8th placed classifications with a match against Ukraine to come on Thursday 11th July.

The biennial World University Games, organised by FISU (The International University Sports Federation), is considered second only to the Olympics in terms of competing athlete numbers. In Naples, over 9,300 students from 128 countries will compete in 18 sports.

Team Ireland students will compete in the archery, athletics, men’s football, taekwondo and women’s football with the women’s football team first to see competitive action. The seven TU Dublin students selected to represent Ireland are:

Women’s Football

Eleanor Ryan Doyle
Club: Peamount United / TU Dublin
Position: Forward
Republic of Ireland Women’s National Under-19 football player

Naoisha McAloon
Club: Peamount United
Position: Goalkeeper
Republic of Ireland Women’s National Under-19 football player

Men’s Football

Joseph Manley
Club: Longford Town / TU Dublin
Position: Centre Back

Michael Scott
Club: Killester / TU Dublin
Position: Midfield

Jamie Hollywood
Club: Longford Town / TU Dublin
Position: Midfield


Jack Woolley
Irish Carded Athlete – World Class Category


Daniel Foley
Irish Senior Archer – Compound

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