If the UEFA Regions Cup final have had taken place that little bit later Ireland would have been celebrating European Cup victory claims manager Gerry Davis.
After another successful campaign Ireland were forced to settle for a silver medal losing out to Croatia in the decider.
However, it the tie hadn’t been played in searing heat the manager believes Ireland would have won.
“It was another game where the conditions weren’t with us. We struggled with the heat – one player had double-vision and another player suffered nausea so it was very tough,” said Davis.
“In the second half it got slightly cooler and we pressed them hard. We hit the crossbar and fired a great effort across goal. How we didn’t find the equaliser I’ll never know.
“Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be. If the game had started later in the day we’d have won it. No doubt.”
Ireland, this time represented by Region 1, didn’t quite manage to make it back to back wins in the prestigious amateur tournament, but Davis claims the players should be proud nonetheless.
The former Killester United boss is adamant the campaign was a success and praised all those involved.
“Overall I’m very proud of the work that was put in and what we’ve achieved. We’ve won a European medal. There are very few Irish footballers with medals from a European competition.
“People around the country are so proud of what this team has done. We’ve made a stir over here. UEFA and the Turkish FA were very complimentary of what we did.
“It’s just one defeat in 16 Regions Cup games. Today was only second goal we conceded in seven games. It’s been a remarkable run with a lot of work put in for the past number of years.”