Irish Wolfhounds’ return to American football ends in defeat in Spain

Ireland’s national football team, the Irish Wolfhounds, lost 26-7 to Spain in Madrid on Saturday.

Iarán O’Sullivan’s proteges, playing their first international game in three years, traveled to the Estadio Municipal Rafael Mendoza expecting a tough challenge against a Spanish side playing their first game under the new coach Fernando Guijarro.

And the scale of that challenge became clear to the Irish as they struggled to get around a well-organized Spain defense scoreless in the first half of this IFAF European Championships Group B clash.

Hosts quarterback Sergio Barbero netted a touchdown before a false field goal attempt gave Spain another touchdown as they took a 17-0 halftime lead.

The Irish came very close to scoring early in the third quarter, but the Spanish defense was once again impregnable.

After conceding another touchdown pass by Barbero, the Irish finally got some points – a touchdown scored by Gregory Johnson off a pass from QB Stephen George Hayes to make it 26-7 at the end of the game.

The match was Ireland’s first in these Championships and they are currently drawn in a group with Spain, Turkey and Israel. The group winner will qualify to face Germany in 2023 with a chance of promotion to Group A

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