Duleek man Shane Dunne is a member of Team Ireland at the World University Games in Taiwan with a key role at midfield for the football tournament and he will be concentrating his efforts on helping the team to achieve a top 10 finish after they missed out narrowly on a place in the quarter-finals.
Ireland played Taipei (won 2-1), France (0-0) and Mexico (lost 0-1) in the qualifying group and missed out on that place in the last eight when France scored a late equaliser against Mexico in their final game to secure the runner-up position.
Dunne, who plays in the League of Ireland with Wexford Youths, has just finished his final year at IT Carlow where he studied Sports Management and Coaching.
He had played in four international games for the Irish Colleges' in recent months and was chosen to represent Team Ireland having impressed in those games.
Next up for Dunne and his team is a game against South Africa (9th-16th play-offs) on Friday and that will be followed by another outing on Sunday with fixtures determined by results on Friday.
First round - Taipei 0, Mexico 3; Ireland 0, France 0.
Second round - Taipei 0, France 1; Ireland 0, Mexico 1.
Third round - Ireland 2, Taipei 1; France 1, Mexico 1.
Quarter-finals - Japan v Italy; Mexico v Ukraine; Uruguay v Russian Federation; France v Argentina.
9th-16th - Ireland v South Africa; Canada v USA; Malaysia v Brazil; Taipei v Korea.