The Scots narrowly missed out on reaching the final of the Ragheed Ganni Cup after a narrow defeat to the Irish. The tournament is a fitting tribute to the soccer-loving priest who was martyred in 2007.

The annual five-a-side football tournament sees seminarians and students across Rome battle it out for the coveted trophy at the Irish College.

A paucity of firepower in front of goal against the Irish and the English could have proved costly for the Scots, but solid defensive play kept them in the tournament with goalless draws in both matches.

Another 0-0 against the Marists meant a quarter-final penalty shootout. Mark O’Donnell, Matt Meade and Chris Doig slotted home penalties with Bobby Taylor making a crucial save to seal a semi-final place.

The Scots took the lead against the Irish, with a cool finish from Alessio Marchetti. But the well-organised opposition quashed the Scots’ flair, scoring two vital goals.

The Americans from Notre Dame University, above, defeated the Irish 3-2 in a thrilling final.