Bohemian FC took and early lead in the IAFA National League picking up 5 points at Roadstone on March 10th. A 1-1 draw with Cork City followed by a emphatic 5-0 win against local rivals Shamrock Rovers sees Bohs top the league after the first round of fixtures.
Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Cork City (Wall, Murphy)
In the opening game of the season Cork took an early lead against hosts Rovers. Ruairi Murphy took advantage of a defensive mistake and poked past Patrick Hutton to give Cork a 1-0 lead at the break. Rovers struck back in the second half through Alan Wall who weaved his way through the Cork defense to level things up.
Cork City 1-1 Bohemian FC (Cahillane, G. Hoey)
In the second game City met Bohemians and again took the lead. Kevin 'Butch' Cahillane struck a long range free-kick past Bohs keeper James Conroy. Cork could have been 2 up but Murphy's effort came back off the upright. The Dublin side equalized in the second half as Garry Hoey's strike deflected past the Cork keeper.
Shamrock Rovers 0-5 Bohemian FC (Boyle x5)
The final fixture on the day saw the league's two Dublin sides meet. Rovers controlled the early part of the game but failed to convert their first half chances. The game then turned when James Boyle dinked past Hutton on the counter attack. Boyle made it 2 before half-time capitalizing on poor Rovers defending. Ireland's leading goalscorer was on top form and netted a further three times in the second half.
More than 20 amputees were involved on the day as the IAFA National League kicked off in earnest. The next round of fixtures will take place in Cork on April 7th. The fist fixture will kick off at 2pm. All support is again welcome and any amputee interested in the game should check it out. Full fixture details will follow in the coming week.
Check out some goal-mouth footage taken by Bohs and Ireland goalkeeper James Conroy below for an alternative look at the opening day of our National League.
The Irish Amputee Football Association's National League kicks off in Kingswood at the home of Shamrock Rovers' Academy on Saturday 10th March. Hosts Shamrock Rovers FC will entertained Cork City FC and Bohemian FC in the first round of the 2018 league season. All three sides have been training hard since the pre-season tournament in Midleton in anticipation of these fixtures and a number of new players are poised to debut for their new clubs. Hosts Rovers kick off the league season against Cork. Cork then meet Bohs while the first round ends with the first amputee Dublin Derby. With points up for grabs, the competition will be fierce in what promises to be an exhilarating spectacle. Please see details of fixtures below. The games kick off at 1pm and all support is welcomed. If you are an amputee interested in playing amputee football please come and see the clubs in action this weekend.
13.00 Shamrock Rovers FC vs. Cork City FC
13.40 Bohemian FC vs. Cork City FC
14.20 Shamrock Rovers FC vs. Bohemian FC
The creation of a national league was at the heart of the Irish Amputee Football Association's mission when it was established in 2011. The association was founded to provide any person with an amputation, congenital deficiency, or other limb affecting disorder with the opportunity to access Amputee Football at grassroots, club and national level. At Midleton FC, Cork, on the 20th of January 2018 the IAFA officially launched the Irish Amputee National League. The 2018 season kicked-off with a Cup competition contested by hosts, Cork City Football Club, Bohemian Football Club and Shamrock Rovers Football Club. Over 20 amputees competed in the tournament that was won by Dublin side Bohemian FC. The league proper will begin in March and the upcoming fixtures will soon be announced. This was hugely significant milestone for the IAFA who have been flying the Irish flag internationally, competing in Europe and the wider world since 2012. The creation of a domestic league is the association's next step in developing the game of amputee football in Ireland.
Results: Saturday 20th January 2018, Midleton FC
Cork City 0-2 Bohemians (Boyle, Hoey)
Bohemians 2-0 Shamrock Rovers (Boyle x2)
Cork City 0-3 Shamrock Rovers (McElligott, Balog, O'Rourke)
Bohemian FC win tournament
Tuesday 3rd October
EAFC Group C: Russia 2-0 Ireland
Ireland lost 2-0 to World Champions Russia in their opening game of the European Amputee Football Championships. Russia went into the game as firm favourites with many expecting them to score freely against lower ranked Ireland. Our Irish Amputees had other ideas, however, and were unlucky not to capitalise on one of a number of chances the created in the first half.
In the most entertaining game of the championships thus far the first half was full of chances for both sides. Ireland defended deep and tried to break the Russians on the counter attack. Irish captain, James Boyle, was in superb form terrorizing the Russia, defence running at them with pace and power. At the other end, James Conroy pulled off a string of excellent saves to keep the Russians at bay.
Russian upped the intensity at the start of the second half realising they were up against a really well organised side. Goals at either end of the half from the Russia number 9 proved decisive. Although Ireland again created chances in the second 25 they failed to make the Russians pay.
Ireland face England in their second group game on Wednesday and will take confidence from their valiant performance against Russia. Russia play Greece in the other game in group B.
Thursday 5th October
EAFC Group C: Ireland 4-0 Greece
Ireland recorded a convincing 4-0 victory over Greece in their last group game of the European Championships to advance to the knock-out stages of the competition. Ireland started well and were in front within minutes of kick-off. James Boyle latched onto a Simon Baker clearance and finished powerfully across the body of the Greek goalkeeper. Christy McElligott added a second striking low past the keeper from outside the area. McElligott then turned provider, back-heeling into the path of Kevan O'Rourke who struck low to the bottom corner. Ireland continued to control the game in the second half and scored their fourth late in the game. McElligott nodded Garry Hoey's corner in at the back post to wrap up a solid Irish display.
The draw for the first ever EAFF European Championships took place this afternoon in Riva, Turkey. Europe's first ever major Amputee Football tournament will take place in Turkey from the 1st to the 10th of October this year. 12 teams from across the continent will compete for Europe's biggest prize. The tournament represents the culmination of the incredible work that has been done across Europe in developing the sport of Amputee Football since the establishment of the EAFF in 2015. With the support of UEFA, in the space of two years, the EAFF has helped European Amputee football reach unimaginable heights. Thanks to the EAFF more and more nations are taking up the sport in Europe and in October 4 of the 12 teams competing at the European Championships will be appearing in a major international tournament for the first time. The tournament also promises to be of an incredibly high standard. 3 of the top 4 nations in World Amputee Football were named 1st seeds for the draw (Russia #1, Turkey #3 and Poland #4).
Earlier today Ireland were drawn in Group C alongside World Champions Russia, neighbours England and emerging Greece. Ireland have never faced Russia or Greece in an International fixture while they have played England on numerous occasions, most recently at the Amp Futbol Cup in Warsaw in June. The squad will acknowledge that they've have been drawn in the toughest of the 3 groups but will remain confident of achieving the aims they have set out for the tournament. The squad have been training regularly this summer and will attend several more training camps before October to ensure that they are fully prepared for the challenge that lies ahead.
The tournament kicks off on the 2nd of October as hosts Turkey play Germany in the opening fixture. Ireland's group fixtures are as follows:
3rd October 17.00 (15.00 Irish time) v. Russia
4th October 16.30 (14.30 Irish time) v. England
5th October 12.00 (10.00 Irish time) v. Greece
The IAFA International management team of Nick Harrison and Declan Considine announced the Irish squad that will compete at the first ever Amputee Football European Championships in Turkey earlier today. Those selected have been training tirelessly throughout the year, meeting monthly at the University of Limerick and doing their utmost to earn their places on the flight to Turkey at the end of this month. Check out our video for a taste of what happens when the IAFA International squad get together and see the squad that will represent Ireland at the European Championships revealed.
International Squad, European Championships 2017:
International Managers: Nick Harrison, Declan Considine
Goalkeepers: James Conroy, Justin Guiney, Patrick Hutton
Defenders: David Saunders, Kevin Cahillane, Simon Baker
Midfielders: Garry Hoey, Alan Wall, Kevan O'Rourke, Éanna Durham
Strikers: James Boyle, Neil Hoey, Christy McElligott
Huge thanks to mshotstudio.pl for the fantastic video.
Both the IAFA Seniors and Juniors will be in action this Summer in Warsaw, Poland. First up the Senior International Squad will compete at the Amp Futbol Cup on the 24th and 25th of June. The Amp Futbol Cup has been the most prestigious and competitive Amputee Football tournament in Europe since its inception in 2012. In this, the sixth edition of the competition, Ireland will face England and France in the group stage and should they advance, will compete against Poland, Japan and Greece for the coveted trophy. The squad have been training tirelessly since January to prepare for the tournament and are eagerly looking forward to testing themselves against some of the world's elite teams in advance of the European Championships this October. The tournament will be live streamed and links to the stream will be available through the IAFA's social media channels on June 24th and 25th.
6 Juniors will represent Ireland at the second EAFF Junior Amputee Football Training Camp from the 6-9 of July. Following on from the enormous success that last year's camp in Dublin was, Poland will host Junior Amputee Footballers from across the continent for a weekend of football and fun. Our six Juniors were chosen for the dedication and commitment they have shown over the past year. Each player cannot wait to train alongside their European peers as they continue to develop in the hope that someday they will play in the senior squad. We would like to wish our Juniors the very best of luck for their exciting trip and hope they thoroughly enjoy the experience. No doubt they will all be donning the Green jersey in no time at all.
The Irish Senior International squad took time out from their pre-match training to help promote the EAFF's European Amputee Football Weeks which kicked off on Thursday June 1st. The initiative, supported by UEFA, will see Amputee Football events take place across Europe to promote the game and encourage the further development of the sport across the continent. Having flown back from New Jersey following their game against Mexico, preparing to meet visitors Uruguay at the Aviva on Sunday evening, the Irish squad were on hand to support the IAFA's involvement in the EAFA's initiative. The IAFA featured at the Champions League festival in Cardiff on Thursday, will send 6 Junior Amputee's to take part in the EAFF Junior Development Camp in Warsaw and will compete in the Amp Futbol Cup, also in Warsaw later this month, all as part of the Amputee Football Weeks. The association and the squad would like to thank Martin, Roy and all the Irish squad for their support.
The European Amputee Football Federation's Annual Congress will take place in Dublin this year on the weekend of the 10-12 February. The Irish Amputee Football Association and the FAI will host delegates from 14 countries across Europe for the weekend when they will discuss the future development of the sport across the continent. Those attending include hosts Ireland, reigning world champions Russia, as well as, European Championship hosts Turkey. European Amputee Football has grown from strength to strength in recent years. European Amputee Football took centre stage at the 2014 World Cup with three teams, Russia (1st), Turkey (3rd) and Poland (4th), finishing within the top five of the 20 team competition. The EAFF was later established in February 2015 on the back of this success. In 2016 the EAFF created the Amputee Football Weeks initiative to further develop the sport of amputee football in Europe raising awareness by encouraging nations to showcase their rising stars. The initiative saw 11 countries host both junior and senior events; tournaments, matches, open training sessions and demonstrations between May 14th and June 12th. In October 2017 Turkey will host the EAFF's first European Championships with qualification for the 2018 Amputee Football World Cup at stake. The delegates will have much to discuss and the future of European Amputee Football is looking very bright.