The IAFA hosted the first ever amputee football tournament to be held in Ireland at the University of Limerick's Sports Campus on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of August, 2013. The Paddy Power Cup, sponsored by Paddy Power, saw 6 European amputee football teams do battle over 2 days to see who would win the coveted Paddy Power Cup trophy. Paired against former World Champions Great Britain in the group stages Ireland needed a win against The Netherlands to progress to Sunday's semi-final. Two goals from James Boyle secured a valuable 3 points for Ireland, setting up a grudge match with rivals Poland in the semi-final. Poland who Ireland had faced in their first ever game of amputee football in March 2012 proved too strong for Ireland once again. Ireland rallied, however, to beat Germany 3-1 in the 3rd/4th place play-off. The Irish team, spurred on by an incredibly enthusiastic group of supporters, can be very proud of their gutsy performances over the weekend. Playing against some of Europe's elite amputee teams the IAFA firmly established themselves on the European stage as one of the up and coming nations in the sport. The IAFA would like to thank their sponsors, Paddy Power, the University of Limerick for the use of their exceptional sporting facilities, all those who came along to watch the boys in green in action, and all those who worked tirelessly in making the Paddy Power Cup a reality.
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