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.