World Cup Group A: Brazil 2 - 0 Ireland
Ireland kicked off their debut World Cup campaign this morning against Copa America Champions Brazil. In the warm conditions at Culiacan's Estadio Universitario the Irish pulled off a plucky performance against an experienced Brazil side. Ireland started well and saw a James Boyle strike saved while Kevan O'Rourke flashed a shot wide of the post. A series of Irish counter attacking moves were thwarted by a disciplined Brazilian defense and the Southern American's struck late in the half to take the lead. The second half played out in a similar fashion but the Brazilians were better able to cope with the Mexican heat, they grabbed a second goal towards the end of the game and ran out 2-0 winners. The Irish squad proved, however, that they are more than capable of competing with some of the best teams in the sport. World Champions Uzbekistan who had a convincing 9-0 win over Ukraine await Ireland tomorrow in what is sure to be a thrilling encounter. Uzbekistan may be 3 time World Champions but they've never beaten the Irish! COYBIG!!
Following TV appearances on RTE's The Afternoon Show and Morning Edition, the IAFA featured on RTE Radio 1's Drivetime yesterday evening. RTE's Mike McCartney conducted the radio interview at the IAFA's final World Cup training session at Ballymun United on Saturday 22 November. The session was attended by both senior and junior amputee footballers as the youngsters were given the opportunity to train with the World Cup squad and wish them luck in the upcoming tournament. In case you missed it you can listen to the radio interview here.
Staff Profile. Dave Cushen - Physio
Staff Profile. Kevin Brady - Coach