IAFA 1-2 6th Infantry Battalion
The IAFA squad lost narrowly to the 6th Infantry Battalion at Custume Barracks in Athlone yesterday evening. In sweltering heat, 24 degrees, against a fine side, All-Ireland Military Champions, the squad put on a fine display against the odds. The Defence Forces side conceded a penalty early on as they struggled to get to grips with the adapted rules of the game but Alan Wall was denied by the woodwork. The 6th Infantry Battalion then struck twice before half-time. The IAFA squad regrouped, however, and James Boyle converted from the penalty spot in the second half when the referee adjudged one of the Military players to have pushed Kevan O'Rourke in the box. The IAFA pushed on for an equaliser and had to defend resolutely as the 6th Infantry Battalion countered with pace. A number of excellent saves by Jack Conroy and some fine defending from David Saunders, Simon Baker and Kevin Cahillane kept the IAFA in with a chance but ultimately the Defence Forces side held out for the win. The game was watched by a crowd that included FAI President Paddy McCaul, Ireland International Sean St. Ledger and Ireland and Liverpool legend John Aldrige. Each player was presented with a medal afterwards to commemorate the occasion. The IAFA would like to say a huge thank you to all at Custume Barracks for such a warm welcome. To all who came out to support both teams and to the 6th Infantry Battalion for a competitive and warm spirited game. The IAFA squad now turn there attention to their games in Lancashire at the weekend.
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