The IFCPF Pre-Paralympic Tournament is the last official test for the national teams who get qualication for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Ireland has been selected in Group B for the tournament alongside Brazil (World gold medallists 2015), Great Britain and the USA.
Also competing at the competition are Group A teams: Argentina, the Netherlands and the Ukraine.
Ireland 0 v Brazil 1 (Day 1, May 1st)
Ireland faced Brazil in the first game of the group stages on Sunday afternoon, May 1st. Brazil took control early on, driving into a 2-0 lead before the break. A strong display from Ireland in the second half kept Brazil's attacks to a minimum though but unfortunately, somewhat against the run of play, Brazil drilled home a third and final goal to win 3-0. You can read the full report here.
Ireland 1 v Great Britain 3 (Day 2)
There was major disappointment for the Irish CP Football squad on Monday evening as the side suffered their second defeat of the CP Football Pre-Paralympic Games tournament in Salou at the hands of near-neighbours, Great Britain.
A decent first half saw the boys in green keep the GB attack at bay, and solid performances from Conor Tuite and Luke Evans kept Ireland in touch at the break as they went in trailing 1-0. However, the second half saw Great Britain step it up, and though Luke Evans scored a cracking goal for Ireland, Great Britain had the edge and drilled home two more goals to take the win on a final scoreline of 3-1. You can read the full report here.
Ireland 5 v The USA 0
A hat trick from Ireland’s Dillon Sheridan in their third group game clash against the USA sent the boys in green on the road to a comprehensive 5-0 victory this evening.
The talented footballer drilled home his first to the net just before half time to leave it 1-0 at the break, but a goal frenzy from the Irish team saw them net four more goals in the second half as Sheridan (2), Darragh Snell and Tom Badun all found the target to see them stroll to an easy win. The side will face Argentina on Thursday. You can read the full report here.
Ireland went on to defeat Argentina 3-0, before finishing with another game against the USA on Saturday, May 7th, which they won 4-1 to finish fifth overall (behind Ukraine, Brazil, the Netherlands and Great Britain).
The official draw for Rio was also made, with Ireland drawn against Ukraine, Brazil and Great Britain in Group A. Read all about it here.