Irish Paralympic 7-a-side soccer team defeat Netherlands 1-0 to progress to quarter-finals as group winners at CPISRA European Championships in Portugal

 27th July 2014

Irish Paralympic 7-a-side soccer team defeat Netherlands 1-0 to progress to quarter-finals as group winners at CPISRA European Championships in Portugal

The Irish Paralympic soccer team defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in their final group game at the CPISRA European Championships in Maia, Portugal today to progress to the quarter-finals as group winners. Going into today’s match the Netherlands were leading the group over Ireland on goal difference so only a win would do if Gerard Glynn’s Irish side were to finish to group in pole position and secure the more favourable quarter-final pairing.

With the Netherlands one place ahead of Ireland in the world rankings this was always going to be the game of the group and it proved that way with Ireland eventually breaking the deadlock in the twenty-third minute of the second half through a great strike by midfielder Darragh Byrne who plays with Willows in Ballymun.

As group winners Ireland will play their quarter-final match on Tuesday (29th July) at 9.30am most likely against the third place finisher in group B; Northern Ireland.

Speaking after the match Irish captain Luke Evans said: “We knew what we had to do today; it was all about getting the win and taking top spot in the group to secure the better quarter-final, and it’s a case of job done. It was a good performance but it wasn’t our best, by our standards, we still have a lot to concentrate on for next time out but we dug deep and got the result which is what we’re all about. We had a much better second half, dominated it in some parts and it was a great goal from Darragh. We’re pleased and just need to recover and get ready for the opposition on Tuesday.”

Ukraine; the top ranked team in the world at the moment won group C over England in second and Portugal in third. Current Paralympic Champions from London 2012; Russia the pick of Group B, beat Scotland 3-0 this evening to take top spot in that group, with Northern Ireland beating Germany 1-0 to take third and line up a quarter-final meeting with Ireland.

 This Irish team is currently ranked sixth in the world, and fourth in Europe following an impressive fourth place finish at the CPISRA Intercontinental Cup last year.

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For further information:

Sinéad Naughton, Paralympics Ireland Communications & Events Director

087-6338512/01-6251175 sinead@paralympics.ie

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For more on the tournament including live coverage, and full match stats for each game visit www.eurofootball7aside.com

Irish Schedule at European Championships

Thursday 24th July, 12pm Irish time

Ireland 10 – 0 Finland

Goalscorers; Joseph Markey, Gary Messett, Ryan Nolan, Peter Cotter, Aaron Tier (all one goal each), Paraic Leacy (2), Dillon Sheridan (3).

Friday 25th July 12pm Irish time

Ireland 12-0 Denmark

Goalscorers; Darragh Byrne, Paraic Leacy (one each), Gary Messett, Eric O’Flaherty (two each), Luke Evans and Tomiwa Badun (3 each)

Sunday 27th July 4pm Irish time

Ireland 1-0 Netherlands

Goalscorer; Darragh Byrne

Irish 7-a-side soccer squad for CPISRA European Championships, Maia, Portugal, July 23rd – Aug 2nd

Name

Hometown

Club

Caps

Goals

Position

Simon LeStrange

Mullingar

Newbridge

11

-

GK

Daragh Byrne

Santry

Willows

12

2

Right mid

Joseph Markey

Monaghan

Rosemount

60

17

Left back

Luke Evans

Artane

St Brendans

47

18

Right back

Paraic Leacy

Ferns

Ferns Utd

3

3

Left mid

Dillon Sheridan

Ballyfermot

Ballyfermot Utd

7

3

Right mid

Gary Messett

Bray

Glencormac Utd

58

33

Central mid

Ryan Nolan

Wicklow

Glencormac Utd

6

2

Centre forward

Tomiwa Badun

Drogheda

Muiche Avennanor

4

5

Centre forward

Peter Cotter

Cork

College Corinthians

8

2

Right midfield

Aaron Tier

Limerick

Corbally Utd

13

3

Centre forward

Brian McGillivary

Firhouse

Bluebell Utd

34

-

GK

Carl McKee

 

Swords Manor

2

-

Left back

Eric O’Flaherty

Galway

n/available

n/a

2

Left midfield

 

Staff:     Team Manager & Coach – Gerard Glynn

Coach – Derek Kavanagh

Performance Analysis – Cormac Glynn

Physiotherapist – Kevin O’Connor

Medical Officer – Dr. Joe Conway

Kit manager – Bobby Moore

About Cerebral Palsy 7-a-side Football

The first football 7-a-side matches for athletes with Cerebral Palsy took place in 1978 in Edinburgh during CPISRA’s International Games. This sport debuted at the 1984 Paralympic Games and the first 7-a-side soccer World Championships took place in 1986 in Belgium.The sport is similar to football for able-bodied players with a few variations. There are seven players on the field at a time rather than 11, the measurements of the playing field are smaller, there is no offside rule and throw-ins may be made with just one hand. Matches consist of two halves of thirty minutes each.

About Classification in CP 7-a-side Football Classification is a unique and integral part of disability sport.It provides the structure to separate athletes with similar levels of impairments into groups, or classes as they are commonly known, so they can compete in fair and equal competitions against one another, and ensure that winning is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus. This same principle exists in non-Paralympic sports where athletes are classified according to age, gender or weight divisions to allow for as fair competition as possible.

Ambulant athletes with Cerebral Palsy (CP) classes 5, 6, 7 & 8 play 7-a-side soccer. Class 5 represents those athletes with the more severe level of CP, with those in class 8 the least impaired. Teams must feature players from each class during a game with a recent rule change meaning only one class 8 player can be on the field at any one time.

Irish Paralympic 7-a-side soccer team beat Finland 10-0 in their opening game at the CPISRA European Championships in Portugal

Irish Paralympic 7-a-side soccer team beat Finland 10-0 in their opening game at the CPISRA European Championships in Portugal

The Irish Paralympic soccer team had a huge win in their opening group game at the CPISRA European Championships in Maia Portugal today defeating Finland 10-0. Captained by Glencormac United’s Gary Messett this Irish tea put on an assured display against the Finnish side in the midday heat, and no less than seven of the team scored with a hat-trick from Ballyfermot United’s Dillon Sheridan and two from Podge Leacy who plays with Ferns Utd.

Elsewhere in their group the Netherlands had an even bigger win (14-0) over Denmark who Ireland face at midday tomorrow (25th July). On Sunday at 4pm Irish time Ireland and the Netherlands will most likely battle it out for top spot in the group.

This Irish team of athletes with Cerebral Palsy will be confident of securing a path through to the quarter-finals with themselves and the Netherlands (currently one place ahead of Ireland in the world rankings) likely vying for top spot in the group. Ukraine, drawn in Group A are the top ranked team in the world at the moment with Current Paralympic Champions from London 2012; Russia the pick of Group B. This Irish team is currently ranked sixth in the world, and fourth in Europe following an impressive fourth place finish at the CPISRA Intercontinental Cup last year.

For more on the tournament including live coverage, and full match stats for each game visit www.eurofootball7aside.com

Irish Schedule

Thursday 24th July, 12pm Irish time

Ireland 10 – 0 Finland

Goalscorers; Joseph Markey, Gary Messett, Ryan Nolan, Peter Cotter, Aaron Tier (all one goal each), Paraic Leacy (2), Dillon Sheridan (3).

Friday 25th July 12pm Irish time

Ireland V Denmark

Sunday 27th July 4pm Irish time

Ireland v Netherlands

Irish 7-a-side soccer squad for CPISRA European Championships, Maia, Portugal, July 23rd – Aug 2nd

Name

Hometown

Club

Caps

Goals

Position

Simon LeStrange

Mullingar

Newbridge

10

-

GK

Daragh Byrne

Santry

Willows

9

-

Right mid

Joseph Markey

Monaghan

Rosemount

57

16

Left back

Luke Evans

Artane

St Brendans

45

15

Right back

Paraic Leacy

Ferns

Ferns Utd

1

-

Left mid

Dillon Sheridan

Ballyfermot

Ballyfermot Utd

5

2

Right mid

Gary Messett

Bray

Glencormac Utd

55

30

Central mid

Ryan Nolan

Wicklow

Glencormac Utd

4

1

Centre forward

Tomiwa Badun

Drogheda

Muiche Avennanor

6

2

Centre forward

Peter Cotter

Cork

College Corinthians

6

1

Right midfield

Aaron Tier

Limerick

Corbally Utd

12

2

Centre forward

Brian McGillivary

Firhouse

Bluebell Utd

32

-

GK

Carl McKee

 

Swords Manor

-

-

Left back

Eric O’Flaherty

Galway

n/a

 

 

Left midfield

Staff:     Team Manager & Coach – Gerard Glynn

Coach – Derek Kavanagh

Performance Analysis – Cormac Glynn

Physiotherapist – Kevin O’Connor

Medical Officer – Dr. Joe Conway

Kit manager – Bobby Moore

About Cerebral Palsy 7-a-side Football

The first football 7-a-side matches for athletes with Cerebral Palsy took place in 1978 in Edinburgh during CPISRA’s International Games. This sport debuted at the 1984 Paralympic Games and the first 7-a-side soccer World Championships took place in 1986 in Belgium.The sport is similar to football for able-bodied players with a few variations. There are seven players on the field at a time rather than 11, the measurements of the playing field are smaller, there is no offside rule and throw-ins may be made with just one hand.

About Classification in CP 7-a-side Football Classification is a unique and integral part of disability sport.It provides the structure to separate athletes with similar levels of impairments into groups, or classes as they are commonly known, so they can compete in fair and equal competitions against one another, and ensure that winning is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus. This same principle exists in non-Paralympic sports where athletes are classified according to age, gender or weight divisions to allow for as fair competition as possible.

 

Ambulant athletes with Cerebral Palsy (CP) classes 5, 6, 7 & 8 play 7-a-side soccer. Class 5 represents those athletes with the more severe level of CP, with those in class 8 the least impaired. Teams must feature players from each class during a game with a recent rule change meaning only one class 8 player can be on the field at any one time.

Matches consist of two halves of thirty minutes each.

 

Irish Paralympic 7-a-side soccer team depart for 2014 CPISRA European Championships in Portugal

The Irish Paralympic soccer squad of fourteen departed Dublin yesterday bound for Maia, Portugal, for the CPISRA 2014 European Championships which take place from July 23rd – August 2nd inclusive.

This Irish team of athletes with Cerebral Palsy, led by Captain Luke Evans, is currently ranked sixth in the world, and fourth in Europe following an impressive fourth place finish at the CPISRA Intercontinental Cup last year.

Drawn in Group A alongside the Netherlands, Finland and Denmark the Irish team will be confident of securing a path through to the quarter-finals with themselves and the Netherlands (currently one place ahead of Ireland in the world rankings) hopefully vying for top spot in the group. Ukraine, drawn in Group A are the top ranked team in the world at the moment with Current Paralympic Champions from London 2012; Russia the pick of Group B.

With eleven teams in total competing eight progress to the quarter-final stage from the three groups. Coached by Gerard Glynn and Derek Kavanagh this Irish team are hopeful of a really strong showing in the heat of Portugal and get their challenge underway with their opener against Finland at midday on Thursday 24th July.

At the last European Championships in 2010 the Irish team won a break though bronze medal before the heartbreak in 2011 of missing out on London 2012 Paralympic Games qualification by just one place.

Irish 7-a-side soccer squad for CPISRA European Championships, Maia, Portugal, July 23rd – Aug 2nd

Name

Hometown

Club

Caps

Goals

Position

Simon LeStrange

Mullingar

Newbridge

10

-

GK

Daragh Byrne

Santry

Willows

9

-

Right mid

Joseph Markey

Monaghan

Rosemount

57

16

Left back

Luke Evans

Artane

St Brendans

45

15

Right back

Paraic Leacy

Ferns

Ferns Utd

1

-

Left mid

Dillon Sheridan

Ballyfermot

Ballyfermot Utd

5

2

Right mid

Gary Messett

Bray

Glencormac Utd

55

30

Central mid

Ryan Nolan

Wicklow

Glencormac Utd

4

1

Centre forward

Tomiwa Badun

Drogheda

Muiche Avennanor

6

2

Centre forward

Peter Cotter

Cork

College Corinthians

6

1

Right midfield

Aaron Tier

Limerick

Corbally Utd

12

2

Centre forward

Brian McGillivary

Firhouse

Bluebell Utd

32

-

GK

Carl McKee

 

Swords Manor

-

-

Left back

Eric O’Flaherty

Galway

n/a

 

 

Left midfield

Staff

Team Manager & Coach – Gerard Glynn

Coach – Derek Kavanagh

Performance Analysis – Cormac Glynn

Physiotherapist – Kevin O’Connor

Medical Officer – Dr. Joe Conway

Kit manager – Bobby Moore

Ireland’s Seán Baldwin set to compete at Paralympic (IPC) World Shooting Championships

London 2012 Paralympian Seán Baldwin, is set to compete at the key event on the 2014 International Para Shooting calendar; the Paralympic (IPC) Shooting World Championships in Suhl, Germany from July 18th – 26th inclusive.

The Kildare man, who is a member of the Irish Defence Forces, is one of 266 shooters from 53 countries who will compete at the event; a record number making it the most competitive affair on the Para shooting calendar this year.

He will compete in five separate events in the SH1 class* (detailed below), aiming to make finals in his preferred events, specifically the 10m Air Rifle Standing (R1), the 50m Rifle 3 position (R7). At the most recent IPC World Cup in the USA in June Seán achieved a fourth place in the R7 event, and a sixth in the R1, but the field is likely to be considerably larger and ever more competitive in Suhl with all the world’s best assembled. Sean and coach/team manager Liam Crawford depart for the Germany on Thursday.

Paralympics Ireland will post news of Seán’s performances at the World Championships on Facebook and Twitter.

The live results system for the Championships can also be accessed at http://results.sius.com/Championships.aspx

The comprehensive event website is www.suhl2014.com

Pictures will be published at: www.flickr.com/photos/Paralympic and stock images of Seán are available reproduction fee free from Sportsfile www.sportsfile.com or 01-4547400

Full Schedule – Seán Baldwin at IPC World Shooting Championships

(Suhl, Germany is one hour ahead of Irish time, all times quoted are Irish time)

Sat 19th July; R1 Men’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1

8am – 9.15am Qualification

10.30am Final (should he qualify)

Mon 21st July; R3 Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1

8am – 8.50am Qualification 1

9.45am – 10.35am Qualification 2

11.30am Final (should he qualify)

Tues 22nd July; R6 Men’s 50m Rifle Prone SH1

8am – 8.50am Qualification

10am Final (should he qualify)

Fri 25th July; R7 Men’s 50m Free Rifle 3 Positions SH1

8am – 10.45am Qualification

12pm Final

FTR1 – Falling Target Rifle SH1

2pm – 3pm Final

Congrats to Patrick O’Leary at the Para Canoe Sprint European Championships

Congrats to Patrick O’Leary at the Para Canoe Sprint European Championships in Bradenburg over the weekend. In the LTA (Legs, Trunk and Arms) K1 200m he recorded a one second PB of 43.472 sec in the heats to progress to the semi-final. He took 3rd place in that semi to progress to the A final where he finished ninth in another huge PB of 42.193sec – great performance.

Keep an eye out for Pat’s next major competition which is the Para Canoe World Championships taking place from the 4th – 10th August in Russia.

Well done to Pat and his coach Neil Fleming and wishing you well for the future!

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