Some excellent performances this week from the Irish Deaf Futsal team helped Ireland secure a place in the quarter-finals of the 2011 World Deaf Futsal Championship in Sweden.We now meet Turkey on Tuesday for a place in the semi-final after finishing runners up in Group A behind Russia.
Ireland 6-8 Russia
Earlier this week, Ireland Deaf were narrowly beaten in their opening game of the campaign against 2010 European runners up, Russia by 8-6 despite being level at half time with 3-3 in Orebro, Sweden. Russia showed more attacking impetus early in the second half and they scored 3 quick goals. Throughout the game, with traditional Irish fight back, the Irish side managed to come back from 8-4 to 8-6 within 5 minute to go. Ireland battled to the end but couldn’t put the ball back of Russians net again. It was a tremendous performance by the team since Russia beat the Irish 13-5 at the 2010 European Deaf Futsal Championships. Irish scorers; Joseph Watson (3); Sean Young (2); Jason Maguire.
Sweden 3-6 Ireland
A narrow defeat to Russia 17 hours earlier in their opener meant Ireland needed a result to keep their championships alive. They took on host nation Sweden . In front of big home crowd the Irish broke the deadlock with nice finishing by Watson. Within a few minute later, the home crowd went wild after Swedish scored to bring the score back to 1-1 . In the next 4 minutes, the Irish scored two quick goals by Byrne & Watson before half time. Irish team were up by 3-1 half time. The Swedish began to show attacking impetus early in second half but the Irish defence played superbly by closing them down before Byrne scored with a long range shot from the half way line to bring up 4-1 to the Irish after 30th minute. Swedish continue on the attack for the next 5 minutes before the Irish managed to score two more goals from Young & Smith. At the end, the Swedish replied with two late goals. Irish scorers: Joseph Watson (2); Eamon Byrne (2); Sean Young; Justin Smith
Ireland 14-3 Japan
In their final match at group stage, Japan were no match for the Irish, who maintained an intense pace from start to finish with Joseph Watson, a senior futsal international player, grabbing a haul of five goals. Justin Smith (2), Darren Dunne (2), Sean Young (2), Eamon Byrne, Christopher Corcoran and Jason Maguire all found the net to secure their quarter final berth. Irish coach Gleudson Junior was delighted with the performance, complimenting his team on the control they exerted over the game. Tuesday’s game against Turkey will be streamed live text commentary on the Irish Deaf Sports Facebook. www.facebook.com/irishdeafsports
SportsNewsIreland wish the team every success in this game in their endeavours to reach the final.