2020 Irish Amputee Football National League kicks-off
Cork City 2 -2 Partick Thistle
Partick Thistle started the game well and had Cork City struggling with one or two early efforts from the Scots. The visitors took the lead, with Rob Wilson scoring. His shot went past Fergal Duffy in the Cork City goal.
Cork City began to grab a foothold on the game and started to dominate possession of the ball and only for a young Partick Thistle keeper in Thomas Atkinson could and should have been well ahead. 17-minutes in, and Partick got their second with a 15-yard strike into the top corner of Duffy’s goal against the run of play.
Cork City took hold in the second half, and finally scored after a good move between Sean Og Murphy and Ruairi Murphy which saw Murphy bag his first goal of the 2020 season for Cork. With three minutes to go, Cork City got their equalizer through a pass from Ruairi Murphy into Saunders who blasted from close range great finish to the first game 2-2.
Shamrock Rovers 1-2 Bohemian FC
The 2019 League Champions Rovers were the consistent team last year and coming into this fixture were up against the 2019 winners of the Megazyme Cup in Bohemians. The game lived up to expectations, with each team were playing nice passing football and tactically were playing to their strengths.
Bohemians' marksman James Boyle had some efforts on the Rovers goal and for some fantastic goalkeeping from Hutton could have taken the lead. Bohs did however take the lead through young player Stefan Balog after some great movement of the ball was on the end of cross at the back post. Rovers continued to press Bohs and had some efforts themselves only for O’Reilly in the Bohs net.
Rovers did however draw level through Alan Wall from an excellent freekick. Both teams seemed content for the draw, and with a minute to go, Rovers got possession of the ball from a throw in, The pass back to Hutton in the Hoops net hit a divot, to hop into the net and give Bohs the points.
Bohemian FC 8-0 Partick Thistle
Partick were going into this game with confidence after their draw with Cork City but what they meet was a Bohs team that were equally as confident and it didn’t take long for Bohs to show the Scots their intent.
They took an early lead through Boyle, followed by Balog's second goal of the day. The two players traded goals to complete their hat-tricks, before Niall Hoey scored his first of the day, followed by Boyle's fourth to complete the 8-0 win.
Cork City 1-3 Shamrock Rovers
The last fixture of the day saw the the 2018 and 2019 League champions face off. After an earlier defeat, Rovers had to try and take three points from their game against a very tough working Cork side.
Rovers hit the ground running taking the lead early through McEvoy. A great move down the left side of the pitch saw McEvoy go past the City keeper. Rovers were playing a good passing game and went 2-0 in front from a corner which was pulled back.
Murphy scored for Cork, as they chased a draw, but Rovers ensured the three points with a late goal from Kevin O'Rourke.