Ireland Deaf international side qualify for Euros
European Deaf Football (mens) Championship Qualifying Match, 24/05/2014
Ireland 13 – 0 Norway
A rampant Irish side recorded their biggest win ever as they trounced Norway 13-0 to achieve qualification to the 2015 European Deaf Football Championships which will be held in Germany next summer.
Norway, who had suffered an 8-1 defeat in their last trip to Dublin in 2004, went into the match as massive underdogs and proved to be no match for the home side as five goals from Watson along with a hat-trick for Maguire plus a double from Young combined with a goal each from Sinclair, Beattie and O'Donnell helped the Boys in Green to the three points at Home Farm FC, Dublin.
Right from start to finish, the Irish were technically superior as they produced a dominant all-round performance. Special mention must be reserved for Noel O'Donnell who was presented with an award before the match to celebrate his 50th appearance; Jason Maguire who scored his first ever international goal and going onto bag himself a hat-trick and last but not least Richard Beattie who capped off a man of the match performance with his first goal since his goalscoring debut vs GB in 2003.
IRELAND: Keating, McAra, O'Donnell (c), McKee, Dougherty, Millar, Beattie, Maguire, Watson, Sinclair, Young. Subs: Maher (Dougherty), Dudley (Maguire), Lowney (McAra) and Byrne.
Man Of The Match: Beattie