Watson helps Ireland Deaf claim 7th at Euros

Watson helps Ireland Deaf claim 7th at Euros

Joe Watson's 50th goal in 60 International appearances capped a superb Ireland Deaf performance as they defeated the Netherlands 3-1 to finish in 7th place in the 2011 European Deaf Football Championships held in Denmark...
11th Jul 2011

Republic of Ireland 3-1 The Netherlands

 

Joe Watson's 50th goal in 60 International appearances capped a superb Ireland Deaf performance as they defeated the Netherlands 3-1 to finish in 7th place in the 2011 European Deaf Football Championships held in Denmark.

 

The youthful Irish team began confidently, dominating possession from the outset and they had a couple of early chances even before Mark Sinclair put them 1-0 up in the 10th minute with a fine individual goal.

 

Ireland continued to control proceedings but the Dutch drew level at 1-1 with a fortunate 31st minute penalty and that remained the half-time score despite some impressive Ireland build-up play.

 

Ireland began the second half at whirlwind pace, consistently pegging the Dutch back with some fine interchange football. There were chances for Kevin Dudley and Brian Babb before Watson hit his half century of International goals with a delightful strike, lobbing the keeper from 18 yards after latching onto Noel 'O Donnell's long throw.

 

2-1 in the lead, the Irish continued to sparkle and Sean Young made it 3-1 soon afterwards with a stunning 20 yard free-kick after a surging run from Stephen Millar.

 

Despite some late Dutch pressure the Irish defence held firm for a deserved 3-1 victory and finish the tournament on a high note.

 

In what was a fine team performance keeper Walsh again made 2 crucial saves when called upon.

 

Millar was superb at right back with O'Donnell playing well on the opposite flank.

 

Captain Darren Dunne read the game extremely well for 90 minutes turning in a great performance whilst centre back partner Bobby McAra received the Man of the Match verdict from most observers.

 

 

Kevin Dudley continues to get better with each game he plays and impressed on the right flank, Jason Maguire also showing some good touches before injury forced him off. Eoin Burns covered every blade of grass as always with a fine showing, 17 year-old Sean Young in sensational form alongside him.

 

Sinclair and Babb linked well together in attack, giving the dutch defence a torrid time with Watson coming off the bench to strike a goal that will live long in the memory and also contributing significantly to the team victory.

 

The win was the perfect send-off for manager Rino Giglione who was immensely proud of the performance, particularly with the emerging talented pool of youth players which will surely ensure a bright future for Ireland Deaf Football.

 

The management team would like to thank IDSA for all their assistance as well at the FAI for supporting deaf football. The team sponsors particularly Bewleys hotel Dublin airport also received special praise. The squad would also like to thank all the fans who supported the team throughout the tournament.