Yesterday in Dublin at the fields for Ballymun United FC , the Irish national 5-a-side football team lose a pair of games 0 – 4 and 0 – 4 to the German club side, FC St. Pauli. The team is scheduled to play a third match later today. The pair of friendlies follow another pair of friendlies played two weeks ago against the Czech side, Avoy MU Brno.
The team includes Brian Devanney, Donnacha McCarthy, John Doherty, Kevin Kelly, Matthew Kearney and Paul Costello. Most of the squad is very young, born before 1987, and have only playing blind football for about a year. Costello is the oldest member of the team at 27.
Blind football is relatively new to Ireland, with a talk of national development program having only started in late 2011, and only appear to get up and organized in late 2013. The national domestic tournament for blind football is only five years old.