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Irish national powerchair football team wins opener at EPFA Nations Cup

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With the EPFA Nations Cup officially having gotten underway last night at the University of Limerick in Ireland, Ireland won their opener against Switzerland 2 – 0.

Man and woman in wheelchairs moving a football.

Ireland takes Denmark lastnight. Image credit: FA Ireland.

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Aoife McNicholl scored Ireland’s first goal in the first half, and Thomas Winters scored the team’s insurance goal in the second. Switzerland’s Mathieu Courvoisier picked up a yellow card in the game. The Irish side had several good shots in the first half, and kept pressure on the Swiss to defend their half. The Irish side three subs in the second half. Six minutes into the secondhave   O’Sullivan left and Donogher subbed in. With 32 minutes played, goalkepper Flanagan subbed off and Daly came in.  Winters was subbed off in the 35th minute. Both sides had sizable delegations of fans supporting them in the audience.

The Irish team was created in 2009, and played their first international when they competed at the Paris hosted 2011 FIPFA World Cup, where they met Switzerland in the 9/10th place finale. The team competing in this event includes four players who participated in an under-17 FIPA hosted development tournament in October of last year. The team is coached by Nick Harrison.

Switzerland has two main clubs, Les Eagles de Vevey and Les Pirates de Genevue, with Les Eagles de Vevey having participated in last year’s FIP Champions Cup. They are coached by Xavier Lefebvre.

Denmark and France will kick off play this morning at 9:15 AM Irish time.

Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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