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'Home Internationals' this weekend

Football News 24/7
THE Irish FA will this week host the 2012 Cerebral Palsy Home Nations Championships at the Billy Neill Centre of Excellence in Dundonald.

Northern Ireland will kick-off the competition against Scotland on Friday (25 May) at 7pm. Scotland will then play England on Saturday (26 May) with a 2pm kick-off and the competition will conclude with Northern Ireland playing England on Sunday (27 May) at 10.30am.

The Northern Ireland squad has been developing well since its inception in 2005 and they go into the competition in good form having held the Republic of Ireland to a 1-1 draw in their final warm-up game in April.

Team Manager, Alan Crooks is looking forward to the challenge ahead: “The squad has been performing well in training and the preparation games, particularly against the Republic of Ireland when the lads were actually disappointed with a draw. Scotland and England have some great players and they will both be difficult games but we have come a long way in a short space of time and we go into the games with great belief.”

Alan added: “Cerebral Palsy Football is available to those with Cerebral Palsy or a restriction in mobility caused by a brain injury or stroke. The 7-a-side games are an hour long and played outdoors on grass. It’s fast paced and action packed and games are usually a high scoring affair. Why not come along and support the Green and White Army. Attendance is free and all support is most welcome.”

JB

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