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Ireland Guarantee Place At Rio 2016 With Narrow Victory At Cerebral Palsy World Championship

Ireland Guarantee Place At Rio 2016 With Narrow Victory At Cerebral Palsy World Championship
By Conor O'Leary

It's been quite a ride for the Irish team at the Cerebral Palsy World Championships. After finishing second in their group to winners Russia, they were unfortunately beaten by a strong Ukraine team in the quarter-finals.

All was not lost for Ireland however, as a victory in the 5th-8th playoff, means that they will finish in the top six teams of the competition and are rewarded with qualification to next year's Rio Paralympics. There were seven qualification places available from the World Championship, and while it was highly likely that Ireland would qualify, that has now been 1000% confirmed.

Argentina were the opposition, and it was getting close between the teams before Irish captain Luke Evans got the crucial goal five minutes before the end.

The captain was clearly delighted with the teams efforts, and the captain spoke of how tough the game was afterwards:

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See Also: Ireland Score All-Time Great Disallowed Goal At The Cerebral Palsy World Championships
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