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Paralympic Football

On Friday 25th May a group of Weaverham High School pupils travelled with Mr. Finney to the BT Paralympic seven-a-side football world cup finals. The seven-a-side football event, which was staged at a sun-soaked Manchester regional area.

The first semi-final match of the day saw Brazil take on the USA in a heavily uneven contest. Hat-tricks from Jose Guimaraes and Fabio Bordignon, a brace from Jan Costa on top of individual strikes from Ronaldo Souza and Yurig Ribeiro were enough to send Brazil into the final. This was Brazil's reward for some fantastic attacking play as they eventually ran out overwhelming 10-0 winners and they progressed into Saturday's final.

The second semi-final saw Great Britain take on the Republic of Ireland. Great Britain ran out eventual 7-3 winners over their opponents, who gave a good account of themselves. On the pitch, Michael Barker and Ibrahima Diallo both scored hat-tricks to help Britain progress and to set up a mouth-watering finale with Brazil.  Diallo opened the scoring on 22 minutes, which turned out to be the only goal of the first half. An Irish recovery was potentially on the cards when the British defence failed to deal with an in swinging corner, which resulted in the ball being turned into their own goal. However almost instantly Great Britain restored their two goal lead with Michael Baker scoring from the penalty spot to put Britain 3-1 ahead. Captain Matt Dimbylow’s second half strike completed the scoring for the host nation.

Speaking after the match to Mr Finney, Great Britain head coach Lyndon Lynch said: "We played Brazil in our first group game and we narrowly lost 4-2. I felt rather frustrated after that game because we had three great chances to score but we didn't take any of them."

The final of the competition, staged on Saturday 26th May, saw Great Britain take on Brazil. The Brazilians went into this game unbeaten having won all of their group games. A poor start from the hosts enabled Brazil to gain a 3-0 lead after a brace from Wanderson Oliveira and a further goal from Fernandes Vieira. Yurig Ribeiro scored Brazil’s fourth shortly after half-time. Alistair Patrick-Heselton and Ibrahima Diallo started a Great Britain fight back but it soon came to nothing, with Britain taking Silver in this warm up for the Paralympics in September. 

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