Over 50 clubs from all over the UK and Ireland descended on the Billy Neill Complex, Dundonald for the annual Coca-Cola Community Cup.
Over the two days of the competition, some 200 competitive games on 11 pitches took place producing a wonderful spectacle of disability football in Northern Ireland.
Clubs are classified into one of four ability bands to ensure a level playing field and to give all competing teams the opportunity to win the Coca-Cola Community Cup.
Local club Foyle performed brilliantly, winning Ability 1 with a 4–0 victory over 6-time Champions Llandudno 1 from Wales. Guernsey 1, from the Channel Islands, did well to finish in 3rd spot after previously winning Ability 2 in the 2013 event. It was an all local affair in the Ability 2 final, in which Belfast Disability FC defeated Lisburn 2Gether on penalties after a high scoring game.
Down Special Olympics Club completed the hat-trick of victories for local clubs in Ability 3. Again it was a tight affair requiring penalties to separate the local side from visiting Everton FC. Completing the Cup winners was Llandudno from Wales, who added to their Community Cup triumphs by winning Ability 4 with victory over Guernsey DFC 2.
This 5-a-side disability football event is for disability football clubs and adult centres that cater for players with a learning and/or physical disability and/or sensory impairment. Alan Crooks, Development Manager for Disability Football at the Irish FA was keen to praise the efforts of all competing teams: “It’s great to see so many talented players from all over the UK and Ireland testing themselves against teams of similar ability. The finals in particular were very impressive this year, ultra competitive but played in the right spirit of the game.
“The competition is continuing to grow and we hope it continues to develop into the premium Disability Football Cup competition in the UK. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Coca-Cola, whose support of the event is really assisting its development.”