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Limestone United and Belfast Deaf United in Solitude friendly

Limestone United recently hosted Belfast Deaf United for a friendly match at Solitude

Limestone United recently hosted Belfast Deaf United for a friendly match at Solitude

Limestone United recently hosted Belfast Deaf United, UK Deaf Football Champions 2011 and 2012, for a friendly match at Solitude in North Belfast.

The event kicked-off a brand new year of activity for the project, funded by FIFA Football for Hope.

The match itself saw the first signs of a dry sunny day this year and the teams took full advantage by putting in strong performances on both sides.

Belfast Deaf United are a cross-community team whose key aim is to provide a platform to nurture and develop young deaf players who would otherwise struggle in a mainstream environment and may be lost to the sport they love.

The match was very tight, but a great period of play by Belfast Deaf United was rewarded with a penalty from a hand ball in the area, putting them a goal ahead at half time.

Both teams continued to press hard in the second half bringing out some fantastic saves from the respective keepers but the penalty was to remain the only goal in a tight and well contested match.

Claire Adams, Community Relations Manager at the Irish FA, said: “The relationship between Limestone United and Deaf United has flourished both on and off the pitch.

“They have learned a lot from each other, and participants continue to develop as a team, and as individuals.

“Those involved are to be commended for bringing the teams together, and thanks also to Joe McWilliams who created a great atmosphere in the game for both teams to enjoy.”

 

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