This trip also marks a landmark for Ireland with the first ever Irish Ladies Team participating. We wish all players the very best of luck.
Two Irish teams leave Dublin for Belfast today ahead of the Homeless Soccer 5 Nations Cup which begins tomorrow in Northern Ireland. Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will battle it out to become 5 Nations Champions over the coming days.
This trip also marks a landmark for Ireland with the first ever Irish Ladies Team participating. We wish all players the very best of luck.
Ireland 4 Egypt 4 ( Ireland win in penalty shootout) before a packed stadium Ireland triumphed in a nail biting final.
Starting well Ireland found themselves behind to a well-taken goal by Egypt. Both teams were nervous and Ireland found it difficult to get into their rhythm, however Ireland equalised through Captain Adrian Power but parity didn't last long as once again Egypt went in front with a clever toe poke which found the corner of the net.
Half time 2-1 in favour of Egypt.
Ireland came out the second half and forced the play and again equalised when the nimble footed Michael McDonagh scored after a clever move.
The Irish however were still finding it difficult to impose themselves as they had in previous games and once again fell behind to a forceful toe poke from outside the box. 3-2 up the Egyptians were putting it up to the Irish and with time running against them Ireland continued to pushed forward and were justly rewarded when Adrian Power lived up to his name and powered in an equaliser.
Now the Irish had the bit between their teeth and after clever work by Dean O' Connell, McDonagh put Ireland in front. With time running out Ireland looked comfortable to see out the match but once again there was a twist in the tale and stunningly and to Ireland’s horror with the last kick of the game Egypt equalised
and the final whistle blew. And so, as has been the case in Ireland’s campaign their inability to see out games was costing them dearly and now they faced a penalty shootout once more.
Come the hour come the man and up stepped Limerick man and Captain Adrian Power to the penalty spot the Irish held their breath but they need not have worried because Power's penalty was text book leaving the goalie no chance. Now it was Egypt’s turn and with Ireland’s goalie John Farrell between the posts the pressure was on. The ball came flying in off the Egyptian's boot but Farrell stayed big and made the save.
Ireland win the Homeless World Cup plate competition.
13 games unbeaten in six days an incredible achievement by the team and Homeless Street League coach Thomas Morgan, as a delighted manager Sean Kavanagh beamed “What a team, our coach Thomas instilled a wining mentally and these lads gave it their all, I am proud and their country can be proud, there were no prima donnas on this team, just honest lads and footballers who gave their all for the green jersey. What more can I say”
What a difference a day makes. After yesterday's last second equaliser (4-4) which led to a penalty shootout win against Lithuania, Ireland Powered through their two group matches today against Group favourites Bulgaria 13-4 and USA 13-3.
It was am impressive powerhouse attacking display which literally blew their opponents away. It would be unfair to single out any individual at this stage because all the squad were impressive so much so that team coach Thomas Morgan was able to change his selections for each game without it affecting the balance of his team.
With a solid goalkeeper in John Farrell and with all their players scoring in this unique 4 aside Street Soccer World tournament its looking very positive..
With two games to play tomorrow against Sweden & Greece Ireland look set to top this group stage
Helping out the Irish team in their quest to become World Champions at the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow.
Stephen McGuinness (Professional Footballers Association of Ireland and Christy Fagan St Patricks Athletic presented the team with Joma boots at a recent training session.
The Irish Homeless Street Leagues would like to thank James Mullins and the team at Workday who put their football skills to the test in a charity event in aid of the Irish Homeless Street Leagues and presented a cheque for €755.
The team that will represent Ireland in the 2016 Homeless World Cup was introduced to the Lord Mayor Cllr Criona Ni Dulaigh at a reception in the Mansion House last Monday. Father Peter McVerry, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Kate O’ Connell TD , Mr Denis Cruise UFEA, Professional Boxer Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan, Actor Glenn Gannon, and many other Dignitaries were in attendance.
Also among the attendance were Irish Folk Rock Group ‘NaFianna ‘ who will donate the proceeds from their Hit Euro single ‘Je Suis Irelandaise’ to the Irish Homeless Street leagues - The song can be downloaded from itunes here
Teams representing 52 countries will compete in the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow between the 10th and 16th of July. This inspiring event plays a major role in changing the lives of those marginalised by homelessness, addiction, poverty and long-term unemployment. Through the Irish Homeless Street League, Ireland has been sending a team to this event since the inaugural competition in 2003: this year the build-up to picking and finalising the squad was no mean feat.
‘Things are always a bit fraught until the squad is picked, as there is so much skill out there,’ says Sean Kavanagh, Big issue editor and founder of the Irish Homeless Street League. ‘This year’s All Ireland was no exception. We had nearly three hundred lads playing, so choosing the final team out of all that talent wasn’t easy.’
This year the team comes from all over Ireland – two from Waterford, three from Dublin, one each from Limerick, Longford and Cork.
Coach Tommy Morgan who played for Blackburn Rovers at the age of sixteen, is optimistic ‘This is a good team. We’ve a few young lads, a few older lads with experience and a good goalie, a real shot-stopper,’ Morgan smiles. ‘We are hopeful. They are good lads so if we can keep them focused, we’ll be grand.. We’re going over there to do well; I’ll be pushing these guys to do as well as they can.
Ireland are seeded eight in this year’s competition, which is proof of the standard of their play in previous World Cups. No player can compete more than once in the Homeless World Cup, thus opening the opportunity for a place to new players each year. it is particularly challenging for Coach Thomas Morgan who is philosophical about it “ It is what it is, it creates opportunities for players but it is also a challenge for me, to get the side both physically and tactically prepared in a short period of time, last year we reach a final and moved up the rankings so we’re moving in the right direction”
Ireland will meet, Sweden, USA, Bulgaria, Greece, Lithuania In the group stage which will offer tough competition to our progression. And what of our chances ?
As Kavanagh says “Our lads have overcome many obstacles in their lives , they have the skill-set, they’ll be playing for their country with pride and passion, there’ll be no bonuses to be shared around, no entourages, or luxury hotels, they don’t need incentives they’re playing for Ireland !”
For more information or if you wish to donate to the Irish Homeless Street Leagues can do so via their website www.irishstreetleagiue.com.
The Homeless World Cup takes place in Glasgow this July and we are thrilled to be sending a team to represent Ireland.
You can watch the draw LIVE here from 3pm today - wish us luck!
Galway win 4-3 on penalty’s against Killer Penguins (Portlaoise) to become All Ireland Homeless Street Soccer 5-aside Champions 2016.
It was an action-packed day with over 230 players representing teams from all over Ireland, with the skill and competitiveness shown by the players impressing all.
Among those in attendance were;
Minister for Youth and Children's Affairs James Reilly,
Brother Kevin Crowley of Capuchin Day Centre,
Father Peter McVerry of Peter McVerry Trust,
Actor Glen Gannon of Simon Community,
Pat Fenlon of Shamrock Rovers,
Fran Gavin FAI Director of Competitions,
Jim Beglin of Dublin City Council,
Maureen O Sullivan TD,
Sarah Holland Mayor of South Dublin County,
Richard Boyd Barrrett TD.
The Irish Homeless World Cup team coach Thomas Morgan was very impressed with the footballing talent on show and has shortlisted a panel of players from which the team to represent Ireland in the Homeless World Cup which be held in Glasgow, Scotland, July 9th-17th 2016 will be chosen.
Killer Penguins (Longford)
Player of the Tournament
Billy Ward (Waterford)
Goalkeeper of the Tournament
Daniel O’Herlihy (Cork)
Limerick Player of the year Willie Moran
Galway Player of the year Niven Bodireddy
Portlaoise Player of the year Gary Burke
Waterford Player of the year Billy Ward
Cork Player of the year Dean O’Connell
This Wednesday, April 27th, over 250 players representing teams from Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Limerick, Portlaoise, Galway, Longford and Waterford will come together to compete in the All Ireland Street Soccer finals organised by Irish Homeless Street leagues.
Street leagues are not about fixing peoples problems; it's about rebuilding lives using sport as a catalyst for change. It is part of the solution. It's about boosting self-esteem, self-confidence and self-discipline. Developing a sense of self worth. Feeling good about one self is one of the fundamental building blocks to moving on in life.
Our ultimate goal is to empower people to fulfill their true potential thus enabling them to take responsibility for their own futures with confidence.
This day offers a unique opportunity to meet and talk to players from all corners of Ireland who have experienced difficult times and are now striving to win the all Ireland Street Soccer Trophy and be in with a chance to represent Ireland in the Homeless World Cup.
Often considered the forgotten of society, we are urging people to come along and support these 250 men as they play their hearts out.
The event will be used to select a panel of players from which a team will be selected to represent Ireland in the 2016 Homeless World Cup Soccer Tournament, which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, July 9 -17th 2016.
The Irish Homeless Street Leagues help over 500 young people participate in football leagues, which are run throughout the country. The primary target groups are the homeless, drug and alcohol dependent individuals in rehabilitation, ex-offenders and the long-term unemployed with identified learning disabilities. Not only does the Irish Homeless Street Leagues provide a social outlet for those battling many of life’s challenges, but also offers a sense of belonging, building confidence, self-belief, and team building characteristics all of which are fundamental in personal development and rehabilitation.
Patron of the Irish Homeless Street Leagues President Michael D Higgins says, "I am proud to be a patron of the Big Issue Street league program and am humbled by the efforts of those involved. It is inspirational and shows what can be achieved when solidarity and a common vision combine for the greater good".
Ambassador of the Homeless World Cup Irish Actor Colin Farrell says, "I have seen how the Homeless World Cup really does inspire homeless people to change the direction of their lives. Be part of the action and join me in the Homeless World Cup Supporters Club – change is a team effort!"
Minister for Children & Youth Affairs James Reilly, Father Peter McVerry, brother Kevin Crowley, Shamrock Rovers manager Pat Fenlon, along with other ambassadors and supporters of the Irish Homeless World Cup team will be in attendence to support the teams and present the trophies.
Date: Wednesday 27th April 2016
Venue: Postal Sports &Social Club Kiltipper road, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
Time: 10.am – 2.30pm.
Press Photos: 2.45pm
For further information please contact Sean Kavanagh on 087 223 8108 or Frances Kavanagh on 087 234 7745
In lashing rain a constant feature in this tournament it was a day of contrasting emotions for the Irish on Day 6 of the Homeless World Cup. Needing two wins to secure a place in the quarterfinals first up they faced Indonesia.
Ireland 11 Indonesia 6
Ireland quickly settled into their stride and were 2-0 early on then 3-1 in our favour with Ireland again spurning many goal chances. This proved costly as the Indonesians keep in there and remarkably turned the game in their favour with 3 quick goals. However 2 goals before half time meant the Irish went in at the break 5-4 in front.
The second half Ireland completely dominated the game and in the end came out easy winners by a 5-goal margin.
As we imagined it would with Brazil also winning their match it meant that the final game between Ireland and Brazil would determine who reached the quarterfinals.
Ireland 4 Brazil 8
This was the pivotal game for both teams it was winner takes it all.Brazil were quick out of the blocks and ran into an early 3-goal lead with Ireland’s inability to score from good positions again proving costly.
The Irish continued to create and finally put away some chances with Killian O’ Carroll adding that extra bit of grit. Brazil were lethal however in their finishing and at half time the score was 6-2 in their favour.
The second half Ireland got more into the game and continued to create chances making inroads into brazils lead, but a sloppy defensive error costing them just when it looked they might get back into the game. With honours shared in the second half it was Brazil game by 8-6.
It must be said that Ireland were somewhat unlucky not be in the Quarter finals with 9 points from this 2nd group stage in another group they would have qualified.
Ireland now enter the Dignitary Cup tomorrow and are already assured of a better ranking than last year. Coach Thomas Morgan can be well please with his side performances thus far as they created more goal scoring chances and had they put a higher percentage away would surely have qualified.