The atmosphere was electric in Oslo as the city came to a standstill for the official opening ceremony of the 2017 Homeless World Cup with 72 teams (approximately 500 players) participating from all over the world danced, cheered and sang their way through the city in a sea of flags and colour along with Norwegian dignitaries and special guest the Princess of Norway.
The joyous fun was intoxicating as the teams led their way to the centre of Oslo before the balls were thrown in and the official tournament began.
The Irish Mens team slid into a winning finish against Netherlands in their opening game at the 2017 Homeless World Cup with a finishing score of Ireland 3-1 Netherlands in front of a roaring crowd of onlookers and supporters on pitch 1 whilst over on pitch two, the first ever Ireland's Womens team made their debut in fashion with a triumphant win against Egypt with a final score of Ireland 5 - 2 Egypt rounding it off as an extremely successful, and exhausting first day for Team Ireland.
Day two saw both teams facing two games each; the mens team facing Hungary and India and the womens team facing Greece and Wales.
Ireland dominated Hungary in an emphatic win in a game they controlled from start to finish. Goals from Brandon Mylett and Dillian Sheehan sealed the win. Hungary had a shot at goal from the penalty spot but goalkeeper Philip Doyle kept our sheet clean with a final result of Ireland 3 - 0 Hungary.
Meanwhile, our womens team had a rocky start against Greece after falling behind in a run of penalties but made a great comeback after Ireland's Sharon Tracey came forward and turned possession into a goal, followed quickly by Nikita Farrelly for the equalizer. Ireland took the lead as Vanessa Lynch cleverly chipped through and Mel Dennis made a magical double save to hold on to the lead. Greece managed an equalizer before Ireland took control and saw a battling Greek team off with two more Tansey goals to complete the hat trick leading to a final score of Ireland 5 - 3 Greece.
With two more games ahead this evening, one for each team, the players are regrouping both hoping to make it a hat trick by the end of the day.
Next games are:
5pm-|Pitch 3|Ireland v India (Mens)
6pm- |Pitch 1| Ireland v Wales (Womens)