Saturday 16 December 2017

WATCH - Defence Forces players scores wonder goal and mimics Robbie Keane's celebration as they hammer the US

Pte Derek Walsh celebrates his amazing goal
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IRELAND'S Defence Forces side exited the CISM World Cup despite a 6-1 drubbing of the USA and their opening goal in Oman yesterday was a joy to behold.

In the other game in the group Qatar and Mali played out a scoreless draw so Ireland finish the group in third place with Qatar already qualified with two wins, and Mali going through to the quarter finals on five points.

Despite the disappointment of their exit, the Irish can be proud of their displays in Oman this week.

The opening goal from Pte Derek Walsh, 7 Inf Bn (Usher Celtic) was so impressive it could easily go on to become a Puskas Award nominee at the end of the year.

The game started with Ireland going at the USA from the kick-off, with a few shots on target within the first two minutes and were awarded two free kicks from 25 yards in the first five minutes – so we knew goals were coming. Pte Derek Walsh, 7 Inf Bn (Usher Celtic) scored a fabulous goal from play in the 16th minute, and the Irish looked like scoring again, with their new system working.

The USA made a substitution on 32nd minute to try cope with the Irish pressure. Ireland went close again on 44th and 45th minutes but the game broke for halftime at 0-1.

In the second half Pte Ricky Fox, 3 Inf Bn (Shamrock Rovers) scored two goals from the penalty spot, the first on the 50th and second on 58th minute, making it 3 nil. Ireland were on fire.

Pte Walsh, 7 Inf Bn (Usher Celtic) scored his second in the 60th, from here the game was slowing down slightly, everyone was feeling the heat, with water being taken on when play stopped. Pte Craig Shortt, 1 Inf Bn (Birr Town) got Ireland's fifth in the 84th minute, and Ireland had their only lapse in concentration straight after scoring, as they conceded on the 85th with the USA’s only goal. Substitute Pte Sean Gannon, 7 Inf Bn (Dublin Central FC) finished off the scoring on the 90th minute to end the game on a high.

In the post-match press conference, both team managers thanked the host nation Oman for a wonderful tournament and their hospitality. The USA team manager said, “These were two good military teams.”

The Irish team manager Capt Ian Snee thanked his staff and players and especially their families and the travelling supports. He continued. “All my players were fantastic, very disciplined. This tournament is of a huge benefit to my team and staff. We will now look forward to the 3rd CISM World Cup in China in 2019.”

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