A hat trick from Ireland’s Dillon Sheridan in their third group game clash against the USA in the CP Football Pre-Paralympic tournament in Spain sent the boys in green on the road to a comprehensive 5-0 victory this evening.
The talented footballer drilled home his first to the net just before half time to leave it 1-0 at the break, but a goal frenzy from the Irish team saw them net four more goals in the second half as Sheridan (2), Darragh Snell and Tom Badun all found the target to see them stroll to an easy win.
This evening’s victory was a much-needed morale boost for the side, having succumbed to a 3-0 loss to Brazil in their opening game, followed by a second defeat at the hands of Great Britain on Monday night (3-1).
Speaking afterwards, JJ Glynn, Head Coach stated: “Today’s result merited the performance. In all three games, we’ve put in a strong performance, but up until today, we didn’t see the fruits of that labour.
“This evening, we were rewarded with five really good goals and a clean sheet – it was a great result,” he continued. “We came here with the aim of playing with a level of consistency and we hope to try and maintain that now. While we are happy with the win, our focus is now on our game against Argentina on Thursday.”
IRELAND (starting seven v the USA): Simon L’Estrange, Joe Markey, Luke Evans, Gary Messett, Dillon Sheridan, Darragh Snell, Aaron Tier. Subs used: Tom Badun for Sheridan, Peter Cotter for Snell, Carl McKee for Evans.