EPFA Nations Cup 2019

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The second edition of the EPFA Nations Cup took place in May 2019 in Finland at the magnificant Olympic and Paralympic Centre in Pajulathi. The Rep of Ireland and Northern Ireland both participated in the tournament. The Republic of Ireland team were represented by three clubs from the AIPF, Emer O'Sullivan, Aoife McNicholl and Nagis Montvilas from DCU Storm. Thomas Donogher, Sean Donogher, Conor Troy and Thomas Winters from Midlands United. And Patrick Flanagan from M and F United. The team were coached by John Moore and his assistant Robbie De Courcy.

The Republic of Ireland opened their tournament against Denmark on Thursday 23rd May, hoping for a good start but falling to an opening 2-0 defeat. Some ground was reclaimed in their second match that same day with an 8-0 win over Austria. The second day of competition was again a difficult experience against the World Champions France who gave the Republic a harsh lesson with a 10-0 win. Like the previous day there was some solice in a 5-0 defeat in the local derby against Northern Ireland. The final round robin fixtures on the Saturday would again follow a similar pattern of previous days of a win and a defeat with the win coming against the hosts Finland, 5-0 and the defeat at the hands of the old enemy, England again by a similar score, 0-5. The Republic of Ireland had quaified for the semi finals again against France, this time the Republic played better and kept the scorline down to 0-5. This led to a rematch up again with Denmark in the placing final for 3rd place. A goal by Thomas Donogher cancelled out the Danish taking a lead earlier in the play-off game and it was stalemate at the end of normal time. As the game looked like being another penalty shootout as the end of extra time drew near, Thomas Donogher latched on to a ball from Patrick Flanagan to send it past the Danish keeper and secure the bronze medal and send the supporters into wild celebrations. The Republic had also comfortably secured the coveted place for the next World Cup in Australia in 2021.