Irish Cerebral Palsy side has claimed a bronze medal when they won over Holland at the IFCPF European Championships over the weekend. Aaron Tier is in action against Lucas Pinhiero, Portugal. This tournament is the only chance the Irish team have to secure a precious qualifying spot for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. 2015 CP Football World Championships, Ireland v Portuga. St. Georges Park, Tatenhill, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, United Kingdom. Picture: Magi Haroun
Limerick player Aaron Tier helps the Irish team to the European bronze
Limerick man Aaron Tier and the Irish Cerebral Palsy side have claimed a bronze medal when they won over Holland at the IFCPF (International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football) European Championships over the weekend.
In the game competing with Holland on August 5 in the Dutch town of Zeist, Aaron Tier put Ireland ahead before captain Gary Messett claimed the winning goal to close the final whistle.
Here are the Goals that secured European Bronze medal for our country ?? against the hosts and 3rd ranked team in the world Holland ?? @FAIreland @ifcpf @RTEsport @ParalympicsIRE @sportireland pic.twitter.com/BdJem4WiOV
— Aaron Tier (@aztier) August 7, 2018
Aaron currently plays club football for his local team, Star Rovers. Capped more than 15 times for his country, he plays centre forward for Ireland and has scored six goals to date. He has previously represented Ireland at the International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football (IFCPF) pre-Paralympic tournament in Salou, Spain.
The Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr James Collin congratulated Aaron Tier and the Irish Cerebral Palsy football team.
Mayor James Collins said: “On the soccer pitch Aaron Tier has proven that he has the ability to play at the highest international level. From being selected for the Irish Paralympic Soccer Team in Rio to now scoring one of the two goals to beat hosts the Netherlands to the bronze medal at the IFCPF European Championships.”
“Aaron, who suffers from cerebral palsy, is an inspiration to those who may have physical or mental obstacles to overcome in the pursuit of their dreams. Aaron has faced his challenges head on and is now reaping the rewards of his hard work and dedication.” he continued.
The Irish team won all four of their group games, including defeating Denmark 8-0, before being beaten 3-0 by Ukraine in the semi-final.
Ireland beat hosts Netherlands 2-1 in the third place play-off of the Cerebral Palsy European Championships on Sunday. It was the second time the team achieved a third place in the tournament. The result is an improvement on the team ’s performance in the World Championship last year in which they finished sixth.
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