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Friday 29 Apr 2022
Ards set to host Powerchair Home Nations Invitational Tournament

Northern Ireland is hosting the European Powerchair Football Association Home Nations Invitational Tournament in early May.

Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex in Newtownards is the venue for the tournament, which is running from 7-8 May. 

Last month the Ards complex successfully hosted the EPFA Home Nations Cup. Northern Ireland finished runners-up in that development tournament.

Over the two days early next month a six-strong senior panel from Northern Ireland will take on Scotland, England and the Republic of Ireland.

Northern Ireland coach Michael Hilland is looking forward to the competition.

He said: “After a successful delivery of the EPFA Powerchair Home Nations development tournament in April at the same venue we are excited to see the senior squads in action.

“This will be our first competitive fixtures since qualifying for the World Cup at the European Championships in Finland in 2019. The pandemic hit disability sport particularly hard and although we have been back training for some time the players can’t wait to pull on that green jersey in such a prestigious event on home soil.

“We are sure the games will be competitive and entertaining and would encourage the GAWA to come along and support the players.”

The Northern Ireland Powerchair senior squad includes: Sean McKinney (GK), Daire Gorman (GK), Jason Browning, Scott Hilland (captain), Patrick Cumiskey and Jamie Rogan.

Northern Ireland’s first game in the tournament will be against Scotland on Saturday 7 May (10.15am), while England will take on the Republic at noon that day. Then it’s Northern Ireland v England at 2.30pm and Scotland against the Republic at 4.15pm.

Day two (8 May) will see the Republic and Northern Ireland meet at 10am followed by the Scotland-England encounter at 11.40am.

In the afternoon the third/fourth place play-off is scheduled to start at 2 o’clock and the final is due to begin at 3.45.