Date Time League Season
19 September 2021 12:00 pm European Amputee Football Championship 2021

Match Report

Ireland finish 8th at Amputee Euro’s

The Republic of Ireland amputees concluded their campaign in the EAFF European Championship 2021 in 8th place after a 1-nil loss against France at the Garbarnia Stadium, courtesy of Billy Lunaschi’s lone goal.

Christy McElligott's boys were eager to prove some injustice in their previous results during the tournament in Kraków, by fully dominating the first 25 minutes.

France reacted in the second period, taking advantage of Lunaschi’s goal to hold the seventh spot which they brought from the previous competition in Turkey at Euro 2017.

Mickael Mavali was the first to bring some action close to the goals, with Irish goalkeeper Patrick Hutton coming off to save brilliantly.

James Boyle, the Boy in Green constantly looked for by his teammates up front, saw his powerful shot from a free-kick being cleared off the goal line by Marian Sacacol.

Ruairi Murphy was the next testing Kevin Roger from the right-wing, but the French keeper having no problems in holding it.

On the other side, the clash of Hutton vs. Mavali had another chapter, and yet again with the same ending as Hutton kept the Irish goal safe with a class slap.

Boyle had on his foot on the last opportunity before the break, by sending off what would be an astonishing acrobatic goal.

The Gauls returned with a whole different attitude from the dressing room, creating serious danger close to Ireland’s goalmouth early in the second period.

Tristan Diaz brought an immediate opportunity as he missed a clear chance inside the Irish box to dismantle the 0-0.
Billy Lunaschi showed more accuracy in the 35th minute as he put France in the lead with a finish from inside of the box.

After Lunaschi’s second yellow card, the Boys in Green came forward in power looking to force extra-time; Kevan O’Rourke came the closest to accomplish it as he hit the target with a power full effort, cleared away by Kevin Roger who held France’s seventh place until the end.

  • 50'

    FT: France 1-0 Ireland as the Boys in Green say goodbye to the Euro 2021 as 8th placed.

  • 46'

    Kevan O’Rourke hits the target with a power full effort, cleared away by Kevin Roger.

  • 41'

    The goal scorer Billy Lunaschi gets sent off after a second yellow card.

  • 35'

    Billy Lunaschi puts France in the lead with a finish from inside of the box.

  • 33'

    Kevan O’Rourke invades France’s core but his shot was too weak to bother Kevin Roger.

  • 27'

    Tristan Diaz brings an immediate opportunity as he misses a clear chance inside of the Irish box to change the score.

  • 26'

    We are here for the second half.

  • 25'

    HT: Ireland 0-0 France, a very entertaining show but no goals have been seen so far.

  • 25'

    One minute of additional time.

  • 21'

    James Boyle connects himself to a ball from a corner with an acrobatic shot, with the ball going wide off the crossbar

  • 16'

    Mickael Mavali uses his pace to come face to face with Patrick Hutton, and yet again the Irish GK deals with it with a class slap.

  • 13'

    Ruari Murphy tests Kevin Roger from the right wing, with the French keeper having no problems in holding it.

  • 8'

    James Boyle sees his powerful shot from a freekick being cleared of the goal line by Marian Sacacol. What a chance for the Boys in Green to change the score.

  • 4'

    Mickael Mavali brings the first serious play coming face to face with Patrick Hutton with the Irish GK coming off to save brilliantly.

  • 1'

    We are underway at the Garbarnia Stadium

  • While Ireland will drop at least one spot from their sixth place confirmed in the 2017 Euro disputed in Turkey, a possible French victory would mean repeating the same seventh position achieved on Turkish soil.

  • The Blues were no tough opponent for England, who ran away with a 3-nil win and booked an encounter with the Squadra Azzurra to discuss the 6th and 5th places.

  • After seeing their possibilities of immediately confirming their presence in the next World Cup fly away with a 3-1 ET loss against Italy this Saturday, the Boys in Green come now forward to face the other 5th-8th playoffs defeated side.

  • Good afternoon and welcome to the Ireland Amputees last game in the Euro 2021, where they’ll clash against France for the 7th-8th playoffs at the Garbania Stadium. With you is Bernardo Santos, to let you know about all the action as it happens.


16Patrick Hutton Goalkeeper
2Stuart McEvoy Defender
5Éanna Durham Midfielder
8Ruairi Murphy Forward
9James Boyle Forward
13Kevan O’Rourke Midfielder
17Patrick Hickey Midfielder
1James Conroy Goalkeeper
12Kevin Fogarty Defender
4Garry Hoey Midfielder
11Neil Hoey Midfielder



Garbarnia Stadium
Mateczny, Podgórze, Krakow, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, 30-501, Poland

With previous experience on a top-tier sports newspaper and a media department of a former European Champion club, Bernardo also collaborates as a sports journalist and media editor at St. Patrick's Athletic.