Cardiff City FC Foundations Under16’s Deaf team competed in the NDCS’s Regional Tournament in Liverpool on Sunday, an opportunity made possible through generous donations of backers from the CrowdFunding appeal ‘Road to Liverpool’.
Players from the Under 16’s Deaf team had been training for the tournament since November. Seven players made the trip on the day and played against other deaf teams from across the country.
The Bluebirds first opponents were a strong Derby County side, who prevailed as 4-2 winners. Only heroics from Cardiff City’s goalkeeper, Liam Barker kept the Bluebirds in the game.
The second team of the day was one of three teams from Glasgow that made the long trip to Liverpool. After a sluggish start the Bluebirds found themselves 3-0 down before a spirited second half comeback, which leveled the scores at 3-3 at the final whistle.
The young players found their third fixture in succession difficult and were on the wrong side of a 4-1 loss to Bradford DFC. Malo Thomas with the only goal of the game for Cardiff.
After a much needed break the Bluebirds found themselves up against their second Scottish opposition of the day, Glasgow B, in what was quite possibly the game of the day. Both teams took their share of the spoils with a 6-6 draw.
The day finished on a high with a 9-0 victory over Glasgow C, the highlight of which came in the form of a fantastic team goal, finished off by striker, Sam Jackson.
Team’s coach, James Jackson said:
“It’s been a fantastic day out for our players, they’ve really enjoyed themselves. It was really important for the players to make this trip so that they could get the opportunity to play other deaf teams from around the country. We would like to thank the NDCS for putting on such a wonderful event.”
The Foundation would like to thank all the backers of the ‘Road to Liverpool’ Crowdfunder for giving the Under 16’s a vital opportunity to compete against other deaf teams.
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