The Irish amputee football team finished runners-up at the Polish Cup tournament this weekend, writes Stephen Barry.
The national side went unbeaten across the three games, but the highlight came in their opener against the hosts and fourth-ranked team in the world, Poland.
With the teams still deadlocked, midfielder Alan ‘Wonder’ Wall stepped up to unleash a rocket of a free-kick to the roof of the net.
The superb goal was only bettered by his celebration, tossing away his crutches for a Robbie Keane-style backflip.
In his match report, team manager Christy McElligott described the goal as “a thunderbolt of a strike in to the top corner with a great dummy from Neil Hoey”.
It was an important goal, too; one which ensured a draw against Poland, while another draw against the Ukraine and 5-3 win over Germany gave the Irish team second place.