Irish team powers up for soccer world cup

Kanturk teenager Ciarán Forde will pull on the green jersey to represent Ireland in the Power Soccer World Cup in Paris.

An Irish U-16 and U-18 team fly out to the French capital today to take on teams from the USA, Finland, Austria, and France.

Ciarán is one of two Munster boys on the U-18 team, along with his Kingdom Rebels teammate Tommy Stack from Moyvane in Kerry.

Powerchair Football is one of few sports that can be played by people who use power wheelchairs or have a severe physical disability.

It is a team sport played indoors, usually by teams of four on a basketball court. Players use their wheelchairs, with a foot guard attached, to push or strike the football, passing and shooting to try and outscore their opponents.

Ciarán, who has been playing Power Football for just five years, is looking forward to have a crack at the best in the world in Paris.

“We are away for five days until Monday and we will have some tough games out there. France and the American teams are pretty much seen as the best in the world, but we are going out there to give it a good go,” he said.

Ciarán’s mother Alice said she was extremely proud her son was getting the chance to represent his country.

“Ciarán loves it. He’s been playing for about five years and he gets to meet people from all around the country through the game,” she said.

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