HLB International Soccer Tournament

HLB Ireland team entered the annual HLB International Five-A-Side Soccer tournament which was held in Goals Soccer Academy in Wembley, London on September 13th.

The young and somewhat inexperienced team finished a gallant 9th (out of 10 teams) managing to progress one step further than in last year’s tournament. The group consisted of UK 2, Denmark 1, Denmark 2 and the Netherlands. Denmark 2 and UK 2 were the eventual finalists with Denmark 2 claiming the grand prize. HLB Ireland began all our games with a strong start, including being 2-0 up at half time against the eventual winners. Unfortunately we couldn't recover from three defeats to UK 2, Denmark 2 and the Netherlands.

Drawing with Denmark 1 and comprehensively defeating Belgium ensured we weren't crowned with the wooden spoon. The very enjoyable and well-organised tournament was followed by a presentation with a meal and drinks in Frankie’s Bar on the grounds of Stanford Bridge (the home of Chelsea football club).

The HLB Ireland 2014 soccer squad

HLB Ireland take aim for another shot on goal

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