Liverpool County FA was delighted to see plenty of success for the region at the recent FA Disability Cup Finals Day, held at St George’s Park.
Two sides from Merseyside and Liverpool - Everton Amputee FC and Merseyside Blind FC - headed to the National Football Centre over the weekend of the 15-16 June and lifted their respective crowns.
Everton Amputee took on Portsmouth Amputee in the Amputee Cup Final on the Sunday and ran out emphatic 4-1 victors.
Jamie Oakey, a player on the team, praised The FA for allowing tournament football to be accessible for all, regardless of impairment. He said: “You give us these opportunities you never thought you’d get.”
Merseyside Blind were then the next in action as they clashed with West Bromwich Albion in the Blind Cup Final and they too were victorious as they notched an excellent 2-0 win.
Head Coach Steve Cushion highlighted how much of a momentous occasion it was for the team to claim the title in such surroundings.
He said: “It’s a fantastic feeling to actually win it here at St George’s Park, the home of English football.”
Player Roy Turnham echoed those sentiments but also told how the victory was just reward for a tough season for Merseyside Blind.
He said: “It’s not just for today though; it’s for all the work that goes in the whole year round. For the FA to put on an event like this is fantastic.”
The glory for Merseyside did not quite end there though. There was also a brilliant victory for Cerebral Palsy North West, a team which included Liverpool native and England CP star George Fletcher, former Everton Disability Development players Eddie Flinn and Joel Taylor and also Liverpudlian Aaron Kinner.
They all had their impact on a stunning 8-1 thumping of NE & Yorkshire CP, with Fletcher scooping the man-of-the-match gong, Flinn netting the opening goal and Kinner putting in an impressive performance between the sticks.
Congratulations to Everton Amputee, Merseyside Blind and all of those part of Cerebral Palsy North West for their fantastic victories.
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