The Irish Cerebral Palsy football team returned to Dublin from the European Championships on Monday having secured a bronze medal.
The squad beat hosts Netherlands 2-1 in the third place play-off of the Cerebral Palsy European Championships on Sunday. It was the second time the team clinched third place in the tournament.
The winning goal was scored by Gary Messett, the son of Bobby Messett who was murdered two months ago when a gunman entered the gym of Pete Taylor, father of Olympic boxing gold-medallist Katie, and opened fire. Gardaí believe the 50-year-old was killed in a case of mistaken identity.
In the 47th minute of the game in the Dutch town of Zeist, Limerick man Aaron Tier put Ireland in front before Messett secured the win close to the final whistle.
The result is an improvement on the team’s performance in the World Championship last year in which they finished sixth.
“We are absolutely delighted. I’m lost for words. Overall I think we deserved it not just for the performance today but across the tournament as a whole,” the team’s head coach, Paul Breen, said.
“We have progressed from a sixth place finish at the World Championships to a third place at the European Championships. It is no more than the players deserve for the work they’ve put in.