Victory over France sees England finish Euros on a high.
France 1-4 England
Sunday 17 June 2012
2012 INAS European Championship
The England Learning Disability team secured third place at the INAS European Championship with a 4-1 win over France on Sunday.
The game started slowly with both teams taking some time to play themselves into the match but England quickly came to the fore and dominated possession as the half wore on.
Although creating chances, the Three Lions were struggling to make the elusive breakthrough until 30 minutes into the game when the French scored an own goal from an England corner. The lead was doubled shortly before half-time as Royce Greenidge netted to cap a fine first half display from him.
The second half began in a similar manner with chances at both ends but no-one able to score the important next goal. With 15 minutes left, however, the French broke in down the left-side of the pitch and scored to set up a tense finale.
Those nerves were calmed shortly after though as England were awarded a penalty for a foul on substitute George Simmons and Chris McGinty rammed the penalty home to extend their lead. The game was made safe in the dying minutes as McGinty again latched onto a loose ball to fire the Lions into an unassailable advantage.
Head Coach Chris Dowhan told TheFA.com: “To achieve third place with a young, inexperienced squad is a good achievement by all the players and staff.
"We have learned a great deal from the competition and will come back stronger next time. It does not make up for the disappointment of not being in the Final, but the squad deserved to come away with something after their performance in the semi.”
K. Ginever, J. Walne, M. Edwards, A. Bilal, C. McGinty, L. Plummer (B. Khorrami), G. Chukwuma (C. Allen), R. Greenidge, R. Gallagher, C. Farrell (G. Simmons), S. Mbarouk
Own goal (33), R. Greenidge (39), C. McGinty (79 pen, 88)