Diallo fires GB to closing victory
By Matt Phillips
USA 1-3 GB (aet)
London 2012 Paralympics
Sunday 9 September 2012
A 20 yard rocket from Ibz Diallo helped steer Paralympics GB to seventh place at the London 2012 Cerebral Palsy football tournament on Sunday.
It was GB's second win over USA in less than a week but extra time was needed on this occasion.
GB had dominated the opening exchanges but USA scored their first goal of London 2012 when they took a shock lead after 19 minutes.
George Fletcher's back pass was mis-timed by Billy Thompson and Rene Renteria pounced to leave the GB goalkeeper red faced.
With Matt Dimbylow starting the game on the subs bench, Michael Barker took the armband and it was the stand in skipper who got GB on level terms just before the break.
Diallo tricked his was through the USA defence before squaring it to Barker, who side footed the equaliser past Kevin Johnson with pace.
GB had beaten USA 4-0 in their final group game on Wednesday and the hosts, cheered on by another partisan crowd, bombarded the Stars and Stripes goal in the second half.
Fletcher, Dimbylow and Diallo also saw their shots rattle the woodwork in a mad three minutes that could have put the game beyond doubt.
Diallo again saw another shot hit the post with four minutes left but USA survived to take the game to extra time.
But the GB playmaker finally found the scoresheet when he broke from the halfway line before sending a right foot sizzler past Johnson.
And George Fletcher tied it all up with six minutes left when his cross/shot from the left wing floated over Johnson at the far post.
The GB crowd and players celebrated at full-time with Head Coach, Lyndon Lynch, taking to the stadium PA to thank the fans for their fantastic support.
A combined crowd of over 50,000 has seen GB in action throughout the 7-a-side tournament at the Riverbank Arena.
The win means that GB join their Blind Squad counterparts in finishing seventh at the London 2012 Paralympics.