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Deaflympic soccer champs take honors against Taipei City

By Dave Carroll
Taipei Times
Sunday, Aug 30, 2009

The British Deaflympic men’s soccer team beat Businessman’s League champions Taipei City FC 3-0 in a warmup match in Tianmu yesterday. A 4:30pm kick off on a pitch half covered in shadow with a gentle breeze blowing were about as ideal conditions as the teams could have wished for considering the recent heat.

Photograph by Ashton Jean-Pierre on behalf of the BSLBT

Taipei City, a team consisting of expats living and working in Taiwan, started the brighter and had the best of the early chances. Steve Raymond went close after 15 minutes with a shot from the right wing that beat Great Britain keeper Craig Rathey but went just wide of the post. Raymond again rocked the generally solid British defense five minutes later with a well-hit strike from a corner that again whistled past the post.

Great Britain were getting more into the game and Jon Evans went close a minute later with a shot from the edge of the penalty area. The deadlock was broken in the 27th minute when the visitor’s Peter Wood scored with a shot from 25m.

Tim Murphy went close for City from a corner, but his header went just wide. Then Eddie Painter produced a good save from Rathey to leave Great Britain 1-0 up at halftime.

Britain’s Daniel Hogan started the second half with a bang, when his shot rebounded off the bar in the first minute, as the Brits pushed forward.

Photograph by Ashton Jean-Pierre on behalf of the BSLBT

City got no joy from the tight British defense, although substitute Dan Calvert caused some problems, sending a shot just over the bar after 60 minutes.

Five minutes later Britain scored again, Evans finishing the counterattack in style.

There was a fright for the six-time Deaflympic champions after 75 minutes when a heavy challenge caused some consternation but they ended the game with a bang scoring their third three minutes from time.

The final score was hard on City but it was a good workout for Great Britain, looking to retain their title in the Deaflympics soccer tournament starting on Friday at Yingfeng in Taipei.


Taipei City to play British Deaf Olympic Team

Written by Oliver

Just ahead of Taipei’s first international sporting event, the Deaf Olympics; one of the Taipei’s premier football clubs will face off against the reigning gold medallists in the games, Great Britain.  Although, the countries in the British Isles have been eluded by any kind of silverware since 1966 in World or European tournaments; in the Deaf Olympics they are champions.  Great Britain’s Blind Olympic team has won in the games a total of six times and is the current champion.

Great Britain will start their campaign in the Deaf Olympics on Sept. 4th against Japan at the Yingfeng fields.  However, before this opening match they will face a tough practice match against Taipei City FC.  Taipei City FC were last years winners of the Taipei Businessman’s League which plays regularly during the months from October to May on the Bailing Bridge field in Shilin.  The team has a completely international team with players from Gambia, United States, Canada, Mexico, Czech Republic, Jamaica, Ireland, England and many other countries.  The team has played both foreign and locally based teams and has proven it’s ability which has earned it the opportunity to play against the Deaf Olympians.

Ross Conlon, captain of Taipei City says his team has been looking forward to the match and expects, “a very tough challenge from the 6 time champs.  It will definately be a very interesting match and a good challenge”  Confident that his team is well perepared for the match, his game plan is not to deviate too much from the succesful style of play that has brought them victories against local opponents. ” I don’t think we will change too much, we just have to keep it tight for the first thirty and see how it goes.”   This is not the first time that Taipei City FC has played a high level opponent as they play regular games against the Taiwanese National team.

The game will be played at the Taipei American School field in Tienmu with kick-off at 4:30pm on Saturday August 29th.

More information and a schedule of Deaf Olympic football games can be found here.

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