Media Release: Soccer sets up Iron Games for third round drama

Media Release

Second Iron Cup Contested

The Iron Games 2018 7-a-side soccer competition, one of four sports making up The Iron Games 2018, was completed on Friday evening (31 August).

Pressure is on the competing teams – all put up by Irish family construction firms – to take home the four Iron Cups. Two remain up for grabs; for hurling later this month and then golf in early October.

Drama all the way

Drama all the way

Friday evening’s soccer was a lively affair, with ten teams taking part. Two groups completed round robin matches with the top two from each group going through to semi finals. Group 1 was dominated by J Reddington Ltd with Carey’s taking the runner up spot. Group two saw Toureen and ECL tied for first place, so the group was decided on a penalty shoot out leaving ECL top of the table.

Toureen beat the until-then invincible JRL and Carey’s took care of ECL in the semis.

The final was dramatic end-to-end stuff. Favourites Carey’s were down to six men following an earlier sending off but it didn’t stop their pacey style putting pressure on Toureen for the whole match. Toureen dug in and the extra man meant that the final went to an genuinely exciting 0-0 draw.

Joe lifts the cup

Joe lifts the cup

The sudden death penalty shoot out went to 5 each before the Toureen keeper’s save left captain Joe Young with the opportunity to fire home and lift the cup.

David Head, Chief Exective at Haemochromatosis UK, the charity benefiting from The Iron Games, said “Congratulations to Joe and the rest of the Toureen Group team on a well deserved win. Half way through The Iron Games and I’m looking forward immensely to the remaining two competitions.”

The Iron Cup for hurling will be contested on 22 September in Greenford, and then on 12 October the games culminate in a golf competition at Aldenham Golf Club in Hertfordshire.

A gallery of some photographs from the soccer event is below.

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Notes for Editors

Haemochromatosis: Excess iron stored in the body can cause organ damage, mental health problems, joint disease, diabetes and other issues. Iron overload can be fatal. It is usually easily treated if diagnosed early. Eleven teams have entered The Iron Games raising a total of over £100,000 in sponsorship for Haemochromatosis UK. Toureen Group has also sponsored the entirety of the event costs. www.irongames.org.ukwww.ironoverload.org.uk.

For further information, comment, images, or to arrange event passes please contact David Head, Chief Executive, via games@ironoverload.org.uk, 03030 401101 (office), or 07720 444084 (mobile). The images below can be freely used.