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Disability Football the winner at FA's showpiece finals
St George's Park played host to the FA Disability Cup finals at the weekend (24-25 June), including the Blind Football Final between RNC and Brighton & Hove Albion.
Credit: Will Cheshire Photography
Pictured: Back row (L-R) Dixie Dean (Head Coach), Murtaza Jamal (Coach), Kieran Clarke, Rainbow Mbuangi, Katie Christopher, Jack Offord, Jim Wallis (Physio), Rich Henderson (Guide) Front row (L-R) Callum Lynch (Coach), Alice Hopkins, Shamreaz Hussain, Joe Johnson, Jay Stallard
It was a closely contested match with both teams showing great skill and determination, but ultimately it was Brighton who emerged victorious with a 1-0 win.
Both teams gave their all and displayed excellent skill and teamwork but Brighton had a little bit more experience than the young RNC side. Hamed Ebrahim scored for Brighton in the first half, but the equaliser just wasn't forthcoming for RNC.
Despite the loss, RNC can hold their heads high, knowing they played to the best of their abilities and, along with Brighton, put on a great exhibition of Blind Football to a national audience on BT Sport.
The weekend event also showcased the finals for Amputee, Cerebral Palsy, Deaf, Partially Sighted and Powerchair Football.
Now an annual event in the footballing calendar, the FA Disability Cup is a great opportunity for players to showcase their abilities and raise awareness for their sport, inspiring others to get involved.
If you would like more information on the sporting opportunities at RNC, visit the Sports pages of our website