While the Republic of Ireland were at the feat of a dismal draw against Georgia on Saturday two other Irish teams brought some excitement to Irish football fans from the Homeless World Cup in Oslo.
The city in Norway is hosting the 2017 Homeless World cup which sees over 500 players representing more than 50 countries.
With participants having been directly affected by homelessness, the tournament’s goal is to motivate and inspire the players involved by providing a positive social experience for them. Over 100,000 people are expected to attend and offer their support.
The Irish mens and women’s teams are made up of players who feature in the Irish Homeless Street Leagues and are managed by Sean Kavanagh and John Dowling, coached by Thomas Morgan, Graham Tucker, Kieran McDonnell and Audrey O’Doherty.
Games are played on smaller, purpose-built pitches with four players lining out for each team. Both Irish squads have scored a litany of goals and saw their fair share of wins and losses.
The mens team qualified for the quarter finals of the Homeless World Cup where they lost 6-2 to Russia.
The women's team were victorious over Northern Ireland in the Quarter finals of the Plate competition where they sealed a 7-1 victory. Following that they faced Scotland in the semi-final where they exited the competition on penalties.
Playoffs for both squads are yet to be announced.