Second day of football at the Games:
England and Brazil booked their places in the semi-finals of the U19 CP World Football Championships with convincing group victories over Japan and The Netherlands in Nottingham today.
The Championships are part of the CPISRA World Games, a week-long event for those with cerebral palsy involving some 400 competitors from 13 countries.
England began slowly against Japan, but once Dale Smith scored, the floodgates opened and they went on to win 15 – 0. Oliver Nugent scored the second before Smith added a penalty. Nugent’s second was followed by two from Reiss Blackwell before Nugent was back on target. Smith netted two more and Reece Macmillan stretched the lead to 10-0.
Macmillan scored two more in the second half, Smith grabbed his fifth and Hayden Kroll and Joel Athey rounded off the scoring.
The second game saw Brazil stroll to a 7 – 0 win over the Netherlands. At half time Brazil led 5 – 0 through Da Rocha, Da Silva, Silva and two from Januario. Da Rocha and Januario, who both excelled, scored the second half goals as Brazil coasted to victory. Brazil’s deciding game against England should be tougher, and the England forwards ought to trouble a largely untested Brazilian defence.
The final game of the day pitted Scotland against Australia. The Scots quickly won control of midfield and through some excellent passing created a chance for Darren Aitken. When Zachary Jones handled Jamie Mitchell stepped up to score Scotland’s second from the spot. Just before half time Ian Paton strode forward to make it 3 – 0.
Paton’s run early in the second half set up Kyle Hannin for the fourth. Hannin added two fine goals before two long range goals from Lewis McIntyre and Declan Docherty sealed an 8 – 0 win.