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Published 04 June 2023 4 min read
England Para Teams

Report: Italy 0-11 England CP

Written by:

Nicholas Veevers

Para Lions go goal crazy in Sardinia at the IFCPF European Championships


England’s cerebral palsy team made it two wins from two in impressive style in Sardinia on Sunday afternoon, after an 11-0 win over Italy.

Following on from their opening day win over Spain on Friday, Andy Smith’s team found their goalscoring touch against the host nation.

David Porcher will take the headlines with his eight goals on the day, but it was a fluid team display across the pitch from the Para Lions who will now face the Netherlands in their final group match on Tuesday morning.

It was England’s first-half display that did the damage, as they fired home all eleven goals in the opening 30 minutes, starting with Porcher’s first after a strong run forward from Liam Irons before he picked out the dangerman to do the rest.

Porcher then doubled the lead in the eleventh minute with a penalty before Jayden Kenyon got his first of the afternoon after a fine pass from Irons picked him out.

Kenyon’s second came a minute later as the striker tucked home from close range after Porcher’s shot was parried by the Italy ‘keeper and the number nine completed his treble in the 25th minute, at the end of a good move from the back.

Porcher then embarked on a scoring run which saw him net six goals in 12 minutes, with the pick being his curling shot from outside the area in the 20th minute before he bagged two in the space of 20 seconds in stoppage time with Italy proving particularly wasteful in possession.

It could’ve been 12 at half time too, with Irons seeing his penalty kick saved seconds before the whistle after Porcher had been felled in the box.

Italy would've been relieved to see the back of Porcher when the teams emerged for the second half, as he was one of three players replaced at the break with the points surely secured for Smith's team.

The goal rush subsided in the second half too, as Italy retained possession much more effectively while England kept firm control on the game to see out the result.

England: 13 Reagan McMillan, 2 Liam Irons, 3 David Porcher, 6 Matt Crossen (c), 9 Jayden Kenyon, 10 Aaron Lucas, 12 Matthew Robinson

Substitutes: 8 Harry Baker for Robinson, 11 Will Ramsay for Porcher 31, 14 Ethan Day for Irons 31, 5 Mason Dunbar for Kenyon 46

Substitutes not used: 1 Giles Moore, 4 Sam Dewhirst, 7 James Blackwell,

Head coach: Andy Smith

Goals: David Porcher (3, 11, 18, 20, 22, 28, 30, 30+1), Jayden Kenyon (15, 17, 25)