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Published 05 October 2023 5 min read
England Para Teams

Report: England Deaf Men 3-4 Türkiye

Written by:

Frank Smith

The sides faced off in the ninth and tenth place classification match at the World Deaf Football Championship

England Deaf Men finished the World Deaf Football Championships in tenth position after a narrow 4-3 defeat to Türkiye in their final match of the tournament. 

As soon as the Para Lions were edged out 1-0 by the USA in their round of 16 game, the focus immediately turned to trying to secure ninth place by winning three more classification fixtures. 

Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Saudi Arabia and Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Nigeria set up this ninth and tenth-place classification match in Kuala Lumpur. 

But despite initially taking the lead through Abdou Jobe and a late fightback which included a brace from captain Jamie Clarke, the Para Lions had to settle for tenth position. 
Captain Jamie Clarke has been prolific throughout the World Deaf Football Championships
Captain Jamie Clarke has been prolific throughout the World Deaf Football Championships
The Para Lions went ahead after eight minutes through Jobe, who finished well after Clarke’s initial shot had been parried by the Turkish ‘keeper Ersin Mert.

But Türkiye responded just three minutes later through Goktug Altay and then went ahead ten minutes before the break through Esref Metin-Su.

A quick-fire double from Mehmet Aktas and Emirhan Dogan midway through the second half left England with an uphill battle, but they made a brave attempt at clawing it back thanks to Clarke’s late brace.

His first came from the penalty spot, after Matt McQueeney was clattered by Mert in the box which also saw the Turkish captain cautioned.

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Just a minute later it was 3-4 as a quickly-take free kick from Cavell Donaldson put Clarke in for his second to set up a grandstand finish.

With Turkey also reduced to ten men, England continued to press but without avail as Ali Metin’s team hung on for victory.

England: 1 Alex Smith, 2 Harry Boorman, 3 Dylan Cross, 4 Phil Swift, 5 Matt Oaten, 6 Rylan Casey, 7 Abdou Jobe, 8 Ellis McLean, 9 Jamie Clarke (c), 10 Oliver Manoochehri, 16 Drew Rowley

Substitutes: 11 Matt McQueeney for Manoochehri 57, 14 Cavell Donaldson for Casey 57, 15 Gino King for Cross 70, 12 Joe Dixon for Oaten 76

Substitutes not used: 13 Sam Edwards, 17 Henry Bowe, 19 Will Palmer

Head coach: Sam Manoochehri

Goals: Abdou Jobe 8, Jamie Clark 82, 83