Deaf children across Wales inspired by Futsal Euro tournament

Results were disappointing but the future is bright

Wales missed out on qualification for the Deaf Futsal Euros but learned lots from hosting their first qualification tournament.

Turkey, the world’s number three ranked team, came to Cardiff as hot favourites to qualify and didn’t disappoint with three resounding wins over Wales, Bosnia and Sweden.

The Swedes will join them at December’s Euro finals in Finland, after beating Wales 9-4 in the weekend’s thrilling opener and Bosnia 4-1.

Wales, who were buoyed by star-man Harry Allen (Joe’s brother) winning his fitness battle and the noise of the excited crowd, which included enthusiastic pupils from Llantrisant Primary School, Ysgol Ty Coch, in Pontypridd and Rhondda’s Ysgol Gynradd Brynllwyn.

But they were effectively out of contention by Friday night after being beaten by Bosnia and the Swedes and were outclassed by Turkey on Saturday afternoon.

Captain Sam Evans, who is a former Big Brother winner, said: “We were devastated by the results because we were confident of going through.

“But it was great fun to host the qualifying tournament and hopefully we have inspired some deaf children to play futsal in future.

Team manger Ashley Thomas told his players to be proud of their efforts and urged them all to reflect positively on their performance.

He said: “This is a very young squad but they would all benefit from playing more futsal.

"Hopefully we have inspired some deaf children around Wales to play futsal."

Wales' Results

Wales 4-9 Sweden

Wales 4-6 Bosnia

Turkey 14-2 Wales

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