Zachary Jones scores in Pararoos defeat of Portugal

Zachary Jones. Photo: FFA

Zachary Jones. Photo: FFA

TAPITALLEE’S  Zachary Jones has guided the Pararoos to a commanding 2-nil victory against Portugal at the International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships (IFCPF) in San Luis, Argentina.

Jones, who is joined in the team by Callala Bay’s Ben Atkins, scored his team’s second goal in the 56th minute via a header from a David Barber throw in.

His goal followed team mate Ben Roche’s opener, which he scored in the 35th minute, in the match played at Stadium Juan Gilberto Funes.

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“Everyone including our bench did an amazing job today,” Pararoos coach Kai Lammert said.

“The win means the Pararoos finish in the top 10 of the tournament with the game against the host Argentina to go – an incredible achievement.

“A big complement to our Medical team Sam Donaldson (Physio) and our Team Doctor Michael Mrozinski to get the boys mentally and physically ready to play.

“Five of the seven boys suffered from stomach bugs ahead of the game and still managed to put on this performance.

“It shows how much pride the boys have in the shirt.

“Portugal was a very tough opponent today but the boys had all the answers – I could name every player as man of the match.”

The Pararoos will now play against hosts Argentina at 7am Friday (AEST) in a play-off for ninth and 10th.

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