Republic claim first Jacksons International Trophy

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MARTIN CASSIDY is pleased his side defied pre-tournament predictions with a competitive display in the new Jacksons International Trophy.

Republic of Ireland celebrated becoming the first winners of the Jacksons International Trophy at Springfield on Sunday, after beating Jersey 2-0 in the competition decider at Springfield Picture: ADRIAN TOPLEY

Jersey were arguably underdogs for the four-team competition which featured leading semi-professionals from Ireland and England, but the Caesareans were denied second place on goal difference after picking up four points from three round-robin matches.

Cassidy’s squad were in fact in contention to lift the trophy at Springfield on Sunday, having beaten Northern Ireland on Saturday, although victory over eventual champions Republic of Ireland – in front of a tournament-best crowd of 198 – eluded them.

‘We’ve exceeded our expectations and I can’t ask for more,’ said Cassidy, following their 2-0 loss to the Republic. ‘Three games in four days is tough and they’ve all been warriors.

‘It has been a great few days and the compliments we’ve had from the coaches has been great. They all thought we’d be the whipping boys but we’ve surprised everyone and we can take huge positives from that.

‘And for anyone who hasn’t realised how big the tournament is ... when a team as good as this [Republic of Ireland] are celebrating like the way they are, after killing the game in the last ten minutes and taking the ball into the corner, you know Jersey has made an impression. It’s such a shame that nobody came to watch because you don’t get top teams like that coming over very often.’

He added: ‘We’ll step up for the Island Games now and if we play anything like we’ve played in the last three days I think we’ll win that comfortably.’

The Scot is set to announce his squad for Ynys Mon 2019 this week.

Jason Fox

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