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England’s Cerebral Palsy team end America Tour in victory

The England Cerebral Palsy team ended their tour of America with a thrilling 3-2 win over their hosts, with all five goals coming in a pulsating second half.

The game began in fairly quiet fashion, but sparked into life midway through the first half as USA went close twice in the space of a couple of minutes, hitting the crossbar with the second effort.

England gradually grew into the game and captain Nicky Fish had a shot deflected over – the Three Lions’ best chance of a frustrating half.

USA 2-3 England CP

The second half saw the pattern continue in the opening minutes but the visitors took the lead on 42 minutes with Emyle Rudder following up well after James Blackwell had his effort saved.

He was not to be denied for long, though, as he finished off a good move with a fine finish from a cut back to double the lead with his first international goal.

USA pulled a goal back after a move sliced through the England defence They equalised when a shot from distance slid under Giles Moore’s dive with less than 10 minutes remaining.

A pulsating game reached an exciting climax, however, as England scored a late winner with five minutes remaining.

Substitute Jack Rutter played in Emyle Rudder, who finished clinically.

With USA pressing forward in search of another equaliser, England took control of the ball, and the game, to see out the remaining minutes and secure a second tour win.

England Head Coach Keith Webb said: “Another game similar to the first one except there were more goals in this one.

“Having said that, they posed us a few more problems and having gone 2-0 up, there was a 10-minute spell where we lost concentration and the game could have got away from us.

“But we showed calmness and got our composure back and in terms of possession, I think we rightly got the winning goal.

“All in all, it has been a really good 10 days and it has given me a clear insight into the players and they have had an opportunity to see what my demands are like and hopefully we can push on in the future.”


Moore, Baker, Townshend, Blackwell, Fish (C) (Rutter), Rudder, Mullin (Fletcher).