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Watch: James McClean makes Down's Syndrome Derry football team dreams come true as he brings pals for game

The team had struggled to find other teams to play with

Republic of Ireland star James McClean made the dreams come true of a team of children with Down's Syndrome after he joined them for a football match in his hometown.

The Oxford Bulls team meet every Sunday at the Foyle Futsal Centre and they just love football.

However, the team had struggled to find another team to play against since forming in October 2015 with the help of the Foyle Down's Syndrome Trust.

The story of the team's quest for another side to against was highlighted in the Belfast Telegraph and after that the offers came flooding in -including one very special one.

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Premiere league footballer James McClean contacted the team to see if he could bring some players along for a match.

The team's manager Kevin Morrison initially thought it was a wind-up from a fake account.

The message read: "I'm playing a match on Tuesday night, I'll be back in Derry at lunchtime on Wednesday - how does that sound?'"

And true to his word the West Brom winger joined them at the city's indoor football centre.

Kevin told the BBC: "My wee boy, Adam, would be a big fan of his. James walked in and Adam was standing at the edge of the pitch.

"He pointed at him, then he pointed again and then the jaw opened. He was kind of star-struck for the rest of the game.

James McClean and pals join the Oxford Bulls
James McClean and pals join the Oxford Bulls
James McClean and pals join the Oxford Bulls
James McClean and pals join the Oxford Bulls
James McClean and pals join the Oxford Bulls
James McClean and pals join the Oxford Bulls

"I think it was a fantastic day, we're going to have some great memories to take away from it."

But despite being a little starstruck - the Derry team gave it their all and put McClean through his paces.

McClean started off with a warm-up before they played the game which gave the team their first official win.

The session finished with a penalty shoot-out with McClean going into nets - but he was no match for the Oxford Bulls as they all scored past him.

Kevin said: "He (McClean) had a fantastic attitude and they loved him for it.

"The lads had a ball and James was an absolute gentleman, we couldn't believe our luck."

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