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Northern Ireland hit the ground running in Glasgow for 2016 Homeless World Cup

By Staff Reporter

Northern Ireland have made a flying start to the 2016 Homeless World Cup, thrashing Holland 10-3.

The side, coached by former Glentoran favourite Terry Moore and managed by Justin McMinn, impressed the crowds at Glasgow's George Square and will now be looking to maintain their impressive form in matches against Nigeria and Switzerland today.

The tournament, which features 48 men's and 16 women's teams, will run until July 16 and an estimated 6,000 fans followed the action yesterday. Darren Spiers bagged a hat-trick and rounded off the scoring for Northern Ireland, who moved up a gear in the second-half with the game finely balanced at 4-3 at the break.

"We've done well, we've trained hard this year," said Moore. "We hope we go a little bit further."

The Northern Ireland team are backed by the Irish FA, Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Ulster Bank. Teams are four-a-side, with eight players in the squad, emerging from the Street League in the province.

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