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Distillery Elite boys are off to Brazil for Neymar Jr Five Football Tournament final

By Robert Jones

Published 30/05/2016

Prize guys: Red Bull Wings Team Alice and Zoe at Windsor Park with Distillery Elite, who will represent Northern Ireland in the National Final of the Neymar Jr Five Football Tournament in Brazil this summer
Prize guys: Red Bull Wings Team Alice and Zoe at Windsor Park with Distillery Elite, who will represent Northern Ireland in the National Final of the Neymar Jr Five Football Tournament in Brazil this summer

The Distillery Elite team will jet off to Brazil for the National Final of the Neymar Jr Five Football Tournament this summer after defeating GFC Dropouts in the Regional Final at Windsor Park.

Captain Daniel Larmour, who plays for Lisburn Distillery U19s with Elite team-mates Brian Trohear, Darius Roohi and Thomas Macklin, and Chris Elliott, who plays for Tullycarnet, will compete in qualifier events against 35 other countries to take part in the World Final in July at 'Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr' in Santos, Brazil - the home turf of the Barcelona superstar.

Daniel said "It is a great honour not only to have watched our national team beat Belarus, but to play on the same pitch directly after the game and win.

"It is unreal and hasn't really sunk in yet. We are a young team of 17-years-old and while we have to do a bit of studying for our A levels, we will be sneaking in a bit of training when we can.

"I've no doubt we will see some new raw talent, play against some up and coming big names and we may even come back with some silverware."

Neymar helped devise the format of this fun, fast-paced and technical five-a-side game with a special twist - the teams lose one player each time they concede a goal until there are no players left, or the 10-minute game ends.

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