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Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service in UK Championship success

By Jenny Kirkham

The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) football team are celebrating their victory in the final of the UK Fire Service Cup held at the Falkirk Stadium in Scotland.

Goals from firefighters Andrew Forsythe and Stephen Doyle in a game that was ultimately decided on penalties helped NIFRS football team to win the cup for the first time in their history and the first time the trophy has crossed over the Irish Sea.

The demanding journey for the NIFRS team included away games against Hereford and Worcester. The semi-final held in Seaview, home of Crusaders, seen a triumphant victory over Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service with a score of 9-0.

The NIFRS team sealed their championship by dominating Tayside Fire & Rescue Service in the final.

The side, made up of serving firefighters from all over the province has enjoyed a fantastic season this year netting 33 goals in the run up to this years final.

NIFRS football team Manager Ian Kendall said: “This is a fantastic result for the team and coaching staff that have worked so hard throughout the season and have been rewarded as the best Fire & Rescue Service football team across the UK.

“The players all have extremely demanding professions and they are a credit to the NIFRS. This is a fantastic achievement for the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service as an organisation.”

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