Ireland’s largest LGBTQ+ inclusive football club, Dublin Devils FC, landed a victory against the Yorkshire Terriers on March 12, becoming the very first Irish football team to reach the final of the UK Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN) Cup.
Founded in 2005, Dublin Devils are the largest LGBTQ+ inclusive football club in Ireland. The club is based in Phoenix Park and aims towards providing a safe space for LGBTQ+ people of all ages who wish to play football. Sporting Pride recently included them in the list of Irish LGBTQ+ sports clubs that are promoting physical and mental health among the LGBTQ+ community.
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In a historic moment, Dublin Devils defeated the rival team Yorkshire Terriers by four goals to three in the semi-final of the GFSN Cup at Whelan Park, Dublin. The victory allowed them to become the very first Irish team to reach this target. After the match, Captain Adam Kane released a statement about the victory, saying:
“Dublin Devils are delighted to reach the final of the GFSN Cup. It’s a really competitive competition and the quality of the other teams we’ve faced has been very high. This is a historic moment for the Dublin Devils and for LGBTQ+ football in Ireland. We’re proud to be the first Irish club to reach the final.”
He also spoke about how hard his team is working to make sure that LGBTQ+ people can have a safe space to play football in Dublin. “The victory today was hard fought against the experienced Yorkshire Terriers but now our focus is on winning the cup and bringing it back home to Dublin,” he added.
GFSN CUP SEMI FINAL ⚽️?
The Devils take on @yterriersfc in a massive @gfsnUK Cup semi final this Saturday at 3PM in Whelan Park!
We'd love a MASSIVE crowd of supporters down to cheer the lads on as we look to book our place in the
C'mon the Devils!! ????️?#Devils2022 pic.twitter.com/kv63Z5FNCA
— Dublin Devils FC ⚽ (@DublinDevilsFC) March 11, 2022
The Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN) is an organisation of volunteers committed to promoting the participation of LGBTQ+ people in football and campaigning against discrimination and homophobia. The teams it hosts are mostly from the UK, but there are also some affiliated teams from the Republic of Ireland.
If you want to know more about Dublin Devils, find their webpage here.
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