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PremierLeague-News.Com - With Jordan Brown’s shock win at the Welsh Open in snooker, he now adds to a rich history of local sporting stars seizing the day against the odds and the toughest competitors.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "With Jordan Brown’s shock win at the Welsh Open in snooker, he now adds to a rich history of local sporting stars seizing the day against the odds and the toughest competitors. In a list that is by no means exhaustive, here are 10 of the most iconic sporting upsets Northern Ireland has enjoyed through the decades.Northern Ireland beat hosts Spain in the 1982 Football World CupIn Valencia on June 25, 1982, nobody could have dared to hope that Billy Bingham’s squad would stand a chance against the might of Spain.The tournament had become the first to allow 24 teams to compete rather than 16, and many feared the smaller countries would be kicked to the side by overwhelming odds.But it was Gerry Armstrong that sealed his place in history by scoring the game’s only goal early in the second half.Looking back on his moment of greatness in later years, Gerry said the the stunned silence from thousands of Spanish fans initially made him believe the goal was disallowed.Darren Clarke triumphs at the 2011 Open Golf ChampionshipEntering the 2011 tournament as a rank outsider, rated 125-1 and ranked 111th in the world, local golfing fans could be forgiven for expecting little from veteran Darren Clarke.Just a month earlier Rory McIlroy had become the youngest US Open winner since 1933, an event fellow Ulsterman Graeme McDowell had triumphed at the previous year.But at 42, Clarke was determined to show the young upstarts he still had the goods and became the oldest Open champion since 1967.Ulster Rugby become kings of Europe in 1999In 1999, Ulster Rugby became the most unlikely champions of Europe following a stunning victory over French side Colomiers in DublinSome 30,000 fans had travelled over the border to Lansdowne Road to witness sporting history in a match that captured the imagination of fans all over Ireland.With a team from a different era comprised of both Irish internationals and amateurs, they became the first club in Ireland to ever win a European championship.Glentoran win the Vienna Cup in 1914Shortly before the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 Irish Cup winners Glentoran found themselves with a highly unexpected invitation to compete in the Vienna Cup.The tournament was a forerunner to today's modern European competitions, and was a dream come true for a Glens team comprised of part time footballers who worked on the shipyard by day.Returning to Belfast triumphantly with the Vienna Cup, supporters can proudly say the team has been winning trophies over a century.Ireland stun the cricketing world by defeating Pakistan on world cup debutIn 2007, Ireland secured one of the biggest shocks in cricketing history by beating Pakistan at the World Cup held in Jamaica.Ireland's first ever world cup saw them defy the odds in dramatic fashion by defeating Pakistan - then ranked fourth in the world - on St Patrick's Day by three wickets at Sabina Park.Speaking at the time, Irish skipper Trent Johnson called it an "outstanding" day for Irish cricket.
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."Ireland’s women’s hockey team reach the World Cup finalIn 2018, Ireland women's hockey team secured their highest ever world ranking after winning the silver medal at the FIH Women's World Cup.Entering the tournament ranked 16th, the second lowest of all the teams competing, they battled their way to the final beating the USA, India and Spain along the way.Despite losing out on the top spot to the Netherlands in the final, the team's stunning world cup run helped to capture the imagination of players across Ireland.In 2015, the Ireland Men's hockey side secured an historic victory over England at the Eurohockey Championships to win bronze for the first time ever.England were the number five side in the world at the time, with Ireland placing at 14.Despite an early setback, Craig Fulton's team managed to spoil the party for the hosts in London by taking a 4-2 victory.In memorable fashion, Shane O'Donoghue managed to seal the victory in the dying moments with a penalty stroke.In 1989, Antrim created one of the greatest ever upsets in hurling by beating Leinster champions Offaly in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park.Jim Nelson's side secured their first ever place in an All Ireland final thanks to a stunning 4-15 to 1-15 victory.Antrim fans later packed Croke Park with the hope of witnessing their team achieve the impossible against Tipperary to take the Liam MacCarthy cup to Antrim for the first time.Despite losing to 4-24 to 3-9, the journey towards the final remains a cherished memory for Antrim hurlers.Donegal win first All Ireland final in 20 yearsIn 2012, Donegal defied the odds to win their second ever All-Ireland title in the Senior Football Championships with a 2-11 to 0-13 win over Mayo.It ended a 20 year wait for silverware, and after Jim McGuinness' men had come agonisingly close in 2011's semi-finalAfter so many years of being considered a soft touch among rivals, McGuinness was credited for bringing a new sense of confidence back to Donegal.Dundela create Irish Cup history with 1955 victory over GlenavonCredited as perhaps the biggest ever upset in Irish Cup history, in 1955 junior side Dundela beat favourites Glenavon 3-0 in the Irish cup final to secure their first and only senior cup victory.Played on April 23 in Windsor Park, the legendary match saw Dundela's Bobby Ervine score in the 21st minute by casually lifting the ball over Glenavon's goalkeeper.Scoring his second in the 85th minute, it was Jackie Greenwood who sealed the victory with Dundela's third goal two minutes before the end."
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