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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 August, 2004, 14:23 GMT 15:23 UK
England win Global Games title

The England learning disability team were crowned Global Games champions after defeating Poland 4-1 on Monday.

Dean Earle headed home a Ronnie Watson corner to open the scoring in the 12th minute.

Lele Bajada rounded off a solo run to lash the ball in at the far post to put England firmly in control.

The referee then disallowed Scott Curley's goal and the resulting chaos saw Earle sent off for violent conduct after 42 minutes.

England regained their composure and Bajada pounced again to send them 3-0 up at half-time.

The Colchester striker completed his hat-trick with a cool finish before Poland grabbed a consolation goal thanks to a defensive mix-up.

"I am delighted with the team performance and proud of what the players have achieved," said manager Lyndon Lynch.

"Every player and member of staff has given all they can to secure the win that confirms England as the number one team in LD football."

The Global Games are the equivalent of the Paralympics for athletes with learning disabilities.

England team:

Wesley Jackman; Danny Cole (Lineker, 56), Ricky Alexander, David Young, Sam Marks, Scott Curley, Grant Smith, Dean Earle, Lele Bajada (Walters, 65), Ronnie Watson, James Morris (Kempsley, 79)

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