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Laois hurler reaches All-Ireland final of FIFA 20 Charity Tournament

He’s already won the Leinster championship – and now this Laois hurler is one more win away from being crowned an All-Ireland champion.

Eric Killeen has been competing as Man City in the All-Ireland FIFA 20 Charity Online Tournament this weekend in a bid to help raise funds for frontline workers.

The Rathdowney-Errill defender’s journey began when he received a bye through to the quarter finals of the Leinster championship on Friday.

Here, he faced Louth hurler Gavin Kerrigan with Killeen defeating his Bayern Munich side 2-1.

Up next was CSKA Moscow who were controlled by Dublin GAA’s James Madden, a former underage footballer who now plays AFL with Brisbane Lions.

But once again the Laois defender was too good as he won 4-1 to set up a Leinster final encounter with Meath footballer Jordan Morris.

That game took place yesterday and Morris was in charge of AS Monaco. This was a far tighter encounter but once again Killeen prevailed, winning 3-2 to claim the Leinster title.

That sent the Laois man into the All-Ireland semi-finals where he was paired with Sligo hurler Niall Feehily who had earlier beaten Roscommon footballer Donie Smith to win the Connacht title.

But Killeen wasn’t happy with just his Leinster crown and he crushed Feehily’s Real Madrid 6-2 to advance to the All-Ireland final.

Here, he will take on Waterford footballer Aaron Jones who has FC Porto and the game will be live-streamed at 4pm this afternoon.

This tournament has been created by Joanne O’Riordan of The Irish Times, The Gaelic Players Association and Insomnia Games Festival with the objective of raising much needed funds for our unbelievable frontline healthcare workers during this hugely challenging time

The way this works is simple – hurling and football stars from around the country will be facing off in an Online FIFA 20 Tournament that is viewable by the public (live) on May 1-3.

Along the way, organisers hope to raise valuable funds from both the general public and supportive businesses and communities, with proceeds going directly to frontline healthcare workers fighting the Covid-19 crisis.

Each GAA star has been randomly allocated a Champions League team that they must compete with. All teams are set to 85-rated so all players abilities are the same.

Live matches will be streamed to the following channel: Insomnia Gaming Festival Facebook Channel. 

And unlike traditional GAA, there is no backdoor so once a team lost – they were out.

The best of luck to Eric tomorrow afternoon!

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