Watch out David Moyes: Limerick’s Jordan is in town

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Donal Ryan, owner of the squad car which they travelled to the game in, with Jordan Perez and his brother Ryan
A brave youngster has had his dream come true when he got to manage a local soccer team.

A brave youngster has had his dream come true when he got to manage a local soccer team.

Jordan Perez, 5, who suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy Two, and is in a wheelchair, played a big role in the annual Jeff Power Memorial tournament, which took place at the weekend.

Thanks to the Share a Dream foundation, the soccer-loving youngster travelled from his home in Sixmilebridge to the Clarion Hotel, with a Garda escort.

After lunch there, he travelled to Portland Park, where the tournament took place.

There, he was greeted by the Share a Dream soccer team, and former Mr World Kamal Ibrahim.

He advised the players to “kick some ass” according to Ciara Brolly, of the charity.

After the game, the avid Manchester United fan presented the winning teams with their medals.

Jordan’s proud mum Sinead paid tribute to the charity, which aims to give ill children unforgettable experiences. “The highlight for me was when he led the teams onto the pitch. He was amazing. There were mixed emotions: I was pure proud, but it also brought tears to my eyes,” she confessed.

Jordan - who has an elder brother Ryan - has seen his condition get worse in recent weeks. But he is always smiling, and remains positive.

More pictures: pages 16-17