Results
 

Milstead (Eng)

1*

v

1

Columbia's Finest FC (Eng)

* Milstead (Eng) won 3-1 on penalties.

 

The first final of the day would see Milstead versus Columbia's Finest FC. These two teams would need to summon one last burst of energy to ensure they would be picking up winners and not runners-up medals in the presentation.

 

Let's look at the two teams records:

 

Milstead

Won 3, drawn 1, lost 2. Goals for (13), goals against (13)

 

Columbia's Finest FC

Won 3, drawn 0, lost 3. Goals for (12), goals against (13).

 

If you look at the two teams record's today there was very little between them. Statistically, Milstead had the edge with one less defeat and the better goal difference (by one goal) on the day. However, this Plate competition would be won on the pitch not on statistics. Both teams were competing in their first final in our tournaments.

 
 
 

On the field of play it was equally tight. The first half came and went with the teams locked in stalemate at 0-0. We were to get goals in the second half with William Drinkwater scoring his fourth of the tournament and his most vital yet. However, it did not prove to be the winning goal as Harry Brown bagged an equalizer for Milstead. It meant we would need a penalty shoot-out to separate these two teams.

 

Milstead had the honour of taking the first penalty which Ed Hallam duly dispatched before Columbia's Finest FC cancelled this out immediately. Will Drinkwater scored in normal time and he was on target again in the shoot-out. Fei McCabe put Milstead back ahead at 2-1 before the first moment of drama. Will Jarman saved Aarun Kahlon's penalty which put Milstead firmly in control. Up stepped Harry Brown with the chance to win it for Milstead. He made no mistake from the spot to spark wild celebrations amongst his team-mates.

 

We'd like to thank Columbia's Finest FC for attending and offer our commiserations for the Final. They could not have come much closer to glory. They earned runners-up medals in the presentation to cushion the blow. We hope they will join us again next summer.

 

Many congratulations to our winners Milstead. What a fantastic debut and a great way to crown their first tour with us. Rumours are they might be joining us in Barcelona later in the year and we very much look forward to seeing the lads again in sunny Spain.

 
 
 
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