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Lozenetz City (BUL)

* Lozenetz City win via Golden Goal extra time

After 35 games of 5-a-side football tournament action there would be one more game to decide the 2010 Manchester Fives title. We arguably had the best two teams on the day in the final and the match promised to be a classic. We have been blessed with many superb finals in the past and this was to be up there amongst the best.

With two big, strong, competitive and skilful teams the watching crowd would be treated to a tasty contest. At they had done so in the semi-final it was Lozenetz City who scored first and it was Vencislav Georgiev with his third strike of the day handing the initiative to Bulgaria. Lozenetz goalkeeper, Evgeni Genadiev, was so close to becoming the first goalkeeper in 23 tournaments to go through an entire competition without conceding. He came so close too until PJ Shiggins 5 th of the competition equalised for Basford United. Having been 1-0 down in both the semi-final and final they were showing they had great fighting spirit.

At full-time we were still locked at 1-1 and were into Golden Goal extra time again. Both teams were attacking and trying to win the game rather than wait and settle for the dreaded penalty shoot-out. This led to an enjoyable and entertaining extra time which remained goalless when the teams turned round at the mid-way point. There was to be a dramatic late twist though as Hristo Kiosev popped up to score the tournament winning goal before running the full length of the pitch to celebrate with his squad. The Bulgarians were going crackers with euphoria. Please spare a thought for Basford United who came so close and lost in a cruel fashion. We thank them for participating and adding much to the tournament.

There was some consolation for Basford United in the form of personal glory for James Needham who bagged the top goalscorer award with 8 goals.

Congratulations to everyone on the day who helped us raise £1,000.00 for the Prostate Cancer Charity.

Well done to Lozenetz City who became only the second team to win two tournaments. They join Olympic Phil Babb on that particular pedestal.

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