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Match Day Report - The Berkeley Foundation 5 A Side Football Competition

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A damp Friday afternoon saw an array of footballing talent descend on a set of glistening pitches at Powerleague Shoreditch. 

We donned our freshly printed Anderselite Jerseys (thanks Athena) and headed out on to the field. George “the flying kipper” Gibbs taking one for the team and stepping between the sticks donning a pair of Puma Finger Save gloves generously donated by David Hill, first hurdle overcome… We had a Keeper. 

Game one in the group of death saw Anders pitted against Errigal Contracts. Young legs and crisp skin-tight jerseys against, well, us. The game started fast and had Anders on the back foot straight away, quick feet from Real, and an absolute thunderbolt of a right foot from their defender saw us fall behind fairly quickly. Heads never dropped and the Anders machine eventually clicked in to gear to grab a goal back through Alim “Andros” Sesay. Chasing the game, Anders strived to get back on terms, but to no avail. The eventual score 6-3 to a still fired up Errigal. 

Game two saw Anders really find form with a victory over a jolly group of lads from Pantera Scaffolding. Neat work from Sesay, coupled with attacking threat from Declan Shanahan and Patrick Reed got Anders in to a comfortable lead. Jack Brennan refreshed the attacking options, whilst a rotation of Lewis Clewlow and utilityman Terry Atcheson putting out fires at the back. A fine out field performance limited the threat on Gibb’s goal, though the rookie keeper was more than up to the task when called upon. 4-0 to the Anders.

A final group game followed, with Anders playing Trident straight off the back of the previous game. A cagey and intense game for the most part saw the game tied at 1-1 until the dying minutes. The fresher legs of Trident proving the killer in the end, will a couple of late goals to seal Anders record of  P3 W1 L2 in the group stage. A hard-fought game with tough-tackling and a few heated moments, reconciled with a hand shake and a pat on the back at the end of the game. 

Thinking the day was done, a couple of light refreshments were in order. A third-place finish in the group, an honest day’s work… The plate competition had other ideas however. Affectionately known on the day as the Europa league, Anders had the task of a further 3 knockout games to take home the trophy. Fuelled by the electrolyte’s found in the highly nutritious Corona energy drink, Anders made light work of the Quarter final. On to the Semi a much closer affair. The team was a man light as Gibbs had to leave for what he tells us was international duty. Anders never fell behind in the game and stretched out a lead only to be pegged back by the final whistle. Calm penalties from Sesay and Reed left the scene set for Stand in goalie Brennan to take and save the last penalties to send Anders to the final. 

The Final was announced to the players. Anders would be playing the hosts and fan favourites, Berkeley Homes 1. Throwing away any regard for the now departed Gibbs client relations, Anders raced into a two-goal lead. Brennan remained between the posts after his stand out performance in the Semi-final and put in a few fine saves to keep the game to nil. The extra legs of Berkeley’s started to come good, with 2 quick fire goals bringing the game level. Anders dug in and managed to extend the lead once again through a cultured right foot shot from the boot of Shanahan. 3-2. Rallied by the hordes of supporters on the touch line, Berkeley peppered the goal in search of parity. The ball finally dropped into the net in the dying seconds. Penalties loomed again.
Sesay, Reed and Brennan again slotted home. Brennan sending the keeper the wrong way with a cheeky draw back fake-then-shoot. Panache! Sudden death. Declan “Southgate” Shanahan stepped up and struck (sort of) at goal. Some say that keeper made a quite remarkable save, others say that the ball is still slowly meandering towards goal even 5 days later. Berkeley’s Win.

We’d like to thank everyone at Berkeley’s for putting on a wonderful day, all for worthy causes. A speech from a representative from the Evelina Children’s hospital reminded everyone of the good that would come out of the day, Berkeley’s announcing that they hoped to have raised something around the £34K mark all-in.

A good showing from the team from Anders, and a runners-up trophy to take home for their efforts.

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