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A full-time report - Greg Johns, City office - CDI Anders City FC v GVA

After seeing our chosen charity, CRASH send through details of their annual Football Tournament - The Property Cup, we decided to form CDI Anders City FC and showcase our footballing talents against some of our clients and of course raise money for a great cause.

The Anderselite City office had already joined a five-a-side league and had a couple of warm up matches, so we were enthusiastic at the thought of taking this onto an 11-a-side tournament, with the idea of a final being played at Millwall’s ground the ‘New Den’ it was a great incentive to play out of our skins and bring home the trophy! A brand new kit was ordered and a few trips to SportsDirect to update the old pair of boots were made in the lead up to the opening game, with a lot of banter over formations and match winning performances being had in the office.

The big day arrived and the anticipation in the office was evident, young Matt from the Southampton office arrived early and keen to sign up with CDI Anders City FC.  The kit was distributed to the lads and we were all looking forward to putting on the Inter Milan inspired strip and getting out there to show off our Messi/Ronaldo type skills.  We grabbed our kitbags, Tesco carrier bags for some, and headed to the train station with an exuberant swagger.

We were the first to arrive at Gunnersbury Park, which showed our keenness, and had a small kick around still suited and booted, with a few good touches which only boosted our confidence.  We finally got into the changing rooms and put on the boxfresh kit and for many boxfresh boots and I proudly put on the captains armband.  We jogged out of the changing rooms onto the pitch looking and feeling like superstars.

When our opponents joined us on the pitch to warm up, we began to size up our opposition and noticed that they seemed a little younger and fresh looking than ourselves, but we were confident we had a mix of experience and talent to make a game of this.  We huddled together on the sideline, the starting 11 and formation was discussed and with a few inspiring words we trotted out onto the pitch.

The ref called the two captains over to the centre spot and we shook hands, he then gave me the call and I chose tails (never fails).  I lost! Not a good start but we had the ball to kick off.  Everyone was in their position, and the ref blew his whistle to get the game under way. 

We started the game at a blistering pace and you could feel our team’s confidence shining through.  We were quick, passing was slick and everyone was bossing their position.  After five minutes, we won a freekick from the edge of the box for our first opportunity of the game.  Charles Blockley stepped up and delivered an inch perfect ball for James Flaherty to place the ball past the keeper and put us into a 1-0 lead.

We were looking good and jogged back to the centre spot with a couple of high-fives.  A great start to the game and a great start for CDI Anders City FC.  GVA kicked off and we stayed strong for another five minutes……

But fatigue rapidly set into the team and after 10 minutes GVA pulled themselves back into the game and within a few minutes they had taken the lead.  We stayed competitive but with the first half coming to a close everyone was looking at the ref to blow the whistle! We went in at half time 3–1 down.

A little dejected, a lot of heavy breathing and red faces, half time flew by and before we knew it we were back out there.  The whistle blew and the second half was a blur of goals, none of which were ours and one superbly struck OG.

A tough start for CDI Anders City FC, but one we will learn from and will only bring us closer as a team and an office.  ONE CDI.

Until next week…………… 

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