For the second year running the school football tournament was won by the undergraduates, captained this year by ShockSoc President Patrick Mitchell.
Due to the extraordinarily high-level of interest, the tournament this year consisted of 4 teams playing in a cup-format competition to decide the winner, with two undergraduate teams, an MSc team and a Staff/PhD team.
The first game was a tight affair between the MSc team and the first and second year undergrads. An early goal for the MScs put the pressure onto the undergrads who struggled to find the back of the net. The MScs had the chance to put the game beyond doubt with a second-half penalty, unfortunately hitting the post, before the undergrads pulled the game level. The equaliser meant the game went to penalties, with the undergrads holding their nerve to win 3-1, aided by a fine save from Andreas Papageorgiou.
A scrappy end-to-end encounter occurred a week later between the 3rd/4th year undergrad team and the Staff/PhD select XI. The undergrads this week had the best luck in front of goal, taking a 4-0 lead, helped somewhat by a dubious penalty decision. The Staff pulled two back and had chances for more but it wasn’t to be, meaning an all-undergrad final was to take place the week after.
Mitchell’s freshers and second year side bossed the opening stages of the final, but once again their finishing let them down, with Patrick Mitchell scoring only once before half-time. The goal of the tournament by Miguel El-Guendy put them 2-0 up early in the second half. Their otherwise solid defence, led by anchorman and man of the match Paulius Stankaitis, let the experienced 3rd year team captained by Dan Woodford back into the game. However, the second of the game by Mitchell secured the trophy and the celebrations could begin.
Published: 22nd May 2012