Football five-a-side can be so absorbing. Throw a lot of heart and
some nice uniforms into the mix and you can have yourself a spectacular
season-ending championship match.
Last Wednesday King’s Sports Centre
played host to one of the most memorable fives matches in programme history
between the No.1 ranked Transformers and No.2 Old Boys FC, playing for the
WestTel Division 2 Championship.
Although it did not have the historic depth of
the Division 1 finals, the match served as a significant milestone for both football
clubs and the division as a whole.
After 50 minutes of grueling, high
intensity football, the title trophy was presented to a very happy Old Boys
crew after their 3-2 victory.
Old Boys captain Daniel Cummings
said: “It is an incredible feeling for the whole team – to be rewarded with the
prize we played our hearts out for all season.
“This was finally our moment after
being close so many times. Since the very first season in which we lost 4-3 in
overtime in a classic but heartbreaking final, we’ve never made it to another
despite coming close and we were getting concerned that we may never win it.
“And you have to remember, some of
our guys aren’t getting any younger! We always had the desire to win the championship
and this time round, everyone in the team had a feeling that this was going to
be our season and it is great to see all of our hard work and dedication pays
The well-dubbed Old Boys are the
league’s most seasoned team, having started their first season three years ago
with an average age of 39.
They are proof that age is only a
number; producing an abundance of individual talent, with four of their scorers
amongst the league’s elite goal producers, a solid defence that allowed only
1.75 goals a game throughout the playoffs, and the ability to gel all of that
together to produce some excellent football.
Cummings added: “I think what has
contributed most towards our success this season has been the fact that
although everyone on the team has different individual talents, we have been
able to consistently apply these talents together as a team.
“The final was an extremely close
game that had tons of twists and turns and could have gone either way.
“Transformers put in an excellent
performance that pushed the limits of both teams and gave the spectators a game
to remember and the league an exciting final show piece.
“We’d like to thank Thistle
Construction, our sponsors, whose support has been instrumental in our success.
We will definitely be back to defend the title.”
The King’s Sports Centre arena was
packed with fans for the big game with numerous league players and wall of fans
on hand to witness the action, including former three time Division 1 leading
scorer Ben Marler.
He said: “The game was very
entertaining. The action was back and forth all game with both teams finding
chances to score. When Statan scored the winning goal the crowd went wild.
Given the level of difficulty of the volley shot and the significance of the
goal, I would have to say that could be the goal of the season.”
Although clearly disappointed but
still content, Transformers manager Sharon Lamb, said: “Throughout the season the
Transformers played a very good game. They were focused and disciplined and
conducted themselves in a manner that they should be proud of. I am proud of
them for their behaviour on and off the pitch.
“A prison team is not always easy
and perhaps there is a view that we will fail but that is not the case here. On
the pitch we are just another team of footballers playing to win.
“Congratulations to the Old Boys. It
was a great game; perhaps the best and the toughest of the season for us. We
have taken second place this time around and we are proud of that achievement.
Next season we aim for first!”
Now that the WestTel Five-A-Side
season is complete, and the three divisional champions have been crowned, D1 –
Burger King, D2 – Old Boys F.C. and D3 – CFP Buzz Crusaders; the league is already
looking towards next season and the hopes to make it equally as entertaining as
the spring league.
Ray Singh, athletic director at
King’s said: “Not enough can be said about this memorable season. The last month of playoffs was a thrill ride,
and all of this coming off the February Cayman World Cup of Football
“It was busy and fantastic few
months of football at Kings, and we’re hoping to carry this momentum into the
next season with the return of some of our former clubs and hopefully a few new
teams to the mix. Thank you to WestTel, our referees and all of our league
players for making this possible!”