Transformers locked Buzz Crusaders out

The Logic Five-A-Side football
finals were held this week and in the first championship game the prison team
Transformers faced CFP Buzz Crusaders in the Division 2 final on Monday.

Transformers are an established
first division side and Buzz were in their first season in the second division
having come up from the third, so it didn’t take a rocket scientist to predict
who the favourites were. Nevertheless, it was a hard-fought, entertaining game
at King’s Sports Centre. Transformers went two up early on but Buzz fought back
to reach half-time on level terms. Transformers took their chances better than
Buzz in the second half, scoring their third and fourth in the space of two
minutes to effectively seal the game.

Scorers for Transformers were two
apiece for Rono Henry and Roger Johnson and one by Stephen McAlpine. Dan Kelly
and Kris Pearson scored for the Crusaders. Buzz’s Dan Stuber did an admirable
job of snuffing out Transformers striker Dominique Pearson who scored 16 in the
regular season.

Transformers manager Sharon Lamb
said: “Having got so close last season, to take the trophy this time round was
just what the Transformers needed. To see the look on the faces of my team when
that bell rang was priceless. It was our time! Congrats also though to the CFP
Buzz Crusaders. To get to second place is no easy thing. They too played a
great game.

“I think we wanted it more. Being a
squad built up mainly of prison inmates, we have a lot more to prove and a
harder time proving it. Dominic Pearson, Stephan McAlpine and Ronnie Dilbert
all deserve special mentions. Next season will be bigger and better. We start
training next week. They have a woman as a manager, what else can I say – I
shout a lot!”

Ray Singh, athletic director at
King’s, said: “The Crusaders put up a great fight. They’ve improved a lot as a
team, since winning the Division 3 finals last season. To come into this season
and battle it out for the Division 2 title is an incredible feat. Unfortunately
for them though, they went up against a very talented Transformers team, who
were hungry for their first title. Both teams demonstrated the grit and
determination of a championship team, but as with all sporting finals there can
only be one champion. On behalf of the Logic Five-A-Side Football league and
all our supporters, congratulations to the Transformers on their memorable championship
journey.”

CFP Buzz Crusaders had a great
season considering they lost half their squad for various reasons early on and
did not have a settled side until towards the end of the regular games. Their
most influential players were captain Rapha Harvey, Ricky Pearson, Stuber,
Pearson and Kelly. Carlos Vargas deserves a special mention too for filling in
as stand in keeper for Ashley Flesher and doing a great job.