A fantastic night was had by all players and spectators at the Cardiff City Stadium as we held our second charity football match event at the stadium.
The night started with a game between our fast-track Cardiff team and our Bristol office. The Bristol team looked very strong in the early stages and took an early 2-0 lead that they were never likely to surrender. The fast-track Cardiff team did get themselves into a few good positions late on but were never able to get a goal to get back into the game.
The second semi-final saw a contest between 6th floor (Finance, IT and Serious Injuries Team) against a joint 5th and 8th floor team (First response team, ELPL and compliance).
This was a close contest in the early stages as chances came and went for both teams. However, the 6th floor broke the deadlock with the best team goal scored on the night by Ross Hazel and seemed to push on from there with the opposition finding it difficult to create any chances against a resolute defence. As the 5th/8th floor team pushed more and more people forward they ended up getting caught out at the back with the final score being 3-0 with Ross completing a brilliant hat-trick.
Following a short break, the 3rd place game saw the fast-track Cardiff team face the 5th/8th floor. As both teams tired following the break it was quite a one-sided affair with the fast-track team winning 3-0. A special mention to Dafydd Roberts who scored from fully forty yards to open the scoring in the match.
The final was then contested between the 6th floor and the Bristol team. This was a really good match with a lot of quality skills on show. The match was shaded by the Bristol team who seemed to have the majority of the possession and the territory but could not quite turn it into goals.
The Bristol team were thwarted time and time again by the excellent last ditch defending by the 6th floor team with the goalkeeping of Scott Burrows a real highlight. The key moment of the game came with four minutes remaining when Bristol won a penalty. The penalty was extremely well struck and was met by an even better save by Scott.
The final score being 0-0.
The match and tournament then had to be decided by a penalty shootout in which the score was 3-3 after five penalties each. After the 6th floor scored their penalty the pressure fell to the Bristol team to score to keep the shootout alive. Unfortunately for them the penalty was saved and the 6th floor retained their trophy sparking wild celebrations for their players and supporters, who had been very vocal in the stands!
A warm round of applause was given to Cenric Clement-Evans for his excellent refereeing throughout the four games and being the person that covered the most ground that night.
The 6th floor captain Matt Hutcheon was then presented with the trophy for their efforts with their goalkeeper Scott being presented with the richly deserved player of the tournament award.
A very well supported night which raised a fantastic £565, well done all!
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