Date: 23 April 2016 Venue: @Futsal Swindon
London Metro Futsal Club took two teams to the end of season tournament in Swindon, renamed for the tournament after their former player, Chris East.
The ‘A’ team were looking to go one better than both the early season cup and the league, where they had two 2nd place finishes, and the ‘B’ team were hoping to recreate the form that took them to the semi-final of the early season tournament. The cup format was the same as before, with the 9 league teams playing each other in a round-robin group stage (8 games of 8 minutes each in all) and the top four teams going on to contest the semi-finals and final.
London Metro Teams Back row (L-R): Ryan Jones, Chris Berry, Neal Byrne, Matt Dean, Gareth Jones, Craig Groves, Mark Russell Front row (L-R): Everton Amos, Charles Ronayne, Malcolm Woolven, Jay Start
London Metro ‘A’ went a goal down early in their first game against Loughborough but this spurred them into life. They won that game 6-1 and cruised through the rest of the group stage winning every game and only conceding one other goal, in a 3-1 win against league champions Birmingham.
London Metro ‘B’ lost their opening game to North West Scorpions but claimed a shock win against Lisburn Rovers of Division 1. The team also claimed a point against Winsford Wolves but despite some good performances were unable to build on those results and lost their other 5 games and failed to qualify for the semi-finals.
London Metro ‘A’ topped the group to earn a semi-final against the 4th placed team, Loughborough. As in the group, Loughborough scored early but this time the ‘A’ team found it very difficult to break them down, whilst Loughborough still looked strong on the break. The goals did come, however, and the ‘A’ team got through to the final with a tight 2-1 win. The final was against North West Scorpions, a team beaten 1-0 in the group stage. North West also scored early but the ‘A’ team were unable to break them down and Scorpions doubled their lead late on to win 2-0 and secure their first every trophy.
Both teams played well with the ‘A’ team particularly very impressive in the group stage but were unable to win the trophy. The team now take a break until the start of the next season and the beginning of training, around August.
‘A’ team: 6-1 (v Loughborough), 3-0 (v SW Rovers),3-1 (v Birmingham),1-0 (v NW Scorpions), 2-0 (v Lisburn), 1-0 (v RNC), 6-0 (v London Metro ‘B’), 6-0 (v Winsford), 2-1 (v Loughborough (SF)), 0-1 (v NW Scorpions (F))
‘B’ team: 0-4 (v NW Scorpions), 1-0 (v Lisburn), 0-1 (v RNC), 0-3 (v SW Rovers),1-1 (v Winsford), 0-5 (v Loughborough), 0-6 (v London Metro ‘A’), 0-2 (v Birmingham)
‘A’ Team: Matt Dean; Craig Groves; Gareth Jones; Charles Ronayne; Mark Russell; Jay Start
‘B’ Team: Everton Amos; Chris Berry; Matt Boulding; Neal Byrne; Malcolm Woolven
Report by Charles Ronayne