Friday night saw the culmination of a long and arduous futsal season as the final play off matches were concluded in the Chester le Street, Washington and Derwentside Schools Football Association Staff Futsal League 2017. As reigning champions, all the focus was centred on the black and white striped athletes from the Durham Federation.
The league trophy has been proudly displayed in the trophy cabinet at FCC all year but a series of outgoing transfers and last minute injuries (Clarke succumbing to a nasty beard trimming incident) meant that this was not going to be a walk in the park (view). First up was a tricky semi-final match against the tough tackling teachers from Tanfield. Leading by 4 goals to 1 at half time perhaps the Fed took an eye of the ball and started dreaming about the final. Within minutes of the second half commencing the score was back to 4-4 and a tense final few minutes ensued. Class, however, shone through and a couple of goals from the Sacriston/Ushaw Moor faithful secured victory and a well earned 5 minute rest before the final match against hosts and hot favourites Park View.
The team manager, nursing a tight hamstring, was directing the play from the bench when two quick goals flew in for Park View. However, the lads kept their heads and responded with a brace to level the score at half time. Park view then netted again to take the lead 3-2 with only 5 minutes left on the clock. Tiredness and two hard matches were beginning to take their toll for the black and whites as substitutions were made with rapid regularity. With barely 120 seconds left on the clock the youngest player in the squad (TW) jumped off the bench, ran on the pitch, got the ball bounced off his left shin and flew into the net, 3-3 game on!!! What a finale….. Cometh the hour, cometh the Youngster!! In a frenetic finish once more the ball ricochet, rebounded then reverberated as Tezinho smashed the winner into the net and into immortality…!! The trophy was heading back to our trophy cabinet. Once more it shall be sent to the engravers and the famous federation futsallers will spend the summer break searching for new strips – but this time with TWO stars on them. Congratulations to you all – 5 achievement points each and a nomination at next week’s morning briefing!!!