With the final just 1 day away I am sure Nangkan and Refuge Isle were wishing they were there, but they both needed to regroup and focus to take 3rd place and get some redemption.
In an end to end first half there were plenty of goals as both teams played like they had nothing to lose. The half ended all square at an impressive 2-2. The second half was more 1 sided, despite scoring 1st Refuge Isle couldn’t keep control of the game as Nangka found their form and managed to score 3 more.
Refuge Isle 3 – Nangkan Zapateros 5
Commiseration to Refuge Isle, but you were semi-finalists none the less. You had a brilliant tournament. Well done to Nangka you took 3rd pace!
The Grand Final
Well the day is finally here! It is the Grand Final of the Refugi Regional Football Championships.
The Deep One’s have had a great tournament, topping their group picking up 4 wins and 1 draw so far and most importantly have not yet gone behind in a game.
The Vulpines have had a slightly tougher time losing once to Endmigt and having to come from behind in their quarter final match. But they have shown great spirit to make it this far and will believe they have a great chance of taking the title.
After the anthems were sung, the 2 teams shook hands in the middle of the pitch to rapturous applause from an excited crowd from all across Refugi. The formalities were done and it was time to play.
The first half was too close to call. Once again the Star Enpire took the lead but it didn’t take long for the Vulpines to equalise.
Half time 1-1
In the second half it was the Vulpines who came out the sharper team and took the lead with a clinical finish. For the 1st time in the whole tournament the Deep One’s were losing. How would they respond? The answer came quickly and in the best possible way. A brilliant team move created their equaliser. This looked to be going down to the wire. As players on both teams began to tire someone had to step up and seize their big moment….
And it was the Vraisten Vulpines that did so with 2 of their trademark counter attacks calmly put away in just 2 minutes to put the game out of reach!
The Star Enpire Deep One’s 2 – Vraisten Vulpines 4
What a great game and a fantastic tournament for both teams. Tovenia have loved having you here. Better luck next time The Star Enpire our runners up. You were magnificent all tournament, I thought this final was yours. However there can only be one winner and with an attacking masterclass in the 2nd half (not for the 1st time) it is a huge congratulations to Araine and the Vraisten Vulpines! Our Regional Champions!