At Eligo we are a social bunch who enjoy getting together for a few beers but we are also very proud of our very own football teams. Yes, we have an Eligo A team and an Eligo B Team!! Each year we join the Jobsite team at their annual 5 a side tournament.
The A team have not submitted details of their day but I think it may be because they are still a bit sore as I know it did involve a penalty shoot out and someone missed! So here is the story of how the B team got on . . . .
The journey started on the train where the Eligo B Team, Anton (team Captain and self-confessed legend) Raj, Chris, Matt, Joe and our keeper Scott “ponytail” set off for the big day to Fratton Park. Despite getting lost, we finally made it to the ground, kitted up and were ready to grace the pitch that has seen the likes of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Emile Heskey. With that and a winning mentality in our minds we stepped up for our first round and it wasn’t long before we were ahead.
Chris placed a perfect threaded through ball through the defence and into the path of Joe – who in Thierry Henry fashion, slotted home. Moments later, Chris, defying his stocky (fat) build, acrobatically connected with Raj’s volleyed cross only to see his attempt go inches over the bar. As time went on, the slender one goal lead was appearing fragile until Joe guaranteed the points with a trademark charge down the left and finished with an angled shot through the keeper’s legs. Whilst we did not take maximum points from the remaining games, we managed to achieve our goal of qualifying past the group stages. We even managed to all say we have scored at Fratton Park….and one individual can even say he was sent off….Unjustly of course.
Pizza and drinks were served before the knockout rounds and after that we took to the pitch to take on the winner of another group. Unfortunately our journey ended there, but we’re blaming that on the pizza!
All in all it was a great day and we continued the celebration of our success of getting to the knockouts to the early hours of the morning.
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