The 2007 SKLPC TournamentMarch 22, 2017
The SKLPC 5 aside tournament on 1st July provided the ideal opportunity for players to re-enact the skills of their footballing idols. Forty two teams had entered the senior, eleven the boy’s juniors, ten the ladies and four the men’s over 40 categories.
As the formalities of team registration completed all that remained was for the tournament to kick off and culminate in the crowning of the 2007 SKLPC 5-a-side Champions for each category.
The reigning champions Avi Contracts were in Group 1 and destroyed their opposition, scoring 15 goals in the process without conceding a goal. They had made their intentions of retaining the trophy clear. Previous winners PWA B were surprisingly eliminated in the group stages. Bolton “B” claimed the runners up spot with some fine displays.
Group 2 contained two of the Baladia teams, Lombard Interiors Baladia “A” and Lombard Interiors Baladia “B”. Their match proved to be the highlight of the group stages. The match was played at a frantic pace with Lombard Interiors Baladia “A” recording a 2-1 victory courtesy of goals from Ajit and Bhavesh. Both teams had shown their intentions in winning the tournament. Unsurprisingly, both teams qualified for the next phase.
Tournament favourites Kera Kundapur Youth Wing, comfortably topped Group 3 with some breathtaking performances, which had previously seen them crowned national 5-a-side champions. They showed their intent to win the elusive SKLPC title, with 5-0 and 6-0 victories over Masters “B” and Joga General respectively. FC Kutch managed to seal the runners up spot.
Group 4 saw Bolton “A” canter to top spot. Terror Squad joined them in the second round. The Bolton teams were clearly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Following gallant performances by Bolton A in previous years, all three of the senior teams had progressed to the second round.
Group 5, contained last years runners up Woolwich “A” and PWA “A”, who both managed to go through via a superior goal difference, at the expense of Kera Kundapur Youth Wing “B”.
Meanwhile in Group 6, there were no such problems for the Scorpions, who comfortably won all their games to secure a passage in the second round. They were joined by Arlington Estates, who managed to secure the runners up spot, despite showing indifferent form. Group 7 saw Bolton “C” and Masters “A” advance.
The shock of the round occurred in Group 8 with the elimination of Kingsbury Builders Merchants. FGU and NWFC booked their places in the knockout stages, with some gallant performances notably, NWFC’s memorable 3-2 win over Kingsbury Builders Merchants.
It must be noted that this year group stages were tighter than ever, with qualification going down to the very last games. This is testament to the improving football skills displayed by all teams.
It must be noted that this years group stages were tighter than ever, with qualification going down to the very last games. This is a testament to the continually improving football displayed by all teams. The lunch break gave an opportunity for the qualifiers to recoup for the knockout stages. It also provided the ideal chance for players who had been eliminated to consider who they would support in the second stages.
The highlight of the second round was the clash between
Lombard Interiors Baladia “A” and Lombard Interiors Baladia “B”. This produced a nail biting game, with chances at a premium. The game went into penalties, with Lombard Interiors Baladia “A” recording victory courtesy of some fine penalty saves from Mansukh.
Avi Contracts continued their impressive form by destroying NW10 3-0. Kera Kundapur Youth Wing recorded a hard fought 1-0 victory over Lombard Interiors Baldia “C”, thanks to goals by Jay. Bolton “A” cruised to the quarter final with a 2-0 win over Looney Toons.
They were joined in the next round by Arlington Estates, Euroken “Y”, Haryom and Kings.
With the final in sight for all the remaining teams it was no surprise that the free flowing football that supporters had become accustomed to became scarified with a more cautious physical approach. This was no more evident than in the game between Avi Contracts and Kings. Avi Contracts marched on to the semi final with a well worked goal by Karan.
Meanwhile Lombard Interiors Baladia “A” were quietly and impressively going about their business to book their place in the semi finals, with a comfortable 3-0 extra time victory over Haryom.
Arlington Estates continued their impressive quest towards an elusive title, with a hard fought victory over Bolton “A”. Former KBM star Ashwin’s second half strike proved to be the difference.
Kera Kundapur Youth Wing recorded a 2-0 victory over Euroken “Y”
The first semi final was contested between Lombard Interiors Baladia “A” and Arlington Estates. This proved to be an enthralling match, which ebbed from one end to another. The teams were separated by clinical second half efforts courtesy of Bhavesh and Ajit which guided Lombard Interiors Baladia “A” to another final.
The second semi final saw arch rivals Kera Kundapur Youth Wing play Avi Contracts. As in the first semi final the game was closely fought. The sides were separated by a first half wonder finish from Mitin to guide Avi Contracts to the final.
It is noteworthy fact that the winners of the Avi Contracts and Lombard Interiors Baladia “A” match have resulted in the winners of the last four SKLPC tournaments. This is a glowing tribute to the footballing abilities of both sides and clearly provides the benchmark to be successful in the tournament. The first half of the final was an evenly fought contest with both sides struggling to establish their superiority.
The second half saw Lombard Interiors Baladia “A” press for victory where the most notable opportunity fell to Ajit, who unleashed a thunderous shot, only to be denied by a fine save from Jiten.
The game went into extra time and the fatigue of both sets of players was evident. At times the game was played at a pedestrian pace. The game became scrappy, Lombard Interiors Baladia “A” pushed to create one last chance which then fell to Jiten, who duly took the opportunity to crown Lombard Interiors Baladia “A” the 2007 Senior 5 aside Champions.
With a total of eleven teams entering, the competitive youngsters all had their eyes firmly set on the winner’s trophy. Despite the rain the boys displayed some magnificent talent and their spirits remained high all the way through to the finals.
From the word go the squads battled it out through the group stages aiming to secure themselves a spot in the semi final. The first semi final was played between P&W Associates and Dahisara Juniors, the game was tight and Dahisara Juniors were only narrowly beaten by three goals to two. P&W Associates had now booked themselves a place in the final. The second semi final took place between the reigning champions Bendev and Rax Motorsports. Bendev comfortably won 3-0 with Rishi scoring the first two in a matter of minutes and Jaymal securing the lead with another goal in the second half.
The final took place between Bendev and P&W Associates, the question on everyone’s mind was whether Bendev would be able to win again after such an impressive victory last year. The first goal came from P&W Associates after a questionable penalty and another two followed shortly after. The Bendev players kept their heads high in the second half showing great enthusiasm and skill but unfortunately couldn’t seem to get the ball in the back of the net. Not letting the advantage of being ahead affect their concentration P&W Associates continued to play some outstanding football and went on to win the game 3-0. We would like to acknowledge and thank Bendev once again for sponsoring the trophies for the Juniors event.
Seniors over 40’s
The over forties tournament was played in a slightly different format to the other categories where all the teams here played a “round robin” of which the top two from the group went straight through to the final. Having competed in the seniors’ category on so many occasions in the past, this years inaugural game was between last years champions Bendev and Kingsbury Builders Merchants (KBM), with KBM only narrowly beating Bendev 1-0. For the rest of the group stages Bendev failed to win a single game, leaving spectators to question whether age had really caught up with them! KBM finished top of the group and therefore went through to the final along with the Scorpions, who only just beat their rivals the Dahisara Hot Shots by one point.
The final between KBM and the Scorpions proved to be a tough game and the pressure became clear when Chem of KBM even missed an open goal! The ball oscillated from one end to the other but still neither team could score. When the full time whistle blew both sides new they had to score in extra time otherwise penalties loomed. Unfortunately, both sides failed to find a breakthrough during extra time and penalties became the only option. With the atmosphere nerve-rackingly tense, both teams stepped up to take their best shots. KBM who had once upon a time dominated the Men’s Senior tournament triumphed on the day winning 3-0 with Sash, Prav and Chem scoring the deciding penalties.
Yet again an abundance of girls under the age of sixteen were brave enough to participate in the ladies tournament which, this year, consisted of ten teams. The competition was fierce from the outset and the girls showed some outstanding skill and tactics.
Despite not making it past the group stages first time entrants such as KKYW thrived on the support of their followers to boost their enthusiasm and energy. Hopefully their continued efforts will ensure them all further success in the future. After some tough and gruelling games for all the teams the qualifiers for the first semi final places were Bolton Kix A and BYC Ladies. The other semi finalists were Kings Kitchen A and High Flyers with the High Flyers narrowly beating the Swamibapa FC Ladies on goal difference.
The first semi final was between Bolton Kix A and High Flyers. The pressure of the game took its toll on both teams but it was Bolton Kix A who held their nerve and when the final whistle blew it was the ecstatic Bolton Kix A who had secured themselves a place in the final winning 2-1.
The second semi final was between Kings Kitchen A and BYC Ladies. After a tense but entertaining game Kings Kitchen A managed to confirm themselves a place in the final against Bolton Kix A.The final proved to be just as exciting as the rest of the girls’ tournament had been, and the football from both sides proved to be of a high standard. Bolton Kix A who were unbeaten so far throughout the entire tournament fully deserved their 2-0 victory, showing that their dedication and commitment to training and the astuteness of having a professional coach paid huge dividends.
The overall talent produced by the ladies proves to be getting better every year. Star players such as “Beanz” carried on the number 7 trait showing some dazzling football skills leaving the spectators and opponents watching in awe. The skills weren’t the only thing that increased in the ladies tournament this year as they also attracted huge amounts of attention and supporters creating a spectacular atmosphere of cheers and chants.
This article would not be complete without acknowledging the contribution of the organising committee: Hasmukh Bhudiya, Samji Harsiani, Manesh Patel, Rajesh Bhudiya, Sash Mayani, Mansukh Vekaria, Ashwin Vekaria, Rajesh Madha and Purshotam Patel.
On behalf of the committee we would like to take the opportunity to show our gratitude to sole sponsors Bendev for their kind and continual support towards this annual event.
We would also like to express our appreciation to all the community members, their families and friends who had again attended in their masses to support the teams. Our thanks also go out to the parents of SKLPCC Colts for providing the food stall.
Finally, we look forward to seeing you all here again next year!!!!!!.
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