Fulham Boys helps GB bring home the Bronze.
A hard fought championship where Britain topped the Group Stages by defeating all their three opponents. GB drew 2-2 against Russia after going 2-0 up with a goal scored in the first minute by Fulham very own Jacob Willis! However after the match it was discovered that Russia fielded an ineligible player who was suspended for the match against GB. It was decided that the match shall be voided and for GB to be awarded the 3-0 win against Russia. We’ll take the three points.
Our next match was against Denmark where GB held out a grinding 1-0 win. All I’m going to report for this match!
GB third and final match in the group stages was against Czech Republic. Nick Gregory had the proud honour of being Captain, leading GB out onto the pitch. GB didn’t have much to fear and eventually went on to won the match 3-0, Ben Lampert scoring from the spot. This match not only secured our position at the top of the table earning 9 points along the way but we also did so not conceding throughout the group stages.
Our quarter-final match was against Sweden who was runner up in their group. This was a team we shouldn’t be underestimating however we went into the match with good hopes. After going 1-0 down, suffering a slight setback with GB conceding their first goal in the championship. GB went back into the game, controlled it and won the match 4-2 with the help of Nick, scoring the 4th goal.
Our semi final match was against one of the favourites to win the Tournament and the country in name is Turkey. GB made a impactive start leading the match 2-0 before eventually conceding a goal just before half time. More goals would have been conceded if it weren’t for the heroics of Fulham very fine goalkeeper Tom Boyle keeping the ball out of the net throughout the whole match. Sadly, during the 2nd half GB had a player sent off and so was down to 10 men. This didn’t help our cause and eventually the match ended as a 3-2 loss. Man of the Match was awarded to Tom, so you can imagine what a life saver he was for the team. Turkey went on to win the championship beating Russia 4-0. This only shows how close GB was and how good a team they are.
GB went on to fight for the 3rd place playoff and to be awarded the Bronze Medal. Our Bronze match was against Ukraine. Ukraine made the first move and scored the first goal however their celebrations were short-lived as GB immediately scored soon after settling the score at 1-1. Eventually in the second half GB scored a vital second goal and with GB bracing out for the rest of the match we claimed the Bronze.
BRONZE. Third best team in Europe out of 16. This is something majestic to be proud of. We’re proud of the GB squad and even more proud of our Fulham Boys. Each one of them played their part, giving inspiration to the rest of the squad to aim to represent GB.
Go you guys!