On Sunday the 21st of June, thirty five Fyling Hall students and staff competed for the annual Fyling Hall World Cup. The five-a-side soccer competition, including world powerhouse teams such as Libya and Hong Kong, was shrouded by controversial decisions and fantastic play.
Crowd favourites, Australia, were knocked out in the group stages along with Hong Kong. Next came the high octane semi-finals which saw Ireland hammered by Libya 5-1 and Korea, led by the fearless Juno Mak, destroying England’s world cup dream for the second time in twelve months to the tune of 5-0.
The Fyling Hall World Cup Final was an intense affair between Libya and Hong Kong. Libya attained early ascendency off the boot of skipper Mohammed Almajdob, but Hong Kong clawed their way back into the contest and the scores were locked at 2-2. The game went well into a continuous overtime, until a strike from Hong Kong forward Reo Smith caught the leg of fatigued Libyan mid-fielder Joe Husband on the way into the back of the net.
All in all, a great day was had by all and huge thanks must go to George Reeves and Marcus ‘Rooney’ Coates, and all the people who refereed the matches.
Justin Mayne (Gap Student)