Second One Life Charity Football Tournament – Scores
|3.||CableTel||3.||Launch Media Group|
|4.||Legal Eagles||4.||UniCredit Bulbank|
Sterling – King Sturge 0:1
CableTel – Legal Eagles 4:1
Tullabassy Wanderers – Legal Eagles 7:0
Sterling – CableTel 3:0
King Sturge – Tullabassy Wanderers 0:0
Sterling – Legal Eagles 4:2
Tullabassy Wanderers – CableTel 2:0
King Sturge – Legal Eagles 6:1
Sterling – Tullabassy Wanderers 0:1
King Sturge – CableTel 2:2
HRG – Flannagans 0:1
Launch Media – UniCredit Bulbank 2:5
Flannagans – Adecco 2:3
HRG – Launch Media 1:0
HRG – Adecco 2:2
Flannagans – UniCredit Bulbank 1:7
UniCredit Bulbank – Adecco 6:4
Flannagans – Launch Media 4:1
HRG – UniCredit Bulbank 1:4
Launch Media – Adecco 0:3
The teams had to play a round robin which meant they had 4 games to play in their respective group. The top two teams would then progress to the semi-finals. Tullabassy Wanderers made the most impressive start with a 7-0 victory over Legal Eagles, although one person referred to them as the Limping Lawyers!! CableTel, Flannagans, King Sturge, UniCredit and Adecco also opened their accounts with a win.
Some fine football saw UniCredit notch up 7 goals in their second match, followed by 6 in the third and 4 in their last group game, an impressive performance which saw them go through as group B winners. The other team who was impressing the spectators was Tullabassy Wanderers, not so much by the amount of goals scored but by their solid defence. They went through as winners of group A, playing all their games without conceding a single goal.
Sterling made a comeback and won the next two games but were pipped at the post for second place in Group A by King Sturge who played steady football and secured 2 wins and 2 draws, giving them a total of 8 points. Runners-up in Group B, one point ahead of Flannagans, were Adecco.
So, the tournament was now at the semi-final stage and the four teams still involved, and playing for the trophy were paired as follows: Tullabassy Wanderers v Adecco & Unicredit v KingSturge
Tullabassy Wanderers – Adecco 4:0
UniCredit Bulbank – King Sturge 5:0
Of the four semi-final teams, Tullabassy Wanderers, UniCredit and Adecco had not lost a game and Adecco had fought hard for a victory in their final group game to secure their semi-final place. The scene was set for what were going to be two hard fought matches.
Whilst both games were tough, especially given the heat of the day, some exciting football was played by all four teams involved, Tullabassy ran out 4-0 victors over Adecco and UniCredit got the better of King Sturge with a scoreline of 5-0.
Tullabassy Wanderers – UniCredit Bulbank 1:4
So, the final would be contended between two unbeaten teams, one of which still had not conceded a single goal and the other had scored 27.
After a 15 minute rest and a well deserved water break (or something a little stronger for some players) it was time for the final.
Both teams lined up, shook hands and the game was on. Tullabassy took the lead after one of their players was sent tumbling. Unicredit fought back well and were awarded a penalty following a Tullabassy handball – 1-1. A little shocked at conceding their first goal, Tullabassy took the fight to the bankers but despite their best efforts they went further behind. Unicredit got stronger and soon a third goal hit the back of the net. Unfortunately, Tullabassy then found themselves down to 4 men after two of their players were red carded, which was a little harsh. Unicredit scored the final goal of the tournament, making the final score 4-1.
So, the “One Life Charity” football 6s champions for 2009 are Unicredit Bulbank. Well done to them. They received the trophy and the winners medals from Rossy Vasileva, together with a bottle of champagne courtesy of Stefan Dimitrov at Allied Pickfords.
There is no doubt that all teams gave 100% effort, played great football and provided some great entertainment. More than that they contributed greatly to the efforts to improve the conditions of those children who are suffering in hospital and orphanages, sometimes in dire conditions, and are less fortunate than ourselves.
It was particularly nice to have some of the kids from St Dimitar orphanage in Kula, together with the Director Mr Cvetimir Valchev. They will benefit from the proceeds of the day, which should be in the region of 5000 leva.
One Life Charity would like to thanks all those teams and individuals involved in such a great day. The sponsors make the charity job more achievable. A special thanks goes to all sponsors, they were: Sterling Services, LM Legal Services, HRG Bulgaria, Unicredit Bulbank, Adecco, Launch Media Group, Radisson Hotel, CableTel, Irish Embassy & Tullamore Dew, Allied Pickfords, Sofia Echo and Adcare.