Forget the FA Cup final, we had the most competitive derby this side of London –Sales Vs Tech. The long awaited day had finally arrived and the office was relishing in what could be, life-long glory.
As 6pm approached, the two opposing teams could barely look at each other. They huddled in corners whispering tactics and drinking in the adrenaline of the day like only the most talented footballers do. After a quick change into the Ebsta-branded bibs and an inspirational team talk, they were ready for battle.
Arriving at the Stadium (Pitch)
It might not have been Wembley but Euston was the perfect location for glory. On arrival, the teams were fist pumping, hi-fiving and doing the millennial man hug. As they took their positions and the whistle blew, all bets were off for a happy Wednesday at work.
It didn’t take long for Tech to get into their stride with Developer Amar hammering home Vardy-style on the 8-minute mark. It was a short-lived celebration as Freddie from Sales equalised only seconds later from a tap in at close range.
We were waiting a while for the next goal but it came in the form of unlikely hero, Marketing Director, Ricky when he thought he was Messi and slid a ball calmly into the back of the net making it 2-1 to Sales. Tech’s heads dropped as they got back into position.
Minutes later and goal-scorer Amar was back in force with a delicious ball from the side of his foot that whizzed straight past Sales goalkeeper Ross. The Tech team kissed their Ebsta badge and celebrated to a crowd that wasn’t there.
The teams went in at half time at 2-2 with all teams laughing at Amar’s football boot falling off mid-volley.
It looked like Sales were in for a tough second half as Tech striker Edd scored from the edge of the box. Seconds later and Amar was hungry for more as he headed in from a corner past sleeping keeper Ross. At 4-2, the game was looking to be playing right into Tech’s hands.
Sales striker Freddie wasn’t having any of it as he dribbled past one, two, three hapless Tech players as he squared up to James and chipped the ball into the goal. Sales whooped and cheered like classic comeback kids.
The excitement was short-lived as Amar scored a hat-trick that hit the post and snuck in. Defender Craig had his back to the skilful legs of the in-form Developer and had blocked fellow Developer Soroosh instead. Sales would undoubtedly look back on that one with regret.
One man team Freddie was having none of it as he ushered his team forward and encouraged a tremendous pass from Dan. He finished with a beautiful shot that nestled nicely in the bottom right corner.
The Dying Minutes of the Game
At 5-4 to Tech, there was everything to play for. With a couple of players carrying injuries and no substitutes available, both teams had to dig deep in the dying minutes of the game.
It was defender Soroosh that took Tech home on their 6th goal that followed with a hearty celebration of running to the opposing team’s fans (that would have been there if we’d had any fans present).
As the time ticked by, it was looking like Tech were the likely winners but Freddie Lewandowski had other ideas. He done a quick training ground one two with Ricky who passed it back inch perfect for Freddie to finish. It was unfortunate for new goalkeeper Rob who got fingertips to the ball and pushed it into his own net. A definite moment for the goalkeeping blunders.
There was 2 minutes left to play and it was 6-5 to Tech. Sales knew they had to have a good shape in defence but it all went to ruins when CTO Zac nutmegged Ricky and passed to Amar’s seemingly golden feet. As Ross and Dan slid in some dangerous tackles, Amar was too quick with a Cruijff turn and snuck the ball into the bottom left of the net.
The final whistle blew and Sales dropped to their feet. It was a close match but a heavy defeat for their defence. Tech were triumphant and made it clear they were the champions with a very modest sing-a-long of ‘We are the Champions’.
The two face each other again in the Ebsta football league in 3-weeks time at a different venue. Let’s hope it will be as nail-biting as this one was!
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